Guide to Isely Family Papers


Collection Summary

Title: Isely Family Papers
Call Number: MS 88-31
Size: 4.25 linear feet
Acquisition: The Isely Family Letters, Papers and Diaries were donated by Katherine I. McGuire on behalf of the Isely family.
Processed by: AHC, 7/1/1988; Reprocessed by JEF, 2/27/1998



Literary Rights

Literary rights were granted to Wichita State University. When permission is granted to examine manuscripts, it is not an authorization to publish them. Manuscripts cannot be used for publication without regard for common law literary rights, copyright laws and the laws of libel. It is the responsibility of the researcher and his/her publisher to obtain permission to publish. Scholars and students who eventually plan to have their work published are urged to make inquiry regarding overall restrictions on publication before initial research.


Content Note

The Isely Family Papers contain letters and other documents dating from the late 1850s through the 1930s. A highlight of the collection is a group of letters that Christian Isely wrote during his Civil War service with the 2nd Kansas Cavalry, when his regiment fought in a number of battles and skirmishes in Missouri and Arkansas. Other letters included in the collection come from Christian's wife, Eliza, and their son, Henry, and daughter, M. Alice. Alice Isely was a leader in early Fairmount College, now Wichita State University. In addition, a number of letters from the Civil War era were written in German.

The Isely's were a deeply religious family, and much of their correspondence reveals a personal side of life during the Civil War and early-day Kansas. A number of the letters in the collection were published in "Uncommon Writings from Common Folk: The Isely Letters, Papers and Diaries."


Administrative History

None available.


Series Listing

None available.


Box and Folder Listing

Box 1

FF 1

Contains a copy of the letter written by Christian H. Isely to his brothers, Frederick and Henry, dated September 28, 1856 from Omaha City, Nebraska Territory. Christian suggests that they write more often as it would improve their minds and their ability to write English.

Box 1

FF 2

Contains a letter by Henry Isely to Christian, dated April 10, 1857 from Shanesville, Tuscarawas Co., Ohio.

Box 1

FF 3

Contains a letter by G. Joss to "Dear Friend," dated May 25, 1858 from Eastroy. Joss wanted information on Land Warrants. He also states that the crops were good although it was very wet.

Box 1

FF 4

Contains a letter by John Kunsly to Christian, dated November 27, 1858 from Winesburg, Ohio. Contains general information about money supply, land sales, and local friends. Also, Kunsly was not a Republican but did oppose the Democratic candidate who "acted the traitor."

Box 1

FF 5

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza Dubach, dated December 3, 1858. Enclosed was a love letter and a poem.

Box 1

FF 6

Contains a letter by Christian to "My Dearest Friend Eliza," dated April 29, 1859. Enclosed with a love letter was a copy of the Republican Party Platform for 1860.

Box 1

FF 7

Contains a letter by G. Joss to C. Isely, dated June 15, 1859 from Leavenworth City, Kansas Territory. He and his brother have a 160 acre farm 40 miles from St. Joseph, Missouri "on the Corner of the Kickapoo Reserve."

Box 1

FF 8

Contains a letter by John F. Osenberg to "Dear Cousin Isely," dated July 17, 1859 from Westport, Missouri. He needed work and hoped to obtain a job in St. Joseph, Missouri. They had nice events, speeches, etc., on the 4th of July in Kansas City.

Box 1

FF 9

Contains a letter by G. Joss to Christian, dated October 10, 1859. Joss describes his land (4 miles from Sabatha toward St. Joseph in Brown County, Missouri).

Box 1

FF 10

Contains a letter by Eliza Dubach to Christian, dated March 19, 1860 from her home near St. Joseph, Missouri.

Box 1

FF 11

Contains a letter by John F. Osenberg to "Dear Cousin," dated May 11, 1860? from St. Louis, Missouri. Itinerary - Steamer West Wind, May 18 to Kansas City, May 22.

Box 1

FF 12

Contains a letter written by Eliza to Christian, dated July 1, 1860 from Willow Dale, Kansas. Love letter but she was also teaching German to Fred and Adolph.

Box 1

FF 13

Contains a letter from John Kunsly to C. Isely, dated July 8, 1860 from Winesberg, Ohio. There was a great celebration on the 4th of July with a picnic, a parade, a brass band, "Cheers for American Independence," and banners. Also, he asked Isely to inquire about monies paid by him but not credited (problem with Rudy Welty).

Box 1

FF 14

Contains a letter by Christian Isely to Eliza Dubach, dated August 6, 1860 from St. Joseph, Missouri.

Box 1

FF 15

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated October 7, 1860 (?). She had a new cleaning job for another family and received $2.50 per week. Also contained a love letter.

Box 1

FF 16

Contains a letter by Christian to Abraham Lincoln, President of the U. S. of N. America, dated May 6, 1861 from Willow Dale, Doniphan County, Kansas. A four page letter where Isely discusses concerns about traitors to the country and Kansas. Although he is a Douglas Democrat, he would fight for Lincoln if necessary.

Box 1

FF 17

Contains a letter by John Kunsly to Christian, dated May 19, 1861 from Winesberg, Ohio. Iselys letter was published in the Duetsche in Ohioand was well done and well received. He also discusses the attempts of the "Slaveocracy of this Country" to rule or ruin. Kunsly was unhappy with some of his church members who "act the Christian in Church, and the heathen in daily life."

Box 1

FF 18

Contains a statement from Christian Isely, dated May 31, 1861 from St. Joseph, Missouri. Married on this date, he gives his thoughts on the subject. A note from Christian to "My own dear Wife," tells of his happiness with her.

Box 1

FF 19

Contains a letter by John Kunsly to Christian Isely, dated June 23, 1861 from Winesberg, Ohio. He discusses the war situation in Ohio.

Box 1

FF 20

Contains a letter by William Osenberg to Christian (Dear Cousin), dated August 16, 1861 from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Osenberg was in Captain Havercourt's Company and they were to go to Fort Scott.

Box 1

FF 21

Contains a letter by Henry Isely to his brother Christian, dated September 7, 1861 from Heinsburg, Ohio.

Box 1

FF 22

Contains a letter by Christian Isely to his mother and sister, dated September 17, 1861 from St. Joseph, Missouri. Christian mentions that he will join the Union Army after seeing Union soldiers in St. Joseph.

Box 1

FF 23

Contains a letter by Eliza to her husband Christian, dated October 23, 1861 from St. Joseph, Missouri.

Box 1

FF 24

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated November 10, 1861 from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He describes the army situation.

Box 1

FF 25

Contains a letter by J. F. Ozenberger to "Cousin Isely," dated November 18, 1861 from Fort Scott, Kansas. Ozenberger was disgusted with property destroyed by the "Jayhawkers" in Missouri. He was a Saddler in Company A.

Box 1

FF 26

Contains a letter by John F. Osenberg to C. Isely, dated November 21, 1861 from Memphis, Tennessee. Osenberg was to go on the steamer William Campbell on the way to New Orleans as the water was too low to return to St. Louis.

Box 1

FF 27

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated November 21, 1861 from Camp Lincoln, near Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Christian tells Eliza of an incident with the Delaware Indians where one Indian was killed in a fight.

Box 1

FF 28

Contains a letter written by Christian to Eliza, dated November 28, 1861 from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas (Fremont House). He was taking care of a sick soldier in Fremont House who had the measles and having a tough time of it.

Box 1

FF 29

Contains a letter written in German by Christian to his parents in Weinberg, Ohio, dated December 15, 1861 from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Christian describes a trip he takes home before being stationed in winter quarters.

Box 2

FF 1

Contains a letter by J. F. Osenberg to C. Isely, dated February 11, 1862 from Camp Danver. He was a saddler and received 27 dollars per month while other privates received 13 dollars with 12 dollars for a horse.

Box 2

FF 2

Contains a piece of paper, dated February 22, 1862. It states that a leave of absence was granted to Isely for the time period of February 22-27.

Box 2

FF 3

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated February 24, 1862 from Prairie City, Kansas. He found "poor Adolph still alive" and described his illness at great length. Also, he had crossed the Kansas River on ice to Lawrence.

Box 2

FF 4

Contains a letter by John Gnable to Christian, dated March 1, 1862 from Columbus, Kansas. Gnable discussed at great length the subject of Christianity and believed it worth very little. He said the slaveholding "Niggerbobs" caused the war and should pay the entire cost.

Box 2

FF 5

Contains a letter by Christian to Mr. George W. Dickens, dated April 10, 1862 from General Hospital, Leavenworth, Kansas. Christian tells Dickens that he has been detailed as a nurse and discusses a spiritual matter with him.

Box 2

FF 6

Contains a letter by Henry Isely to the Isely family, dated May 20, 1862 from the Berlin Institute, Holmes County, Ohio. Henry tells his family about his studies at the Berlin Institute.

Box 2

FF 7

Contains a letter by Christian to John F. and Willie Ozenberg, dated May 29, 1862 from Leavenworth, Kansas, General Hospital. Isely wrote of the "infernal rebels and unprincipled bushwackers." Two Infantry, three Batteries, and one Cavalry regiments left Leavenworth for Corinth where a decisive was supposed to be fought.

Box 2

FF 8

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated July 14, 1862, from Winesberg, Ohio. Eliza is staying with his parents who do not like President Lincoln's policies.

Box 2

FF 9

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated August 23, 1862 from St. Joseph, Missouri. She returned home and had been ill but was regaining her strength.

Box 2

FF 10

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated August 27, 1862 from Post Battery, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Christian tells Eliza to stop complaining around others and that he has been assigned to the Post Battery.

Box 2

FF 11

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated September 2, 1862 from Fort Leavenworth Hospital. He was made a corporal and permanently assigned to a battery since his return to health.

Box 2

FF 12

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated September 2, 1862 (?). He reported on the second battle of Bull Run where General Pope's army was cut to pieces. Isely was in "light artilary" or "light brass artilary," six guns.

Box 2

FF 13

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated September 7, 1862 from St. Joseph, Missouri. She asks Christian if their son, Adolph, should be baptized before they take a trip. She also informs him of local affairs.

