1864-5: Edward Dale to Elizabeth (Rowe) Dale

These two extremely detailed and entertaining letters were written by Edward Dale (1822-1869) to his wife Elizabeth Johanna (Rowe) Dale (1822-1891) — both natives of Cornwall, England, who married in Toronto, Canada, in 1842 and settled in Blue Mounds, Dane county, Wisconsin, in 1845. Edward was the son of Charles Dale (1791-1848) and Mary Ann Pearson (1786-1843)….

1863: William C. Evans to Sarah (Johnston) Evans

This letter was written by Pvt. William C. Evans (1832-1903) of Co. F, 82nd Pennsylvania Volunteers. William was drafted and mustered into the regiment in late August 1863. The “Descriptive List of Drafted Men called” from Pine Creek District, Jefferson county, Pennsylvania, indicates that William C. Evans was 31 years old, had blue eyes, brown hair, a…

1865: John Crockett Wallis to Joseph Edmund Wallis

This letter was written by John Crockett Wallis (1829-1872), the son of Major Joseph Edmund Wallis, Sr. (1801-1865), and Elizabeth Crockett (1795-1866). He wrote the letter to his brother Joseph Edmund (“Ed”) Wallis, Jr. (1835-1907) — a planter in Washington county, Texas. After the war, the two brothers sold their Washington county plantations and became partners…

1861: Unknown Confederate to Mother

The identity of the author of this letter has not been confirmed though it seems likely he was a Confederate soldier encamped near Bowling Green, Kentucky, in early November 1861. Here in the hills surrounding the town, Confederate forces fortified the approaches to the Barren river and protected the railroad for the Confederacy. It was not…

1865: David Spielman to Mary Jane Miller

This letter was written by David Spielman (1800-Aft1870), a carpenter from (1860) Blandinsville, McDonough county, Illinois — formerly (1850) of Conemaugh, Cambria county, Pennsylvania. David was married to Catherine _______ (1804-1857). David wrote the letter to his daughter, Mary Jane (Spielman) Miller (1826-1883), the wife of Joseph Miller (1821-1889) — a justice of the peace in…

1862: David M. Wynn to John Griffith

These two letters were written by David M. Wynn (1842-1903), the son of Abram J. Wynn (1796-1856) of Plymouth, Richland county, Ohio. David’s mother was Ruth Pickering [or Piquern] (1805-1849) — a native of Scotland who died in 1849. David’s father remarried a second time to Sarah Ann Champion (1815-1870). The only relative David mentions…

1865: William Henry Thurston to Laura J. Morgan

These two letters were written by Lt. William Henry Thurston (1838-1924), the son of Isreal Thurston (1809-1888) and Abigail Persing (1817-1892) of Shamokin, Pennsylvania. William worked as a blacksmith before he enlisted and was mustered into service on July 8, 1861 as a private with the Forty-Third Regiment, Battery F, 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery. He was promoted to…

1865: Laura J. Morgan to William Henry Thurston

A rare group of four Lincoln assassination related letters written by Laura J. Morgan, (1845-1928), the daughter of John Campbell Morgan (1818-1887) and Mary Catharine Weimer (1825-1885) of Sunbury, Northumberland county, Pennsylvania. Laura’s fraternal grandparents were Joseph Morgan (1784-1856) and Charity Campbell (1790-1850). Laura wrote the letters to her beau, Lt. William Henry Thurston (1838-1924), the son of Isreal Thurston (1809-1888)…

1861: Lydia (Judd) Stockwell to Andrew Judd

This letter was written by Lydia (Judd) Stockwell (1828-1919), the daughter of Simeon Judd (1786-1869) and Lydia Day (1790-1891) of South Hadley, Hampshire county, Massaschusetts. Lydia married Levi Stockwell (1826-1898) in April 1851 at South Hadley, Massachusetts. A History of Green County, Iowa by Edwin B. Stillman (page 300, states that after the couple married, they…