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Title Civil War Letters from Carl Schurz
Author Schurz, Carl
Date 1 Jun 1861 - 23 Apr 1863
Document Type Correspondence; Manuscript
Reference MSS 79, Box 1, Folder 19
Library / Archive Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Collection Name National Carl Schurz Association Collection on Carl Schurz, 1843-1965
Description Copies, translations and transcripts of letters written by Carl Schurz during the American Civil War, most of which are printed on the back of membership letters from the National Carl Schurz Association, Inc. Subjects include recommendations for individual soldiers, some of which are addressed to the president, requests for equipment and uniform and updates on the activity of his brigade.
Series Description This collection was separated from the records of the National Carl Schurz Association. It contains scattered writings by Schurz; letters by Schurz's mentor, Gottfried Kinkel; biographical writings about Schurz and members of his family; and letters and telegrams concerning the celebration of Schurz's seventieth birthday.
Biographical Note / History Carl Schurz was born in Liblar, near Cologne, Prussia. After participating in the 1848-1849 German Revolution, he immigrated to the United States with his wife Margarethe in 1852. They settled in Wisconsin, where Schurz was admitted to the bar and became active in Republican Party politics. He served as American minister to Spain in 1861-1862, as a general in the Union Army from 1862 to1864, was elected to the Senate from Missouri in 1868, and served as Secretary of the Interior in 1877-1881. Throughout his career he was an active spokesman for the German-American community.
Theme(s) Permanent Settlement and Successive Generations; Religion, Ethnic Identity and Community Relations
Places New York City, New York, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Nationality German; American
People Schurz, Carl; Lincoln, Abraham
Keywords American Civil War, war, military, general, supplies
Additional Information Please note: Some of the metadata for this document has been taken from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania catalogue.
Language English
Copyright Historical Society of Pennsylvania