February 29, 1864: James F. Wilson to John Riddle Warner

Rev. John Riddle Warner was the grandfather of the poet Marianne Moore and during the Civil War, he lived in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. These letters are preserved as part of Marianne Moore’s family papers.

 Moore VI-6-2 p1 James F Wilson to John Riddle Warner 2-29-64 Moore VI-6-2 p2 James F Wilson to John Riddle Warner 2-29-64 Moore VI-6-2 p3 James F Wilson to John Riddle Warner 2-29-64


Wilmington, Del.

Feby. 29th 1864

Rev. John H. Warner,

Dear Sir,

You are doubtless aware that on the 22nd of the present month Lectures or Orations were delivered in many cities of the loyal States—the proceeds of which are to be applied to the support and education of the orphans of soldiers and sailors who have fallen in the defence of our country. The Hon. J.R. Doolittle, U.S. Senator, from Wisconsin, visited this city and addressed our people in behalf of the above object—In consequence of several other entertainments on the same evening the receipt were small, and the committee of arrangements have instructed me to ask upon what terms you will deliver in this city your lecture on “The Battle of Gettysburg”—The only suitable Hall here is engaged, until the 17th of March—If you can come I would suggest Monday March 21st Tuesday 22nd or Thursday 24th . Please answer without delay—as the com. wish to give timely notice.

The proceeds of the Lecture are of course, to be devoted to the above mentioned object.

Perhaps I ought to mention that the committee having this matter in charge was appointed at a public meeting of our citizens at which the Mayor of our city presided.

Very respectfully

Yours &c

Jas. F. Wilson

Cham. Of Com.

The other members of the Com. are Saml. Biddle, Wm. Canby, Edw. J Bellah and Dr. L.P. Bush

Address your reply to

Jas. F. Wilson, M.D.



Citation: James F. Wilson, autograph letter signed to John Riddle Warner. Wilmington, Del., 29 February 1864. Moore VI:6:2

February 26, 1864: U.S. Grant to Joseph E. Johnston

 AMs 357-22 p1 U.S. Grant to Joseph E. Johnston AMs 357-22 p2 U.S. Grant to Joseph E. Johnston AMs 357-22 p3 U.S. Grant to Joseph E. Johnston


Head Quarters, Mil.Div. of the Miss.

Nashville Ten. Feb., 26th 1864

Gen. J. E. Johnston,

Comd.g C. S. Forces, Northern Ga,


I have learned, do not know as to the reliability of my information, that J. T. Stancil, Jesse Grear & Robt. Waits, soldiers belonging to the 3rd West Tennessee Cavalry, U. S. Service, are now confined at Atlanta Ga. Charged with belonging to the C. S. Army.

I would state that these men have been for a long time in the Federal Army and are entitled to the same treatment as other prisoners of War. Of course I would claim no right to retaliate for the punishment of deserters who had actually been mustered into the Confederate Army and afterwards deserted and joined ours. But I cannot agree that any wholesale conscription act can cover as deserters persons who escape into our lines and join our service to avoid such conscription. Further, I would claim that persons who have been personally notified to report at a certain place by a certain time for muster, and afterward escaped to our service before obeying such summonses would be entitled to the protection of Government against trial or rather I should say punishment as deserters, if afterwards captured.

I believe General an examination into the case herein referred to will show that they have never been sworn into the Confederate Army; that their services to the Government entitles them to the protection of that Government.

Believing fully that you are disposed to be governed by the laws of war, justice and humanity, I subscribe myself,

Very respectfully,

Your obt. svt.

U. S. Grant

Maj. Gen. U. S. A.



Citation: Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885), autograph letter to Joseph E. Johnston. Nashville, 26 February 1864. AMs 357/22

February 20, 1864: U.S. Grant to His Father

AMs 357-16 p1 U.S. Grant to Jesse Root Grant AMs 357-16 p2 U.S. Grant to Jesse Root Grant


Nashville Ten.

Feb. 20th 1864

Dear Father,

I have received your letter and those accompanying; to wit. Mr. Newton’s and I. N. Morris’. I may write to Mr. Newton but it will be differently from what he expects. I am not a candidate for any office. All I want is to be left alone to fight this war out, fight all rebel rebel opposition and restore a happy union, in the shortest possible time. You know, or ought to know, that the publick prints are not the proper mediums through which to let a personal feeling pass. I know that I feel that nothing personal to myself could ever induce me to accept a political office.

