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Collection Number: 04573

Collection Title: Lucas Family Papers, 1855-1873

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Size 75 items
Abstract Brothers John H., Robert, George, and Miles Lucas, farmers of Columbus, Burlington County, N.J., and, except for Robert, soldiers in New Jersey regiments during the Civil War, and Mary M. and Edward Wilson, also of Columbus, who were friends or relatives of the Lucases. Chiefly letters from Major John H. Lucas to his brothers while he was serving with the 1st New Jersey Cavalry, 1861-1863. Brother Robert apparently remained on the family farm in Columbus during the war; George and Miles seem to have fought with other regiments. There are also a few letters to John Lucas from his brothers and from the brothers to other relatives, as well as a few letters to the Lucas brothers from friends. All of these letters discuss camp life, troop movements, and family news. Also included are two school compositions, dated 20 April 1855, written by Mary M. Wilson; two letters from 1859 by Edward Wilson, one to his mother and one to his sister; and a brief Wilson family genealogy. There are also two testimonials relating to John H. Lucas's death and a handwritten copy of John H. Lucas's war record.
Creator Lucas family.
Language English
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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 Lucas Family Papers #4573, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from William C. and Sallie B. Corey of Cary, N.C., in May 1991 (Acc. 91052).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Brothers John H., Robert, George, and Miles Lucas, farmers of Columbus, Burlington County, N.J., and, except for Robert, soldiers in New Jersey regiments during the Civil War, and Mary M. and Edward Wilson, also of Columbus, who were friends or relatives of the Lucases.

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Chiefly letters from Major John H. Lucas of Columbus, Burlington County, N.J., to his brothers while he was serving with the First New Jersey Cavalry, from 1861 until his death in at White Sulphur Springs, now in West Virginia, in October 1863. Brother Robert apparently remained on the family farm in Columbus during the war; George and Miles seem to have fought with other regiments. There are also a few letters to John Lucas from his brothers and from the brothers to other relatives, as well as a few letters to the Lucas brothers from friends. All of these letters discuss camp life, troop movements, and family news.

Also included are two school compositions, dated 20 April 1855, written by Mary M. Wilson, also of Columbus. These compositions, one about village life and one about spring, were apparently carried by Lucas into war. The Wilsons seem to have been friends or relatives of the Lucases. In addition to the Mary Wilson writings, there are two letters from 1859 by Edward Wilson, one to his mother and one to his sister, and a brief Wilson family genealogy.

Postwar items consist of two letters, one from George and one from a friend, and several receipts for tuition expenses for one of the Lucas children. Undated materials include several letters that were apparently written during the war, two testimonials from L. S. Newell relating to John H. Lucas's death, a handwritten copy of John H. Lucas's war record that seems to have been transcribed in 1955 from records at the United States War Department, and the Wilson family genealogy mentioned above.

Also included is a typed transcription (94 p.) covering most of the items in this collection. This work, called "Dear Brother i take this opertunity," was prepared in 1986 by Sallie B. Corey.

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