A Guide to the Spencer C. Stanhope Letter, 1870 Stanhope, Spencer C. Ms2009-069

A Guide to the Spencer C. Stanhope Letter, 1870

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2009-069


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Processed by: John M. Jackson, Special Collections Staff

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2009-069
Title
Spencer C. Stanhope Letter 1870
Physical Characteristics
1 container; 0.1 cu. ft.
Creator
Stanhope, Spencer C.
Language
English
Abstract
Letter from former Union officer Spencer C. Stanhope to C. P. Leverich, describing his destitution and pleading for financial assistance. Accompanied by a second letter, which had likely been enclosed with the first, further describing his situation.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Spencer C. Stanhope Letter must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Spencer C. Stanhope Letter, Ms2009-069 - Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Acquisition Information

The Spencer C. Stanhope Letter was purchased by Special Collections in 1993.

Processing Information

The processing of the Spencer C. Stanhope Letter commenced and was completed in May 2009.


Biographical Information

Spencer C. Stanhope was born around 1825. For many years prior to the Civil War, he lived in the South. He enlisted in Company H of the 31st New York Infantry on May 21, 1861. Enlisting in New York City as a first sergeant, Stanhope was promoted to first lieutenant on August 2. He resigned on January 2, 1862.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of a letter from former Union Army officer Spencer C. Stanhope to C. P. Leverich (likely Charles P. Leverich of Leverich & Company). Writing from New York, Stanhope describes his desperate circumstances and pleads for financial assistance. He notes that his grandfather, R. N. Waite, had been a banker that associated with the Leverich family. He continues by admitting that the public has become suspicious of veterans requesting assistance. "It seems to be the recognized custom," he writes, "to regard every crippled soldier who applies for work, or assistance, as an imposter..." In a second letter, which had likely been enclosed with the first, Stanhope states that he is "sick, crippled and out of employment." He writes of having disposed of all of his possessions and spending the past three nights on the streets and claims that without help he will soon die. Despite his crippled condition, he writes, he will accept any type of employment.

Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Civil War
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

Contents List

Folder 1
Letter 1870