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The Melancthon E. Washburn Papers consist primarily of correspondence between Washburn and his family members during the Civil War period. While the letters date anywhere from 1857 to 1883, most of them fall into the 1861 to 1865 time frame. The collection also consists of a wide range of miscellaneous items, including newspaper clippings collected into scrapbooks, the diary of Melancthon’s son William Washburn, wedding invitations, Confederate bonds and currency, and a public broadside advertising a slave auction.

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Publication Date

April 2005


Civil War, telegraph office, Democratic Party, slavery, abolition, states' rights


History | Political History | Social History | United States History

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Finding Aid

MS-063: Melancthon E. Washburn Family Collection