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George Thacher Balch letters, 1855-1862.
BANC MSS P-W 2
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Title:

George Thacher Balch letters, 1855-1862

Creator/Contributor:

Balch, George Thacher, 1828-1894, creator

Creator/Contributor:

Harney, William S. (William Selby), 1800-1889

Creator/Contributor:

Balch, Harriet D. Cushman., Correspondent.

Creator/Contributor:

Cushman, Maria Jones Tallmadge., Correspondent.

Abstract:

Consists chiefly of letters written by Captain Balch while serving as an ordnance officer on the Sioux campaign, Apr.-Dec. 1855, and later from Ft. Pickens, Fla. and Wash., D.C. A copy of Special Orders No. 12, May 12, 1855, issued by Brigadier General W.S. Harney, preceeds the letters written by Balch to his wife. The first 14 letters, written from the St. Louis Arsenal and in the Sioux campaign in Nebraska, May-Dec. 1855, were numbered consecutively by Balch and referred to as his journal. These are followed by 17 letters written from Ft. Pickens in May-July 1861, and 20 letters from Washington, D.C. in July-Sept. 1862. War-time news of Washington is also given in 21 letters written by Balch's wife, Harriet (Cushman) Balch, to her mother, Maria Jones (Tallmadge) Cushman in 1863, some which include postscripts by Captain Balch.

Date:

1855 (issued)

Subject:

United States. -- Army. -- Ordnance Department.
Indians of North America -- Wars
Dakota Indians -- Wars
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865

Note:

Portrait of George T. Balch transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library (Portrait Files)

Physical Description:

print
1 box (.4 linear ft.)

Language:

English

Identifier:

BANC MSS P-W 2

Origin:

Various places