Title: 1860s - 1870s CORRESPONDENCE ARCHIVE LOT OF ...
Publisher: MANSON WEST VIRGINIA SWANN CREEK OHIO WV OH
Publication Date: 1863
Book Condition: Very Good+
Book Type: Manuscript
Superb archive of 21 handwritten manuscript letters with great historical content. Nineteen  letters (2 exceptions of the 21) are dated circa 1860s, and many during the civil war years. All of the letters have the month and day they were written, but only nine of them have the year. Of those nine there is July 15th 1861, Oct. 14th & Nov. 5th 1862, March 7th 1863, June 1st 1863, Feb. 10th 1866, April 20 1866, June 9 1866, and Oct. 3rd 1877. All of the other letters are written with headings and the same paper that coincide with the letters that have the dates above, so it is easy to assume they are all written around that same time frame. Besides that some of the letters that have no year on them, talk of the war, confirming the assumption. Next, all of the letters are written to H.H. Hannan or Henry H. Hannan of Swann Creek Ohio. All but two are written by Ed (Edward) Sehon of Manson West Virginia, although Mr. Sehon does write sometimes while at school at the Pennsylvania Military Academy in West Chester Pennsylvania. He also writes a few letters while in Cincinnati, St. Louis and one while on board the steamer Irvin Watson. Then the last two letters are written from Richard Homer Mead who was a Texas Land Locator. All of these men have prominent life histories: HENRY HANNAN: Born in 1843, lived in Swann Creek Ohio and married Sarah Jane Arbuckle in 1868. Mr. Hannan was a land agent and a simple google search provides numerous web sites that had documents, maps and manuscripts with Henry’s Land Agent Stamp on them. EDMUND SEHON: Edwards’ great grandfather was Charles Lewis who was killed at the battle of Point Pleasant in 1774, a battle described in the pages of West Virginia history as one of the most decisive conflicts of the American Frontier. Mr. Sehon took up the study of law and began his practice soon after the close of the civil war. In 1868 he was elected state’s attorney of Greenbrier and Mercer counties but in 1870 he returned to his native county of Mason. In 1875 he was elected a member of the Legislature and ended up mayor of Huntington. DR. RICHARD HOMER MEAD: Born in Huntsville in 1847 and at 16 enlisted in Company K, 8th Iowa Cavalry at Camp Roberts, Davenport Iowa. From there went to Nashville Tenn. and shortly after that went on duty in the mountains during the winter of 1863 - 64. His Civil War record is quite lengthy. He became a prisoner during McCook’s raid and several men in his company died at Andersonville prison, he escaped. An original newspaper article states: August 16, 1878, Dr. R. Homer Mead leaves St. Louis the 9th in charge of a large surveying party for the Pan handle of Texas, by way of Fort Dodge, Kansas. The letters themselves are so very interesting and really give you a good idea of what life was like for these young men during the civil war. Edmund really has a hard attitude towards the war, the draft, but has a very colorful way of writing about women, his great desire to head to California and his steamboat rides on the Mississippi. Here are some snippets: "Well then the next time you write I want you to tell me whether you have ever succeeded in doing what we tried so hard to do in Mason, you know what I mean. If you have you must tell me if it come up to your expectations. Give me your experiences and then I will give you mine. The country is indeed in a bad situation and God only knows when we will see things in a better state. Persons who have nothing cannot make anything and those who have property are in danger of loosing it. Albert McCown is a captain in the 13th Va. Regiment. Well Hen how do you make it with the girls now or do you think any thing about them in these war times? There is scarcely a girl in Mason City worth going to see. Please direct your next letter to Pomeroy as this office is about to go in to other hands. I received your long and welcome letter yesterday and God knows it is one of the most pleasant things imaginable in these times when one knows not wh. Bookseller Inventory # 000080
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