Davis-Lewis Family Papers,1832-1873

Descriptive Summary

Davis-Lewis Family Papers,1832-1873
Davis-Lewis Family
57 items
Camp Douglas (Ill.)
Elections -- Kentucky -- History -- Sources
Elections -- Kentucky -- History -- 19th century.
Illinois -- Climate.
Kentucky -- Climate.
Scarlatina -- Kentucky -- History -- Sources.
Scarlatina -- Kentucky -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Prisoners and prisons -- Sources.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Medical care -- Sources.
Lewis family.
Davis, Searles L.
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: staff; machine-readable finding aid created by:M. Plarr
The Filson Historical Society

Collection Overview

Scope and Content
Related families of Daviess and Nelson counties, Kentucky. The bulk of the letters were written by Searles L. Davis, two while a prisoner of war at Camp Chase, Ohio, twenty-nine from prison at Camp Douglas, Illinois, and discuss Chicago weather, especially record cold, items of clothing, bedding, food, etc., that he needs; Union restrictions on receiving packages and mail and sending mail; his health, etc.; and two letters from C.A. "Gus" Lewis, a brother of Searle's mother, Ann Lewis Davis, in Canada, discussing his situation and others from the South whom he has seen there. The family was strongly pro-South. The letters also include genealogical information about the Davis, Lewis, and a few other families.