Valley of the Shadow
The Eve of War
Fall 1859–Spring 1861

Letters & Diaries


Simon Cameron (1859-1861)

Simon Cameron was the United States Secretary of War during the first year of war. Cameron received many letters from citizens across the North seeking positions in the new government or expressing their views upon the state of political affairs. Correspondents from Franklin County, Pennsylvania, include: Eliab Negly, H. C. Fortescue, W. H. Etter, and J. A. S. Cromer.

The following links provide access to the most likely matches in the Valley of the Shadow databases. A search of the censuses for Etter and Cromer revealed too many possible matches to identify these individuals with much certainty.

Eliab Negly Household

H.C. Fortescue Household