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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

February 1864 letters

March, 1864 letters

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Mrs. E. H. Wright. Letters from Union Generals, 1864



Descriptive Summary

Title: Mrs. E. H. Wright. Letters from Union Generals
Dates: 1864
Abstract: Six letters from Civil War generals of the Union Army in reply to Mrs. E. H. Wright’s request for their photographs; respondents include Generals J. J. Abercrombie, John Gross Barnard, Cyrus Bussey, George W. Cullum, William Hammond, and George Douglas Ramsay.
Identification: MS 111
Quantity: 6 letters
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, TX

Biographical Note

Nothing is known about Mrs. E. H. Wright, nor can a firm identity be established for an E. H. Wright to whom she might have been married (although two E. Wrights are cited on lists of Union officers who served during the Civil War). Since the Union Army’s cause had become more hopeful by early 1864, perhaps this spurred Mrs. Wright’s interest in obtaining mementos from military leaders who had helped in turning the course of the war.

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Scope and Contents

The six Union Army generals’ letters, dated January 28th through March 12th 1864, and written in reply to requests from Mrs. E. H. Wright for photographs of themselves, are cordial and elegant (and sometimes humorous) in expression. All but one were written from Washington or the surrounding District of Columbia, with three written and signed by the generals themselves and three written by others on the generals’ behalf; four of the generals sent photographs but two expressed regrets that they had none to send.

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Arrangement

Arranged in chronoligical order.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Use Restictions

Permission to publish material from the Mrs. E. H. Wright Letters from Union Generals must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice Unversity.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Abercrombie, General J. J.
Barnard, General John Gross
Bussey, General Cyrus
Cullum, General George W.
Hammond, General William
Ramsay, General George Douglas
Wright, E.H., Mrs.
Places
United States—History—Civil War, 1861-1865.
Formats
Correspondence.

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Related Material

See additional Civil War era collections in the Woodson Research Center.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Mrs. E. H. Wright. Letters from Union Generals, MS 111, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Acquisition Information

Mrs. E. H. Wright’s Letters from Union Generals, 1864, were purchased September 17, 1962.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

February 1864 letters

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1 Feb. 28, 1864, from General George W. Cullum
Feb. 28, 1864(?), from General John Gross Barnard

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March, 1864 letters

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1 March 1, 1864, from General Cyrus Bussey
March 3, 1864, from General George Douglas Ramsay
March 6, 1864, from General William Hammond
March 12, 1864, from General J.J. Abercrombie

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