A Guide to the Letters to Ann Eliza Eddy, 1857-1881 Eddy, Ann Eliza, Letters to Ms1990-063

A Guide to the Letters to Ann Eliza Eddy, 1857-1881

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1990-063


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Processed by: Kaitlyn Britt, Student Intern, and Kira A. Dietz, Archivist, Special Collections

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms1990-063
Title
Letters to Ann Eliza Eddy, 1857-1881
Physical Characteristics
0.2 cu. ft. 1 box
Language
English
Abstract
The collection is comprised of letters to Ann Eliza Eddy, living in Troy, New York, dating from 1857-1865. Eddy received letters from Union soldiers, cousins, and friends over the course of the Civil War. There are several photographs of the house and writers included in the collection.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Letters to Ann Eliza Eddy, Ms1990-063, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Letters to Ann Eliza Eddy collection must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Information

The Letters to Ann Eliza Eddy were purchased by Special Collections in 1990.

Processing Information

Initial processing and description of the Letters to Ann Eliza Eddy was completed in prior to 2000. Additional processing, arrangement, and description, including the renaming of the collection to better reflect the contents, was completed in November 2015.


Biographical Note

All of the letters were written to Ann Eliza Eddy, who lived in Troy New York. She was born 21 August 1807 and died 11 December 1887. According to Ancestry.com records she married Titus Eddy.

Sources:

"New York: State Census 1855."Ancestry Library Edition. Website.
"Find a Grave." Website. http://www.findagrave.com

Scope and Content

The collection is comprised of letters to Ann Eliza Eddy, living in Troy, New York, dating from 1857-1865. Eddy received letters from Union soldiers, cousins, and friends over the course of the Civil War. There are several photographs of the house and writers included in the collection.

Both 'Tom,' Eustace McArdle, and 'Worth' are cousins to Ann Eliza Eddy, also nicknamed 'Yi' in several letters from close friends and relatives. Worth was Writing from the 9th regiment of the New York State Militia. Worth wrote primarily about his experience in the army and the battles. McArdle writes from the 22nd, Company A, New York State Militia. Similar to Worth, he sends his best wishes and describes he experience in the army. Tom speaks mostly to Eddy of family business. He describes himself as a 'school boy' and he seems to work in a Naval Office. In a later letter he briefly mentions Japanese ambassadors visiting New York.

In addition to family letters, Ann Eliza Eddy received letters from four more Union Soldiers and one Chief Surgeon, Captain James W. Colville and Lieutenant Walter Knox from the 3rd division of the 2nd Corps of the Army of the Potomac. Colville's letter primarily mentions the war and other hardships. Knox writes about the war and his experience as well, occasionally reminiscing about time he spent in Troy with Eddy.

W.F. Hutchinson writes to Eddy from the 22nd New York Volunteer Infantry. Hutchinson shares details from the war. He reports that a surgeon, Dr. Atherley, died in his November 16th, 1862 letter. Henry Lyster writes to Eddy from the 3rd Brigade of the 2nd Corps. He is the Chief Surgeon with the unit. Henry describes to her the work he does in his letter.

George W. Waldron writes from the 5th Michigan Volunteer Infantry. Waldron seems to be very well educated. Waldron's letters are very descriptive of scenery and weather. He also make allusions to books and musicals including Les Miserables. Waldron reminisces over his time in Troy. Waldron also talks candidly about the wounded: "I always think when any one is wounded that someone is just as bad or worse wounded at home, for a wound of the feelings and of the heart, made by the loss of friends, is frequently more serious and more painful and mortal than a wound of the body. Our 47 000 widows have already applied to the army for pensions during this war. How terrible and numerous have been the wounds received in the army and among homes. How often will the mother in the depth of her anguish doubt the melancholy tale, and how will the little sister unacquainted with death, still expect her brothers to return. Spring will return with it's budding promises, summer with its purpling fruits, and the autumn with its golden harvests, but those who have fallen for their country will come not again, for there is no returning pathway through the tomb."

The other letters Eddy receives are from Sarah R.F. Grebel and 'Helen'. Helen writes to Eddy from Chicago mostly mentioning men she's met, the effects of the war, and the astounding number of widows that she knows. Sarah R.F. Grebel is a widow. In her letter, she describes the loss of her husband who she saw as a close partner and companion.

Arrangement

The letters in the collection are organized alphabetically according to the author's first name.


Index Terms

    Persons:

  • Colville, James W., Captain
  • Eddy, Ann Eliza
  • Grebel, Sarah R.F.
  • Hutchinson, W. F.
  • Knox, Walter
  • Lyster, Henery
  • McArdle, Eustace
  • Waldron, George W.
  • Subjects:

  • Civil War
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Women--History
  • Genre and Form Terms:

  • Correspondence

Contents List

Box-folder 1-1
Eustace McArdle, 1861-1862
Box-folder 1-2
George W. Waldron, 1863-1864
Box-folder 1-3
Helen, n.d.
Box-folder 1-4
Henry Lyster, 1863
Box-folder 1-5
Captain James W. Collvile, 1864
Box-folder 1-6
Sarah R. F. Grebel, 1861
Box-folder 1-7
Tom [Unknown Last Name], 1867
Box-folder 1-8
Walter Knox, 1863-1864
Box-folder 1-9
W. F. Hutchinson, 1861-1862
Box-folder 1-10
Worth, 1862
Box-folder 1-11
Photographs, 1861-1865
Box-folder 1-12
General Grant Letter, 1881

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Colville, James W., Captain
  • Eddy, Ann Eliza
  • Grebel, Sarah R.F.
  • Hutchinson, W. F.
  • Knox, Walter
  • Lyster, Henery
  • McArdle, Eustace
  • Waldron, George W.