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Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

The letters reflect the majority of letters written during the mid 19th century allowing disparate family members to catch up with one another. The letters from E.L. Clark are written from the front lines of the Civil War explaining the nuances of picket lines as well as enlightening their friends and family on the happenings of the war. Throughout are mentions of some famous battles as well as the Kinston 22, a hanging of traitorous Confederate soldiers. This collection is a great insight into the literary world of the Civil War era in which letter-writing was the only way to remain in contact with one another, and thus time delays, were of huge importance and worry for writers and recipients alike.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1861-1867


12 Folders (11 folders containing 17 letters and 51 instances of recorded correspondence; plus one folder containing William Logan Reed Collection)

Language of Materials



1861 [?] 18 – 1862 February 22 – Letters to Ethan A. Bailey 4 from 1861, 1 from 1862

1861 July 10 – 1865 Jan 14 – Rude, Lewis W. / Stoddard, Ebenezer – Farm life – DeKalb Co., Illinois; Racism 19th century; personal narratives; Whites – U.S. – Attitudes – History -19th century – sources 2 letters from 1861, 2 from 1865

1861 Aug. 12 - 1862 Mar 7 – Journal of Correspondence of rebel officer Charles C. Lee – Lee, Charles Cochrane, 1834-1862; Smith, James Bunyan, 1838-1921; North Carolina – History – Civil War, 1861- Personal narratives 28 entries from 1861, 23 entries from 1862

Repository Details

Part of the Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives Repository

Middlebury College
Davis Family Library
110 Storrs Avenue
Middlebury Vermont 05753 United States