Title:Lorin Pullen letters: Michigan Bar, Calif., to parents, Kingfield, Me., 1854-1863
Creator/Contributor:Pullen, Lorin, creator, correspondent.
Five handwritten letters (15 p.) from a gold miner seeking his fortune in California to his parents in Maine. Three of the
letters are written from Michigan Bar, California. Two letters are addressed from Yankee Hill, California. He writes of his
trip to California via Nicaragua, the status of his mining claims, and operations. In the last letter (March 13, 1856) he
writes of his efforts to make his fortune, "doubtless you would like to know what has been the overall result so far? I will
answer you in one short sentence...a succession of bitter disappointments." Also includes a handwritten list (1 p.) of "Prices
of provisions at Michigan Bar, Calif." and one envelope addressed to his father, Stephen Pullen, in Kingsfield [i.e. Kingfield]
Handwritten letter (2 p. ; circa 1863), signed by A. Mason, of a man writing to his children of events and circumstances in
northwestern Minnesota. He writes that he plays the flute often and some clarinet too, has a boarder who plays the violin,
and can hear steamboat whistles from the Mississippi River seven miles away like they were a railroad station. He also writes
of "depridations [sic] " by Sioux Indians and notes the presence army troops and "Picketts Skirmishers" who "are getting
ready for a kind of annhilation or exterpating [sic] the whole race of the troublesome parts of the tribe...." He expresses
hope for news of a Union victory soon at Vicksburg, [Mississippi] and disdain for the "damned rebels."
Subject:n-us-ca -- n-us-me -- n-us-mn
Pullen, Lorin -- Correspondence
Mason, A -- Correspondence
Mason, A -- correspondent.
Confederate States of America. -- Army. -- Pickett's Division.
Gold miners -- California -- Sacramento County
Gold mines and mining -- California -- Sacramento County
Voyages to the Pacific coast -- Personal narratives
Food prices -- California -- Placer County -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
Indians of North America -- Minnesota
Unionists (United States Civil War)
Yankee Hill (Calif.)
Michigan Bar (Calif.)
Sacramento County (Calif.)
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives
Lorin Pullen letters : Michigan Bar, Calif., to parents, Kingfield, Me.,1854-1863, BANC MSS 2010/36, The Bancroft Library,
University of California, Berkeley.
Purchase; from Ten Pound Island Book Co.; 20090305.
BANC MSS 2010/36