1860-1879

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Letter from Edwin Stanton to James Buchanan (Copy)
June 12, 1861

Edwin Stanton writes to James Buchanan regarding Bethel Bridge near Fortress Monroe and military appointments during the Civil War. 

Location: I-SpahrB-1959-9

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict

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 "...

Location: I-Friends-1975-15

Subject: Education, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

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

Edwin McMasters Stanton writes to 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...

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,...

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...

Location: I-BeachW-1986-9

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from G. G. Beckwith to D. H. Hastings
January 21, 1862

G. G. Beckworth writes a letter from Frederick, Maryland, to Captain D. H. Hastings of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, with news that the Confederate forces had left Winchester and speculation that they were moving North with two brigades and...

Location: I-Friends-1975-2

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from C. Ruff to William Frishmuth
March 21, 1862

United States Mustering Officer C. J. Ruff writes Colonel William Frishmuth and requests a written response to several accusations of misconduct and corruption. “I am directed…. to call on you for an explanation (in writing) of your conduct in...

Location: I-Purchase-1968-6

Subject: Legal Affairs, Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Andrew Gregg Curtin to R. Butler Price (Copy)
March 24, 1862

Pennsylvania Governor Andrew Gregg Curtin sends this copy of the charges against Colonel William Frishmuth to Colonel R. Butler Pierce and orders him “to investigate.” Colonel Price, of the 59th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers, is the...

Location: I-Purchase-1968-6

Subject: Legal Affairs, Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

"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...

Location: Orations-1862-S741o

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from L. Pierce to C. Ruff (Copy)
March 23, 1862

Lieutenant Colonel L. B. Pierce writes Lieutenant Colonel C. J. Ruff, US Mustering Officer, and outlines his accusations of misconduct and corruption against Colonel William Frishmuth. Pierce’s accusations include Frishmuth “attempting the...

Location: I-Purchase-1968-6

Subject: Legal Affairs, Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Legal and Government Documents

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...

Location: I-Original-1862-1

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Newspapers and Magazines

Time Period: 1860-1879

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,...

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

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...

Location: I-SpahrB-1958-16

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Roger B. Taney to D. Adams
March 23, 1863

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney (Class of 1795) replies to Mr. D. Adams' request for Taney's autograph.

Location: I-Purchase-1954-28

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from William Lloyd Garrison to Andrew Paton
April 10, 1863

Moncure D. Conway carries a letter for abolitionist William L. Garrison, who writes from Boston to his friend, Andrew Paton in Glasgow, Scotland, and introduces Conway in terms of highest commendation. Garrison also explains that Conway is on "an...

Letter from James Buchanan to Jeremiah Black
June 7, 1863

Former President James Buchanan writes to Jeremiah Sullivan Black regarding his health and to plan a get together. Buchanan plans "to visit the Bedford Springs the present season." Black served in President Buchanan's administration as the U.S....

Location: I-Friends-2004-2

Subject: Health and Medicine, Personal and Family Life, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from George D. Chenoweth to James W. Marshall
July 15, 1863

George D. Chenoweth describes the Confederate invasion, occupation, and shelling of Carlisle. He mentions leaving Carlisle before the raid, and the pleasure of finding none of their personal belongings disturbed upon his return. 12,000 men...

Location: I-Original-1863-4

Subject: Carlisle and Cumberland County, Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Augustus Schell to Jeremiah Black (Copy)
July 28, 1863

 Augustus Schell writes to Jeremiah Sullivan Black regarding events leading up to the start of the Civil War, particuarly Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie.

Location: I-SpahrB-1959-9

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Jeremiah Black to Augustus Schell (Copy)
August 6, 1863

In a response to Augustus Schell sent to Jeremiah Sullivan Black in July, Black writes to Schell regarding James Buchanan's Cabinet, Fort Sumter, and General John Adams Dix. 

Location: I-SpahrB-1959-9

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from John K. Stayman to Edgar E. Hastings
August 13, 1863

John Keagy Stayman questions Edgar E. Hastings as to when the draft will be lifted from Cumberland County, as he is “considered by Uncle Sam a ‘first class man’.” He also asks whether or not Dickinson College is still being used as a hospital,...

Letter from James Buchanan to Joseph C. G. Kennedy
September 10, 1863

Former President James Buchanan writes Joseph Camp Griffith Kennedy regarding his health and finances. "My own heart is good, except that I am a little crippled in walking by the effects of my late very severe attack of rheumatism," as Buchanan...

Location: I-Friends-2005-6

Subject: Economics and Finance, Health and Medicine, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Mary Goodin to Jane Hastings
November 5, 1863

Mary Goodin writes to her sister, Jane Hastings, about settling into a new home in East Bloomfield, Pennsylvania and apologizes for not writing in five weeks. Transcript included.

Location: I-Friends-1975-16

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Nahum Capen
November 30, 1863

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger B. Taney writes a private letter to Nahum Capen of Boston regarding a rumor about Taney resigning: "There is no foundation for the rumor that I have resigned or am about to resign the office of Chief Justice of...

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