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American history/Civil War and Reconstruction

Subject Source: Local sources

Found in 8 Collections and/or Records:

Bonine, Elias A., Stereoview Photograph of Black School Children, 1874

 Item — Box 5: [Barcode: 32101070780042]
Scope and Contents

A stereoview of a group of young, Black students outside their log schoolhouse, likely on the rural outskirts of Jacksonville, Florida.

Handwritten description on verso reads, "Colored School, Florida; Bonine Photo."

Dates: 1874

Chandler, John Lincoln, Letter to Elliott C. Cowdin Concerning Financing the Memphis Daily Post, 1866 March 7

 Item — Box 8: [Barcode: 32101070780075]
Scope and Contents

A letter from John Lincoln Chandler (Memphis, TN), to New York businessman Elliott C. Cowdin (New York), a cousin by marriage, seeking financial support for The Memphis Daily Post (later Evening Post), a Republican newspaper for African Americans founded in January 1866 by General John Eaton, former Commissioner of the Freedman's Bureau.

Dates: 1866 March 7

Hopper, Edward W., Letter to George from St. Helena Island, South Carolina, 1862 September 25

 Item — Box 24: [Barcode: 32101070780232]
Scope and Contents Consists of a seven-page letter from Edward W. Hopper (1839-1901), then a lieutenant in the Union Army, which provides a detailed accounting of Major General Ormsby MacKnight Mitchel's views on the need for the North to unite around the abolition of slavery. Hopper also discusses his hope that "increasing anti-slavery public sentiment" would enable the Lincoln Administration to "adopt a distinct policy" with regard to abolition. Hopper wrote the letter from Pope Plantation, St. Helena...
Dates: 1862 September 25

Kehoe, Robert C., 1832-1905, Account Book with United States Marshal Daniel R. Goodloe, 1865-1867

 File — Box B-001456: [Barcode: 32101103190854]
Scope and Contents Consists of a manuscript account book of Robert C. Kehoe (1832-1905) as Deputy United States Marshal, detailing costs owed to Daniel R. Goodloe (1814-1902) as United States Marshal for services performed for the Pamlico District in eastern North Carolina, which includes documentation of the administration of civil rights laws during the early Reconstruction era. At the time, United States marshals were paid through a fee system, collecting set amounts for performing particular tasks. This...
Dates: 1865-1867

Mary Chrystie Papers

Identifier: COTSEN1

A collection of letters and other writings written principally by Mary Chrystie, but also other members of Chrystie/Few family, mostly from the 1830s through 1840s. Mary Chrystie is a pious, intelligent, chatty, and wealthy young lady from Fishkill Landing, New York. Unfortunately Mary dies at the early age of 17 from tuberculosis in Nice, France.

Dates: Majority of material found within 1833-1841; 1830s-1840s
Found in: TAC_Metadata

Pugh, Thomas, Coroner's Jury Inquisition into the Death of Anthony, Charlotte County, Virginia, 1859 January 14-15

 File — Box 58: [Barcode: 32101038579890]
Scope and Contents Consists of a substantial record concerning an investigation into the death and possible murder of Anthony, a formerly enslaved Black man who had recently been emancipated upon the death of his former enslaver, Isaac N. Robertson, in 1857. It is likely that Anthony died as the result of a racially motivated assault by a white man, though the report is inconclusive. The coroner, Thomas Pugh, states "that from a surgical examination made in the presence of the Jury... his death was caused by a...
Dates: 1859 January 14-15

Ware Family Civil War Papers, 1863-1865

 File — Box 52: [Barcode: 32101070780513]
Scope and Contents Consists of a small collection of family papers pertaining to the experiences of the Ware family during the American Civil War. The Wares were a white settler family, headed by Josiah William Ware (1802-1883), that owned a Virginia plantation called Springfield, where they enslaved at least twenty African Americans. Josiah W. Ware, as well as his sons James Alexander Ware (1832-1896) and Charles Alexander Ware (1841-1915), served in various roles in the military forces of the Confederate...
Dates: 1863-1865

Wordin, Helen "Nellie" Caroline, Diary, 1858-1893

 Item — Box B-001552: [Barcode: 32101103190995], Folder: 3
Scope and Contents Consists of a manuscript diary spanning forty-five years in the life of Helen "Nellie" Caroline Wordin (1842- ), an educated, single white woman living in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in the 19th century who attended school in Petersburg, Virginia, during the outbreak of the American Civil War. Wordin began keeping the diary when she was fifteen years old, with early entries documenting school, Congregationalist church activities, social calls with other girls, work with the Ladies...
Dates: 1858-1893