Personal and Family Life

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Letters from Thomas Dick (May - Dec. 1861)
May - December 1861

Thomas William Dick writes a series of six letters to his family and friends describing his experience as a soldier in the Union Army during the Civil War. Dick discusses the possibility of taking a leave of absence and daily life in the military camp. He also describes several confrontations...

Location: MC 2001.10, B1, F2

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from John Cuddy (Jun. - Aug. 1861)
June - August 1861

John Taylor Cuddy writes six letters to his mother and father, describing life as a soldier in the Union army at the start of the Civil War. Transcripts included. 

Location: MC 2001.9, B1, F3

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from David Hastings to Edgar Hastings
July 11, 1861

David Hastings congratulates Edgar E. Hastings (Class of 1865) for coming out at the head of his class at Dickinson College following the final examinations. Hastings also shares news from Harrisburg as well as notes that Bob Noble had become "another victim of evil Company." "Had [Noble]...

Location: I-Friends-1975-15

Subject: Education, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from John Cuddy (Sept. - Dec. 1861)
September - December 1861

John Taylor Cuddy writes six letters to his friends and family, describing life as a soldier for the Union Army along with his experience in military campaigns during the Civil War. "I think it a long time to see you all but I think that this [war] will be over till next [summer] for the rebels...

Location: MC 2001.9, B1, F3

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Mary Dick to Thomas Dick
September 20, [1861?]

Mary M. Dick writes her older brother, a soldier in the Union Army during the Civil War, and shares family news. "Father and the rest are so engaged between the farm and the shop," as Mary explains to Thomas William Dick. Transcript included.

Location: Mc 2001.10, B1, F1

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from John Cuddy (Jan. 1862)
January 1862

John Taylor Cuddy writes a series of four letters to his friends and family, describing life as a solider for the Union Army along with his experience in military campaigns during the Civil War. Transcripts included.

Location: MC 2001.9, B1, F4

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from Thomas Dick (Jan. - Mar. 1862)
January - March 1862

Thomas William Dick writes five letters to his friends and family describing his experience as a soldier in the Union Army during the Civil War. Dick discusses daily life in the military camp, in addition to encounters with the "rebel" army. "Our religious privileges here are very limited: we...

Letters from John Cuddy (Feb. 1862)
February 1862

John Taylor Cuddy writes six letters to his friends and family, describing life as a solider for the Union Army along with his experience in military campaigns during the Civil War. "We have good news from the south we have licked them a few places I do not think that this ware [war] can last...

Location: MC 2001.9, B1, F4

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from Thomas Chamberlin to Eli Slifer
1862-1863

Thomas Chamberlin writes eleven letters to Eli Slifer, the Secretary of the Commonwealth under Governor Curtin, regarding life in the camp of a Union Army company during the Civil War. Chamberlin also discusses the weather, sickness, geography, and military tactics. "The suggestion that [...

Letters from John Cuddy (Mar. - Apr. 1862)
March - April 1862

John Taylor Cuddy writes six letters to friends and family describing his experience as a soldier of the Union Army during the Civil War. Cuddy, who mentions the places that his division travels through, also maintains an optimistic outlook on the war despite expressing a wish to return home. "...

Location: MC 2001.9, B1, F5

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from Thomas Dick (May - Aug. 1862)
May - August 1862

Thomas William Dick writes five letters to his family describing his experience as a soldier in the Union Army during the Civil War. Dick discusses daily life in the military camp, in addition to his own thoughts on the war. "I think none of us now doubt the valor of the southern troops... But I...

Letter from James Buchanan to Thomas A. Goodman
May 8, 1862

Former President James Buchanan explains to Thomas A. Goodman that he will not provide the autograph of another individual. While "it is true that in the course of my life I have received letters from most of the persons you enumerate," Buchanan explains that "those of importance have been filed...

Location: MC 1998.10, B4, F6

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from John Cuddy (May - Jun. 1862)
May - June 1862

John Taylor Cuddy writes a series of four letters to friends and family describing his experience as a soldier of the Union Army during the Civil War. Cuddy remarks on the places that he travels through and expresses some exhaustion amid hope for a forthcoming end to the war. Transcripts...

