Military Affairs and Conflict

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Letters from Oliver Worden to Eli Slifer
1861-1865

Newspaperman Oliver Worden writes fifteen letters to Eli Slifer, the Secretary of the Commonwealth during the Civil War, in which he requests information on military and political issues for publication in the in the Star and Chronicle. Worden also offers his services to communicate...

Location: MC 2003.4, B11, F11

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from Thomas Chamberlin to Eli Slifer
May 3 - November 15, 1861

Union officer Thomas Chamberlin writes twelve letters to Eli Slifer, the Secretary of the Commonwealth under Governor Andrew Curtin, regarding his experience leading his company in the Union Army during the Civil War. Chamberlin discusses new recruits, organizing the new infantry company, and...

Location: MC 2003.4, B2, F15

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Edwin Stanton to James Buchanan (Copy)
May 11, 1861

Edwin McMasters Stanton writes to former President James Buchanan apologizing for his previous letters being delayed by the Baltimore Riot. Stanton tells Buchanan news regarding the Civil War and President Lincoln's administration. 

Letters from Everard Bierer to Eli Slifer
1861-1865

Captain Everard Bierer writes a series of twelve letters to Eli Slifer, the Secretary of the Commonwealth under Governor Andrew Curtin, regarding the assembly and movement of army troops, the transportation of said troops, and requests for promotion. Bierer also mentions dealing with the War...

Letter from Edwin Stanton to James Buchanan (Copy)
May 19, 1861

Edwin McMasters Stanton writes to former President James Buchanan regarding the Civil War. Specifically, the unsuccessful evacuation of Fort Sumter, William Henry Seward, the Secretary of State's negotiations, and the treatment of secessionists.

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 H. C. Baird
May 23, 1861

Pennsylvania Governor Andrew Gregg Curtin writes to H. C. Baird about a complaint against the officers of the Fifth regiment. Curtin notes that he has little power or control over most of the issues since that regiment is under federal authority. However, he "will appoint a proper and competent...

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-26

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

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

Petition from the Northumberland and Point Infantry to the Pennsylvania General Assembly
1861

Captain Jacob G. Frick and other members of the Northumberland and Point Infantry company petition the Pennsylvania General Assembly to change the name of their company to "Cadwallader Infantry of Northumberland." Transcript included.

Location: MC 2003.4, B4, F17

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from William Mintzer to Eli Slifer
1861-1863

William Mintzer writes thirteen letters to Eli Slifer, Secretary of the Commonwealth during the Civil War, in which he discusses a proposal for a portion of a loan for the state, other wartime banking issues, recommends his brother-in-law for the position of Notary Public, deserters of the...

Location: MC 2003.4, B8, F6

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Edwin Stanton to James Buchanan (Copy)
June 8, 1861

Edwin McMasters Stanton writes to James Buchanan stating that Stanton and their friends were very pleased by Judge Jeremiah Sullivan Black's message that Buchanan was in good health. Stanton also shares his opinion on the Patriot cause, financial troubles for the Union, and General John Adams...

Letters from John Linn to Eli Slifer
1861-1864

John Linn writes thirteen letters to Eli Slifer, Secretary of the Commonwealth during the Civil War, regarding the organization of regiments for military campaigns, recommendations of officers for new positions in the Union army, the Milton Cornet Band, as well as other administrative duties....

Location: MC 2003.4, B6, F26

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

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)
June 12, 1861

Edwin Stanton writes to former President 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 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

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 Henry Maxwell to James Veech
September 25, 1861

Henry D. Maxwell writes Major James Veech regarding how to close the Pay Department "as soon as practicable." "It is considered that with the payment of the Reserve Corps the object of its creation has been accomplished & the necessity for its continuance has ceased," as Maxwell explains....

Location: MC 2003.4, B7, F7

Subject: Economics and Finance, Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from Henry Maxwell to Andrew Curtin
1861-1862

Henry D. Maxwell writes a series of letters to Governor Andrew G. Curtin regarding military administrative duties, including "the disposition of the property at Camp Washington" as well as making payments to soldiers. Maxwell also writes on behalf of Rev. John Koehl, who would like his son to be...

Location: MC 2003.4, B7, F7

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letters from W. W. Sellers to Eli Slifer
1861-1862

W. W. Sellers writes three letters to Eli Slifer, the Secretary of the Commonwealth, in which he discusses the formation of a company of volunteers from Fulton County, recommends James Pott for a commission in the Union army, and offers a list of "suitable persons" from in Fulton County " for...

Location: MC 2003.4, B9, F21

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Everard Bierer to Andrew Curtin
October 4, 1861

Everard Bierer writes Pennsylvania Governor Andrew Curtin to request the appointment as a Lieutenant Colonel or a Major "in some of the Pennsylvania Regiments now organizing." Bierer claims that he has been "drilling constantly and studying hard now for over 4 months" and is "sufficiently...

Location: MC 2003.4, B1, F18

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict

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

Petition from Company E to Andrew Curtin
December 28, 1861

Members of Company E, 1st Artillery of the Pennsylvania Reserves send a petition to Governor Andrew G. Curtin to request that Lieutenant Thomas Orwig be promoted to Captain. The petition contains a list of names of the enlisted soldiers and officers who endorse Orwig. Transcript included. 

Location: MC 2003.4, B8, F19

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

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