1864: William Appleton Lawrence to Mary A. Reeves

This letter was written by Rev. William A. Lawrence (1834-1921), the son of Ephraim Appleton Lawrence (1808-1894) and Clara Pamela Buttrick (1815-1909) of Pepperell, Massachusetts. He wrote the letter to his fiancée, Mary A. Reeves (1836-1914) who was then living with her father in Gallipolis, Ohio. They were married on 19 July 1864 in Gallia…

1863: Cunningham Kerr to his Step-Mother

This letter was written by Pvt. Cunningham Kerr (1839-Aft1888), a member of Co. C, 169th Pennsylvania (9-Months Drafted Militia). Cunningham was the son of Sampson Kerr (1801-1878) and Agnes Reed (1808-1842) of Raccoon, Beaver county, Pennsylvania. Cunningham wrote the letter from Gloucester Point, Virginia, where the regiment was on duty until June, 1863. Note: Cunningham was…

1862: Uriah E. Fulk to Angeline McCollister

These two letters were written by Uriah (“Uri”) Edward Fulk (1839-1863) who enlisted as a private at the age of 22 on 8 October 1861 to serve 3 years in Co. H, 20th Ohio Volunteer Infantry (OVI). Uriah was killed on 12 May 1863 in the Battle of Raymond, Mississippi. [Note: Military service record under…

1863: Unidentified “Alex” to Olivia Priscilla Conaway

The author of this letter was a seaman named “Alex” who was assigned to the U. S. Schooner Kittanning in 1863. He wrote the letter to his niece, Olivia Priscilla Conaway (1844-1921), the daughter of Paul Conaway (1814-1887) and Mary Jane Coulter (1824-1891). On the very day that Alex wrote this letter, his ship — the…

1862: James H. Van Vort to Uncle

This letter was written by James H. Van Vort (1840-1890) who enlisted at the age of 22 in September 1861 to serve three years in Co. A. 56th New York Infantry. He was promoted to a corporal sometime before his re-enlistment as a veteran in February 1864 and he was promoted to a sergeant in…

1861: Charles Ogden Crocker to Friend William

This fascinating letter was written by Charles “Ogden” Crocker (1841-Aft1880), the son of Mary Ellen Kellogg (1820-Aft1880) of Mobile and Henry A. Crocker (1811-1853) of New Haven, Connecticut. Ogden was a member of a recently formed state militia when this letter was written in early February 1861 but he later served as a private in…

1861: Amos Downing to Philip Downing

This letter was written by Amos Downing (1839-1880) who enlisted at the age of 22 in Co. F, 6th Maine Infantry on 15 July 1861. He was discharged for disability on 30 June 1862. Amos wrote the letter to his brother, Philip Downing (1832-18xx) of Portland. Prior to the Civil War, Amos and his older…

1861: Edwin Stone to Cousin Caroline

This letter may have been written by Edwin Stone (1835-1905) who married Louisa Victoria Heath (1837-1945) in 1856 in England and emigrated to the gold fields of California shortly thereafter. Their oldest son was born in a “Chinese camp” in a mining district in 1859. Their second child was born in San Francisco in July…

1864: Algernon D. Hazard to Caleb Hazard

This fascinating letter was written by Algernon D. Hazard (1843-1864) who enlisted in Co. F, 112th New York Infantry on 30 August 1862 at the age of 20 to serve three years. He was promoted to corporal on 1 April 1864 — the same day he penned this letter. He was wounded in action at…