A Guide to the Samuel A. Creelman Papers, 1861-1906 Creelman, Samuel A. Papers Ms1984-178

Samuel A. Creelman Papers, 1861-1906

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1984-178


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Processed by: Betsy Reed, Graduate Assistant and Kira A. Dietz, Archivist, Special Collections

Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Samuel A. Creelman Papers, 1861-1906
Physical Characteristics
0.1 cu. ft. 1 folder
Creelman, Samuel A.
This collection contains a number of letters written by Samuel A. Creelman to family and friends during the Civil War. It also contains obituaries about Creelman, a copy of his publication Collections of a Coffee Cooler, and an essay written by Creelman to be read at his funeral.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Samuel A. Creelman Papers must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Samuel A. Creelman Papers, Ms1984-178, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Samuel A. Creelman Papers were acquired by Special Collections in 1984.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Samuel A. Creelman Papers was completed in September 2013.

Biographical Note

Samuel A. Creelman was a native of Pennsylvania. He served as a Union soldier during the Civil War in Company A of the 101st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. He was captured and taken prisoner at Plymouth, North Carolina on April 20, 1864. He spent the months of May through September of 1864 at the prison camp in Andersonville, Georgia. In September of 1864 he was then moved to the prison camp at Florence, South Carolina.

After the war, Creelman settled in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania. He became the president of the Wilkinsburg Building and Loan Association, a justice of the peace, and an active member in the Western Pennsylvania Audubon Society. He died in 1906 in his home in Wilkinsburg from heart failure.

Scope and Content

Samuel A. Creelman, a native of Pennsylvania, served as Union soldier in the Civil War in Company A of the 101st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. This collection consists of letters written by Creelman to his family and friends from various camps in Virginia during 1861 and 1862. In the letters, Creelman details the day to day details of camp life, inquires about people on the homefront, and discusses friends who died. After the Civil War, Creelman renounced Christianity and marked over certain passages of a religious nature from the letters.

The collection includes and address written by Creelman titled "Origin and Destiny, or My View of Life and Death," with the instructions, "To be read at my funeral instead of sermon," which expresses some of Creelman's views on life and death. The collection contains obituaries and a copy of Collections of Coffee Cooler, published in 1890 and written by Creelman about his war experiences, especially his capture at Plymouth, North Carolina, and his subsequent imprisonment at Andersonville, Georgia, and Florence, South Carolina.


The items are arranged in the order in which they were received.

Contents List


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

Contents List

Folder 1
Papers, 1861-1906