Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Berkey family papers

Abstract

The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Berkey family papers (dated 1856-1867, undated; 1.9 cubic feet; 3 boxes) comprises correspondence, quartermaster papers, a receipt, and newspaper clippings. These papers document the daily activities of a soldier in the Civil War, the conditions and feeling of family and friends on the home front, and the opinions on politics, religion, and war during this period.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Berkey family papers
Date
1858-1867, undated
Extent
1.9 Cubic feet
Subjects
Antietam, Battle of, Md, 1862.
Assassination--United States
Atlanta Campaign, 1864.
Civil War in the North
Families of military personnel--United States
Gettysburg, Battle of, Gettysburg, Pa., 1863
Presidents--United States--Election--1864
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Correspondence.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Social life and customs.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged into four series: James J. Berkey papers, Mary A. Berkey correspondence, John Marihugh correspondence, and Assorted papers.
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Morgan Lockard
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0104 : [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Berkey family papers, 1858-1867, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The Berkey family lived in Iowa and participated in the Civil War either as soldiers or on the home front. Jameson J. Berkey (1835-1925), son of Roswell Berkey and Elizabeth Faith, fought for the Union army in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas and practiced law in Iowa. Mary Ann Berkey (1835-1900), Jameson's wife, remained on the home front in Iowa caring for their son, relatives, and home. John Marihugh (1858-1917), Mary's brother, fought as a soldier in two separate regiments for the Union army and after the war raised sheep in Kansas.
American Letters collector Wade Hall is a native of Union Springs, Alabama. Since 1962, he has lived in Louisville, where he has taught English and chaired the English and Humanities/Arts programs at Kentucky Southern College and Bellarmine University. He has also taught at the University of Illinois and the University of Florida. He holds degrees from Troy State University (B.S.), the University of Alabama (M.A.), and the University of Illinois (Ph.D.). He served for two years in the U.S. Army in the mid-fifties. Dr. Hall is the author of books, monographs, articles, plays, and reviews relating to Kentucky, Alabama, and Southern history and literature. His most recent books include A Visit with Harlan Hubbard; High Upon a Hill: A History of Bellarmine College; A Song in Native Pastures: Randy Atcher’s Life in Country Music; and Waters of Life from Conecuh Ridge.
Scope and Content
The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Berkey family papers (dated 1856-1867, undated; 1.9 cubic feet; 3 boxes) comprises correspondence, quartermaster papers, a receipt, and newspaper clippings which document the Berkey family. The papers detail the daily activities of a soldier in the Civil War; the conditions and feeling of family and friends on the home front; and opinions on politics, religion, and war during this period.
The collection primarily contains correspondence between Jameson Berkey, Mary Berkey, and John Marihugh. Other materials include Jameson's quartermaster inventories, accounts, and invoices; the correspondence of a relative, Lewis Berkey; and assorted materials. Prominent persons mentioned include Confederate president Jefferson Davis, Senator Stephen Douglas, General Ulysses S. Grant, General Robert E. Lee, Union General Thomas West Sherman, General William Tecumseh Sherman, John Wilkes Booth, Union General Robert Anderson, George B. McClellan, Union General John McAllister Schofield, Confederate General James Longstreet, Union General Nathaniel P. Banks, and President Abraham Lincoln (including his 1864 reelection and 1865 assassination). Important battles and campaigns mentioned include Antietam, Gettysburg, New Orleans, Vicksburg, and Sherman's march through Georgia.
The Berkey family papers are part of the Wade Hall Collection of American letters, which includes correspondence and diaries from all over North America covering the time period of the Civil to Korean Wars. The materials were collected by Wade Hall and document everyday men and women.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access note Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
Property rights reside with the University of Kentucky. The University of Kentucky holds the copyright for materials created in the course of business by University of Kentucky employees. Copyright for all other materials has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky. For information about permission to reproduce or publish, please contact Special Collections.

Contents of the Collection

Jameson J. Berkey papers, 1858-1865

The Jameson J. Berkey series comprises correspondence, quartermaster materials, and a receipt. The series documents his life during the Civil War, camp life, battles, political arguments, and his personal relationship to those at home. The series is organized by form. The bulk of the series consists of Berkey’s correspondence to his wife. Additionally, there are some letters from other family members and officers in his regiment. His correspondence deals with his impressions on the 1864 election, his feelings of daily activities in camp, and the various battles that he participate in. During the 1864 election, he was a democrat and often lectured his wife in his letters on Lincoln and McClellan. One battle in particular that he describes to his wife regards the fight between iron-clads at Fort Morgan (Box 162, Folder 7). His quartermaster materials include inventories, accounts, and invoices for supplies as well as several muster rolls. These papers document the duties of a quartermaster and the conditions of life in camp based on the materials available to the soldiers.

