A Guide to the War of 1812 Collection, 1806-1823 War of 1812 Collection Ms2017-013

A Guide to the War of 1812 Collection, 1806-1823

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Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2017-013


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2019 ( CC0 1.0 )

Processed by: Kira A. Dietz, Archivist Special Collections

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2017-013
Title
War of 1812 Collection, 1806-1823
Physical Characteristics
0.3 Cubic Feet 1 box
Language
English
Abstract
This collection contains correspondence and military documents relating to the War of 1812, including materials before, during, and after the war, with a particular emphasis on activities in Virginia between 1806 and 1823.

Administrative Information

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from War of 1812 Collection must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: War of 1812 Collection, Ms2017-013, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The War of 1812 Collection was purchased in multiple accession by Special Collections during 2017. Additinoal materials may be added in the future.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the War of 1812 Collection was completed in May 2019.


Scope and Content

This collection contains correspondence and military documents relating to the War of 1812, including materials before, during, and after the war, with a particular emphasis on activities in Virginia between 1806 and 1823. The bulk of the collection consists of letters written by individuals involved with or talking about the conflict. In addition, there are a small number of military documents, including battalion and regimental court marshalls, court summons, and printed materials from 1807-1817.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into two series. Series I: Letters, 1806-1823, contains letters by civilians and members of the military before the outbreak of the War of 1812, during the war, and in the immediate and extended aftermath. This series is in chronological order. Series II: Military Documents and Printed Materials, 1807-1817, includes battalion and regimental court marshalls from the 1st and 2nd Virginia Militia, a court summons, and a publication. this series is in chronological order.

Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • United States -- History -- War of 1812

Contents List

Series I: Letters, 1806-1823
  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 1
    Benjamin Turner, 1806-09-20
    Scope and Contents

    Letter from Benjamin Turner to Henry Ward Esq., written on September 20, 1806. This letter discusses Turner's sailing to New Orleans along with news of a withdrawal of funds and his request that Ward enclose money in another letter to Mr. Ben Bourne, from whom Turner borrowed $50.

  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 2
    Dennis Smelt, 1808-03-23
    Scope and Contents

    Letter from Dennis Smelt to William Pollard Esq., written on March 23 1808. The subject of the letter includes informaiton on political acquaintance affairs and social events.

  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 3
    James Pratt, 1810-07-07
    Scope and Contents

    Letter from James Pratt to Henry Ward Esq., written on July 7, 1810. The letter details information including Pratt's safe arrival after traveling from New York, along with advice for how to live happily as one progresses through life.

  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 4
    William Hazard, 1810-11-05
    Scope and Contents

    Letter from William Hazard to Henry Ward Esq., written on November 5, 1810. The letter includes information about Hazard receiving goods from England and shipping informaiton, along with Hazard's wishes to be in France when the British shipping orders are carried out.

  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 5
    G Hagdorn, 1812-03-05
    Scope and Contents

    Letter from G. Hagdorn to John G Wachsmuth, written on March 5, 1812. Hagdorn's letter details his travel information to England and the great differences between America and London, where Hagdorn had recently moved. In addition to the description of the differences between the two areas, Hagdorn writes, encouraging Wachsmuth to leave Philadelphia and come to London.

  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 6
    Samuel Jordan Harrison, 1812-07-07
    Scope and Contents

    Letter from Samuel Jordan Harrison to his brother, Jordan Harrison, written on July 7, 1812. Harrison writes to his brother, regarding Indian hostilities and activity in the new state of Ohio and his wishes for their family not to travel to the area until later, as a way of avoiding these dangerous areas and activities.

  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 7
    Thomas Colman Searle, 1812-09-19
    Scope and Contents

    Letter from Thomas Colman Searle to his sister, Nancy Searle, written on September 19, 1812. Searle's letter to his sister includes information about home family life along with a separate note to his parents, and discusses family and acquaintance news. Searle's letter also details his account of attending a trial of a woman named Sarah, and her potential death and last words: "when she was brought to the trial, she displayed the most surprising resignation to death"

  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 8
    James Clements, 1812-11-07
    Scope and Contents

    Letter from James Clements to Reuben Haines Esq., written on November 7, 1812. This letter details acquaintance news of traveling and shipping goods, along with a discussion of personal accounts.

  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 9
    John Heiner, 1813-05-22
    Scope and Contents

    Letter from John Heiner to Samuel Johnson Esq., written on May 22, 1813, detailing his safe arrival after travel and the fact that he found his family safe upon arrival, "we are all well here and wish to be remembered by all"

  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 10
    Timothy Paxson, 1813-06-17
    Scope and Contents

    Letter from Timothy Paxson to Moses Eastburn, written on June 17, 1813. Paxson's letter details information on a settlement of a debt, and news of issues with making sales: "our port is now closely blockaided and during its continuance we do not expect to be able to make sales of any kind of produce."

