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Collection Number: 05263-z

Collection Title: R. R. Corson Letters, 1861-1864

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Abstract R. R. Corson, of the 1st Pennsylvania Reserve Cavalry, served as captain and Assistant Adjunct General to Brigadier General George D. Bayard. All letters were written by R. R. Corson and addressed to Jared Evans, Esq., of Pennsylvania. They pertain mostly to Corson's financial matters and provide instructions to Evans for selling of goods and payments of debts on Corson's behalf. Most letters only briefly detail events pertaining to Corson's service, but one letter written 2 August 1862 from Culpeper, Va., expresses Corson's frustrations at having to safeguard "rebel property and rebel symphathizers" while members of the Union Army were being denied rations. In this letter, Corson described how he disobeyed General McDowell's orders by breaking into a barn to steal food and animal feed. Corson also discussed the need for horsemen, and teamsters and supplied Evans with directions as to where prospective Pennsylvania volunteers could be sent. Other letters mention the delay of wages, Corson's promotion, and the expected promotion of Colonel George D. Bayard to Brigadier General.
Creator Corson, R. R.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the R. R. Corson Papers #5263-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Charles Apfelbaum of Watchung, N.J., in April 2006 (Acc. 100366).
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R. R. Corson, of the 1st Pennsylvania Reserve Cavalry, served as a captain and Assistant Adjunct General to Brigadier General George D. Bayard.

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All letters, 1861-1864, were written by R. R. Corson of the 1st Pennsylvania Reserve Cavalry and addressed to Jared Evans, Esq., of Pennsylvania. They pertain mostly to Corson's financial matters and provide instructions to Evans for selling of goods and payments of debts on Corson's behalf. Most letters only briefly detail events pertaining to Corson's service, but one letter written 2 August 1862 from Culpeper, Va., expresses Corson's frustrations at having to safeguard "rebel property and rebel symphathizers" while members of the Union Army were being denied rations. In this letter, Corson described how he disobeyed General McDowell's orders by breaking into a barn to steal food and animal feed. Corson also discussed the need for horsemen, and teamsters and supplied Evans with directions as to where prospective Pennsylvania volunteers could be sent. Other letters mention the delay of wages, Corson's promotion, and the expected promotion of Colonel George D. Bayard to Brigadier General.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Devon Lee, September 2006

Encoded by: Devon Lee, September 2006

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