Box 2

FF 14

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated September 9, 1862 from Post Battery, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He was in better health and wanted their "sonny" baptized Adolph Victor McClellan after "that great General." Two newspaper clippings enclosed: 1) Appointment of General McClellan and 2) Important from Col. Cloud's command.

Box 2

FF 15

Contains a letter by G. Fackler (pastor of Isely's church in St. Joseph) to Christian, dated September 11, 1862 from St. Joseph, Missouri. A good strong Christian letter to Isely.

Box 2

FF 16

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian ,dated September 12, 1862 from St. Joseph, Missouri. She informs Christian of hometown news.

Box 2

FF 17

Contains a letter by Christian by Eliza, dated September 16, 1862 from Post Battery, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Christian says that the defeat of the Union army had humbled the Northern people and they should look to God. That would bring victory, along with General McClellan, "with an eye looking to God."

Box 2

FF 18

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated September 19, 1862 from St. Joseph, Missouri. She informs him of hometown news and about their son, Adolph.

Box 2

FF 19

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated September 24, 1862 from Post Battery, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Christian informs Eliza that Victor would be a nice middle name for Adolph. He also describes how he hates camp life, especially being in the Post Battery, associating with the Kansas "Jayhawkers" and other groups who do not want to work. A second letter is enclosed, dated September 25, 1862.

Box 2

FF 20

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated (September 25, 1862) (?) from "Life at the Fort" (Leavenworth). Troops at the Fort were the Kansas 8th and Wisconsin 3rd Cavalry, but there were no regular soldiers left at the Fort." The Post Chaplin was an "Episcopalian" and Isely did not like the way he conducted devine services. The troops were finally paid.

Box 2

FF 21

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated September 30, 1862 from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. They had drawn new uniforms and artillery and Christian would be happy to send his to Eliza's father if he needed it as he would draw another. Also, his routine and the religious services he attended. A P. S. dated October 1, 1862.

Box 2

FF 22

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated October 5, 1862 from St. Joseph, Missouri. Eliza informs Christian that little Adolph has died.

Box 2

FF 23

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated October 9, 1862 from Post Battery, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Isely's son died without being baptized. He states: "God had undoubtedly had a design in taking away our loved babe," and wanted the tombstone to read,"Adolph McClellan." A P. S. dated October 10, 1862 - Isely tells Eliza that the 1st and 7th Kansas and the 12th and 13th Wisconsin left for St. Joseph to join their "regiments." His outfit may be called to Missouri. Enclosed is a newspaper clipping titled "Departure of the Kansas Eleventh to Fort Scott."

Box 2

FF 24

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated October 14, 1862 from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Christian tries to encourage Eliza about the loss of their son.

Box 2

FF 25

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated October 17, 1862 from Willow Dale, Kansas.

Box 2

FF 26

Contains a letter by John S. Fackler to Christian, dated October 18, 1862 from St. Joseph, Missouri. Fackler, a minister, tells Christian why he was not with Eliza when Adolph died and tries to encourage Christian regarding the loss of his son.

Box 2

FF 27

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated October 22, 1862 from Willow Dale, Kansas. She talks about the loss of their son and events around her parent's farm.

Box 2

FF 28

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated October 22, 1862 from Post Battery, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Christian relates to Eliza that his family in Ohio are against the war and the Republican government in power. Also, a poem by Eliza in memory of their son, Adolph.

Box 2

FF 29

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated October 30, 1862 from Willow Dale, Kansas. She paid the bills with the money he sent and she tells of visits to family and friends. A love letter, dated October 31, 1862 is also enclosed.

Box 2

FF 30

Contains a letter by J. F. Osenberg to Christian, dated November 2, 1862 from Helena, Arkansas. He requested that Hest. Clark settle the 55 dollar debt.

Box 2

FF 31

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated November 3, 1862 from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Family matters.

Box 2

FF 32

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated November 4, 1862. Isely wanted Eliza to go to school to develop her talents. He also says the 2nd Kansas Battery returned from "Corrinth" and would join a regiment. Christian wanted to get home before joining the regiment.

Box 2

FF 33

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated November 6, 1862 from Willow Dale, Kansas. Concerns family matters.

Box 2

FF 34

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated November 9, 1862 from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Christian tells Eliza of a slight illness.

Box 2

FF 35

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated November 11, 1862 from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Personal matters.

Box 2

FF 36

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated November 13, 1862 from Willow Dale, Kansas. She informs Christian that she does plan to go to the school that Christian suggested in an earlier letter.

Box 2

FF 37

Contains a letter by Henry Isely to Christian, dated November 13, 1862 from Suffolk, Virginia. Henry informs Christian of his journey from Ohio to Virginia.

Box 2

FF 38

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated November 17, 1862 from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Christian explains his desire to go to the front, speaks of an illness and other routines of camp life.

Box 2

FF 39

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated November 20, 1862 from Willow Dale, Kansas. Eliza tells Christian about her loneliness and being apart from him. She encourages herself in her religious faith.

Box 2

FF 40

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated November 26, 1862 from Willow Dale, Kansas. She informs her husband of personal and family matters mostly.

Box 2

FF 41

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated November 26, 1862 from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. His brother Henry was sent to the "seat of the war" (in Virginia). Also, Isely hoped to get a furlough for a few days.

Box 2

FF 42

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated November 30, 1862 from Willow Dale, Kansas. She informs her husband of personal and family matters mostly.

Box 2

FF 43

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated December 2, 1862 from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Christian informs Eliza that he might be home on furlough soon.

Box 2

FF 44

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated December 2, 1862 from Willow Dale, Kansas. Personal and family matters mostly.

Box 2

FF 45

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated December 4, 1862 from Willow Dale, Kansas. She has been busy living with her parents as they have been sick.

Box 2

FF 46

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated December 9, 1862 (?) from Willow Dale, Kansas. Eliza informs Christian that her father's health is worse and she desires that Christian come and visit him.

Box 2

FF 47

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated December 12, 1862 from Willow Dale, Kansas. She informs Christian that her mother and father are better.

Box 2

FF 48

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated December 25, 1862 from Willow Dale, Kansas. A neighbor and friends in two Ohio and 10th Kansas regiments have died. Enclosed: December 26, 1862 - Eliza's father is a little better and January 2, 1863 - she mentions some friends and relatives that were killed or wounded.

Box 3

FF 1

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated January 8, 1863 from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He discusses family matters and mentions that his mother is very ill.

Box 3

FF 2

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated January 13, 1863 from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Christian lost his pocketbook but was able to retrieve it from two soldiers. Also contains two love poems by Christian.

Box 3

FF 3

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated January 13, 1863. He gives her instructions on how to travel by railroad back to Ohio to see his parents. He also informs her that his new address will be Fort Scott, Kansas.

Box 3

FF 4

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated January 14, 1863 from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He writes her about family financial concerns mostly.

Box 3

FF 5

Contains a letter by John Kunsly to Christian, dated January 14, 1863 from Winesberg, Holmes County, Ohio. Kunsly is unhappy with the Ohio Democrats who are anti-war. Kunsly's attempt to raise a company was defeated by the propaganda of the anti-war faction. Many of the drafted men hired substitutes for $160 to $350. Kunsly and his brother followed that example and went home.

Box 3

FF 6

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated January 18, 1863, from St. Joseph, Missouri. It concerned family matters and numbers converted at their church.

Box 3

FF 7

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated January 19, 1863 from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. The letter is mostly of a personal nature. In a separate note he tells Eliza that he had his "likeness taken."

Box 3

FF 8

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated January 23, 1863 from St. Joseph, Missouri. The letter is mostly of a personal nature, but she also describes her days at school and church.

Box 3

FF 9

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated January 27, 1863 from St. Joseph, Missouri. She informs Christian her studies are going well, and a negro couple joined their church along with many other people. She also mentions that she will send him "her likeness" soon.

Box 3

FF 10

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated January 28, 1863 from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He writes mainly of religious concerns.

Box 3

FF 11

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated January 31, 1863 from St. Joseph, Missouri. Concerns family matters and church conversions.

Box 3

FF 12

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated February 1, 1863 from St. Joseph, Missouri. She tells Christian about church conversions.

Box 3

FF 13

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated February 2, 1863 from Garrison, Fort Leavenworth. He had completed his readings on Zwingli and his brother Henry was in New Bern, North Carolina, and well.

Box 3

FF 14

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated February 4, 1863 from (Fort Leavenworth) (?). Christian compliments Eliza on her improved writing. He also talks of problems of bad officers and NCO's. The 8th Kansas left for Tennessee.

Box 3

FF 15

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated February 8, 1863 from St. Joseph, Missouri. She discusses local and family matters.

Box 3

FF 16

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated February 9, 1863 from Garrison, Fort Leavenworth. Christian complimented Eliza on her improved grammar and says not to be discouraged. He was also attempting to get back pay and allowance due to the death of their son, Adolph.

Box 3

FF 17

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated February 18, 1863 from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He was trying to get Henry a place and a gunboat. He also anticipates his movement to a regiment in Springfield, Missouri.

Box 3

FF 18

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated February 21, 1863 from St. Joseph, Missouri. Eliza's father has two cows for her. She planned to sell one and her father would bring the second to her. She was starting to like school.

Box 3

FF 19

Contains an incomplete letter, dated February 24, 1863 from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Christian attacks slavery from biblical evidence.

Box 3

FF 20

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated February 24, 1863 from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. To honor President Washington's birthday on February 22, they fired 34 rounds, and the big siege gun. Two newspaper clippings enclosed - "An offering from Switzerland" and "I talked with an Angel Last Night."

Box 3

FF 21

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated February 25, 1863 from St. Joseph, Missouri. Family matters.

Box 3

FF 22

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated March 3, 1863 from Garrison, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Isely was very outspoken against those in the North who opposed the war effort and quoted Zwingli's last words. He also discusses his attitude toward sex with Eliza.

