|Abstract:||Journalist and novelist George Alfred Townsend was born in Georgetown, Delaware,
on January 30, 1841. By 1866, Townsend had become a noted news journalist, as[...] a war
correspondent covering the Civil War for the New York Herald, the New
York World, and later, as a ghost writer, for The New York Times.
His reports of Lincoln’s assassination and General Sheridan’s victory at the Battle of Five
Forks, Virginia, brought him considerable recognition. The George Alfred Townsend
correspondence collection includes letters and telegrams addressed to Townsend, legal
documents, and other ephemera related to Townsend’s life and work. Other than one letter
written to Townsend’s wife and several letters of introduction, the correspondence is
addressed directly to Townsend by various friends, business associates, editors, and admirers.
Also included in the collection are publishing contracts, a copyright claim, and a summons to
appear in court.|