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There are 52 letters total in the collection spanning from 1862-1874. The bulk of the letters are written by Hiram most of which are to his father, mother Mary Sparks. However, there are a couple to another member of the Sparks family and a few other friends. Six are letters written to Hiram from his friends and the collection also includes 12 handwritten and printed reports on the construction of the gunboat Tacony. Hiram’s letters are very detailed (some of his letters are over a dozen pages), and he wrote to people very often even adding on to some letters after he originally finished writing them. Many of the letters still have their original envelopes with them.

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Collection Size

.25 cubic feet

Publication Date

July 2014


Civil War, Civil War Correspondence, West Gulf Squadron, North Atlantic Squadron, Fort Fisher, South Pacific Squadron


History | Military History | United States History

Document Type

Finding Aid

MS-167: Hiram Parker Jr. Letters