Politics and Government

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Letters from William Meredith to Eli Slifer
1861-1863

William Meredith writes sixteen letters to Eli Slifer, Secretary of the Commonwealth during the Civil War, in which he discusses bounty payments to soldiers, a potential bill for consolidating government-funded loans, purchasing the battle ground at Gettysburg for memorial purposes, as well as...

Letter from Edwin Stanton to James Buchanan (Copy)
July 16, 1861

Edwin McMasters Stanton writes to former President James Buchanan regarding his opinion on the future for the Confederates and Fort Sumter, and the expectation of a battle at Fairfax.

Location: I-SpahrB-1959-9

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Andrew Curtin to S. G. Theud
July 19, 1861

Pennsylvania Governor Andrew G. Curtin responds to S. G. [Theud's?]request about raising a new Pennsylvania volunteer regiment. While "I most heartily approve of the plan," Curtin notes that he "[does] not [have] the power to arm and equip a company" since Pennsylvania is "confined to the...

Location: I-Original-1861-2

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Edwin Stanton to James Buchanan (Copy)
July 26, 1861

Edwin McMasters Stanton writes to James Buchanan regarding the "imbecility" of the Lincoln administration, the desire for a new Cabinet, and bankruptcy. Stanton composed this early on in the Civil War, shortly after the first Battle of Bull Run, which he refers to as "the dreadful disaster of...

Location: I-SpahrB-1959-9

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Proclamation of a Day of Thanksgiving by Andrew Curtin
October 16, 1861

Pennsylvania Governor Andrew Gregg Curtin (Class of 1837) issues this proclamation during the Civil War on October 16, 1861: "...to the People of this Commonwealth, that they set apart Thursday, the twenty-eighth day of November next, As a day of solemn Thanksgiving to God for having prepared...

Location: I-BeachW-1986-9

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from James Sellers to Eli Slifer
1861-1866

James Sellers writes seven letters to Eli Slifer, the Secretary of the Commonwealth, regarding recommendations for the promotion of several individuals, politics of the local county convention, and recruiting volunteers for the Union army. Sellers also includes a newspaper clipping regarding a...

Location: MC 2003.4, B9, F21

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from James Buchanan to Charles N. Pine
December 21, 1861

Former President James Buchanan writes to Charles N. Pine and explains why he will not contact President Abraham Lincoln on Pine's behalf. "I have reason to believe that my request [to the Lincoln administration] would be but little regarded," as Buchanan notes. Instead, Buchanan advises Pine to...

Location: MC 1998.10, B4, F5

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from Israel Gutelius to Eli Slifer (Jan. - Dec. 1862)
January - December 1862

Israel Gutelius writes nineteen letters to Eli Slifer, the Secretary of the Commonwealth during the Civil War, in which he describes his efforts to secure an appointment of collector of taxes for the U.S. government, requests Slifer's influence in helping various doctors secure positions as...

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 Alexander McClure to Andrew Curtin
1862-1864

Alexander McClure writes two letters to Pennsylvania Governor Andrew Curtin regarding McClure's recent newspaper article that on Pennsylvania and the Civil War as well as the qualifications of a Lieutenant serving in the 2nd Pennsylvania Artillery. This individual, as McClure explains, is an "...

Location: MC 2003.4

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

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,...

"Our Nation's Glory," by Henry C. Speake
June 21, 1862

Henry Clay Speake prepared this oration, entitled “Our Nation's Glory," for the Junior Prize (Grigg Prize) contest held June 21, 1862. A committee selected the top two orations, based on "the combined merits of Declamation and Composition," and awarded those two students with gold and silver...

Location: Orations-1862-S741o

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from R. H. Chamberlin to Eli Slifer
July 11, 1862

R. H. Chamberlin asks Eli Slifer, the Secretary of the Commonwealth under Governor Andrew Curtin, for help in forwarding a letter from Bucknell University Professor Thomas Curtis to Curtis' brother in South Carolina during the Civil War. Transcript included.

Location: MC 2003.4, B2, F15

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from William Wagenseller to Andrew Curtin and Eli Slifer
July 28, 1862

William Wagenseller writes Pennsylvania Governor Andrew Curtin and Secretary of the Commonwealth Eli Slifer regarding Dr, H. P. Hattenstein, who is up for approval before the Medical Board of Examination. Wagenseller encourages Curtin or Slifer to put in a good word for the doctor. Transcript...

Location: MC 2003.4, B10, F22

Subject: Health and Medicine, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from William Wagenseller to Eli Slifer
1862-1865

William F. Wagenseller writes fourteen letters to Eli Slifer, Secretary of the Commonwealth during the Civil War, in which he updates him on the movement of Capt. Ryan's regiment and other companies, appointing Dr. B. F. Wagenseller as a surgeon, discusses charges against second lieutenant...

Location: MC 2003.4, B10, F22

Subject: Legal Affairs, Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Carlisle Herald, "Proclamation by the Governor"
September 11, 1862

The Carlisle Herald publishes Pennsylvania Governor Andrew G. Curtin's proclamation on September 11, 1862 in which he calls for "able-bodied loyal men of Pennsylvania" to join military companies in response to the threat of Confederate forces at Hagerstown, Maryland. "By authority of...

Location: I-Original-1862-1

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Newspapers and Magazines

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from William Wagenseller and P. R. Wagenseller to Eli Slifer
September 15, 1862

William Wagenseller and P. R. Wagenseller write Eli Slifer, Secretary of the Commonwealth during the Civil War, to request that Dr. B. F. Wagenseller be promoted from Assistant Surgeon to the rank of Surgeon just like Dr. H. P. Hattenstein. Transcript included. 

Location: MC 2003.4, B10, F22

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

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...

Letter from James Buchanan to Joseph Baker
December 17, 1862

Former President James Buchanan writes Joseph B. Baker to criticize Kentucky Senator Garrett Davis' resolution. "It is infamous as well as false," as Buchanan explains. Transcript included.

Location: MC 1998.10, B4, F6

Subject: Politics and Government

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...

Letters from Israel Gutelius to Eli Slifer (Jan. - Aug. 1863)
January - August 1863

Israel Gutelius writes seventeen letters to Eli Slifer, the Secretary of the Commonwealth during the Civil War, in which he discusses compensation for his printing services, logistics of the military draft, and his opinion on candidates for senatorial delegates. Gutelius also comments on several...

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...

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Samuel Nelson
March 9, 1863

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger B. Taney writes to Associate Supreme Court Justice Samuel Nelson regarding the composition of a dissenting opinion in the Prize Cases of 1863. Taney suggests a paragraph to add that "more distinctly asserts the principle that Congress cannot delegate or...

Location: I-SpahrB-1958-16

Subject: Legal Affairs, Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from William Wagenseller to Abraham Lincoln
March 9, 1863

William Wagenseller writes President Abraham Lincoln to recommend Samuel Alleman Esq. for the position of Provost Marshal for the 14th Congressional district of Pennsylvania. Transcript included. 

Location: MC 2003.4, B10, F22

Subject: Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

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