A Guide to the Major General G.H. Steuart Letter, 1861 Steuart, Major General G.H. Ms2010-014

A Guide to the Major General G.H. Steuart Letter, 1861

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Collection Number Ms2010-014


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Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2010-104
Title
Major General G.H. Steuart Letter 1861
Physical Characteristics
1 Folder; 0.1 cu. ft.
Creator
Major General G.H. Stewart, Major Commanding General Kenton Harper
Language
English
Abstract
A letter from Confederate Major General G.H. Steuart to Major Commanding General Kenton Harper, and Harper's reply. The letter was written in Baltimore, Maryland, and is dated April 23, 1861. It expresses concern over the unexpected movements of Union troops in Annapolis, Maryland.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Major General G.H. Steuart Letter, Ms2010-014, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Major General G.H. Steuart Letter was donated to Special Collections in 1999.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Major General G.H. Steuart Letter was commenced and completed in March, 2010.


Biographical/Historical Information

Major Commanding General Kenton Harper, the first letter's recipient, was born in 1801, and died on December 25, 1861. He was in command of the 5th Virginia Infantry during the Civil War, and he participated in the first Battle of Bull Run and the takeover of Harpers Ferry, Virginia. Prior to the Civil War, he fought in the Mexican-American War. In his lifetime, Harper was also a printer of the Staunton Spectator, a Virginia State Legislator, Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, and Major of Staunton, Virginia.

The unexpected movements of Union troops in Annapolis, MD, mentioned by Major General G.H. Steuart refer to those of New York's 7th Infantry Regiment, Massachusetts's Volunteer Militia, and Massachusetts's 8th Infantry Regiment. These units descended into Maryland to stop the state's succession from the Union. They had a hard time traveling because Confederate supporters had damaged many of the railroads. Thus, on April 22nd, 1861, these troops arrived in Annapolis to size the railroad so that they could travel to Washington D.C.

Allardice, Bruce S. More Generals in Gray. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 2006. Print.

Oneill, Bill. "The Union Responds-April-June 1861." Hubpages. Hubpages Inc. Web. 17 Mar. 2010. http://hubpages.com/hub/The-Union-Responds-April-June-1861

Scope and Content

This collection consists of one letter from Major General G.H. Steuart to Major Commanding General Kenton Harper, and his reply on the same piece of paper. The first letter is dated April 23rd, 1861 and details unexpected Union troop movements in Annapolis, Maryland. It also expresses the desire for the union of Maryland and Virginia.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by material type.

Related Material

Di Carlo, Guy, Jr. Civil War Research Papers, Ms1995-015. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database.

Separated Material


Index Terms

    Subjects:

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

Contents List

Folder 1
Letter, 1861
Folder 1
Transcript