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George W. Williams Civil War correspondence

 Collection — Box: Civil War 2, Folder: 13, Folder: 1
Identifier: 2019-056-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains one letter from George W. Williams to his father during the Civil War. The letter, dated December 26, 1861, was written on paper with a front page that contains a poem, "Hero's Memento," by James P. Herron and illustrated with the American flag, an eagle, and music notes. The letter was written in Falls Church, Virginia while Williams was serving the Union with Company G, 35th Regiment, New York Volunteers. Also included in the collection is one small envelope in which the letter was stored, but not the original envelope in which the letter was sent.

In the letter to his father, Williams describes standing guard and getting into skirmishes at night while on 48-hour picket guard, "but the enemy do not trouble us in day light." He also mentions no man being killed in his unit since he joined them and that they have won every battle. He tells his father that he is having easy times in camp and even lives in a shanty with a stove and an expensive blanket sent to him by a friend. They clear out every place the "Rebels" have been, taking "one hundred loads of corn and hay," and he says the weather is turning cold.

He finishes by saying that he has seen President Abraham Lincoln and that he saw the house where "General Washington" [President George Washington] was born.


  • Creation: 1861 December 26

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.

Biographical / Historical

This letter was found amongst the possessions of Bernadette Angers (Arnold) after her passing. She and her husband lived in Canada. There is no known connection to the author of the letter.


0.01 Linear feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection contains one letter from George W. Williams to his father during the Civil War.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Elizabeth E. Davidson, found among her mother-in-laws possessions, Bernadette Angers (Arnold).

Finding Aid for the George W. Williams Civil War correspondence
Andrew Harman
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for American War Letters Archives, Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives Repository

Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange CA 92866 United States