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Box: 1 Fold: 1 John William McHarg to Henry McHarg
10/31/1861

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from John William McHarg (b. 1843) to his brother Henry McHarg, reporting on war news. He describes a Union camp and a trip to Washington, D.C. and mentions that he has seen the Ellsworth Regiment. Sent from Halls Hill, Virginia. The same document contains 1 ALS from John to his Mother, with discussion of Maria and Sophie becoming nurses and a reference to Horace Porter. Also, 1 ALS (in red ink) from John McHarg (1813-1884), who speaks of having his photograph taken by Mathew Brady in Washington, to his son Henry McHarg, that includes a reference to Stewart Van Vliet.

Box: 1 Fold: 2 John William McHarg to Henry McHarg
11/19/1861

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from John William McHarg (b. 1843) to his brother Henry McHarg. Mention of a review the next day by George B. McClellan of over 40,000 troops. Reference to the 17th New York. Sent from Halls Hill, Virginia.

Box: 1 Fold: 3 John McHarg to Henry McHarg
11/27/1861 - 11/28/1861

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from John William McHarg (b. 1843) to his brother Henry McHarg, with mention of skirmishes near Falls Church, Virginia. References to the 17th New York and to George B. McClellan going out with his body guards and passing in front of McHarg's door. The same document includes 1 ALS from John McHarg (1813-1884) to his son Henry McHarg, describing how he acquired a horse from a government stable in Arlington, Virginia. Sent from Halls Hill, Virginia, to Albany, New York, care of Wasson & Company.

Box: 1 Fold: 4 Horace Porter to Henry McHarg
11/30/1861

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from Horace Porter to his brother-in-law Henry McHarg, describing how the Confederates were abandoning their forts in South Carolina. Sent from Fort Welles, Port Royal, South Carolina.

Box: 1 Fold: 5 John McHarg to Rufus McHarg
12/5/1861

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from John McHarg (1813-1884) to his brother Rufus McHarg, mentioning Union army activity around Falls Church, Virginia. Includes comment that as the army advances, emancipation follows. References to the 2nd Maine; the 3rd Pennsylvania; John Henry Martindale; Fairfax, Virginia; and Confederate entrenchments at Centreville, Virginia. Sent from Halls Hill, Virginia.

Box: 1 Fold: 6 John William McHarg to Henry McHarg
12/9/1861

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from John William McHarg to his brother Henry McHarg. Reports that he went to Falls Church for supplies. Includes long discussion of the weather. Reference to a humorous incident with John's horse. Sent from Halls Hill, Virginia. Fragment; full letter not retained.

Box: 1 Fold: 7 John McHarg to Rufus McHarg
12/20/1861

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from John McHarg (1813-1884) to his brother Rufus McHarg, in reference to a map. Reference to Wasson & Company, Albany New York; someone they know being killed by the Confederates; the soldiers' desire for action; activity in the Union camps; the 2nd Maine having been at Bull Run; Georgetown Hospital; the experience of a Union soldier captured at Bull Run and sent to Charleston, S.C. and Fortress Monore; and Horace Porter. Sent from Halls Hill, Virginia.

Box: 1 Fold: 8 William McHarg to Rufus McHarg
12/28/1861

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from William McHarg to his son Rufus McHarg, regarding a dividend of stock of the Jersey City Gas Company and family news. Sent from Albion, New York.

Box: 1 Fold: 9 John William McHarg to Henry McHarg
1/1/1862

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from John William McHarg (b. 1843) to his brother Henry McHarg, reporting on his latest activities. Reference to the towns of Vienna, Virginia and Fairfax, Virginia. Mention of a parade of the 44th New York being covered by a reporter from "Harper's Weekly." Includes description of a New Year's meal in the Union camp. Sent from Halls Hill, Virginia.

Box: 1 Fold: 10 Henry McHarg to John William McHarg
1/16/1862

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from Henry McHarg to his brother John William McHarg. Reference to the 93rd New York. Includes drawing in pen of John's horse. Also includes 1 ALS to John from Ed. Beucker[?]. Sent from Albany.

