Valley of the Shadow
The Aftermath
Spring 1865–Fall 1870

Letters & Diaries


Stouffer Family (1865)

Jacob and Elizabeth Stouffer lived on their farm in Guilford Township in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Peter Stouffer, a carpenter living in Jacob and Elizabeth’s household, enlisted as a private in the 165th Pennsylvania in 1862, but was soon discharged on a medical exemption. Amos Stouffer did not serve in the Union army, but considered himself an ardent patriot.

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Stouffer Household

In this letter to his family, Benjamin Stouffer discusses Lincoln’s assassination and the subsequent reaction from the public in Poughkeepsie, New York.