Box 3

FF 23

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated March 8, 1863 from Garrison, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Family matters. Also, March 9, 1863 Isely says he would be paid on March 10 and would attempt to get a pass.

Box 3

FF 24

Contains a letter by Henry Isely to "Beloved Sister-in-law Eliza," dated March 14, 1863 from St. Helena Island, near Hilton Head, South Carolina. Henry had suffered a with his cardplaying associates. Also, 16 days on the transport "George Collins" and his outfit would attack Charleston.

Box 3

FF 25

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated March 28, 1863 from St. Joseph, Missouri. She discusses family matters and wished that Christian would continue to correct her English grammar. Also, a love letter.

Box 3

FF 26

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated March 29, 1863. Concerns family matters.

Box 3

FF 27

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated March 30, 1863 from Garrison, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Christian had heard about J. F. and Willie Osenberger. Willie was still a saddler. They would leave garrison duty for the regiment as soon as the horses were available. A clipping titled, "Army of the Cumberland," dated October 21, 1862 was enclosed. Also, a copy of a clipping on the view of the Governor of Georgia and corruption in the Confederacy.

Box 3

FF 28

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated March 30, 1863 from St. Joseph, Missouri. She seeks advice on answering Henry's letter and suggests reading Psalm 91.

Box 3

FF 29

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated April 1, 1863 from Garrison, Fort Leavenworth. Concerns family matters and a clipping of an article by William H. Seward titled "Treason in Time of the Civil War" is enclosed.

Box 3

FF 30

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated April 2, 1863 from St. Joseph, Missouri.

Box 3

FF 31

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated April 6, 1863 from Garrison, Fort Leavenworth. There was a long discussion of John Kunsly and his draft situation. Christian also corrected Eliza's penmanship.

Box 3

FF 32

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated April 9, 1863 from Garrison, Fort Leavenworth. Family matters.

Box 3

FF 33

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated April 12, 1863 from St. Joseph, Missouri. A long family letter.

Box 3

FF 34

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated April 12, 1863 from Fort Leavenworth. Isely wanted to leave Leavenworth because he needed a "change of scenes." He thinks that President Lincoln was correct to establish April 30 as a day of prayer. Isely also discusses his religious philosophy at great length and says "the Pope is the anti-Christ prophisied," in Revelations.

Box 3

FF 35

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated April 16, 1863 from St. Joseph, Missouri. A family letter.

Box 3

FF 36

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated April 16, 1863 from (Fort Leavenworth) (?). He hoped to send a package of clothing and books but had very little money.

Box 3

FF 37

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza dated April 17, 1863 in camp of the 6th Kansas Cavalry, on way to Fort Scott, four miles south of the Kansas River.

Box 3

FF 38

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated April 19, 1863 from St. Joseph, Missouri. She was going to Ohio to live eventually and she'd had four teeth filled with silver.

Box 3

FF 39

Contains a letter by Henry Isely to Christian, dated April 22, 1863 from camp on Folly Island, near Fort Sumter, South Carolina. Henry complained of not having any medical facilities. They lived in tents in the palmetto forest and the regiment was constantly moved for about a month. Also, he was frequently on picket duty close enough to speak to the "rebs" on the mainland and was in sight of Fort Sumter and Charleston with Union gunboats firing on the fort.

Box 3

FF 40

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated April 22, 1863 from camp at Fort Scott, Kansas. He describes the movement from Leavenworth to Fort Scott.

Box 3

FF 41

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated April 23, 1863 from St. Joseph, Missouri. Concerns family matters.

Box 3

FF 42

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated April 24, 1863 from camp at Fort Scott, Kansas. The postal service was inadequate. Also, Fort Scott had no regular garrison and the town was filled with "saloons and the shebangs of illfame."

Box 3

FF 43

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated April 26, 1863 from St. Joseph, Missouri. Concerns family matters.

Box 3

FF 44

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated April 26, 1863 from Fort Scott, Kansas. He was on duty at camp five miles east of town on the Marmiton River. He would remain there after the 10th and 11th Kansas moved out. Christian also endorsed President Lincoln's Proclamation for a period of prayer.

Box 3

FF 45

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated April 30, 1863 from St. Joseph, Missouri. Eliza was disgusted with the "grumbling and complaining" over the draft, it should have been someone else's war. She also wanted to go to Ohio more than ever.

Box 3

FF 46

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated May 2, 1863 from St. Joseph, Missouri. Also April (May) 3, 1863. Eliza was collecting clothes for orphans.

Box 3

FF 47

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated May 8, 1863 from St. Joseph, Missouri. She describes her missionary labors in the area.

Box 3

FF 48

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated May 10, 1863 from St. Joseph, Missouri. Eliza had received a package of dried fruit from his parents for her travels.

Box 3

FF 49

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated May 12, 1863 from Fort Scott, Kansas. He informs her that he might march for Texas soon.

Box 3

FF 50

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated May 14, 1863 in camp at Fort Scott, Kansas. Christian describes an execution of a soldier before a firing squad.

Box 3

FF 51

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated May 14, 1863 from St. Joseph, Missouri. She was well received at the old Kansas home. She also wrote of family matters.

Box 3

FF 52

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated May 18, 1863 in camp at Fort Scott, Kansas. Christian writes about romantic and spiritual concerns to his wife.

Box 3

FF 53

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated May 19, 1863. He has been on Picket Duty for the first time.

Box 3

FF 54

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated May 22, 1863 from Wooster, Ohio. She was delayed en route to Ohio but she had been well taken care of by an older gentleman (Thomas Plowman, City Treasurer of Leavenworth, Kansas).

Box 3

FF 55

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated May 25, 1863 in camp at Fort Scott, Kansas. He informs Eliza that he has been on picket duty and several negroes were converted at a religious meeting he attended.

Box 3

FF 56

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated May 25, 1863 from Winesberg, Ohio. She informs Christian that his family's political views are still different from their's and discusses other family news.

Box 3

FF 57

Contains a letter by Sergeant J. F. Osenberg to Christian, dated May 26, 1863 from Helena, Arkansas. He discussed his outfit's fight against Texas and other rebels.

Box 3

FF 58

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated May 26, 1863.

Box 3

FF 59

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated May 31, 1863 from Winesberg, Ohio. Eliza's "favorite occupation" was writing to her husband. She had been ill but recovered and was happy with Christian's family.

Box 3

FF 60

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated May 31, 1863 in camp near Fort Scott. Christian tells Eliza about a hanging of a soldier who committed murder. Also contains newspaper clippings, on which one side is entitled, "Adah Lee," or "The Light Has Come" and the other side is entitled, "The Troublesome Snake."

Box 4

FF 1

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated June 7, 1863 from Winesberg, Ohio. Eliza tells him of personal and family matters while visiting Christian's family.

Box 4

FF 2

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated June 8, 1863 in camp near Fort Scott, Kansas. A "bushwacker" was killed on one of his patrols.

Box 4

FF 3

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated June 13, 1863 in camp near Fort Scott, Kansas. The Osage Indians helped the Union army by killing some men in a "bushwacker" band.

Box 4

FF 4

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated June 14, 1863 from Fort Scott, Kansas. In this letter Christian defends his stand on religious ideas.

Box 4

FF 5

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated June 15, 1863 from Winesberg, Ohio. She suggests Christian write Fred in a manner not supporting the president or the Abolitionists saying. Also, June 2, 1863 - Eliza believed his parents to be Christians but didn't believe as he did in regard to the Pope, etc. She also didn't think the people in Winesberg were Copperheads. A clipping of a poem titled "Woman" is enclosed.

Box 4

FF 6

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated June 21, 1863 from Winesberg, Ohio. She did not tell Christian's father about the hanging of the "Bushwacker" (his father "thinks it a dreadful thing to kill rebels"). Few people in the Winesberg area would "think very hard...if the so called Abolitionists were all killed." Christian should not be offended by his parent's attitudes regarding the war. They were very kind to her.

Box 4

FF 7

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated June 21, 1863 in camp near Fort Scott, Kansas. Christian will defend his political and religious views if confronted.

Box 4

FF 8

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated Sunday evening June 21, 1863 from Fort Scott, Kansas. Christian tells of duty on patrol in Kansas.

Box 4

FF 9

Contains a letter by Commander Edward R. Calhoun, dated June 26, 1863 on board the U.S. Steamer, Lovona off Charleston, South Carolina. Commander Calhoun has seen Christian's brother.

Box 4

FF 10

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated June 28, 1863 from Winesberg, Ohio. The postmistress is a good Union believer. They had a long chat in secret and she believed if Eliza's true attitude were known, she would be called an abolitionist -- "all truely loyal people are called Blacks and Abolitionists." Christian's father says, "The south was better that the north." This attitude was difficult for Eliza to understand.

Box 4

FF 11

Contains a letter by Henry Isely to Eliza, dated June 28, 1863 from camp Folly Island, South Carolina. Henry tells Eliza he is glad that she is staying with his parents.

Box 4

FF 12

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated July 1, 1863 from camp near Fort Scott, Kansas. Christian gives an exposition on his political and religious views.

Box 4

FF 13

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated July 3, 1863 from near Fort Scott, Kansas. He anticipates moving to Regiment in Springfield, Missouri. He won't write his brother Frederick as he doesn't wish to quarrel with him. Christian was unhappy with the anti-war and government statements -- if northerners didn't agree with the government, they should "at least hold their tongues and they will render an enormous service to their country." Also, July 5, 1863 - their was a fine 4th of July celebration and his new address would be Co. F, 2nd Reg., Kansas Vol., Springfield, Missouri.

Box 4

FF 14

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated July 10, 1863 from camp of the 2nd Kansas Cavalry at Springfield, Missouri. Christian tells of his marches in Missouri.

Box 4

FF 15

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated July 16, 1863 from Winesberg, Ohio. Eliza tells Christian that his parents are "Copperheads" and are opposed to Christian's political views.

