Cadwallader, Sylvanus, 1825 or 1826-

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Journalist and public official.

From the description of Sylvanus Cadwallader papers, 1818-1904 (bulk 1862-1866 and 1880-1898). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71131600

Journalist and war correspondent for the New York Herald.

From the description of Letter, 1865 Mar. 18. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70970652

Civil War correspondent for the Chicago Times and later Correspondent in Chief of the New York Herald, Cadwallader was attached to Grant's headquarters from 1862-1865. Grant liked Cadwallader and gave him privileges and information no other journalist had. He also learned Grant's opinion of many of the other major leaders in the war and was present for their meetings. After the war he interviewed Jefferson Davis, Henry Wirz, the commander of Andersonville Prison, attended the trial and execution of the Lincoln conspirators and went on a tour with President Johnson who was promoting his reconstruction policy.

From the description of Reminiscences, 1896. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 52459505

Biographical Note

Sylvanus Cadwallader, born in Ohio in 1825 or 1826, attended school in Ross County, Ohio, and moved to Kenosha, Wisconsin, in the early 1850s, where he started a newspaper career before becoming co-publisher with his brother-in-law, George H. Paul, of the Milwaukee Daily News . As a journalist with Union forces after 1861, he wrote for the Chicago Times and reported on General Ulysses S. Grant’s advance on Richmond for the New York Herald, including the surrender in April 1865 of General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Court House. Reportedly an assistant secretary of state of Wisconsin after the war, 1874-1878, he later moved to Missouri and then to San Diego, California. His account of his war experience, Three Years with Grant, as Reported by War Correspondent Sylvanus Cadwallader, written in California in 1876, was first published in 1955 (New York, Alfred A. Knopf), edited and with an introduction and notes by Benjamin P. Thomas.

From the guide to the Sylvanus Cadwallader Papers, 1818-1904, (bulk 1862-1898), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Thomas, Benjamin Platt, 1902-1956. Speech [sound recording], 1956. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Sylvanus Cadwallader Papers, 1818-1904, (bulk 1862-1898) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Cadwallader, Sylvanus, b. 1825 or 6. Reminiscences, 1896. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
creatorOf Cadwallader, Sylvanus, b. 1825 or 6. Sylvanus Cadwallader papers, 1818-1904 (bulk 1862-1866 and 1880-1898). Library of Congress
referencedIn Parker, Ely Samuel, 1828-1895. Letter, Feb. 17, 1887. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn Grierson, Francis, 1848-1927. Papers, 1889-1927. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
creatorOf Cadwallader, Sylvanus, b. 1825 or 6. Letter, 1865 Mar. 18. Navarro College
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correspondedWith Babcock, Orville Elias, 1835-1884 person
correspondedWith Badeau, Adam, 1831-1895 person
correspondedWith Bennett, James Gordon, 1795-1872 person
correspondedWith Boudinot, Elias, 1740-1821 person
correspondedWith Bower, Theodore S. person
associatedWith Brady, John A. person
associatedWith Brady, John A. person
correspondedWith Butler, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1795-1858 person
associatedWith Cadwalader family. family
associatedWith Cadwalader family. family
associatedWith Cadwallader, Mary Isabella Paul. person
correspondedWith Carson, Samuel person
correspondedWith Carson, Samuel Price, 1798-1838 person
correspondedWith Chandler, William E. (William Eaton), 1835-1917 person
correspondedWith Clay, Henry, 1777-1852 person
correspondedWith Curtis, George William, 1824-1892 person
correspondedWith Dana, Charles A. (Charles Anderson), 1819-1897 person
associatedWith Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889. person
correspondedWith Dent, Frederick T. (Frederick Tracy), 1820-1892 person
correspondedWith Garrison, William Lloyd, 1805-1879 person
correspondedWith Grant, Frederick Dent, 1850-1912 person
associatedWith Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885. person
associatedWith Grierson, Francis, 1848-1927. person
correspondedWith Hudson, Frederic, 1819-1875 person
associatedWith Johnson, Andrew, 1808-1875. person
correspondedWith Macon, Nathaniel, 1757-1837 person
correspondedWith McCullagh, Joseph B. (Joseph Burbridge), 1842-1896 person
correspondedWith Meade, George Gordon, 1815-1872 person
associatedWith Parker, Ely Samuel, 1828-1895. person
associatedWith Paul family. family
associatedWith Paul family. family
correspondedWith Pendleton, George H. (George Hunt), 1825-1889 person
correspondedWith Porter, Horace, 1837-1921 person
associatedWith Rawlins, John A. (John Aaron), 1831-1869. person
correspondedWith Richie, Thomas person
correspondedWith Richie, Thomas person
correspondedWith Roane, Spencer, 1762-1822 person
correspondedWith Rublee, Horace, 1829-1896 person
correspondedWith Sherman, William T. (William Tecumseh), 1820-1891 person
correspondedWith Stanton, Edwin McMasters, 1814-1869 person
associatedWith Thomas, Benjamin Platt, 1902-1956. person
correspondedWith Townsend, George Alfred, 1841-1914 person
correspondedWith Wilson, James Harrison, 1837-1925 person
associatedWith Wirz, Henry, 1823?-1865. person
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United States
United States
United States
City Point (Hopewell, Va.)
New York (State)
New York
Journalism--United States
Newspaper editors
War correspondents--Biography
Journalists--United States
Public officials
War correspondents--United States


Birth 1825



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