Location: MC 2001.9, B1, F5

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from Theodore Christ to Eli Slifer
June 1862- December 1863

Dr. Theodore Christ writes six letters to Eli Slifer, the Secretary of the Commonwealth under Governor Andrew Curtin, regarding his experience as a doctor in the Union Army during the Civil War. Christ describes problems with supplies as well as military engagements in Virginia, South Carolina,...

Letters from John Cuddy (Jul. - Oct. 1862)
July - October 1862

John Taylor Cuddy writes seven letters to his friends and family in which he shares his experiences fighting for the Union Army during the Civil War. Cuddy describes places he sees as well as several engagements, including noting the casualties in his unit. "I will [get] through this [war] for I...

Location: MC 2001.9, B1, F6

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from Thomas Dick (Sept. - Oct. 1862)
September - October 1862

Thomas William Dick writes two letters to his family describing his experience as a soldier of the Union Army during the Civil War. Dick talks about the battles he has witnessed, religious life in the military camp, and shares his thoughts on the future of the conflict. "I don't know what this...

Letters from James Buchanan to Jessie Magaw
1862-1866

Two letters from former President James Buchanan to Jessie Magaw regarding his health, Jessie's education, and news regarding their extended family. "Your Cousin Harriet [Lane] was married to Henry E. Johnston" and they are "happily married," as Buchanan notes. Transcripts included.

Location: MC 1998.10

Subject: Education, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from John Cuddy (Jan. - Feb. 1863)
January - February 1863

John Taylor Cuddy writes four letters to his friends and family describing his experience as a soldier for the Union Army during the Civil War. Cuddy mentions the places that his unit travels to as well as the battles that he is involved in. Cuddy also expresses exhaustion over the war, and a...

Letters from Thomas Dick (Jan. - Feb. 1863)
January - February 1863

Thomas William Dick writes a five letters to his family describing his experience as a soldier of the Union Army during the Civil War. He describes in detail the battles he has fought in, and discusses the relative strengths of army leaders. "But we did not accomplish anything and never have...

Letter from Roger B. Taney to James M. Campbell
January 9, 1863

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger B. Taney writes to James M. Campbell regarding the whiskey that Campbell sent. Chief Justice Taney also reports on his health ("unable to go to court yesterday or today") as well as that of Elizabeth, Ellen, Sophia, and Roger.

Location: I-SpahrB-1963-5

Subject: Health and Medicine, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Harriet Lane to Lily Macalester
January 10, 1863

Harriet Lane writes to her friend Lily Macalester on on the birth of Lily's child. Lane also notes that her uncle, former President James Buchanan, "would no doubt have some messages of love and congratulation if he knew I was writing."

Location: I-Friends-2007-1

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from Thomas Dick (Feb. - Mar. 1863)
February - March 1863

Thomas William Dick writes four letters to his brother and sister describing his experience as a soldier in the Union Army during the Civil War. Dick mentions having some leisure time due to being off duty for George Washington's birthday, the status of fellow soldiers, and the conditions in his...

Letters from John Cuddy (March 1863)
March 1863

John Taylor Cuddy writes six letters to his friends and family describing life as a soldier for the Union Army during the Civil War. Cuddy's letters express disillusionment with the war and a desire to be home with his family in Carlisle. "We are not fighting for what we [were when] we started...

Letters from Alexander McClure to Eli Slifer, 1863-66
1863-1866

Alexander McClure writes fourteen letters to Eli Slifer, the Secretary of the Commonwealth under Governor Andrew Gregg Curtin, in which he discusses various Pennsylvania political issues, the potential Confederate invasion of Pennsylvania, possible military strategies during the Civil War,...

Letters from John Cuddy (April 1863)
April 1863

John Taylor Cuddy writes three letters to his friends and family describing life as a soldier for the Union Army during the Civil War. Cuddy also comments on the places he has visited, the weather conditions, his unit's future orders, and reflects on his relationship with a girl named Anna....

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