Finding Aid for the Andrew Bower Rock Civil War correspondence 2017.197.w.r

Lorraine Shaller
Center for American War Letters Archives
Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange, CA 92866

Contributing Institution: Center for American War Letters Archives
Title: Andrew Bower Rock Civil War correspondence
Creator: McQuiston, Sallie, b. 1843
Creator: Warden, Martha Frances, 1848-1920
source: Rock, Shirley
Identifier/Call Number: 2017.197.w.r
Physical Description: 0.025 Linear feet (1 folder)
Date (inclusive): 1865 January 9 - 1865 July 18
Abstract: This collection contains three letters to Andrew Bower Rock during the Civil War.
Physical Description: One letter was torn irreparably and has been placed in an archival sleeve.
Language of Material: English .
Container: Civil War 1
Container: 22

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Shirley Rock


This collection is arranged chronologically.

Biographical / Historical

Sallie McQuiston was born January 20, 1843. She lived in Israel Township, Preble, Ohio. Bower and McQuiston were cousins by marriage; Sallie's father, David McQuiston, married Bower's aunt, Margaret Hamilton, when Sallie was 7. Sallie wrote these letters at the age of 22 when she was living in Hopewell, Ohio. She married Joseph S. Ramsey on Christmas Day 1866.
The second letter writer, Martha Frances "Frank" Warden was born September 3, 1848. She was raised by her grandfather, Hugh Ramsey and her aunt Sarah Ramsey, which is why in her letter she is unwilling to leave her grandfather and travel west with Bower until after her grandfather's death. They lived in the same town as McQuiston for the majority of the war, Israel Township, Ohio. Frank and Bower married on February 22, 1866 and moved to Iowa where they had nine children. Frank passed away in 1920.
The reciepient, Andrew Bower Rock was born December 18, 1837 in Fairhaven, Ohio. He enlisted in the 47th Ohio Regiment of the Union Army in July of 1861. He fought in the battles of Vicksburg, Chattanooga, Missionary Ridge, and Lookout Mountain, and he later joined Sherman's destructive March to the Sea through Atlanta. He was mustered out in February 1865, but he immediately reenlisted and was finally honorably discharged in August 1865 at the end of the war. He passed away just two years after his wife in 1922.

Preferred Citation

[Item title, Box number, Folder number], Andrew Bower Rock Civil War correspondence (2017.197.w.r), Center for American War Letters Archives, Chapman University, CA.
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Content Description

This collection contains 3 correspondence to Andrew Bower Rock during the Civil War. Two of the letters are from his cousin Sallie McQuiston. The last one is from his beau, Martha Frances "Frank" Warden. In her letters, McQuiston discusses her life at home living with her uncle. She also talks about apparently caring for the sick and about family friends of Bower's who have gone to war. She also mentions Bower's impending marriage to Warden. Warden in her letter discusses Bower's plan to move both of them west after the war ends.

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Subjects and Indexing Terms

Correspondence -- American Civil War
Siege of Vicksburg (Mississippi : 1863)
Sherman's March to the Sea (1864)
Rock, Andrew Bower, 1837-1922
Rock, Shirley