Correspondence, 1859-1865

General personal correspondence to Jameson J. Berkey, 1862-1865

  • Box 162, Folder 1
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Jameson J. Berkey letters to Mary A. Berkey, 1862

  • Box 162, Folder 2
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Jameson J. Berkey letters to Mary A. Berkey, 1863

  • Box 162, Folder 3
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Jameson J. Berkey letters to Mary A. Berkey, 1863

  • Box 162, Folder 4
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Jameson J. Berkey letters to Mary A. Berkey, 1863

  • Box 162, Folder 5
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Jameson J. Berkey letters to Mary A. Berkey, 1864

  • Box 162, Folder 6
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Jameson J. Berkey letters to Mary A. Berkey, 1864

  • Box 162, Folder 7
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Jameson J. Berkey letters to Mary A. Berkey, 1864

  • Box 162, Folder 8
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Jameson J. Berkey letters to Mary A. Berkey, 1865

  • Box 162, Folder 9
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Jameson J. Berkey letters to Mary A. Berkey, undated

  • Box 162, Folder 10
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Jameson J. Berkey and Mary A. Berkey invitations, 1859-1863

  • Box 162, Folder 11
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Jameson J. Berkey military correspondence, 1862-1864

  • Box 162, Folder 12
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Quartermaster papers, 1864

Jameson J. Berkey quartermaster inventories, 1864

  • Box 162, Folder 13
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Jameson J. Berkey quartermaster invoices, 1864

  • Box 162, Folder 14
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Jameson J. Berkey quartermaster ordnance accounts, 1864

  • Box 162, Folder 15
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Jameson J. Berkey quartermaster oversized papers, 1864

  • Box 161, Folder 3
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Jameson J. Berkey quartermaster oversized papers, 1864

  • Box 161, Folder 4
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Jameson J. Berky postage receipt, 1858

  • Box 162, Folder 16
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Mary A. Berkey correspondence, 1861-1866

Correspondence makes up the Mary A. Berkey series, and documents the conditions of the home front. The series is organized by form. The bulk of the series contains correspondence to Mary's husband, Jameson J. Berkey, during his time as soldier in the Union army. These letters pertain to the gossip around their hometown; conditions at home and of the family; and other news such as elections, battles, progress of the war, and plans for after the war. Other correspondence Mary received from relatives and friends concerning health; weather; the Civil War; and news about friends, family, or husbands that are soldiers. One section of letters to her husband in 1864 illustrates how women understood and participated in politics even before they could vote (Box 163, Folder 2).

Mary E. Aimsworth letters to Mary A. Berkey, 1864-1865

  • Box 162, Folder 17
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Cecilia Berkey letters to Mary A. Berkey, 1864

  • Box 162, Folder 18
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Mary A. Berkey letters to Jameson J. Berkey, 1862

  • Box 162, Folder 19
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Mary A. Berkey letters to Jameson J. Berkey, 1863

  • Box 163, Folder 1
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Mary A. Berkey letters to Jameson J. Berkey, 1864

  • Box 163, Folder 2
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Mary A. Berkey letters to Jameson J. Berkey, 1864

  • Box 163, Folder 3
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M. Cory letters to Mary A. Berkey, 1862-1866

  • Box 163, Folder 4
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Elvira and B. B. Crofsland letters to Mary A. Berkey, 1862-1863

  • Box 163, Folder 5
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Francis Crofsland-McMasters letters to Mary A. Berkey, 1862-1863

  • Box 163, Folder 6
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General personal correspondence to Mary A. Berkey, 1862-1864

  • Box 163, Folder 7
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Lora Marihugh letters to Mary A. Berkey, 1862

  • Box 163, Folder 8
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Stone family letters to Mary A. Berkey, 1862-1865

  • Box 163, Folder 9
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John Marihugh correspondence, 1861-1867

  • Box 163, Folder 10
The John Marihugh series consists of correspondence and documents the daily activities, political concerns, and battles of a soldier in the Civil War. This series is organized by form. This series includes the correspondence of John to his two sisters, Mary and Lora, and his bother-in-law, Jameson. His correspondence relates his opinions on the 1864 election, the capture of Jefferson Davis, the Lincoln assassination, the capture of John Wilkes Booth, and the duties of a soldier. Several prominent figures are mentioned such as Abraham Lincoln, George B. McClellan, General Ulysses S. Grant, General Robert E. Lee, General William T. Sherman, John Wilkes Booth, Jefferson Davis, and Stephen Douglas. To top

Assorted papers, 1866, undated

The Assorted papers series comprises correspondence, a discharge form, envelopes, letter and music sheet fragments, newspaper clippings, paper cut-outs, swatches of cloth, and a metal box. This series is organized by form. The correspondence received by Lewis Berkey from an unidentified relative pertains to family gossip and health. The newspaper clipping contains a poem about the inconsistency of receiving letters in camp.

Lewis Berkey correspondence, 1866

  • Box 163, Folder 11
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Discharge form, undated

  • Box 163, Folder 12
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Envelopes, undated

  • Box 163, Folder 13
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Letter fragments, undated

  • Box 163, Folder 14
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Metal box, undated

  • Box 164
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Music sheet fragment, undated

  • Box 163, Folder 15
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Newspaper clippings, undated

  • Box 163, Folder 16
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Paper cut-outs, undated

  • Box 163, Folder 17
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Swatches of cloth, undated

  • Box 163, Folder 18
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