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William Emory papers, Series I, Folder 1: Correspondence and Notes, 1861-1872

Summary:William Hemsley Emory was born on September 7, 1811 in Queen Anne's County, Maryland. Moved by familial concerns at the outbreak of the Civil War, Emory resigned his command on May 9, 1861, an action he immediately regretted. He tried to intercept the written dispatch of his resignation before it could be delivered, but failed in his efforts. The papers of William H. Emory cover the period 1861 to 1873 with the bulk of the material dating from 1861 when he was trying to remedy the problems connected with his hasty and much regretted resignation. The collection consists of letters to Emory from his wife, Matilda Bache Emory, and his brother, J. R. Emory, and manuscript copies of letters in Emory's behalf from General Winfield Scott and Lieutenant A. V. Colburn during the "resignation" period. For more information, see the complete finding aid to the collection at
Creator:Emory, William H. (William Hemsley), 1811-1887
Emory, Matilda
Place of origin – Country:United States of America
Place of origin – Region:Maryland
District of Columbia
Place of origin – Settlement:Washington
Fort Leavenworth
Temporal subject: 1871-1880
Geographical subject – Continent:North America
Geographical subject – Country:United States of America
Topical subjects:Emory, William H. -- (William Hemsley), -- 1811-1887 -- Archives
Gadsden Purchase -- History -- Sources
Maryland -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Social conditions -- Sources
United States. -- Army -- Military life -- History -- Sources
Mexican War, 1846-1848 -- Sources
ArchivesUM location:William Emory papers
  • series 1
  • box 1
  • folder Correspondence and Notes, 1861-1872
Repository:Historical Manuscripts
Browse terms:War, Military
Personal and Family Lives
Copyright holder:Public Domain
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