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FF 16

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated July 20, 1863 from Winesberg, Ohio. She wanted Christian to explain to brother Fred why he would not write him. Also, July 24, 1863 - Eliza found it very difficult to remain quiet during discussions concerning the war; July 25, 1863 - Eliza was happy that Christian arrived safely at Springfield and they were well received.

Box 4

FF 17

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated August 2, 1863 from camp near Cassville, Missouri. He discusses some military duties in Arkansas and encourages Eliza to stay firm in her convictions against his parents.

Box 4

FF 18

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated August 2, 1863 from Winesberg, Ohio. She noted the battle at Charleston in which Henry participated. He was unhurt but lost half his company, killed or wounded. Copperheads made it most uncomfortable for Eliza, particularly those of Christian's family. She asked that personal messages be separate from the rest of his letter. She had to read his letter to his parents and they didn't like his politics. Eliza had been caught skipping political statements in his last letter and they would not approve of it.

Box 4

FF 19

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated August 3, 1863 in camp. Christian informs Eliza that three men in his company were wounded by "bushwackers" on a scouting expedition to Fayetteville, Arkansas. Three newspaper clippings are also enclosed with the letter.

Box 4

FF 20

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated August 8, 1863 from Camp McNeal, Missouri. He has taken care of his wounded friends he mentioned in the last letter.

Box 4

FF 21

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated August 13, 1863 from Camp McNeal, near Cassville, Missouri.

Box 4

FF 22

Contains a letter by Frederick Dubach to Eliza, dated August 14, 1863 from Columbus, Kansas. He informs Eliza of news from friends and relatives.

Box 4

FF 23

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated August 23, 1863 from Winesberg, Ohio.

Box 4

FF 24

Contains a letter from Eliza to Christian, dated August 30, 1863 from Winesberg, Ohio. Eliza's brother wrote of Quantrill's raid on Lawrence, Kansas. She also wrote about "Traitor Wallsndingham" (Vallandigham).

Box 4

FF 25

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated September 2, 1863 from St. Joseph, Missouri. She informs Christian of family and hometown news.

Box 4

FF 26

Contains a letter by Henry Isely to Christian, dated September 2, 1863 from Regimental Hospital, Morris Island, South Carolina. Henry informs Christian about the battle on Fort Wagner and bout his typhoid illness.

Box 4

FF 27

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated September 5, 1863 in camp near Fort Smith, Arkansas. The rebels were defeated at the battle at Perrysville, Arkansas.

Box 4

FF 28

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated September 6, 1863 from Winesberg, Ohio. Eliza received a letter from brother Henry who had typhoid fever (presently on Morris Island). She again asked Christian to stop writing about politics to his relatives as they disagree strongly with him. Eliza believed their attitudes little better than the rebels. Also, September 4 (?), 1863 - many people believed that Pastor Bierry (Bierrie?) was too strict but Eliza believed him to be "a good man." People called him an Abolitionist.

Box 4

FF 29

Contains a letter by Henry Isely to Eliza, dated September 8, 1863 from camp on Morris Island, South Carolina. Henry is ill with typhoid.

Box 4

FF 30

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated September 10, 1863 in camp at Fort Smith, Arkansas. He tells Eliza about Quantrill burning Lawrence, Kansas and a battle near the Sugar Loaf Mountains in Arkansas he had been in.

Box 4

FF 31

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated September 16, 1863 in camp at Fort Smith, Arkansas. Christian informs Eliza that his unit plans to march against General Price and destroy the rebel army in Arkansas.

Box 4

FF 32

Contains a letter by Alice O'Neill, dated back to September 16, 1863 from St. Joseph, Missouri. Ms. O'Neill informs Eliza about events in town and in their church.

Box 4

FF 33

Contains a letter by Frederick Dubach to Eliza, dated September 17, 1863 from Columbus, Kansas. He tells Eliza about friends and relatives.

Box 4

FF 34

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated September 20, 1863 from Fort Blunt, Choctaw Nation, Arkansas. He will be returning to Fort Smith. Also enclosed is a copy of The Fort Smith Union, dated September 10, 1863.

Box 4

FF 35

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated September 27, 1863 from Winesberg, Ohio. Family and personal affairs.

Box 4

FF 36

Contains a letter by Henry Isely to Eliza, dated October 4, 1863 from Morris Island, South Carolina. Henry informs her that he is still sick with diarrhea.

Box 4

FF 37

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated October 4, 1863 from Winesberg, Ohio. Copperheads slandered Pastor Bierrie and even Christian's parents "began to get down on him too." That night - Eliza had a very difficult time listening to Christian's brother Fred, his mother and his father discuss the Union. If they were correct in their words and prayers, then Eliza and Christian were wrong.

Box 4

FF 38

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated October 6, 1863 from Fort Smith, Arkansas. Christian mostly relates personal matters to Eliza.

Box 4

FF 39

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated October 12, 1863 in camp at Springfield, Missouri. he relates his scouting duties in Arkansas to Eliza.

Box 4

FF 40

Contains a letter by John Kunsly to Christian, dated October 12, 1863 from Winesberg, Holmes County, Ohio. Four Union veterans will run in the county election but will not win in "little rebellious Holmes." Local citizens were led astray by a few leaders who were disloyal to the Union. Majority in county favored by Vallandigham. Diary notes are written on the reverse side of Kunsly's letter with dated October 18, 19, 21, 23, 24, all 1863; those of Christian.

Box 4

FF 41

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated October 13, 1863 from Springfield, Missouri. Christian informs Eliza about the chaplain he has in camp.

Box 4

FF 42

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated October 18, 1863 from Winesberg, Ohio. (Christian had been at Fort Smith, Arkansas since early September). Eliza described a meeting at Millersburgh, anti-Vallandigham; long wagon caravan. When it went through Winesberg they were stoned. Eliza did not believe that Christian's brother Abele was worthy of the name "Brother-in-law."

Box 4

FF 43

Contains a letter by Henry Isely to Eliza, dated October 19, 1863 in camp, Morris Island, South Carolina. Henry is still sick and lonely but thanks Eliza for her prayers.

Box 4

FF 44

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated October 19, 1863 from Springfield, Missouri. He will confront his family's political views in a forthcoming letter. He is concerned that Eliza is being persecuted for her beliefs.

Box 4

FF 45

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated October 21, 1863 from the P. O. at Lebanon, Missouri. Christian is part of an escort for stagecoaches in the area.

Box 4

FF 46

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated October 24, 1863 from Winesberg, Ohio. Eliza spent a pleasant evening with Pastor Bierrie's wife and her sister, Christians and patriots.

Box 4

FF 47

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated October 25, 1863 at Crane Creek on the road to Cassville, Missouri. Christian informs Eliza that he is still on escort duty in Missouri. He also tells Eliza to be up front with his parents about her views. She should not be ashamed of the truth, even if his parents do not like it.

Box 4

FF 48

Contains a letter by Christian Dubach to Eliza, dated October 30, 1863 from Columbus City, Kansas. He informs Eliza of family matters.

Box 4

FF 49

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated October 30, 1863 from Winesberg, Ohio. Family matters. It was difficult for Eliza to stay loyal to the Union in her surroundings. Also, November 1, 1863 - family matters and asks Christian to pray for enlightenment of his parents.

Box 4

FF 50

Contains a letter by J. Lindsly to Christian, dated (October 30, 1863) (?) from General Hospital, Fort Scott. Lindsly discussed individuals disloyal to the Union, more the fault of military in command of the district than Quantrill.

Box 4

FF 51

Contains a letter by Mrs. Ann M. Byrne to Eliza, dated October 31, 1863 from St. Joseph. Personal concerns.

Box 4

FF 52

Contains a lette by Eliza to Christian, dated November 4, 1863 from Winesberg, Ohio. She pleads with Christian to stop writing his father in an antagonistic manner. His father thought only his ways/beliefs were right. Christian would never change and would only make him angry, which in turn hurt Eliza. Christian's brother and father still hoped that Vallandigham would be governor. A P.S. - Christian's attitude toward his parent's beliefs was not Christian.

Box 4

FF 53

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated November 6, 1863 from Winesberg, Ohio. Includes a long explanation of his father's anti-government belief. His brother Fred agrees with his father. Eliza had a most difficult time living with his parents where the newspapers and leaders were all opposed to war and Union government. She includes another plea for Christian to understand her position in his family household.

Box 4

FF 54

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated November 6, 1863 from Fort Smith, Arkansas. Christian tells Eliza of his military expeditions. He relates a story where some of his friends were killed in an ambush. Also, newspaper clippings from Harper's Weekly, dated October or November 1863 -- An article about Admiral Andres Foote and a speech delivered by General Sigel at Wheeling, W. V.

Box 4

FF 55

Contains a letter by Eliza's mother (Dubach), dated November 8, 1863 from Columbus, Kansas. Family concerns.

Box 4

FF 56

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated November 8, 1863 from Winesberg, Ohio. Eliza could go and do what she pleased, but was very inhibited in what she could say. She had no more freedom in religion than politics.

Box 4

FF 57

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated November 14, 1863 from Winesberg, Ohio. Eliza is sick.

Box 4

FF 58

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated November 22, 1863 from Winesberg, Ohio. Pastor Bierrie could not hold service in accordance with Lincoln's proclamation for a day of prayer due to the pressure from the Copperheads.

Box 4

FF 59

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated November 28, 1863 from Winesberg, Ohio. Pastor Bierrie could not hold divine service in accordance with Lincoln's proclamation for a day of prayer due to the pressure from the Copperheads.

Box 4

FF 60

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated November 29, 1863 from Dardanelle, Arkansas. Christian speaks of his tour of duty in Arkansas and he describes the surrounding countryside near Dardanelle.

Box 4

FF 61

Contains a letter by Henry Isely to Christian, dated November 30, 1863 from Camp Folly Island, South Carolina. Henry had been a participant in the charge on Fort Wagner. Henry hoped that their political disagreement would not destroy their relationship. Henry asks if one has to be an Abolitionist does one also have to be a patriot.

