8 December 1856
Burpee, Thomas F. (fl. 1837 - 1864)
Autograph letter signed
Title: to J.W. Thayer
He writes of a band that cannot come to an agreement as to whether they want the more expensive instruments or the cheaper ones.
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Beach, Elias William (1841-1921)
Title: [Diaries of Elias W. Beach] [decimalized]
Seven diaries, including 5 covering the Civil War years. Diary 1 contains the years 1858 and 1861; diary 2 contains 1862; diary 3 contains 1863; diary 4 contains the years 1863-1864; diary 5 contains the rest of 1864; diary 6 contains 1865; and diary 7 contains 1866.
Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)
Title: Speech of... [House Divided speech] [first separate printing, unique variant]
Apparently an unrecorded variant of the first separate printing by O. P. Bassett. The two other recorded copies have an imprint reading the "True Republican Office" with "Printer" abbreviated to "Pr."; the GLC copy omits the word "True" in the imprint and has "Printer" in-full. Like the two other extant copies, this copy prints the second "r" in "Territory" on page 13 upside down.
1858 - circa 1897
Wright, Miller A.
Title: [Personal and military correspondence and documents related to August or Miller Wright] [decimalized]
More than half of these items, to, from, or relating to Augustus or Miller Wright, are Civil War-period. Includes an 9 February 1864 autograph letter signed from Walter Herron Taylor, aide to Robert E. Lee, regarding General Lee's refusal to approve transfers without consultation of commanding officers; a 22 April 1864 autograph letter signed from Augustus to Miller Wright, discussing "the great inefficiency in our officers" and a "very odious" conscription bill; a 20 July 1864 pass issued to Miller Wright by Joseph Rollins, Jr., by order of General Vandever; a 8 September 1864 autograph letter signed from R.N. Williams urging special treatment for POW Miller Wright, as he is "entitled to more consideration than most confederate officers"; a 27 November 1864 ALS from L.H. Everts, vouching for the current loyalty of Miller Wright, "who has recently received from the President of the United States full pardon for all his treasonable acts"; an 8 April 1865 autograph letter signed from A.N. Wilson, written a day before Lee's surrender, discussing tobacco tax and southern financial woes and stating that he'll "wait to see what course General Lee takes before I do any thing"; an 18 April 1865 autograph letter signed from A.N. Wilson decrying "those Devils who brought about the present state of affairs" and asking "What is our country coming to?" in response to "the sad event at Washington" (presumably, Lincoln's assassination), a 29 April 1865 autograph letter signed from August to Miller Wright regarding a prisoner parole and those "fiends" who still try to rule by violence; an 4 May 1865 autograph letter signed from a former Confederate officer regarding General Wofford's imminent surrender - "The War is over no dout." The Augustus and Miller Wright collection consists primarily of material written to Miller. Among these, his father, Augustus Romaldus Wright was the most frequent correspondent; twenty-two letters from Augustus to his son appear in the collection. A number of letters from his cousin Flora, and a host of written orders from General George Washington Lee also account for a large portion of the group. Miller received several letters from the rest of his family. Besides his father and his cousin, family members whose letters can be found in this collection include two sisters, two brothers, another cousin, and a step-mother. The remainder of the correspondence is comprised mainly of letters from friends, fellow officers in the Confederate Army, and post war business associates. After he was captured, and before he became a businessman, influential friends wrote him a few letters of recommendation and support (#66, #68, #72). There are a few items which originated from Miller: a letter to his brother (#15), a leave of absence for a private in the Confederate Army (#47), and several personal notes that can be found toward the end of the collection.
Heirs, William A. (fl. 1858-1897)
Title: [Letters of William Andy Heirs, E company, 3rd regiment, Alabama, infantry] [Decimalized .001- .229]
Heirs served in Company E, 3rd Alabama Regiment. The collection includes 66 letters from William A. Heirs to Sue Carter, 37 of which are wardate. Other letters are from Thomas Heirs, John D. Hays, and "Tom" to Sue Carter. These letters are separated out and arranged chronogically by author. The remainder of the collection is composed mostly of letters to Sue Carter from friends and family. These letters are arranged only by date. Includes 225 letters, 71 envelopes, and 1 photograph. Draft transcripts available for most letters.
