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Eugene Vickers Civil War correspondence

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-SC-138

Scope and Contents

This small collection of Civil War correspondence consists of letters of a Hicksite Quaker family of West Chester, Pennsylvania, received by Eugene Vickers while he was serving with Company C of the 97th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers in the coastal South. Most of the letters are from his mother, Elizabeth (Painter) Vickers, expressing anxiety about the dangers facing her family. A few are from his brothers, Jonathan and Joseph P. Vickers, who also served the Union cause, and his father, Joseph Vickers, a sutler for a Pennsylvania regiment. The material is particularly interesting for the insight into Quaker attitudes during the Civil War.

Dates

  • 1862-1864

Creator

Biographical / Historical

Eugene Vickers (1841-1924) was the son of Joseph (1811-1864) and Elizabeth (Painter) Vickers (1813-1863). His parents, both Quakers, married contrary to Discipline but acknowledged and were restored to the membership of Bradford Monthly Meeting. They removed to Short Creek Monthly Meeting, Ohio, in 1840 with their children Jonathan (1838-1883) and Joseph P. (1840-1885). Eugene and his younger sister, Lydia Ann ("Annie") (1845-1936) were born in Ohio. The family had deep Pennsylvania Quaker roots on both sides of the family, and Joseph's father was an agent on the Underground Railroad.

The family returned to Chester County, Pennsylvania in 1854. Eugene served in Company C of the 97th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers during the Civil War and was stationed variously at Washington, Fortress Monroe in Virginia, Port Royal in South Carolina, and other coastal locations. After the War, Eugene married Mary Davis, and they lived in Philadelphia.

During his War service, he received letters from his parents and other relations. His brothers also served in the military. Jonathan spent part of the war as a seaman and part helping his father who participated as a sutler in Pennsylvania. Three letters from Dr. Joseph Paxson Vickers who served as an Assistant Surgeon in the 50th Regiment of Infantry Volunteers of the 9th Army Corps, are written from camps in Virginia.

Extent

.1 Linear Feet : 2 folders

Language

English

Overview

This small collection of Civil War correspondence consists of letters of a Hicksite Quaker family of West Chester, Pennsylvania, received by Eugene Vickers while he was serving with Company C of the 97th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers in the coastal South. Most of the letters are from his mother, Elizabeth (Painter) Vickers. A few are from his brothers, Jonathan and Joseph P. Vickers, who also served the Union cause, and his father, Joseph Vickers. The material is particularly interesting for the insight into Quaker attitudes during the Civil War.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically in two folders.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Fred Shihadeh, 1985

Source

Creator

Status
Completed
Author
Susanna Morikawa
Date
2017
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

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