Box 4

FF 62

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated December 5, 1863 in camp of the 2nd Kansas Cavalry, Fort Smith, Arkansas. Christian narrates his adventures in Arkansas. He relates some of the tactics used by confederate "bushwackers." He also informs Eliza that he will not confront his parents about their political views.

Box 4

FF 63

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated December 5, 1863 from Winesberg, Ohio. It largely concerns religious thoughts. She adds that the health of Christian's parents was poor.

Box 4

FF 64

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated December 12, 1863 from camp of the 2nd Kansas Cavalry, Fort Smith, Arkansas. The letter speaks mostly of personal matters, but he mentions a Texan who fights for the North.

Box 4

FF 65

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated December 19, 1863 from camp of the 2nd Kansas Cavalry, Fort Smith, Arkansas. The letter speaks of personal matters in which he informs Eliza that he will stop trying to persuade his parents to accept his political views. He also encloses the ground plan of Fort Lincoln.

Box 4

FF 66

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated December 19, 1863 from Winesberg, Ohio. Concerns family matters.

Box 4

FF 67

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated December 25, 1863 from camp of the 2nd Kansas Cavalry, Waldron, Arkansas. Christian informs Eliza mostly of personal matters.

Box 4

FF 68

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated December 27, 1863 from Winesberg, Ohio. Eliza informs Christian mostly of personal matters but criticizes Henry for disloyalty because he complains too much of his illnesses.

Box 5

FF 1

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated January 1, 1864 from Winesberg, Ohio. Eliza reflected on the past three years. She was also concerned that she had a great abundance of food while he had "rye coffee and hard crackers." Also, January 3, 1864 - she had sent him a bag of dried fruit and suggested he boil it in some water to make it tender and January 4, 1864 - enclosed cinnamon, "you may make tea" or "chew a little once in a while it is very healthy."

Box 5

FF 2

Contains a letter by John Kunsley to Christian, dated January 10, 1864 from Winesberg, Ohio. Kunsley rejoyced in the wise Rulers "in this struggle between freedom and slavery." Henry Isely was falsely accused of aiding Copperheads when a partial section of his letter was sent by a second party to the German newspaper, Der Westbote, a Copperhead paper and published. Henry accused Kunsley of sending the segment but Kunsley denied the claim.

Box 5

FF 3

Contains a letter by Henry Isely to Eliza, dated January 11, 1864 in camp near Hilton Head, South Carolina. Henry is well now, but many soldiers died even when they were not very ill, because they had given up hope.

Box 5

FF 4

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated January 11, 1864 in camp of the 2nd Kansas Cavalry, Waldron, Arkansas. Christian informs Eliza that his regiment was in a fight with a rebel force under Gibson, in which Gibson was killed. Christian speaks highly of President Lincoln for his Proclamation of Declaration.

Box 5

FF 5

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated January 15, 1864 from Winesberg, Ohio. She had a fine time on a sleigh ride with Christian's uncle, Christian, and his daughter. Christian shouldn't re-enlist, three years was enough.

Box 5

FF 6

Contains a letter by Henry Isely to Christian, dated January 18, 1864 from Hilton Head, South Carolina. Henry would always correspond with Christian although Henry did not share his radical views. Henry did not agree that all people who disagreed with Christian were "rebel sympathizers or straight out traitors." Christian was as radical as those whom he opposed. "The victory of Winesberg as a "black secesh hole" that made my own blood boil. Henry asked why the people of Winesberg should not like the statement made by Christian.

Box 5

FF 7

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated January 18, 1864 from Winesberg, Ohio. Christian's parents feared he would re-enlist. Most of Henry's regiment had re-enlisted which concerned his parents.

Box 5

FF 8

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated January 18, 1864 in camp of the 2nd Kansas Cavalry, Waldron, Arkansas. Christian informs Eliza that their friend Commander Calhoun was spared when the ship he had commanded went down. He had been relieved of command a short time before the disaster. He also informs her about his brother, Henry.

Box 5

FF 9

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated January 23, 1864 from Winesberg, Ohio. Eliza did not think she could not stay at his parents home during the fall Presidential election because of their attitude.

Box 5

FF 10

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated January 31, 1864 in camp of the 2nd Kansas Cavalry, Waldron, Arkansas. Christian is lonely because he has not heard from her and he misses going to church.

Box 5

FF 11

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated February 4, 1864 from Winesberg, Ohio. Eliza was grateful that Christian had not re-enlisted. Also, she was unhappy that Henry called U.S. money "shinplasters" and officers "sholderstraps."

Box 5

FF 12

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated February 7, 1864 in camp of the 2nd Cavalry, Waldron, Arkansas. Christian is on scouting duty in Arkansas.

Box 5

FF 13

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated February 8, 1864 from Waldron, Arkansas. Christian informs Eliza of the terrain and other events on his scouting trip expedition.

Box 5

FF 14

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated February 14, 1864 from Winesberg, Ohio. She hoped that Christian would be "mustered out" by next May (1864). She also disagreed with Christian concerning brother Henry. Also, February 15, 1864 - Christian should visit his parents if possible as they are old and in poor health. She also believed that John Kunsly was a christian.

Box 5

FF 15

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated February 18, 1864 in camp of the 2nd Kansas Cavalry, Waldron, Arkansas. Mostly personal and family concerns.

Box 5

FF 16

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated February 21, 1864 from Winesberg, Ohio. Henry was not forgotten by his family and friends. Christian's parents and others had sent him a package of "necessities." Christian's letters to his parents still hurt them and "pained" Eliza.

Box 5

FF 17

Contains a letter written by Christian to Eliza, dated February 23, 1864 in camp of the 2nd Kansas Cavalry, near Jenny Lind, Arkansas. Christian informs Eliza that his unit left Waldron and is temporarily in camp near Jenny Lind, Arkansas. He expresses the fact that his unit was grateful to leave. Also enclosed is a newspaper clipping.

Box 5

FF 18

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated February 27, 1864 from Winesberg, Ohio. Henry returned to Winesberg on a thirty day furlough and looked very well.

Box 5

FF 19

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated February 28, 1864 in camp at Jenny Lind, Arkansas. Christian has been lonely but he has been comforted by his faith.

Box 5

FF 20

Contains a letter written by Christian to Eliza, dated March 1, 1864 from Jenny Lind, Arkansas. Christian's company might be mustered out some time next May. If that is the case, he plans to travel to Ohio and visit his parents and take Eliza back to Missouri.

Box 5

FF 21

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated March 6, 1864 in camp at Jenny Lind, Arkansas. Personal matters.

Box 5

FF 22

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza. It is a partial letter, undated, no salutation; envelope reflects it was posted at Cassville, Missouri on March 8 1864 (?). Christian tells Eliza that he is fortunate to have her as his wife. He also mentions that rebel tactics by such men as Quantrill.

Box 5

FF 23

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated March 12, 1864 in camp at Jenny Lind, Arkansas. Christian scorns Eliza for being too critical of his parents and his brother, Henry.

Box 5

FF 24

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated March 13, 1864 from Winesberg, Ohio. She was happy that Christian planned to repair his parents home when he was out of the army.

Box 5

FF 25

Contains a letter by John F. O. (cousin) to Christian, dated March 22, 1864 from Pine Bluff, Arkansas. The army had tried to get his regiment to re-enlist, only 60 had done so. "I for my part got enuf of it."

Box 5

FF 26

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated March 25, 1864 from Winesberg, Ohio. Eliza informs Christian of his brother Henry's visit with the family in Ohio.

Box 5

FF 27

Contains a letter by Henry Isely to Christian, dated March 26, 1864 with Co. C. 67th Ohio Vol. address. Henry had been on furlough for thirty days in Winesberg and was well received. He did not find Winesberg a "dark secesh hole." Henry disagreed with some of Christian's views but believed him to be as good a patriot as anyone. Henry had re-enlisted.

Box 5

FF 28

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated April 1, 1864 from Winesberg, Ohio. Eliza was concerned for the soul of Henry as he had received so much flattery while he was home. Henry was not vain, however. Also, April 3, 1864 - Henry was "too upright and truthful" to have been a Copperhead. Family matters.

Box 5

FF 29

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated April 14, 1864 from Winesberg, Ohio. Eliza had gone to Barbara's (sister). She was ill but had a fine large boy and all was well. Henry was temporarily encamped six miles from Washington.

Box 5

FF 30

Contains a letter by Henry Isely to Eliza, dated April 22, 1864 from Camp Grant, Virginia near Washington City. Henry thanks Eliza for being friendly toward him while he was at home. He also informs her that one of his friends died while in a hospital with a fever.

Box 5

FF 31

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated May 3, 1864 in the camp of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, Army of the Frontier, Little Rock, Arkansas. Christian informs Eliza of a major engagement with the rebels near Camden, Arkansas.

Box 5

FF 32

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated May 5, 1864 from Little Rock, Arkansas. Christian was very unhappy with their commander, General Steele. "He is either a Conservative, or a Copperhead and is afraid of hunting rebels." His regiment was without wagons and he had to pack all his gear on his horse to be carried.

Box 5

FF 33

Contains a letter by John F. Ozenberger to Christian, dated May 8, 1864 from Pine Bluff, Arkansas. His regiment had hard fighting and his company had about only two months to serve.

Box 5

FF 34

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated May 15, 1864 from Winesberg, Ohio. Christian believed the "Reb" got his letters to Eliza. Eliza had stayed with Barbara for three weeks due to her illness. Christian's father's and mother's health was "declining." Henry wrote that he was stationed fifteen miles from Richmond. Also, May 3, 1864 - Eliza thought of him often this day, his birthday.

Box 5

FF 35

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated May 18, 1864 in camp on Rector's Prairie near Fort Smith, Arkansas. Christian informs Eliza that the rebels are in force in Arkansas and several of his friends were killed in recent battles.

