Our Collection

At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 70,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letters from World War II and Vietnam. Explore primary sources, visit exhibitions in person or online, or bring your class on a field trip.

Carey, George (fl. 1837-1861) to Galloway Cheston

High-resolution images are available to schools and libraries via subscription to American History, 1493-1943. Check to see if your school or library already has a subscription. Or click here for more information. You may also order a pdf of the image from us here.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03228.09 Author/Creator: Carey, George (fl. 1837-1861) Place Written: Baltimore, Maryland Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 30 April 1861 Pagination: 2 p. ; 24.5 x 20 cm.

Summary of Content: Writes to his uncle about Baltimore at the beginning of the Civil War. Reports that someone from the bank has said the "run" has ended and people are depositing money again. Of the people that withdrew their money, he states "Great leniency ought to be extended to the poor & ignorant depositers who, in their fear of loss, drew out their all." Informs that the Mayor has said that no flags may fly except over government buildings. Says "...the Stars & Stripes will be hoisted, by own, over the Custom House & P. Officer - and our eyes will be once more greeted with the sight of the beautiful emblem of our country."

People: Carey, George, fl. 1837-1861
Cheston, Galloway, fl. 1861

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Baltimore MarylandCivil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesFinanceGovernment and CivicsEconomicsBankingAmerican FlagPost OfficeAmerican Symbols and SealsPatriotism

Sub Era: The American Civil War

Order a Copy Citation Guidelines for Online Resources