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Delano, Nancy Eastman : Delano Family Letters, 1859-1867

27 letters addressed to Nancy Eastman Delano and her son Benjamin Eastman Delano, of Strong, Maine, written by relatives and friends just before, during and immediately after the Civil War, including one which describes an army camp in Port Royal, Virginia. Most letters reflect domestic life, frequent illnesses and deaths, and religious thought in Maine and Missouri during this period. There are two letters from Nancy's erstwhile son-in-law Nathan D. Stanwood, which describe his postwar working of his plantation in Alabama, the state of Freedmen and his drive to register them to vote, and several letters from his second wife, Emily. Letters also discuss conflicts between Union and Confederate sympathizers in Missouri, draft riots in New York City; Port Royal, Virginia, from a Union soldier's perspective; the great loss of life at Petersburg; and other topics.
Extent: 0.2 linear feet - (1 box)
Subjects: Civil War, Family Papers
Call Number: Midwest MS Delano
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The Delano Family Letters are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).