  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 11
    D.L. Greene, 1813-08-16
    Scope and Contents

    Letter from D.L. Greene, written on August 16, 1813. This letter contains news of having procured letters to go to Washington in order to get a warrant in the navy, and acquaintance/colleague news. Archibald Kearny to Henry Ward Esq.

  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 12
    Sarah Harriet Young, 1814-07-03
    Scope and Contents

    Letter from Sarah Harriet Young to her sister, Mrs. Joseph Nourse, written on July 3, 1814. Young's letter details news of family and friend acquaintances, a request for new black silk/sable fabric for a dress, and additionally Young jokes about a nickname for her sister.

  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 13
    William King, 1814-09-11
    Scope and Contents

    Letter from William King to Lieutenant Colonel Jacob Ulmer, written on September 11, 1814. King's letter details military movements and the denial of request to send troops: "which renders it necessary for me to order first Coln Cummings back to this Division believing that you will be able to do every thing which is necessecary while acting on the defensive."

  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 14
    Philip Duval, 1815-05-24
    Scope and Contents

    Letter from Philip Duval to Miss Caleb Taylor and C. E. Smith, written on May 24, 1815. Duval worked as a druggist and this letter is written as a request for specific items that need to be carried on the ship "Minerva", including a list containing: crude white arsenic, epson salts, vials, rochelle salts and yellow bark powder.

  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 15
    Henry Hubbard, 1816-05-23
    Scope and Contents

    Letter from Henry Hubbard to Henry Ward, written on May 23, 1816. Hubbard's letter discusses finances, notes, treasury notes, bills from London. He states that he is not quite ready to give certain other notes, but hopes to be [ready] soon.

  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 16
    James T.B. Romayne, 1816-11-07
    Scope and Contents

    Letter from James T.B. Romayne to Col. Thomas Aspinwall, written on November 7, 1816. The letter expresses Romayne's disappointment in the attempt to court martail General Edmund Pendleton Gaines, for Gaines was considered a hero for actions taken at Sackets Harbor and at the Battle of Fort Erie.

  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 17
    Joseph Allen, 1818-07-04
    Scope and Contents

    Letter from Captain Joseph Allen to Major William Crawford, written on July 27, 1818. Allen's letter details sending a brigade order in request for Crawford's attendance at a court martial and details the names of the soliders that will be sent to accompany Crawford on the journey to court: "Your companions will be Lt. Col Mr Lincoln, Lt Col. Damon, Major Holmes + Fisk and three Capt from 5th Reg."

  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 18
    Rob. Abbott and Company, 1821-07-14
    Scope and Contents

    Letter from business based in Richmond, Rob Abbott and Company to customer, Edward A. Russell, written on July 14. 1821. Abbott and Company's letter is a dicussion of shipment of goods and items to sale.

  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 19
    John C. Vowell, 1822-01-01
    Scope and Contents

    Letter from John C. Vowell to William Young, written on January 1, 1822. Vowell's letter is a thank you note for recieval of a check for $20,000 and discusses the fact that a lawyer will send a second check for the like amount, and a request to keep an account of postage, which Vowell will pay for later.

  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 20
    James Hagarty, 1822-08-31
    Scope and Contents

    Letter from James Hagarty to Thomas Butler Esq., written on August 31, 1822. Hagarty's letter includes a congratulations on Butler's arrival in England and extends his best wishes to the rest of the family. Additionally, Hagarty's letter includes a detailed account kept for Butler that details purchases and money exhchanges: "a presence of business today will not permit me to say more than merely that your account is enclosed in compliance with your request and that you may remit the balance or pay it over to our Mr. Curven[?] in Philadelphia."

  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 21
    W.H. Sumner, 1823
    Scope and Contents

    Letter from General W.H. Sumner to Hon. William H Crawford, written in 1823. Sumner's letter regards a dispute over a land purchase and the proposed building of a road. Sent privately by courier with envelope (enclosed).

Series II: Military Documents and Publications, 1807-1817
  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 22
    Battalion Court Martial, 1st Virginia Militia, September 9, 1807, bound with Battalion Court Marshall, 2nd Virginia Militia, October 8, 1807
  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 23
    Publication, "Peace without Dishonour- War without Hope", 1807
  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 24
    Court Summons for John Hynes, 1812
  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 25
    Battalion Court Marshall, 1st Virginia Militia, October 16, 1815
  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 26
    Regimental Court Marshall, 1st Virginia Militia, October 30, 1815
  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 27
    Battalion Court Marshall, 1st Virginia Militia, October 18, 1817
  • Box-Folder 1 folder: 28
    Muster Orders and Payment Orders, 1817