Box: 1 Fold: 11 Horace Porter to Henry McHarg
1/16/1862

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from Horace Porter to his brother-in-law Henry McHarg, reporting on his activities fighting the Confederates in Georgia. Porter hopes Henry is a member of the juvenile Zouave company. Sent from Tybee Island, Georgia.

Box: 1 Fold: 12 John McHarg to Rufus McHarg
1/31/1862

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from John McHarg (1813-1884) to his brother Rufus McHarg. Discussion of his work in the Quarter Master's Department. Mention of advancing towards Centreville, Virginia. Reference to the 2nd Maine, the 18th Massachusetts, the 50th New York near Alexandria (Virginia), Daniel Butterfield (commanding 3rd Brigade, Porter's Division, Army of the Potomac), Fitz-John Porter, and managing in cold weather. Includes lengthy description of Robert E. Lee's former home Arlington House being used as a depot for quarter master stores except clothing and tents. Sent from Quarter Master's Department, 1st Brigade, Porter's Division, Halls Hill, Virginia.

Box: 1 Fold: 13 John McHarg to Rufus McHarg
2/4/1862

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from John McHarg (1813-1884) to his brother Rufus McHarg, in regard to financial matters. Includes complaint against the muddy roads. Also, reference to the Confederates feeling the "Anaconda's grip." Reference to avoiding another Bull Run. Sent from Halls Hill, Virginia.

Box: 1 Fold: 14 John McHarg to Rufus McHarg
2/14/1862

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from John McHarg (1813-1884) to his brother Rufus McHarg, informing him that he has applied for a furlough. Reference to John Henry Martindale, Fitz-John Porter, George B. McClelland, the 44th New York of Butterfield's Brigade, Dranesville (Virginia), Centreville (Virginia), Falls Church (Virginia), and Vienna (Virginia). Sent from Halls Hill, Virginia.

Box: 1 Fold: 15 John William McHarg to Henry McHarg
2/21/1862

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from John William McHarg (b. 1843) to his brother Henry McHarg. Reference to Horace Porter and to the 93rd New York. Sent from Halls Hill, Virginia.

Box: 1 Fold: 16 John McHarg to Rufus McHarg
3/2/1862

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from John McHarg (1813-1884) to his brother Rufus McHarg, reporting on preparations for a march. Reference to Nathaniel P. Banks, Harpers Ferry (Virginia), Manassas (Virginia), and George B. McClellan. Sent from Halls Hill, Virginia.

Box: 1 Fold: 17 Henry McHarg to John William McHarg
3/3/1862

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from Henry McHarg to his brother John William McHarg (b. 1843). Reference to Horace Porter. Includes drawing in pen of a soldier. Sent from Albany, New York.

Box: 1 Fold: 18 John McHarg to Rufus McHarg
3/16/1862

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from John McHarg (1813-1884) to his brother Rufus McHarg. Reference to a march from Fairfax Court House. Sent from Camp California, Virginia, "2 miles from Alexandria."

Box: 1 Fold: 19 Horace Porter to Henry McHarg
3/23/1862

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from Horace Porter to his brother-in-law Henry McHarg, reporting on war news. Porter laments the lack of hospital facilities. Reference to Union victories in the West as shortening the war. Sent from Tybee Island, Georgia.

Box: 1 Fold: 20 John McHarg to Rufus McHarg
4/19/1862

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from John McHarg (1813-1884) to his brother Rufus McHarg, reporting on his experiences. Reference to Halls Hill, Virginia. Includes description of Union camp near Yorktown and of the siege of Yorktown. Reference to Rufus King, the 17th New York, Daniel Butterfield, Vienna (Virginia), the 23rd Massachusetts, the 6th Vermont, and the 49th New York. Sent from Camp Winfield Scott, near Yorktown, Virginia. Note: The siege of Yorktown began on April 5, 1862, and lasted until May 4, 1862.