From your letter you seem to have taken an active feeling, to say the least, in this matter that I would like to talk to you about. I could write but do not want to do so. Why not come down here and see me?

I did tell Julia to make a visit to Cincinnati, Batavia, Bethel and Georgetown.


Citation: Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885), autograph letter signed to Jesse Root Grant. Nashville, 20 February 1864. AMs 357/16

February 19, 1864: Hardee Telegram to Beauregard

Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard was a Louisiana-born general of the Confederate States Army. He had graduated second in his class from West Point in 1838 and was an admirer of Napoleon. He achieved fame early in the Civil War for commanding the Fort Sumter bombardment and as the victor of the first battle of Manassas. He later served in the Western Theater (including Shiloh and Corinth), Charleston, and the defense of Richmond, but his career was hampered by friction with Jefferson Davis and other generals.


This telegram is from The Telegraphic History of the Civil War; a compiled album of telegrams to Beauregard from Davis, Lee, Johnston and others.

Telegram 2-19-64 Hardee to Beauregard 10 mp


Kingstree – 19 White Oak

Cha Genl. Beauregard

Charleston was successfully evacuated friday night, ^(17th), and sunday morning, ^(18th). The troops have began to arrive at the Santee River. Your order relative to concentration body yesterday at Ridgeway received today & will be executed as rapidly as possible. Taking rail at this place. My health is improving.

W. J. Hardee

Lieu Genl

47/Collect 39.80


Citation: William Joseph Hardee (1815-1873), telegram to G.T. Beauregard. Kingstree, S.C., 19 February 1864. In The telegraphic history of the Civil War, 1861-1865. AMs 434/16

February 13, 1864: Letter to John Riddle Warner

Rev. John Riddle Warner was the grandfather of the poet Marianne Moore and during the Civil War, he lived in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This letter refers to a lecture he developed on the Battle of Gettysburg. These letters are preserved as part of Marianne Moore’s family papers.

Moore VI-6-2 p1 Wm McElwer to John Riddle Warner 2-13-64 Moore VI-6-2 p2 Wm McElwer to John Riddle Warner 2-13-64 Moore VI-6-2 p3 Wm McElwer to John Riddle Warner 2-13-64 Moore VI-6-2 p4 Wm McElwer to John Riddle Warner 2-13-64


Phila, Feb. 13/64

My dear Brother

Both your letters were duly rec’d—I am doing everything in my power to secure a good audience. The newspaper advertisements thus far amount to near $50, & it will take $20, or $30 yet to see it through. Yet this is the main point and the only way of getting it before the Public—The sale of Tickets will commence on Monday the 15th at 9 o’clock at Martiens 600 Chestnut St and then only can we tell how the lecture will be patronized. I am so fully of anxiety that I can do little else but plan and work & pray about the whole affair, and yet I am very hopeful. I have no fears about the lecture being well received and yielding great satisfaction, my anxiety is about a crowded house—nothing less will satisfy me, for your sake.

I had a letter from Gov. Curtain, stating that he “regretted” that he could not be present, as he had to be in Washington the week before, & his executive duties on his return forbid his absence just at that time—I shall attend to this matter the best I can—I think I can get Gov. Pollock, Gen’l Meade is now in the city—I shall see him and invite him to be there. The request of Mr Carson will be attended to. I have secured a box for him. It is to the side of the stage and on a level with it. It contains 15 seats in all but is only rented, as a whole, for 8 persons, or as many or as few as the renter chooses to put into it. Its rent on lecture occasions the managers of Academy say, is $6 for the evening—It is the best box of the six boxes for private parties—Let me know if he will have it, as soon as possible as it can be rented to others if he should not come. I will look for you on Saturday—shall I? Write me definitely when. My guest, of course, you will be unless you prefer another place—Then I will say—thy will—The individual who made the remark about the crucifixion is a very respectable Presbyterian, but just thought that remark might be better modified I think he did not understand it, the thought you compared it with the crucifixion, which I assured him you did not—He was much pleased with the lecture & you need not feel uneasy about it. It was that you might leave the term out that I mentioned it to you. I suppose you knew who the author of that “puff” in the Presbyterian was. I see the star has it in All things are working charmingly—dont forget to strengthen your voice Don’t trust to acoustics in Academy—Trust to acoustics on your lungs & throat & mouth

