This collection of eight postwar letters (1867-1869) concerns Brewer’s public and business affairs. Topics include war claims, wills, and education. Some of Brewer’s correspondents include D.M. Dull, William Hoke, James Patton, P.T. Zarhoviy, William Hayman, W.D. McKinstry, and George Welsh.
Jubal A. Early writes to Edmund Jennings Lee II on September 26, 1872 about the burning of Montgomery Blair’s house during Confederate incursions into Maryland and Pennsylvania. Early acknowledges responsibility for burning places like Chambersburg, PA, but denies that he had anything to do with the burning of Blair’s house.
After the war, Alexander K. McClure continued his involvement in Republican politics. McClure continued his longtime correspondence with Eli Slifer, Secretary of the Commonwealth under Governor Andrew Gregg Curtin, in the years after the war. These postwar letters primarily concern political matters, including discussions of election campaigning and proposed legislation.
Harriet McElheney lived in Fannett Township in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. In this letter dated May 10, 1865, Francis Pleasants describes to Harriet McElheney her husband Sylvester’s last days.