1860-1879

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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...

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 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

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....

Letter from Isaac Toucey to Nahum Capen
April 4, 1863

Former Secretary of the Navy Isaac Toucey writes Nahum Capen to defend a speech that he gave during a rally held in Hartford, Connecticut. "The only remedy for the evils which have fallen upon the country is in the legitimate action of our institution, which will soon transfer political power...

Location: I-SpahrB-1966-16

Subject: Personal and Family Life, 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 anti-slavery mission to England." Garrison hopes...

Letters from John Cuddy (May – Jun. 1863)
May - June 1863

John Taylor Cuddy writes eight letters to his friends and family describing his experience as a soldier of the Union Army during the Civil War. "Our army has taken Richmond but we do not [know whether] they can hold it [or] not... [General Joseph] Hooker has crossed the river again I think he...

Location: MC 2001.9, B1, F8

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from James Buchanan to Henry Slicer
May 16, 1863

Former President James Buchanan discusses his administration's policies, his health, and other personal matters in a letter to Reverend Henry Slicer. "I would not, if I could, change any portion of the policy I pursued in view of the then approaching troubles," as Buchanan explains. Buchanan,...

Location: MC 1998.10, B4, F7

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

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. Attorney General and U.S. Secretary of State.

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 A. C. Mullin to John H. Cuddy
June 10, 1863

A. C. Mullin responds to John H. Cuddy's request that his son, John Taylor Cuddy, receive a furlough so that he can return home. Mullin, who works as Pennslyvia Governor Andrew Curtin's secrtary, notes that  "it has been referred to the Commander of the 7th Regt. Pa. Reserves, with a...

Letter from James Buchanan to A. T. Goodman
June 11, 1863

Former President James Buchanan responds to A. T. Goodman's question about his remarks and how he voted as a Senator on the Tariff Bill of 1842. "The opinions I then expressed on the subject of a Tariff, with very little variation, I have continued to hold until the present time," as Buchanan...

Location: MC 1998.10, B4, F7

Subject: Economics and Finance, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Memorandum from Jacob Frick to A. L. Russell
June 22, 1863

Jacob G. Frick writes a memorandum to A. L. Russell, Adjutant General of Pennsylvania, that lists the field and staff officers submitted for the Pennsylvania Regiment Militia. Transcript included.

Location: MC 2003.4, B4, F18

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Jacob Frick to Unknown Recipient
July 1863

Union officer Jacob G. Frick describes how two soldiers (Harley Palmer and Charley Palmer) without any weapons reacted during a military engagement. While Charley followed orders to cross a river in order to avoid "any danger," Frick notes that "Harley ran off and got a gun and accoutrements...

Location: MC 2003.4, B4, F17

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Thomas M. Griffith to His Siblings
July 3, 1863

Thomas Miller Griffith writes to his brother and sister and describes the scenes in Carlisle as the Confederates occupied and shelled the town in the days before the Battle of Gettysburg. As the Confederates first approached Carlisle in late June 1863, Griffith recalls the expedited Commencement...

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 entered the town, setting up camp around the town and on...

Location: I-Original-1863-4

Subject: Carlisle and Cumberland County, Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Susanna Thompson to Agnes Cuddy
July 16, 1863

Susanna Thompson writes a letter to Agnes Cuddy asking for information about the "rebels" and expressing worry over the state of the soldiers, including John T. Cuddy. Thompson also asks her friend for information about what happened when the Confederates invaded Carlisle and burned the US Army...

Letters from John Cuddy (Jul. - Sept. 1863)
July - September 1863

John Taylor Cuddy writes five letters to his friends and family describing his experience as a soldier for the Union Army during the Civil War. Cuddy discusses the places he has traveled through and the battles he has witnessed. In addition, Cuddy mentions Confederate General Robert E. Lee's...

Location: MC 2001.9, B1, F9

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

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

Augustus Schell writes to former Secretary of State Jeremiah Sullivan Black regarding events leading up to the start of the Civil War, particularly Fort Sumter.

Location: I-SpahrB-1959-9

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from Thomas Dick (Jul. - Dec. 1863)
July - December 1863

Thomas William Dick writes four letters to family members describing his experience as a soldier in the Union Army during the Civil War. Dick states that he was present at President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and shook hands with Lincoln, who "...appeared very glad to see [him]."...

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, and hopes that it will quickly be vacated so that...

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 explains. Buchanan also notes that "Judge Black has...

Location: I-Friends-2005-6

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

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