Box: 1 Fold: 21 John William McHarg to Henry McHarg
4/26/1862

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from John William McHarg (b. 1843) to his brother Henry McHarg, regarding the siege of Yorktown, Virginia. Discussion of the taking of prisoners. Reference to Horace Porter and to the taking of Fort Pulaski, Georgia [4/10-11/1862]. Sent from Camp Winfield Scott, near Yorktown, Virginia, to Albany, New York, care of Wasson & Company.

Box: 1 Fold: 22 John McHarg to Rufus McHarg
5/28/1862

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from John McHarg (1813-1884) to his brother Rufus McHarg, discussing the chances of the Union army on reaching Richmond, Virginia. References to the 25th New York, the Second Maine, the 13th New York, Yorktown (Virginia), Elbert Bland, controlling the Richmond Central Railroad, Nathaniel P. Banks, and John McHarg's life insurance policy. A Confederate envelope, which contains a printed poem on its front side, is enclosed. Sent from "Gaine's Hill" [sic: Gaines' Mill] Virginia, 9 miles from Richmond, Virginia.

Box: 1 Fold: 23 John McHarg to Rufus McHarg
6/7/1862

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from John McHarg (1813-1884) to his brother Rufus McHarg, regarding a life insurance policy, purchase requests, and war news. Discussion of the Union army's prospects on capturing Richmond (Virginia). Reference to the 22nd Massachusetts. Sent from Camp Gaines' Mill, Virginia, near Richmond, Virginia.

Box: 1 Fold: 24 John McHarg to Rufus McHarg
6/16/1862

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from John McHarg (1813-1884) to his brother Rufus McHarg, reporting on his recent experiences in the war and pondering the Union army's prospects of capturing Richmond, Virginia. Reference to battle of Fair Oaks (Virginia), the 17th New York, New York Governor Edwin D. Morgan, Fitz-John Porter, John Henry Martindale, Daniel Butterfield, the White House, Irvin McDowell, George B. McClellan, the siege of Yorktown (Virginia), the 7th New York, Hiram Berdan's Sharpshooters, Hanover Court House, Jefferson Davis, Robert A. Toombs, and William Lowndes Yancey. Sent from Camp Lincoln, Virginia.

Box: 1 Fold: 25 John McHarg to Rufus McHarg
7/7/1862

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from John McHarg (1813-1884) to his brother Rufus McHarg, informing him that he is still alive. Sent from "Harrison's Bar, James River, Va."

Box: 1 Fold: 26 John William McHarg to Henry McHarg
7/20/1862

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from John William McHarg (b. 1843) to his brother Henry McHarg. Discussion of the Union army's retreat to end the Peninsular Campaign. Discussion of Confederate treatment of prisoners, including Union surgeons. John requests that he be kept abreast on the whereabouts of Horace Porter. Reference to George B. McClellan. Sent from "Camp Refuge," Virginia. This document also contains 1 brief ALS from John McHarg (1813-1884) to his son Henry McHarg.

Box: 1 Fold: 27 John McHarg to Rufus McHarg
8/24/1862

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from John McHarg (1813-1884) to Rufus McHarg, discussing George B. McClellan's leadership. Discussion of the end of the Peninsular Campaign. Reference to Falmouth (Virginia), Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson, John Pope, Ambrose E. Burnside, Alexandria (Virginia), Harrison's Landing, and Fitz-John Porter. Sent from Aquia Creek.

Box: 1 Fold: 28 John McHarg to Rufus McHarg
9/5/1862

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from John McHarg (1813-1884) to Rufus McHarg, regarding an insurance payment. Sent from Washington, D.C.

