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The Whitney Family Civil War Letters collection contains 46 letters from the Civil War Era, 2 Freemason dues notices for Mariner T. Whitney, and four empty letter covers. 37 of the letters, written by Hiram R. Whitney, pertain to his military service and daily life with the 132nd New York Infantry Regiment. Two other letters, written by Henry J. Manning and John Marsh Young relate to their military service with the 11th New York Volunteer Cavalry and the 124th New York Infantry, respectively. John Marsh Young was the nephew of Ruhamah Irwin Whitney, the wife of Mariner T. Whitney. The remaining letters, written by Ann Almira Whitney Manning and Louisa Lennox Whitney Wright to their brother, Mariner, relate to various family concerns.

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Collection Size

0.25 cubic feet

Publication Date

June 2022


Civil War, New York, Infantry, Union, Union Army, North Carolina, Battle of Petersburg, Freemasons


Military and Veterans Studies | Military History | United States History

Document Type

Finding Aid

MS-287: Whitney Family Civil War Letters