Archer family correspondence
James J. Archer was a Maryland lawyer and officer in the Mexican-American War and American Civil War. This collection contains two decades of correspondence between Archer and his family and includes descriptions of Archer's life during wartime and his experiences as a prisoner of war prior to his death (1864-1865). Also included in the collection is various correspondence between other Archer family members.
- Archer, James Jay, 1817-1864 (Person)
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Archer died due to hardships endured while a prisoner of war.
4 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
Language of Materials
This collection is arranged chronologically at the item level and in four series: Box 1: Ledger & Index of clients from Ledger I; Box 2: 1844-58; Box 3: 1859-62; Box 4: 1863-64.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of the Harford County Historical Society.
Scope and Contents
This collections comprises approximately 270 letters from James Jay Archer to his family. The letters describe Archer’s experiences as an army officer during the Mexican-American War (1846-1848), his involvement with Indian campaigns in Washington Territory (1855-61), and depictions of frontier life and politics at that time. Letters contain frequent references to now famed army officers, troop dispositions, specific campaigns and raids, and the Northwest Boundary Survey. Included also are letters from the American Civil War period (1861-1865), when Archer served as a Confederate brigadier general. Wounded and captured at the Battle of Gettysburg, Archer wrote a series of letters while prisoner of war at Johnson's Island in Sandusky, OH (1863-64). Final letters in the collection were written after his exchange, within a week of his death. In collection is also various correspondence between other Archer family members.
- Guide to the Archer family correspondence
- In Progress
- Melinda K. Friend; David Angerhofer
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- 2019-07-24: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Emily Somach.