Box 5

FF 36

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated May 19, 1864. Christian informs Eliza that they should treat Henry gently in regards to religious matters.

Box 5

FF 37

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated May 29, 1864 from Winesberg, Ohio. Family matters and Henry wrote that he was well.

Box 5

FF 38

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated June 6, 1864 from Winesberg, Ohio. Family matters and Eliza had received Christian's diary and all of the letters which he sent from Little Rock.

Box 5

FF 39

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated June 10, 1864 in camp at Clarksville, Arkansas. Rebel troop movements and victories were exaggerated as reported in a previous letter.

Box 5

FF 40

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated June 12, 1864 from Winesberg, Ohio. Family matters and the report of "reverses and disasters on our side did not have much weight with me."

Box 5

FF 41

Contains a letter by Henry Isely to Christian, dated June 16, 1864 in camp near City Point, Virginia. Henry describes the siege of Richmond and Petersburg and the part he played in these events.

Box 5

FF 42

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated June 19, 1864 on picket at Clarksville, Arkansas. Christian hasn't had time to write and he thinks his army on the frontier will move south again. He tells how guerrillas fire on Union gunboats in the river with supplies for Fort Smith.

Box 5

FF 43

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated June 21, 1864 from Clarksville, Arkansas. Christian wishes Eliza "Happy Birthday." He also desires Lincoln to be re-elected for he is the soldier's choice.

Box 5

FF 44

Contains a letter by J. F. O. to Christian , dated June 26, 1864 from Pine Bluff, Arkansas. His enlistment was about to expire and hoped to get out of the service about August 1. He would probably be mustered out at Leavenworth.

Box 5

FF 45

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated July 3, 1864 in camp at Clarksville, Arkansas. One man in Christian's regiment was killed by a bushwacker about a mile out of town.

Box 5

FF 46

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated July 8, 1864 from Van Buren, Arkansas. Much farmland and crops are abandoned due to the raids by the bushwackers. Only old men and boys can take care of the harvest as all able bodied men are in the Union and Confederate armies. At present he is on escort duty for a forage train.

Box 5

FF 47

Contains a letter by Henry Isely to Eliza, dated July 17, 1864 from Fort Pride near Point of Rocks, Virginia. All is quiet on the front at this point and he is enjoying essay duty.

Box 5

FF 48

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated July 23, 1864 in camp at Clarksville, Arkansas. Christian arrived at camp safely, but at first was very depressed for reason unknown to him.

Box 5

FF 49

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated July 29, 1864 from camp in the Arkansas Bottom opposite Fort Smith, Arkansas. Christian was on escort duty with the Colonel. His regiment plans to march south of Fort Smith where a battle took place with the rebels. They hope to give aid to the 6th Kansas who lost 12 men and 15 wounded.

Box 5

FF 50

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated July 31, 1864 from Winesberg, Ohio. Christian's parents and others were hard on Pastor Bierri. Also, family matters.

Box 5

FF 51

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated August 6, 1864 from camp of the 2nd Kansas Cavalry, Fort Smith, Arkansas. The rebels attacked Fort Smith, but were driven back. He also got paid, but had to spend most of it to pay off his debts for horses and equipment.

Box 5

FF 52

Contains a letter by Eliza to Chrisitian, dated August 7, 1864 from Winesberg, Ohio. Vallandigham was still making speeches but Eliza did not believe that he would run for President although "their papers contain a great deal about McClellan."

Box 5

FF 53

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated August 14, 1864 from Winesberg, Ohio. She received glad tidings "Coming home." She had only three cows to milk this summer instead of five like last year.

Box 5

FF 54

Contains a letter by Henry Isely to Eliza, dated August 15, 1864 at Fort Dutton (formerly Fort Pride), Virginia. Henry is under marching orders to leave the redoubt but they have not been relieved yet. The fighting in other areas has become more intense.

Box 5

FF 55

Contains a letter by Fred Osenberger to Christian, dated August 17, 1864 from home. He arrived well and safe and Willie should arrive next week.

Box 5

FF 56

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated August 18, 1864 from camp at Fort Smith, Arkansas. The Confederates stole the mail and some escorts were killed. He received spiritual refreshment at church services.

Box 5

FF 57

Contains a letter by Henry Isely to Christian, dated August 19, 1864 at Fort Dutton (formerly Fort Pride) near Point of Rocks, Virginia. Henry's unit was finally relieved at Fort Dutton and he is taking part in the siege of Petersburg. He also supports McClellan for president.

Box 5

FF 58

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated August 21, 1864 from Winesberg, Ohio. Family matters and she thought Christian should obtain a "walking cane" from Arkansas. Henry brought one from South Carolina. Also, a tract written in German.

Box 5

FF 59

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated August 22, 1864 from Fayetteville, Arkansas. Christian reports an incident where several soldiers got drunk, including a lieutenant, and behaved badly before the population.

Box 5

FF 60

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated August 27, 1864 from Fort Smith, Arkansas. Christian proclaims his patriotism for the Union cause, but wants to have a forgiving attitude toward his parents.

Box 5

FF 61

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated August 29, 1864 from Fort Smith, Arkansas. Christian has been part of a mail escort and has been ill.

Box 5

FF 62

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated September 5, 1864 from Fort Scott, Kansas. Eliza is to work on her faults and not give up.

Box 5

FF 63

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated September 11, 1864 from Winesberg, Ohio. Eliza has had been feeling down but going to church helped. She hoped to visit the pastor's wife for a couple of days.

Box 5

FF 64

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated September 17, 1864 from Fort Smith, Arkansas. Christian is looking forward to the time when he can be with her again. He went to a church service where he received communion and heard his lieutenant speak. He had gotten drunk according to a previous letter, but was a good officer afterward.

Box 5

FF 65

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated September 19, 1864 from Fort Smith, Arkansas. Christian had been sick, but was better. Also, the Lieutenant he spoke of earlier has made a stronger commitment to his faith. Also enclosed is a clipping entitled "Mr. Duryea's Address."

Box 5

FF 66

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated September 24, 1864 from camp at Fort Smith, Arkansas. A 12 page letter giving a long discourse on the northern traitors and the "slavewhipping, labor dispising, truthhating Confederacy." He also discusses the treason of Vallandigham; the courage of President Lincoln; the disloyalty of the people of Holmes County, Ohio; the unconditional surrender conditions of Sabastian Co., Arkansas (Fort Smith area); the possible election of "the McClellan-Vallandigham-Peacehowel ticket;" and truth, the North and God.

Box 5

FF 67

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated September 25, 1864 from Winesberg, Ohio. Eliza informs Christian that their separation has caused them to be stronger Christians and she believes that their time apart is working out for the better.

Box 5

FF 68

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated September 26, 1864 from in camp at Fort Smith, Arkansas. The main was robbed again. He believes Lincoln will be re-elected. He is not fond of McClellan. Finally at Fort Smith an "army church" was founded by men from all denominations. He hopes the church will be effective at the fort. One hundred thirty men joined the church.

Box 5

FF 69

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated October 2, 1864 from Winesberg, Ohio. Christian's father is very ill and she is afraid he may die before Christian gets a chance to see him again.

Box 5

FF 70

Contains a letter by Henry Isely to Eliza, dated October 16, 1864 from Deep Bottom, before Richmond, Virginia. Henry tells Eliza of the different engagements he has been involved in near Richmond. Many of his comrades have either been killed or wounded.

Box 5

FF 71

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated October 19, 1864 from Horse Creek, Choctaw Nation. Christian informs Eliza that he among others were being sent to Fort Scott to regain their health. Along the way he saw where rebels attacked a supply train. He could see the results for miles. Also, he witnessed the sufferings of those in the refugee train at Fort Smith and Fort Gibson.

Box 5

FF 72

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated October 23, 1864 from Winesberg, Ohio. His father is better.

Box 5

FF 73

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated October 24, 1864 from Fort Scott, Kansas. The refugee train was attacked by the rebels. It is uknown at that point the exact count of casualties.

Box 5

FF 74

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated perhaps on or about October 26, 1864 at Fort Scott, Kansas. It may be some time before Christian is mustered out of the service. Also, he is still recovering from his illness.

Box 5

FF 75

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated October 30, 1864 from the Merwin House opposite Lawrence, Kansas. Christian describes a battle that took place at Fort Scott where the Federals defeated General "Pop" Price, and Generals Marmaduke and Cabell were taken prisoners.

Box 5

FF 76

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated November 2, 1864 at Kelsey's, Leavenworth, Kansas. Christian expects to be mustered out of the service soon. He is presently visiting the Kelseys, friends of the Iselys.

Box 5

FF 77

Contains a letter by Christian to Mr. James Bossett, dated November 3, 1864 at the Kelseys in Leavenworth, Kansas. Christian informs Mr. Bossett of business matters.

Box 5

FF 78

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated November 6, 1864 from home in our old Willow Dale, Missouri. Christian is visiting with Eliza's family in Missouri.

Box 5

FF 79

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated November 7, 1864 from St. Joseph, Missouri. Personal matters.

Box 5

FF 80

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated November 10, 1864 from Winesberg, Ohio. Family matters.

Box 5

FF 81

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated November 11, 1864 from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Lincoln was re-elected by a large majority. Also, personal matters.

Box 5

FF 82

Contains a letter by Henry Isely to Eliza, dated November 15, 1864 from campaign at Richmond, Virginia. Family business.

Box 5

FF 83

Contains a letter by Christian to Eliza, dated November 16, 1864 from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Christian to be mustered out. Some business matters must be taken care of before going to Ohio. Also, newspaper clippings.

Box 5

FF 84

Contains a letter by Eliza to "Editor Republican," dated December 14, 1864 from Winesberg, Ohio. It was a cover letter asking to have Christian's September 24, 1864 letter published. Also, March 14, 1865 from New York, N. Y. S. W. Stebbin's (American Tract Society) to Eliza. She sent postage to cover the cost of mailing tracts and books.