Ever yours

Wm McElwer

Citation: William [McElwee?], autograph letter signed to John Riddle Warner. Philadelphia, 13 February 1864. Moore VI:6:2

February 11, 1864: The World

World 2-11-64


New-York: Thursday, February 11, 1864

Review of the Week

The War

In North Carolina the most important operations of the week have taken place. On Thursday last information was received that the rebel General Pickett, at the head of 15,000 men, had marched against Newbern, N.C., had arrived in our outposts, capturing one section of a battery, and was about to besiege the place. On the night of the 1st, the rebels captured, by surprise, the gunboat Underwriter, by a portion of her crew. Finding it impossible to get the boat away in safety, the captors destroyed her. The suspense in which the public had been kept for some days, was finally relieved by the news that the rebels had withdrawn from Newbern, and retired on Kinston, North Carolina. They doubtless found the fortifications at the former place, too strong to be carried in assault, and they had no time for a regular siege. Our forces at Newbern at the time of the investment did not exceed 3,000, but every able-bodied citizen was armed and active preparations made for defense. Why such an important position should have been left in a condition so weak, is unaccountable; it is a fact, however, that the force once occupying the place had been withdrawn, little by little, by that eminent soldier, General B.F. Butler to be employed in useless and unprofitable expeditions and movements elsewhere. The enemy were, at last accounts, at Kinston.

Citation: The World (New York). New York, 11 February 1864. Gift of Steven and Susan Raab. AN .W927

February 10, 1864: Henry and Mary Warner to John Warner

Henry and Mary Warner lived in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, now part of Pittsburgh. They are the great-grandparents of poet Marianne Moore.  By the 1860s they had three surviving children:  John, Henry, and Anne. Their letters to John, a Presbyterian minister living in Gettysburg, are preserved as part of Marianne Moore’s family papers.

Moore VI-6-2 p1 Henry and Mary Warner to John Riddle Warner 2-10-64 Moore VI-6-2 p2 Henry and Mary Warner to John Riddle Warner 2-10-64


Allegheny City, Wednesday, February 10—1864 1 ¾ P.M.

Dear John, your kind & welcome letter we received yesterday, the contents of which interested us very much, your parents have much reason to be thankful, and we are thankful; Yesterday I mailed an evening chronicle of February 8th to you, and also one to Henry of same date, that you might see, an allusion to your lecture, we hope you have received it—The friend of Mrs Dean’s was a gentleman, a relative of James Marshall’s present wife—The obituary is most excellent & Mother says I must paste it somewhere so that we can have access to it, and also the preserve it, I have copied extracts from McElwes letter, that I might send to Henry, also that we may refer to it ourselves—will hold on to Mrs Eysters letter until we write again, it will save postage, you treated the Milton folks right—we have no news—we are all well, the weather is cold & dreary, with frost, & a sprinkling of snow on the ground—On last monday 8th Inst we received a note from Henry, says he is very busy, was then writing in the Gen.’ls office—Says “I omitted to say in my last, that it would be very uncertain now when I could get home—but almost certain, that I cannot go next Spring”; we are glad to know our dear little Mary is improving in health of body and vigour of mind, may she be a blessing & a comfort to you, an ornament to society and a valuable labourer in the vineyard of her Master our Lord Jesus Christ, when time with us will be no more—Mother says if she takes the measles now, she could not take them in a better time, if she is only kept from taking cold, we will feel anxious to know about her—the last letter we sent to Hy, Mother sent him an advice to take care of his money, so that he might have a little for himself, when the war would be over, but from the tone of his letter, she thinks, he took it in high dudgeon—now she says, if he sows it along the streets, she will never give him a word of advice on that subject. John Dutch called here yesterday & made us very sad, for he says, out of the Fort they are going to the field for certain and that the company has positioned to go—we had to bear many things and will have to try and bear that too as we cannot help it—Dutch will leave this tomorrow for the Fort—we leave the event to Providence

Your affectionate father & mother, Henry & Mary Warner

Citation: Henry and Mary Warner, autograph letter signed to John Riddle Warner.  Allegheny City [Pittsburgh],10 February 1864. Moore VI:06:2