Title: Augustus R. & Miller Wright archive: Confederate turncoat [partially decimalized .01-.12]
This collection comprises personal and military correspondence relating to U.S., and later Confederate, congressman Augustus Wright and his son Miller, both Southerners with Unionist sympathies. Topics include battles (including First Manassas), conflicts between Jefferson Davis and Governor Joseph Brown, wounded soldiers and prisoners of war, conscription, peace negotiations, Confederate surrender, and Lincoln's assassination. The collection includes a number of orders by Robert E. Lee's son George Washington Custis Lee, Miller's commanding officer for much of the war. Augustus Romaldus Wright was a Georgia lawyer who had served a single term in the U. S. House of Representatives (1857-59) as a Democrat. Wright opposed secession as a delegate to the Georgia Secession Conference and was offered the provisional governorship of Georgia by President Lincoln, but declined the office. Wright served as a member of the Confederate Congress, was present at the drafting of the Constitution of the Confederate States of America, and organized Wright's Legion, which was mustered in with the 38th Georgia Infantry. Wright resigned his commission on February 14, 1862; he then became Chairman of the Committee on Medical Department when it was created on September 8, 1862, and also headed the Special Committee on Hospitals. In September of 1864, he served as an intermediary between General Sherman and Georgia governor Joseph Brown, and in November, he met with Lincoln in Washington to discuss reconstruction. (See note on 24 November 1864 letter from Augustus R. Wright to Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress.) That same year, he contracted with the U.S. government for cotton sales. After the war, Wright resumed the practice of law at Rome, Georgia. A collection of his papers is now housed at the library of the University of Georgia. Miller A. Wright enlisted in the Confederate Army as a private, and attained the rank of colonel by the end of the war. On April 18, 1862, Miller was relieved of duty as a result of serious sickness. On September 17, 1862, he was wounded in the foot at Sharpsburg, Maryland. Wright was officially commissioned as a colonel and an aide-de-camp of the governor of Georgia on May 11, 1864. On August 1, 1864 he was taken captive by Union authorities. On November 4th of that year, he was granted a full pardon by Lincoln (GLC02691.03).
Powell, George May (1835-1905)
Title: Papers of George May Powell [decimalized]
The George May Powell collection contains personal and family correspondence. Also included are business papers relating to his Thirteenth Amendment anti-slavery photograph, his inventions, and his publications; a diary, letters, and essays regarding his post-war travel, and religious and pacifist correspondence and essays. The collection is divided into the following series: 1) correspondence with Emma C. Small, 1860-1868; 2) George May Powell Company business records (13th Amendment photo); 3) Post-war expedition to Egypt and Palestine diary, records, and maps; 4) American Christian Commission and Evangelical Press Association correspondence; 5) Peace activities: Christian Arbitration and Peace Society, Arbitration Council correspondence (views on the Boer War, the Homestead strike, international peace courts, and compensation for Mexican land); 6) Forestry and fireproofing work in New York (1873-1909): correspondence and records; 7) Essays and patents, including 1864 pro-Lincoln speech "Facts and figures for the hour;" 8) Condell Lifelimb Company records and correspondence; 9) Miscellaneous letters and ephemera, 1858-1904 (includes postcards, tax receipts, bills, check stubs, music scale book, and personal letters); 10) Biographical information, newsclippings, and photographs.
7 January 1858
Ewing, Thomas, Jr. (1827-1896)
Autograph letter signed
Title: to Thomas Ewing, Sr.
Writes to his father that he has been very busy with politics. Gives his eyewitness account of the fraudulent Kansas elections of 4 January 1858. "We have warrants for the arrest of illegal voters & for judges of the Election at Kickapoo & Delaware but only caught two - the others fled ... I was at Kickapoo all day Monday, & saw more than I ever heard before of election frauds. Boys 15 years of age voted, men voted two or three times in an hour, about 50 Missourians voted, in all there were not over 450 votes put in, & yet the judges reported at the close of the polls 905 votes!" Discusses the free staters response to the pro-slavery Lecompton Constitution. "If the pro-slavery men have carried the day, & we are admitted under the Lecompton Constitution, I apprehend Civil War. Calhoun is now in danger of death at the hands of the mob... " Part of page four is cross-written.
25 July 1858
Stauffer, David M. (1845-1913)
Manuscript letter signed
Title: to "Father"
One letter dated Back Woods, July 25, 1858 from David M. Stauffer to his father. Writes about his request for lard and butter and how much they cost. Mentions that if his mother wants blackberry jam she will need to send sugar. Gives udpates on other family members. Part of letter torn.
Kiger, James S. (fl. 1859-1873)
Title: 1859 Diary
Faithfully records the weather each and every day. On May 31st, someone named John steals $150 from another man. June 8th, Thompson's sister got married. Went to a democratic meeting in October and nominated a clerk. November 11th, attended a large funeral for the Hon. R.P. Thompson.
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