Norton, H. E. Letter

A Guide to the H. E. Norton Letter, 1865 Ms.2009.074


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Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.2009.074
Title
H. E. Norton Letter1865
Quantity
0.1 Cubic Feet, 1 folder
Creator
Norton, H. E., 1828?-1911?
Language
The materials in the collection are in English.
Abstract
The collection contains a letter from H. E. Norton, a soldier in a Michigan brigade headquartered at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas just after the Civil War, describing journey from Washington and complaining that the brigade had been "sold" by the Michigan governor for political purposes.

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Collection is open to research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: [identification of item], [box], [folder], H. E. Norton Letter, Ms2009-074, Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Source of Acquisition

The H. E. Norton Letter was purchased by Special Collections in 1993.

Processing Information

The processing and description of the H. E. Norton Letter commenced and was completed in May 2009.


Biographical Note

H. E. Norton was a soldier in a Michigan brigade during and following the Civil War. He may have been Hylon E. Norton (1828-1911), a sergeant in Company I of the 6th Michigan Cavalry.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a letter from H. E. Norton, a soldier in a Michigan brigade just after the close of the Civil War. Writing from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas to friends Erastus and Viola Terry in June 1865, Norton briefly describes the brigade's journey westward. He then complains that veteran members of his regiment were supposed to have been mustered out in May but that the regiment was instead ordered westward, seemingly with the acquiescence of Michigan's governor. ("[I]t is Generally Believed that the Michigan Brigade was Basely sold by the Governor of the State of Michigan for we could never have been transfered to this Dept. if he had not consented to it," he writes.) Norton pledges to remain with his regiment and discusses the camp rumor that the regiment will soon be assigned to guarding a government train to Nebraska Territory.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

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

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the H. E. Norton Letter 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
Letter
1865