Joseph Leffard Papers

Collection Summary

Title: Joseph Leffard Papers
Call Number: MS 83-02
Size: 0.25 linear feet
Acquisition: Donated by Mrs. John N. Phillips
Processed by: KJB, 8-2-1983; JEF, 6-12-1998; MN, 2-2016
Restrictions: None
Note: Digital collection, Joseph Leffard Papers

Literary Rights

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Content Note

This collection consists of three letters written by Joseph Leffard to his cousin S. (Susanna) A. Beatty during the Civil War. The letters are dated 1862, 1864 and 1865.

Detailed Description: Box and Folder Listing

Box 1 FF 1 8-7-1862, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. Joseph Leffard writes to his cousin S. (Susanna) A. Beatty and refers to her as both "sister" and "Sue." He reports that several men in the family are "all goin to war" and doesn't know when he will be drafted. An unidentified woman adds several sentences to the second page about her health, new baby and husband Flecher's [Fletcher's] imminent military service. After several additional sentences on the second and third pages, Leffard closes the letter with an elaborate signature.
Box 1 FF 2 8-12-1864, Willett's Point, New York. Leffard writes to his cousin S. (Susanna) A. Beatty and refers to her as both "sister" and "Sue." He reports that he was injured and during his hospital stay he "got the intermitant fever." He discounts a friend's account of another injury he sustained. He describes locations and activities of Confederate troops in southern Pennsylvania.
Box 1 FF 3 1-27-1865, Camp near Signal Hill, Virginia. Leffard writes to his cousin S. (Susanna) A. Beatty and refers to her as "Sue" and "sister." He reports daily rations for the troops are bread, "salt horse and been soup" and also discusses a box of food containing apple butter, cakes and apples received by a friend and shared with him. He says Confederate camps are visible from his camp and "from Signal Hill they can see Richmond with a glass." Leffard describes a battle with Confederate gunboats on the James River.