Valley of the Shadow
The War Years
Spring 1861–Spring 1865

Letters & Diaries


Thaddeus Stevens (1861-1865)

Thaddeus Stevens was born in Vermont in 1792, but spent most of his life in Pennsylvania. He purchased land in Franklin County and before the war was elected to Congress. He became known for his abolitionist views and for his outspoken refusal to end the war without ending slavery. This collection contains thirteen wartime letters (1861-1865) regarding various wartime concerns written to Stevens by Franklin County men. Correspondents include William E. Camp, Jr., John R. Agnew, William McLellan, W. Maxwell, W.H. McDowell, James Nill, W. Hammett, Alexander McClure, and C.S. Eyster.