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James McCracken papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS038

Scope and Contents

The McCracken Civil War Correspondence contains 17 letters received over the course of the war by James McCracken of Ledyard, Connecticut. The majority of the letters are from William Reynolds of nearby Norwich, as well as four letters from James' brother Charles. The collection also contains three letters from Reynolds after the war, one written from Block Island, R.I. where he seems to have been teaching, and two written from Iowa where he is homesteading.

Both Reynolds and Charles McCracken served extensively in Louisiana before transferring to Virginia toward the close of the war, McCracken with the 12th Connecticut Infantry and Reynolds with the 13th. Both describe interaction with the local population, disease and discomfort, and news of the progress of the war both near and far. Both consistently express enthusiasm for the war. McCracken is dispirited by the provisions he receives and complains about war profiteers and blockade runners, even accusing Reynolds of helping the rebellion by circumventing the blockade. Reynolds expresses racist attitudes and complains about abolitionist sentiment among the officers. Reynolds also offers lively descriptions of combat, enumerating the complicated movements of both armies on the battlefield.

Dates

  • 1862 - 1873

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection open for research.

Extent

.25 Linear Feet

Overview

Letters written to James McCracken of Ledyard,Connecticut from Charles McCracken of Ledyard and William Reynolds of Norwich, Connecticut.

Arrangement

Materials are arranged chronologically.

Creator

Source

Title
Inventory of the James McCracken papers
Status
Completed
Author
Originally processed by Ben Panciera. Migrated into ArchiveSpace by Rose Oliveira and Christian Salguero.
Date
December 2019
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Linda Lear Center for Special Collections and Archives Repository

Contact:
Conecticut College
270 Mohegan Ave
New London CT 06320 United States
860-439-2686