William B. Anderson Letters
William B. Anderson
Letters from William B. Anderson to Mary Louisa Fischgens Anderson
And Miscellaneous Items
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Rare Books & Manuscripts Library
Mary Louisa Fischgens Anderson
|NOTES:||It is assumed that Mary Louisa's mother, Anna
Mary Woolslayer Fischgens, lived in or near Cincinnati, OH; in the
letters, William refers to her alternately as "your mother" and
"the old lady". Many of the letters refer to
"Ella", who I am assuming is a sister of Mary Louisa. The
letter of Unknown Date also mentions "Sue", it is possible she
is another sister. The John that is often referred to I assume
is William's brother, John Clark Anderson. In most cases, Cincinnati
is written simply as "Cin".
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Update 01/10/2016 - The sister, Ella, was born about 1851, likely after the death of her father (February, 1851), and died in Cincinnati on September 4, 1863 at 12 years of age. I have confirmed that Sue was not a sister, so her identity remains unknown.
|June 16, 1862||Letter from Cincinnati|
|June 27, 1862||Letter from Pittsburgh|
|July 11, 1862||Letter from Cincinnati|
|Monday 28, 1862||Letter from Cincinnati
This letter is dated only "Monday 28 1862" and is assumed to be July. The only months in 1862 in which the 28th was on a Monday were April and July, July is assumed as the letter mentions it having been "exceedingly hot". This letter also mentions being stuck at "the sisters above Wheeling", which refers to Sisters of Visitation Female Academy at Mount de Chantal, near Wheeling, WV.
|August 10, 1862||Letter from Cincinnati|
|August 16, 1862||Letter from Cincinnati|
|August 24, 1862||Letter from Cincinnati|
|September 1, 1862||Letter from Cincinnati|
|September 17, 1862||Letter from Cincinnati|
|September 28, 1862||Letter from Cincinnati|
|October 7, 1862||Letter from Cincinnati|
|October 16, 1862||Letter from Cincinnati|
|March 22, 1863||Letter from Cincinnati
This letter is to William B Anderson from J H Porter in Cincinnati
|June 19, 1863||Letter from St. Louis|
|July 1, 1863||Letter from Cincinnati|
|July 5, 1863||Letter from Cincinnati
This letter is not actually dated, other than "Sunday Afternoon" however based on the information contained in regards to "Morgan" burning down Lebanon, it is presumed to have been written on July 5th, 1863, the date this event occurred.
|July 18, 1863||Letter from Cincinnati|
|July 31, 1863||Letter from Cincinnati|
|August 1, 1863||Letter from Cincinnati|
|August 10, 1864||Letter from Cincinnati|
|August 14, 1864||Letter from Cincinnati|
|Unknown Date||Letter from Cincinnati
This letter is dated only "Friday Evening" with no clear indication of when it may have been written.
Envelope addressed to Capt. W. B. Anderson of the Steamer R.C. Gray. Envelope bears a partially readable postmark of December 7th in PA and a three cent stamp. There is no writing or markings on the back.
Envelope addressed to Mrs. Louisa Anderson at Shousetown, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Envelope bears a postmark of Cincinnati, O, October 7th and a three cent stamp. There is no writing or markings on the back.
Envelope addressed to Mr. Wm B Anderson of the Steamer Rescue. This may have been a pay envelope as it is marked $28.64/100 and has some other calculation written on it. There is no postmark or stamp and there is no writing or markings on the back.
|April 24, 1862|| Original (Copy 1 2)
Receipts and Expenses for trip #13 of the Steamer Kenton from Pittsburgh to Louisville and back.
Undated Receipts and Disbursements for a trip of the Steamer Kenton from Pittsburgh to Cincinnati and back.
Undated Receipts and Disbursements for trip #10 of the Steamer Kenton from Pittsburgh to Louisville and back.
|Ohio River Map||Map of the Ohio River showing the cities mentioned in the letters and the mileage.|