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Finding aid for the Edward A. Fox letters

2011

Summary Information

Repository
USC Libraries Special Collections
Creator
Fox, Edward A.
Title
Edward A. Fox letters
Collection no.
0168
Date
1862-1926, (bulk 1862-1863, 1868-1881)
Extent
0.63 Linear feet, 2 boxes
Language
English
Abstract
The Edward A. Fox letters consists of 33 letters written by Union Sergeant Fox to his mother Hannah J. Fox during the period August 1862-February 1863, and more than 50 letters and notes written to his fiancee (later wife) Jennie Greenleaf from the late 1860s to the 1880s. Also included are assorted letters written from France at the beginning of the first World War and correspondence with a male relative.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], Edward A. Fox letters, Collection no. 0168, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

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Scope and Content

The Edward A. Fox letters consists of 33 letters written by Union Sergeant Fox to his mother Hannah J. Fox during the period August 1862-February 1863, and more than 50 letters and notes written to his fiancee (later wife) Jennie Greenleaf from the late 1860s to the 1880s. Also included are assorted letters written from France at the beginning of the first World War and correspondence with a male relative.

The letters from Fox to his mother describe his experiences while serving with the Union Army (Connecticut Volunteers, 14th Regiment) in northern Virginia. They include documentary material and personal commentaries on military training, camp life, deserters, abolitionists, hired soldiers, prison policy, and battle. They also include a detailed account of the Union defeat at the Battle of Fredericksburg, where Fox was seriously wounded. Subsequent letters, written from a hospital in Washington, D.C. discuss his medical treatment and care. Many of the letters include thumbnail sketches to illustrate a soldier's costume, battle action, construction of a fort, a pup-tent, and a winter cabin.

The letters to Miss Jennie Greenleaf (later Mrs. Edward A. Fox) date from the period of their courtship through their marriage.

The collection also contains a transcription of all the Civil War letters, created by Fox's granddaughter Mildred Fox Hansen (located in Box 2).

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
2011
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189
213-740-5900
specol@usc.edu

Conditions Governing Access

Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Letters
  • Photographs

Geographic Name(s)

  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Archival resources

Personal Name(s)

  • Fox, Edward A. -- Correspondence

Subject(s)

  • Fredericksburg, Battle of, Fredericksburg, Va., 1862--Archival resources

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Letters to Mrs. Hannah J. Fox 

Box Folder

 Camp Foote, Hartford, Connecticut, Headquarters Co. I, 14th Regiment C.V. 1862 August 24 

1 1

 Camp (near) Arlington Heights, Headquarters Co. I, 14th Regiment C.V., Washington, D.C. 1862 August 28 

1 1A

 Camp near Fort Ethan Allen, 14th Connecticut Regiment, Washington, D.C. 1862 September 1 

1 2

 Camp Rifle Pits near Fort Ethan Allen, Virginia 1862 September 7 

1 3

 Camp near Ethan Allen, Virginia 1862 September 14 

1 4

 Camp near Fort Ethan Allen, Virginia 1862 September 16 

1 4A

 Camp near Fort Ethan Allen, Virginia 1862 September 17 

1 4B

 Fredrick City, Maryland 1862 September 23 

1 4C

 Fredrick City, Maryland 1862 September 25 

1 4D

 Boliver Heights, Harper's Ferry, Virginia 1862 September 30 

1 5

 Boliver Heights, Harper's Ferry, Virginia 1862 October 12 

1 5A

 Boliver Heights, Harper's Ferry, Virginia 1862 October 19 

1 6

 Camp Boliver Heights, Harper's Ferry, Virginia 1862 October 26 

1 6A

 Head Quarters, Special Provost Guard, Maryland Heights 1862 October 30 

1 6B

 Farm House, Maryland Heights, near Harper's Ferry 1862 November 2 

1 7

 Army of the Potomac, Camp of French's Division, 2nd Brigade, Col. Morris Comdg., 14th Regiment Conn., near Charleston, Virginia 1862 November 11 

1 8

 Camp 12 miles below Warrenton, Virginia and within 5 miles of Warrenton Junction 1862 November 16 

1 8A

 [Camp Belle Plain, Virginia] 1862 November 16 

1 9

 Camp at Bell Plain, Virginia 1862 November 23 

1 9A

 Bell Plains, Virginia 1862 November 23-30 

1 9B

 Bell Plain, Virginia 1862 December 5-10 

1 10

 Before Fredericksburg, Virginia 1862 December 11, 14 

1 11

 Fredericksburg, Virginia 1862 December 14-19 

1 12

 Washington, D.C. 1862 December 19 

1 12A

 St. Elizabeth Hospital, Washington, D.C. 1862 December 22 

1 13

 St. Elizabeth Hospital, Washington, D.C. 1862 December 23 

1 14

 Saint Elizabeth Hospital, Washington, D.C. 1862 December 26 

1 15

 Saint Elizabeth Hospital 1862 December 27 

1 15A

 US Military Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut 1863 January 5 

