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This collection consists of 10 dated letters and one undated letter fragment, all written by either Samuel Epes Turner or Clarinda (“Clara”) Turner of Baltimore, Maryland, to their cousins Mary Holyoke (Ward) Nichols and Mehitable Ward of Salem, Massachusetts, between April 29, 1861, and January 13, 1865.
The letters include the Turners’ firsthand impressions of Baltimore’s historic anti-Union riot of April 19, 1861; reflections on other events of the Civil War, local, regional, and national; statements of their own pro-Union and abolitionist views; responses to the secessionist sentiment prevalent within the city; and discussions of family matters, finances, church business, mutual acquaintances, etc.
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.27 cubic feet
Civil War, Union, abolitionists, Baltimore riots, Civil War correspondence, 6th Massachusetts
History | Military History | Social History | United States History
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McKinney, Devin, "MS-125: The Samuel E. and Clara Turner Papers, 1861-1865" (January 2012). Special Collections and College Archives Finding Aids. Special Collection and College Archives, Musselman Library, Gettysburg College.