Johnson, Edgar W., Correspondence

Edgar W. Johnson Correspondence, 1864 Ms.1989.077


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Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.1989.077
Title
Edgar W. Johnson Correspondence1864
Quantity
0.1 Cubic Feet, 1 folder
Creator
Johnson, Edgar W., d. 1864
Language
The materials in the collection are in English.
Abstract
Edgar W. Johnson (ca. 1845-1864) was a Union soldier in Company F, 50th New York Engineers during the American Civil War. The collection consists of ten letters from Johnson to his father and from Thomas A. Blyth and Harry Wakeman to Johnson's father, , all related to Johnson's service and death in the war.

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Source of Acquisition

The collection was acquired by Special Collections and University Archives prior to 2001.

Processing Information

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Biographical Note

Edgar W. Johnson (ca. 1845-1864) was a Union soldier in Company F, 50th New York Engineers during the American Civil War. He enslisted in February 1864 in Jasper, New York, and died of an illness in May 1864 in Washington, D.C., where he is buried.

Sources:

"Johnson, Edgar W." entry, National Park Service's Civil War Soldier database, https://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-soldiers-detail.htm?soldierId=BDCFB7AC-DC7A-DF11-BF36-B8AC6F5D926A "Edgar W Johnson" entry, New York, U.S., Registers of Officers and Enlisted Men Mustered into Federal Service, 1861-1865 database, Ancestry.com, https://search-ancestrylibrary-com.ezproxy.lib.vt.edu/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=5434&h=24692&tid=&pid=&queryId=d0943118d4fc7ef07b3e36f8460ba53d&usePUB=true

Scope and Content

The Edgar W. Johnson Correspondence consists of ten letters from Johnson to his father and from Thomas A. Blyth and Harry Wakeman to Johnson's father, all related to Johnson's service and death as a Union soldier during the American Civil War. Six letters from Johnson are written January to April 1864 from Elmira, New York, and Rappahannock Station, Virginia, to his father.

Three letters from Johnson's friend Thomas A. Blyth are written April to August 1864, to Johnson's father. Blyth refers to the circumstances involving his friend's illness and subsequent death and urges the father to inquire after his son's back pay and bounty. Blyth describes a scam that resulted when someone tried to steal Johnson's pay.

One letter from Harry Wakeman, of the Johnson's corps, offers condolences to Johnson's father and describes Johnson's last hours.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

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

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Edgar W. Johnson Correspondence by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).

Container List

folder 1
Correspondence
1864