Box 5

FF 85

Contains a letter by Henry Isely to Christian, dated December 16, 1864 and January 24, 1865 from camp near Richmond, Virginia. Family matters.

Box

FF

Contains letters not published in Uncommon Writings by Common Folk. This box consists of letters to Christian H. Isely and Eliza D. Isely, as well as untranslated letters in German and letters by W. Henry Isely, M. Alice Isely, James W. Isely, and Lydia Isely.

Box 6

FF 1

Contains a letter from John Ozenberger to "Dear and beloved cousins," dated May 15, 1859 from Westport, Missouri. Mainly concerning family matters. The letter reports that job aspects do not look good for the summer and that a number of people bound for the Pike's Peak gold area have passed through. Included is a clipping in German from a Cincinnati (?) newspaper.

Box 6

FF 2

Contains a letter by Barbara Isely to Christian, dated January 30, 1861 from Winesberg, Ohio. Untranslated.

Box 6

FF 3

Contains a letter by J. F. Ozenberger to Christian, dated February 8, 1861 from camp near Helena, Arkansas. Isely's cousin, describes wet weather and an incident near Trenton, Arkansas, where one man was killed.

Box 6

FF 4

Contains a letter from Barbara Isely to Christian, dated May 1862 from Winesberg, Ohio. Untranslated.

Box 6

FF 5

Contains a letter by counsins Fred and Willie to Christian, dated July 28, 1862 from camp near Helena, Arkansas. They describe a skirmish near Jacksonport, Arkansas, and the company's uncertainty over whether the next campaign would be toward Little Rock or Jackson, Mississippi. However, the cousins will not be required to participate in fighting because they are company saddlers. A P.S. reports Fred enclosed a picture of himself (not found) and Willie will send one soon.

Box 6

FF 6

Contains a letter from August to Christian, dated September 5, 1862 from St. Louis, Missouri. Untranslated.

Box 6

FF 7

Contains an essay by Eliza Isely, "Contrast between Happiness and Misery" (September 15, 1862) (?).

Box 6

FF 8

Contains a letter from August Ozenberger to Christian, dated February 25, 1863 from Fort Curtis, Zorn County, Missouri. Untranslated.

Box 6

FF 9

Contains a letter by Christina Trollman to Eliza, dated April 26, 1863 from Leavenworth, Kansas. She wishes to see Eliza and mentions other personal matters.

Box 6

FF 10

Contains a letter by John Christian Isely to Christian, dated June 10, 1863 from Virginia (?). Untranslated.

Box 6

FF 11

Contains a letter by Frederick Isely to Christian, dated August 21, 1863 from Winesberg, Ohio. Untranslated.

Box 6

FF 12

Contains a letter by Anna B. Henry to Eliza, dated September 10, 1863 from St. Joseph, Missouri. Concerns the health of a number of common friends in St. Joseph.

Box 6

FF 13

Contains a letter from Brother (Frederick Dubach?) to Eliza Isely, dated October 27, 1863. Personal matters.

Box 6

FF 14

Contains a letter by Minnie Abele to "Dear Aunt," dated November 25, 1863 from Rochester, New York. The writer tells about her experiences in seminary and wishes that the family would return from Ohio to New York.

Box 6

FF 15

Contains a letter from Frederick Dubach to Eliza, dated December 15, 1863 from Columbus, Kansas. Family health matters. Included is an untranslated letter in German.

Box 6

FF 16

Contains a letter by Caroline Brown to Eliza, dated January 10, 1864 from Wooster, Ohio. The writer wishes to see her "dear friend" again and inquires of her welfare and the health of her family.

Box 6

FF 17

Contains a letter by Minnie Abele to Eliza, dated February 5, 1864 from Rochester, New York. Minnie continues her studies at the seminary but has changed boarding houses because the proprietor at the first was "cross" and overly strict. Also, personal matters.

Box 6

FF 18

Contains a letter by J. G. to Eliza, dated February 16, 1864 from St. Joseph, Missouri. Gives news from the church in St. Joseph and details of a snowfall that hampered rail traffic for two weeks.

Box 6

FF 19

Contains a letter by Frederick Dubach to Eliza, dated February 16, 1864 from Columbus, Kansas. Personal matters.

Box 6

FF 20

Contains a letter by Caroline Brown to Eliza, dated February 22, 1864 from Wooster, Ohio. Personal matters and a description of Washington's Brithday celebration in Wooster. An enclosed letter expresses the writer's disappointment that her brother re-enlisted.

Box 6

FF 21

Contains a letter by Minnie Abele to Eliza, dated April 29, 1864 from Rochester, New York. Personal matters.

Box 6

FF 22

Contains a letter by Mrs. E. Lilly to Eliza, dated May 7, 1864 from St. Joseph, Missouri. Relays greetings from friends in St. Joseph.

Box 6

FF 23

Contains a letter by Fritz and Louisa Dubach to Eliza, dated May 20, 1864 from St. Joseph, Missouri. Untranslated.

Box 6

FF 24

Contains a letter by Christina Dubach to Eliza, dated May 27, 1864 from Columbus, Kansas. School and personal matters.

Box 6

FF 25

Contains a letter by "Your sister in the Lord" to Christian, dated August 14, 1864 from Illinois. In German.

Box 6

FF 26

Contains a letter by Frederick Dubach to Eliza, dated August 31, 1864 from Columbus, Kansas. Church and personal matters.

Box 6

FF 27

Contains a letter by Christina Dubach to Eliza, dated October 16, 1864 from Columbus, Kansas. Untranslated.

Box 6

FF 28

Contains a letter by Christina Dubach to Eliza, dated October 16, 1864 from Columbus, Kansas. Untranslated.

Box 6

FF 29

Contains a letter by James Bassett to Christian, dated November 3, 1864 from Dover, Kansas. Untranslated.

Box 6

FF 30

Contains a letter by John F. Ozenberger to Christian, dated November 27, 1864 from Leavenworth City, Kansas. Although mainly about personal matters, Ozenberger apologizes for not writing sooner because of his participation in the campaign against Price. A note on the back, by an unknown author, expresses the need to preserve Isely's Civil War letters.

Box 6

FF 31

Contains a letter by Lauran Newell to Christian, dated December 1, 1864 from Fort Smith, Arkansas. Newell expresses relief that Isely was not killed in the attack and capture of his train from Fort Smith to St. Joseph, Missouri. Also, all was quiet in Fort Smith and the men were looking forward to being mustered out.

Box 6

FF 32

Contains a letter by W. H. Smallwood to Christian, dated December 12, 1864 from Fort Smith, Arkansas. Smallwood expresses gratitude to Isely for returning a pony and money to Smallwood's wife in St. Joseph and relief that Isely was not taken prisoner in the capture of the train he was taking from Fort Smith to St. Joseph.

Box 6

FF 33

Contains a letter by Lauran Newell to Christian, dated December 13, 1864 from Fort Smith, Arkansas. Newell forwards two letters addressed to Isely and informs him of an impending reorganization of his old company.

Box 6

FF 34

Contains a letter by August Ozenberger to Christian, dated December 15, 1864 from Benton Barracks, St. Louis, Missouri. Untranslated.

Box 6

FF 35

Contains a letter by Frederick Baumstein (?) of American Tract Society, New York to Christian and Eliza Isely, dated December 22, 1864. Includes a letter and a receipt for a five dollar donation to the Society and a booklet describing the Society's work.

Box 6

FF 36

Contains a letter by Frederick Dubach to Eliza, dated January 1, 1865 from Columbus, Kansas. Expresses greetings for a Happy New Year.

Box 6

FF 37

Contains a letter by Rosina Ozenberger to Eliza, dated January 30, 1865 from Tonawanda, New York. She describes a train trip from Cleveland, Ohio to Tonawanda. Also, various family news. The sentence "My poor weeping Eliza" stands out in darker ink than the rest of the letter.

Box 6

FF 38

Contains a letter by W. H. Smallwood to Christian (St. Joseph, Missouri), dated April 11, 1865 from Little Rock, Arkansas. Smallwood had a baby "fat daughter." He would leave for Wathena, Kansas via St. Joseph and hoped to see the Isely's.

Box 6

FF 39

Contains a letter by Fred W. Latham to Christian, dated May 5, 1865 from Lewesburg. He would serve out his time in the army unless "peace was made before our time expires." His outfit would probably move south. He also spoke of the tragedy of Lincoln's assassination.

Box 6

FF 40

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated May 18, 1865 from Willow Dale, Kansas. Concerns family matters.

Box 6

FF 41

Contains a letter by Elizabeth Abele to Christian, dated June 3, 1865 from Tonawanda, New York. Untranslated.

Box 6

FF 42

Contains a letter by J. C. Gillman to the Isely's, dated August 1, 1865 from Berlin, Ohio. He congratulated the "Radicals of Missouri in your victory at the ballot box" (the new constitution). Also his parish work in Berlin.

Box 6

FF 43

Contains a letter by Captain C. C. Byrne to Christian, dated November 14, 1865 from Albany, Missouri. Byrne asked if Isely has completed a construction project for him.

Box 6

FF 44

Contains a letter by John Kunsly to Christian, dated March 31, 1866 from Winesberg, Ohio. Discussed his "Ministerial Labors," his Christian work, and their mutual friends.

Box 6

FF 45

Contains a copy of a letter by Christian to Henry Isely, dated July 14, 1867. He discussed the politics of School Board Election and a bond issue of 250,000 dollars to build a railroad up the Missouri River Valley to Council Bluffs.

Box 6

FF 46

Contains a copy of a letter by Christian to Henry Isely, dated September 3, 1867 from St. Joseph, Missouri. Christian encourages his brother concerning employment and was able to get money for Henry.

Box 6

FF 47

Contains a copy of a letter by Christian to Harry (Henry?), dated October 31, 1867 from St. Joseph, Missouri. If Harry needed more money, Christian would get it for him.

Box 6

FF 48

Contains a letter (and a copy) by Henry Isely to Christian, dated January 15, 1868 from Newbern, North Carolina. The letter itself is illegible due to faded ink. It concerns Henry's travels from Suffolk to Norfolk to North Carolina by rail and ship.

