Matlack family letters to Samuel J. Matlack

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Mason Matlack autograph letter signed to Samuel J. Matlack, 1862 May 4 2 p. (1 leaf), with envelope post-marked 4 May 1862 Box 63, F0916

From father Mason: news of his and wife's recent illness and business prospects of family and neighbors; query about son's "fight you had with the nigrow on the forecastle deck."

Mary Matlack autograph letter signed to Samuel J. Matlack, 1863 August 6 2 p. (1 leaf) Box 63, F0916

From sister Mary: news of grandmother's death, receipt of Samuel's money which mother used for bonnet and dress to go to grandmother's funeral.

M[ason] Matlack autograph letter signed to Samuel J. Matlack], 1863 August 16 4 p. (1 leaf), with envelope post-marked 16 August Box 63, F0916

From father Mason: news of a steamboat from Washington, D.C., which arrived carrying sick, wounded, and dead Union soldiers; relays information about neighbors serving in other theaters of the war.

Tillie [Matlack] autograph letter signed to Samuel J. Matlack, 1863 September 21 4 p. (1 leaf), with envelope post-marked 22 September Box 63, F0916

From sister Tillie: references a failed military expedition which Samuel had been engaged in, and in which one of Samuel's commanding officers was taken as a prisoner of war. Expresses the families relief at having learned that Samuel survived the engagement. Also discusses the death of their brother, Harry, who died while a prisoner of war. The mailing envelope is black-edged.

Lewis J. Matlack autograph letter signed to Samuel J. Matlack, 1863 December 18-23 3 p. (1 leaf), with envelope post-marked 26 December 1863 Box 63, F0916

From brother Lewis: writes that Clemmie gave birth to a daughter, Laura, on November 4, 1863; the infant died of illness when two weeks old. Discusses plans for Christmas festivities and Samuel's Christmas presents.

M[ason] Matlack autograph letter signed to Samuel J. Matlack, 1864 May 29 2 p. (1 leaf), with envelope post-marked 29 May 1864 Box 63, F0916

From father Mason: news of Mason's continuing illness; refers to a letter from Samuel's cousin, Mason Murray, who wrote that his unit of the Army was preparing to march against Richmond.

Lewis [J. Matlack] autograph letter signed to Samuel J. Matlack, 1864 June 30 4 p. (1 leaf), with envelope post-marked 1 July 1864 Box 63, F0916

From brother Lewis: news that Mason Murray lost his left leg to amputation following a war wound, and was subsequently hospitalized.

M[ason] Matlack autograph letter signed to Samuel J. Matlack, 1864 July 31-August 13 4 p. (1 leaf),with envelope Box 63, F0916

From father Mason: writes of a visit to Mason Murray in the hospital; refers to a expedition which Samuel participated in, under command of Captain West.

Mary [Matlack] autograph letter signed to Samuel J. Matlack, 1864 September 22 3 p. (1 leaf) Box 63, F0916
Lew[is J. Matlack] and Clemmie [Matlack] autograph letter signed to Samuel J. Matlack, 1864 September 22 4 p. (1 leaf) Box 63, F0916

From bother Lewis and sister-in-law Clemmie: both write urging Samuel to vote for Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson on "the national union ticket" in the coming presidential election, as opposed to the Copperhead candidate, George B. McClellan.

M[ason] Matlack autograph letter signed to Samuel J. Matlack, 1864 September 23 3 p. (1 leaf), with envelope Box 63, F0916

From father Mason: writes to urge Samuel to vote for Abraham Lincoln in the coming presidential election, as opposed to the Copperhead candidate, George B. McClellan; refers to economic hardships.

Envelope, 1864 November 16 Box 63, F0916
Tillie [Matlack] autograph letter signed to Samuel J. Matlack, 1864 November 28 4 p. (1 leaf), with envelope post-marked 5 December 1864 Box 63, F0916

From sister Tillie: mentions the 1864 presidential election of "Old Abe" and General William Tecumseh Sherman's march through Georgia.

M[atilda] E. Matlack autograph letter signed to Samuel J. Matlack, 1865 February 15 4 p. (1 leaf), with envelope post-marked 16 February 1865 Box 63, F0916

From mother Matilda: written to Samuel on his twentieth birthday; implores him to look to his spiritual salvation.

Mollie [Matlack] autograph letter signed to Samuel J. Matlack, 1865 March 11 4 p. (1 leaf), with envelope post-marked 10 March Box 63, F0916

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Lew[is J. Matlack] autograph letter signed to Samuel J. Matlack, 1865 March 31 4 p. (1 leaf), with envelope post-marked 31 March 1865 Box 63, F0916

From brother Lewis: references an earlier letter from Samuel, in which Samuel described the Union occupation of Fort Sumter. Also writes of Ves Crossley, a prisoner of war who escaped from a transport carrying him to Charlotte. He subsequently reached Sherman's lines and served there before being transferred and eventually discharged.

Lew[is J. Matlack] autograph note signed to Samuel J. Matlack, [undated, after 1865 February 22] 1 leaf, recto-verso Box 63, F0916

From brother Lewis: regarding the birth of his son; references Samuel's account of the Union occupation of Fort Sumter.

Lew[is J. Matlack] autograph letter signed to Samuel J. Matlack, 1865 April 20 4 p. (1 leaf), with envelope post-marked 21 April Box 63, F0916

From brother Lewis: regarding father's alcoholism, the capture of Richmond, the surrender of General Robert E. Lee, and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Discussion of the assassination includes information on the mourning observances in Philadelphia, and Lewis' hopes that, under Johnson, "the leaders [of the Confederacy] will all get what they deserve the rope for a neck tie."

Mason M. Murray, Tilton US General Hospital, Wilmington Delaware, autograph letter signed to Samuel J. Matlack, 1865 December 17 3 p. (1 leaf), with envelope Box 63, F0916

From cousin, Mason: regarding his war injury, his and Samuel's differing views of warfare.