1 16

 US Military Hospital, New Haven, Conn. 1863 January 15 

1 17

 US Military Hospital, New Haven, Conn. 1863 January 18 

1 18

 US Military Hospital, New Haven, Conn. 1863 January 25 

1 19

 US Military Hospital, New Haven, Conn. 1863 February 8 

1 20

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Series 2:  Letters to Jennie Greenleaf 

Box Folder

 To Jennie Greenleaf and Mrs. Greenleaf 1866 November 5 

1 21

 To Jennie Greenleaf 1866 December 14 

1 21A

 To Jennie Greenleaf, to accompany her to religious service, note suggesting lecture and newspaper clipping 1868 October 14 

1 22

 To Jennie Greenleaf, letter suggests treatment for Jennie's cut finger 1869 February 12 

1 23

 To Jennie Greenleaf, letter requesting to call on Jennie 1869 March 11 

1 24

 To Jennie Greenleaf, letter recounting Christmas and call 1869 July 8 

1 25

 To Jennie Greenleaf, letter recounts past call 1869 July 9 

1 26

 To Jennie Greenleaf, letter mentions a tornado 1869 July 11 

1 27

 To Jennie Greenleaf 1869 July 15 

1 28

 To Jennie Greenleaf 1869 July 16 

1 29

 To Jennie Greenleaf 1870 January 7 

1 30

 To Jennie Greenleaf 1870 February 2 

1 31

 To Jennie Greenleaf, letter describes Fox's passage aboard the steamer Franconia from Long Island, NY to Portland, Rhode Island 1870 July 5 

1 32

 To Jennie Greenleaf, Fox describes town of Portland after the rebuilding since the great fire of July 4, 1866 1870 July 6 

1 33

 To Jennie Greenleaf, Fox describes a vacation excursion to Cushions Island, a resort similar to Coney Island or Staten Island 1870 July 7 

1 34

 To Jennie Greenleaf 1870 July 12 

1 35

 To Jennie Greenleaf 1870 July 27 

1 36

 To Jennie Greenleaf 1870 September 13 

1 37

 To Jennie Greenleaf, Fox mentions the novelty of an artificially frozen skating pond at the American Institute Fair 1870 October 10 

1 38

 To Jennie Greenleaf 1870 October 12 

1 39

 To Jennie Greenleaf 1870 November 3 

1 40

 To Jennie Greenleaf 1870 November 3 

1 41

 To Jennie Greenleaf 1870 November 29 

1 42

 To Jennie Greenleaf 1870 December 1 

1 43

 To Mrs. Edward A. [Jennie] Fox 1871 August 23 

1 44

 To Mrs. Edward A. [Jennie] Fox 1871 August 27 

1 45

 [To Mrs. Edward A. [Jennie] Fox] 1871 August 29 

1 46

 To Mrs. Edward A. [Jennie] Fox 1871 September 1 

1 47

 To Mrs. Edward A. [Jennie] Fox 1871 September 3 

1 48

 To Mrs. Edward A. [Jennie] Fox 1871 September 5 

1 49

 To Mrs. Edward A. [Jennie] Fox 1871 September 8 

1 50

 [To Mrs. Edward A. [Jennie] Fox] 1871 September 11 

1 51

 [To Mrs. Edward A. [Jennie] Fox] 1871 September 14 

1 52

 [To Mrs. Edward A. [Jennie] Fox] 1871 September 17 

1 53

 To Mrs. Edward A. [Jennie] Fox 1871 September 21 

1 54

 To Mrs. Edward A. [Jennie] Fox 1871 September 24 

1 55

 To Mrs. Edward A. [Jennie] Fox 1871 September 25 

1 56

 To Mrs. Edward A. [Jennie] Fox 1871 September 27 

1 57

 [To Mrs. Edward A. [Jennie] Fox] 1873 October 20 

1 58

 [To Mrs. Edward A. [Jennie] Fox] 1873 October 22 

1 59

 To Mrs. Edward A. [Jennie] Fox 1874 July 15 

1 60

 To Mrs. Edward A. [Jennie] Fox 1874 July 17 

1 61

 To Mrs. Edward A. [Jennie] Fox 1881 March 21 

1 62

 To Mrs. Edward A. [Jennie] Fox 1881 November 29 

1 63

 To Mrs. Edward A. [Jennie] Fox 1881 December 12 

1 64

 Undated letters to Jennie undated 

2 1-10

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Series 3:  Other letters and related material 

Box
2
Folder
11
Box Folder

 Letters and receipts 1890, 1900, 1918, 1925-1926 

Scope and Content

Includes letters written from France during World War I; letters to and from Albert Fox regarding a cemetery plot and receipts for its upkeep; letter of commendation from Wells Fargo; letter of appointment as Inspector from the Department of the Interior Office of Indian Affairs; and 2 of Fox's business cards from J.V. Farwell & Co., Chicago.

2 11

 Photographs of Edward Fox 1861, undated 

2 12

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