Box 6

FF 49

Contains a letter by Eliza to Christian, dated January 12, 1869 from St. Joseph, Missouri. She tells Christian of church services conducted by Brother Fackler mostly.

Box 6

FF 50

Contains a letter by J. W. Wightman to Christian, dated August 17, 1869 from Greencastle, Pennsylvania. Wightman tells Isely he is God's will and he congratulates Isely on his and his congregation's openness to God's will.

Box 6

FF 51

Contains a letter by J. W. Wightman to Christian, dated November 4, 1869 from Greencastle, Pennsylvania. He promises to forward information on several candidates for the pastorship of Isely's church and encourages Isely to stand firm in the time of turmoil in his church.

Box 6

FF 52

Contains a copy of a letter by Christian to Henry, dated January 1, 1871 from St. Joseph, Missouri. Family matters.

Box 6

FF 53

Contains a copy of a letter written for the Fairview Times by Christian to the editor, dated January 16, 1871. Garibaldi's Drummer Boy vis Soldier for Jesus, the Italian. It concerned a lecture Christian heard by a Mr. Antonio Arrighi, opposed to the Roman Church and the Pope. It praised King Victor Emmanuel and Garibaldi.

Box 6

FF 54

Contains a letter by Christian to the family, dated November 28, 1871 from Fairview, Kansas, on the Prairie. It was cold at the homebuilding site near Fairview, Kansas.

Box 6

FF 55

Contains two letters by Jennie Stephens to Eliza, dated April 2, 1876 from Pony Creek, Kansas. The first letter contains personal, school, and church matters. The second letter contains a sermon given in Fairview. An 1865 envelope accompanies the letter.

Box 6

FF 56

Contains a letter by A. Carothers, superintendent of public instruction to Christian Isely, dated August 8, 1879 from Hiawatha, Kansas. Carothers justifies his role in a church building project.

Box 6

FF 57

Contains a letter by W. Henry Isely to Alice Isely, dated September 27, 1885 from Ottawa University, Ottawa, Kansas. Talks about school and his difficulty learning Latin.

Box 6

FF 58

Contains a letter by W. Henry Isely to Eliza, dated November 15, 1885 from Ottawa University, Ottawa, Kansas. Henry reports on school life and wonders why God allowed the family's hogs to die.

Box 6

FF 59

Contains a letter by William Henry Isely to Alice Isely, dated September 18, 1886 from Ottawa, Kansas. Henry describes his activities in the Olympian Club and his continuing troubles in learning Latin. He also admits the he is a little homesick.

Box 6

FF 60

Contains a letter by W. Henry Isely to Alice Isely, dated November 28, 1886 from Ottawa University, Ottawa, Kansas. Personal items and a description of Thanksgiving dinner at Henry's landlady's house.

Box 6

FF 61

Contains a lette by W. Henry Isely to Alice Isely, dated March 27, 1887 from Ottawa University, Ottawa, Kansas. Henry is interested in a career in science. An incomplete note enclosed concerns missionary work in China, Japan, and India.

Box 6

FF 62

Contains a letter by W. Henry Isely to Alice Isely, dated May 8, 1887 from Ottawa University, Ottawa, Kansas. Henry answers Alice about Greek literature and predicts that a canal across Panama will be completed by 1890.

Box 6

FF 63

Contains a letter by W. Henry Isely to Alice Isely, dated June 26, 1888 from Spring Grove Cottage, Kansas. Among other personal items, Henry tells Alice that when she starts college, she should get plenty of exercise, make friends with everybody, but be selective in who shw allows to visit her room.

Box 6

FF 64

Contains a letter by Alice Isely to "My dear papa and mama," dated September 6, 1896 from Provo, Utah. Describes of Provo which the writer describes as lacking in the "homey look" of similar sized towns in Kansas.

Box 6

FF 65

Contains a letter by Alice Isely to Miss Lovie King, dated October 25, 1896 from Provo, Utah. School and church activities.

Box 6

FF 66

Contains a letter by Charles Mother to "My Dear Almeda," dated October 24, 1902 from Fairview, Kansas. Concerns family matters.

Box 6

FF 67

Contains a letter by James W. Isely to "My dear Sis" (Alice Isely), dated November 23, 1903 from Parkview, Kansas. James informs Alice of his plans to sell the family farm and asks Alice to gently explain to their father why the move is necessary.

Box 6

FF 68

Contains a letter by Charles Mother to "My Dear Almeda," dated January 6, 1904. Concerns family matters.

Box 6

FF 69

Contains a letter by Christian to "Son William," dated October 11, 1906 from Fairview, Kansas. Concerns private business, the purchase of lots. Also, October 12 ,1906 - concerns house building, the closet space increased, dormer windows, etc.

Box 6

FF 70

Contains a letter by Lydia Isely Wellman to Paul and Frederick Isely, November 20, 1906 from (Enid, Oklahoma Territory) (?). The writer passes along family information to her sons away at school in Provo.

Box 6

FF 71

Contains a letter by Alice B. to Mr. and Mrs. Isely and family, dated August 14, 1907 from Fairview, Kansas. The writer expresses sorrow of the death of Henry and wishes to be with the family to show her sympathy in person.

Box 6

FF 72

Contains a letter by J. F. Joss to C. H. Isely and family, dated August 15, 1907 from Fairview, Kansas. Joss expresses his condolences at Henry's death.

Box 6

FF 73

Contains a letter by Mother to "My Dear Alice" (daughter), dated August 25, 1907 from Wichita, Kansas.

Box 6

FF 74

Contains a letter by Christian to Alice, dated August 30, 1907 from Wichita, Kansas. Concerns family matters.

Box 6

FF 75

Contains a letter by Alice Isely to "My Dear Mother," dated November 1, 1907 from Vernal, Utah. Alice describes school activities and remembers events shared with her brother Henry.

Box 6

FF 76

Contains a letter by Alice Isely to "My Dear Sister Franc," dated December 20, 1907 from Vernal, Utah. This letter discusses family Christmas gifts and church activities as well as a number of other personal matters.

Box 7

FF 1

Contains a letter from Alice Isely, Steamboat Springs, Colorado to "My Dear Mother," dated July 25, 1910. Alice describes a stagecoach trip from Steamboat Springs to a church 18 miles away and discusses personal matters and memories of Henry.

Box 7

FF 2

Contains a letter by Christian to Almeda Isely (daughter), dated December 12, 1911 from 1627 Holyoke Ave., Wichita, Kansas. Family matters. Also, William ("Billy") Sunday preached in Wichita and it was wonderful.

Box 7

FF 3

Contains a letter from Dwight Isely, Washington, D. C. to Alice Isely, November 23, 1916. Dwight details his work with the U. S. Bureau of Entomology and writes that he is "utterly dumfounded" that Kansas supported Woodrow Wilson in the 1916 presidential election.

Box 7

FF 4

Contains a letter from Mother to Almeda, dated December 10, 1919 from Wichita, Kansas. Concerns family matters.

Box 7

FF 5

Contains a letter from Mother to Charles, dated March 7, 1920 from Wichita, Kansas. Concerns family matters.

Box 7

FF 6

Contains a letter from Mother to Charles, dated September 19, 1921 from Wichita, Kansas. Concerns family matters.

Box 7

FF 7

Contains a letter from Mother to Almeda, dated December 12, (1921) (?) from Wichita (?). Concerns family matters. Last letter written by hand because Eliza lost her sight.

Box 7

FF 8

Contains a letter from Mother to Almeda, dated July 9, 1925 from Wichita, Kansas. Eliza was still piecing quilts and it also concerned family matters.

Box 7

FF 9

Contains a letter from Mother to Almeda, dated September 8, 1930 from Wichita, Kansas. Concerns family matters.

Box 7

FF 10

Contains a letter from Aunt Nancy Rebecca Thorton in Flint, Michigan to "Dear Niece" (Almeda Cook Isely), dated March 21, 1939. Contains personal and genealogical matters.

Box 7

FF 11

Contains a letter from Aunt Nancy Rebecca Thorton in Flint, Michigan to Almeda Cook Isely, dated May 23, 1939. Contains personal matters.

Box 7

FF 12

Contains a letter written in German from T. G. Abele in Tonawanda, New York to Christian Isely, undated.

Box 7

FF 13

Contains a letter from James W. Isely in Manmouth, Oregon, dated August 8, (?) to Alice Isely. Contains personal wishes and reflections.

Box 7

FF 14

Contains a letter from Lydia Isely Wellman in Enid, Oklahoma Territory to Christian Isely. Contains personal wishes and reflections.

Box 7

FF 15

Contains an anonymous and undated poem to "Miss Mademoiselle Mary Kennedy."

Box 7

FF 16

Tract - "A Rebel Subdued" R653, by the American Tracy Society, New York. It is not connected with any letter.

Box 7

FF 17

Contains one pressed flower.

Box 7

FF 18

Contains six receipts for registered letters; one receipt for a subscription to The West; one receipt for shipment via Wells Fargo and Company Express, dated December 21, 1898; one notice of payment due on a note, dated August 29, 1866; one poem printed in German, dated April 22, 1864; one newspaper clipping headlined "General Logan Among the Copperheads," Duquain, Illinois dated July 31, (1863 or 1864); one note from the Troy (Kansas) Investigate.

Box 7

FF 19

Contains 55 enveloeps from the Civil War period.

Box 7

FF 20

Contains 11 envelopes and several stamps, including one from Switzerland.

Box 7

FF 21

Contains 50 envelopes and two postcards.

Box 8

 

Contains Volumes I and II of the typed original manuscript of Uncommon Writings by Common Folk: The Isely Family Letters, Papers and Diaries.

Box 9

 

Contains Volume III of the typed original manuscript of Uncommon Writings by Common Folk: The Isely Family Letters, Papers and Diaries.

Box 10

 

Contains Volumes I, II, and III of the published manuscript copy of Uncommon Writings by Common Folk: The Isely Family Letters, Papers and Diaries.