1862-64: James Philander Walker to James Alexander Walker

These letters were written by Dr. James Philander Walker (1826-1892), the son of Joseph Culton Walker (1786-1841) and Lucretia Fletcher (1790-1851). Joseph was born in Adair county, Kentucky, on 6 April 1826. His father removed to Illinois and settled on a farm in Sangamon (now Logan) county in 1830. Seven years later found the Walker family … More 1862-64: James Philander Walker to James Alexander Walker

1862: Surgeon’s Certificate by Isaac White

This interesting surgeon’s note was written in July 1861 by Capt. Isaac White (1837-1889). Isaac was born in Charlottesville and graduated in 1859 from the Medical College of Virginia. He married Mary Virginia (“Jinnie”) Day (1840-1922) on November 6, 1860. He and Mary bore two sons, John Day White (1864-1923), and George White. On May … More 1862: Surgeon’s Certificate by Isaac White

1862: George Everett White to Elisha Stone White

This extremely rare letter was written while lying on the battlefield at Fredericksburg by Pvt. George Everett White (1843-1895) of Co. K, 120th New York Infantry. He wrote the letter to his parents, Elisha Strong White (1806-1869) and Jane (Doane) White (1812-1885) of Ashland, Greene county, New York. During the Battle of Fredericksburg, the 120th … More 1862: George Everett White to Elisha Stone White

1861-63: William Stuart Walker to James A. Walker

These delightful and entertaining — sometimes humorous — letters were written by William “Stuart” Walker (1839-1907) of Mason City, Illinois. Stuart was the son of William Hammer Walker (1797-1859) and Ann Harris (1807-1844). He wrote all of the letters to his older brother, James Alexander Walker (1833-1911) — a physician in Mason City. W. Stuart … More 1861-63: William Stuart Walker to James A. Walker

1861: Confederate Soldier to Cousin Mollie

This letter was written by an as yet unidentified Confederate soldier to his cousin Mollie. It was datelined “Camp Withers” that was undoubtedly named after Col. [Jones M.] Withers who had six regiments under his command during the winter of 1861-62 east of the Elizabeth River at Norfolk, Virginia.  The Newark Daily Advertiser of 20 December 1861 reported that … More 1861: Confederate Soldier to Cousin Mollie

1862-63: Allen Joseph Clifton to Sarah Ann (Nagle) Clifton

These three letters were written by Allen Joseph Clifton (1843-1931) of Co. B, 51st Pennsylvania Infantry. Allen mustered into the service in October 1861 and he mustered out in October 1864. Though he claimed to be 20 years old when he entered the service, he was actually just under 18. Allen was the second son of Alexander James Clifton … More 1862-63: Allen Joseph Clifton to Sarah Ann (Nagle) Clifton