Geary family papers, 1846-1913, bulk 1846-1873.


Geary family papers, 1846-1913, bulk 1846-1873.

The Geary family papers focus on John White Geary, whose diary, 1846-1848, and letters, 1859-1865, written to his second wife Mary Church Henderson, provide first-hand accounts of two major nineteenth century events. Geary's diary recounts his engagement in the Mexican War and includes a lengthy description of the battle of La Hoya. His letters primarily relate to his service in the Civil War and document the battles of Gettysburg; Wauhatchie, Tennessee; and Atlanta, as well as his military governorship of Savannah. Both the diary and his letters contain rich descriptions of places, experiences, and anecdotes. Edward Ratchford Geary's letters to his stepmother Mary Church Henderson Geary document his service in the Union army from the time of enlistment until his death at the age of eighteen. John's older brother, Rev. Edward Geary, also wrote to Mary Geary about the war and his travels and offered her consolation upon his nephew's death. Typed transcripts of the letters allow for easy reading. Twenty-three scrapbooks, 1850-1873, contain a large number of newspaper clippings that primarily document Geary's career as governor of Pennsylvania. The earliest clippings contain news from Mexico, San Francisco and other western towns, and Kansas.

1 box, 26 vols., (6 linear ft.)


SNAC Resource ID: 7807725

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