Guide to the Wright family papers, RG 174

Listed by: Dieter C. Ullrich
Date: June 2003

Date Span:

0.5 cubic feet

Number of Boxes:
1 Letter Doc Boxes

Historical or Biographical Sketch:
The Wright family resided in White Oak, McLean County, Illinois just prior to and during the American Civil War. Sarah Catherine (Kate) Wright corresponded with relatives and friends during the war, including George M. Kirkpatrick (later to become her husband), Robert Beard and brothers Albert S. and William Henry of Company E of the 94th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment. She also corresponded with her brother Anderson Wright of Company C of the 77th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment, her cousin William N. Wright of the 172nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment, George W. Jones of Company C of the 33rd Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Jason J. Sanburn of Company G of the 12th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment and family members and friends in Illinois and Ohio.

Scope and Content:
Contains the correspondence received and sent by Sarah Catherine (Kate) Wright of White Oak, McLean County, Illinois from 1860 to 1866. Consists of letters from Union soldiers stationed in Missouri and Arkansas (1862-1863), Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas (1863-1865), and Alabama and Georgia (1864-1865). Includes personal narratives of military camp life and descriptions of skirmishes and major battles in the western theater of the American Civil War.

Item list:
Box 1(all correspondence was received at the Wright family residence in White Oak, Illinois, unless noted otherwise)

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