Box: 1 Fold: 29 John William McHarg to Henry McHarg
9/10/1862 - 9/11/1862

DESCRIPTION: 2 ALS dated 9/10/1862 & 9/11/1862 from John William McHarg to Henry McHarg. Reference to Halls Hill (Virginia), "Fairfax Seminary" near Alexandria (Virginia), Robert E. Lee, a nephew of Robert E. Lee, George B. McClellan, Fitz-John Porter, Horace Porter, Rufus Ingalls, John Pope, Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson, and attending to quartermaster duties in Washington, D.C. Sent from near Fort Corcoran, Virginia.

Box: 1 Fold: 30 Henry McHarg to John William McHarg
12/3/1862

DESCRIPTION:

1 ALS (photostat) from Henry McHarg to his brother John William McHarg, discussing family news. Sent from Albany, New York.

Box: 1 Fold: 31 John William McHarg to Henry McHarg
12/10/1862

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from John William McHarg (b. 1843) to his brother Henry McHarg, with discussion of living quarters. Reference to the 14th New Jersey, the 5th Connecticut, the 29th Ohio expected to march through Leesburg (Virginia) to join Ambrose E. Burnside, the 3rd Delaware replacing the 29th Ohio, an estimated 5000 sick and wounded in the hospitals in Frederick (Maryland), the secessionist sentiments of citizens of Frederick (Maryland), and town boys sleighing and skating. Sent from assistant quartermaster's office, Frederick, Maryland.

Box: 1 Fold: 32 John McHarg to Rufus McHarg
12/11/1862 - 12/20/1862

DESCRIPTION: 1 brief ALS dated 12/11/1862 from John McHarg (1813-1884) to his brother Rufus McHarg. Also, 1 ALS from John to Rufus, regarding financial matters; reference to the Union armies being defeated at Fredericksburg (Virginia) and to the 2nd Maine. Both letters sent from assistant quartermaster's office, Frederick, Maryland.

Box: 1 Fold: 33 Theodore McHarg to Henry McHarg
12/14/1862

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from Theodore McHarg to his brother Henry McHarg, reporting on his recent activities and inquiring about family news. Sent from assistant quartermaster's office, Frederick, Maryland.

Box: 1 Fold: 34 Theodore McHarg to Henry McHarg
1/11/1863

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from Theodore McHarg to his brother Henry McHarg, regarding horses, weather, and war news in Frederick, Maryland. Sent from assistant quartermaster's office, Frederick, Maryland, to Walnut Hill School, Geneva, New York.

Box: 1 Fold: 35 Samuel Stern to Henry McHarg
7/13/1863

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from Samuel Stern to his friend Henry McHarg. Reference to Confederates being near Funkestown[?] (Maryland). Sent from Frederick, Maryland.

Box: 1 Fold: 36 Horace Porter to Henry McHarg
9/27/1863

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from Horace Porter to his brother-in-law Henry McHarg, reporting on events in the war. Discussion of fighting at Chattanooga, Tennessee. Porter writes that he made it through the battle unscathed though his horse was hit with a bit of shell. Reference to Braxton Bragg and to shotguns stored at Nashville, Tennessee. Sent from headquarters, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Box: 1 Fold: 37 Hallie to Henry McHarg
10/13/1863

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from Hallie to friend Henry McHarg, thanking him for sending a present. Sent to Albany, New York.

Box: 1 Fold: 38 Theodore McHarg to Henry McHarg
3/24/1864

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from Theodore McHarg to his brother Henry McHarg. Mention of reports of Confederates near Frederick, Maryland. Reference to Franz Sigel. Sent from assistant quartermaster's office, Frederick, Maryland.

Box: 1 Fold: 39 John William McHarg to Henry McHarg
9/18/1864

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from John William McHarg (b. 1843) to his brother Henry McHarg, regarding Henry's schooling and discussing John's latest experiences in the war. Discussion of John's quarters in Missouri. Reference to missing being stationed in Frederick, Maryland. Reference to Howard Rathbone "& other Albanians." Reference to Walnut Hill School in Geneva, New York. John suggests that Henry write to Horace Porter. Sent from post quartermaster's office, Benton Barracks, Missouri, to Walnut Hill School, Geneva, New York.

Box: 1 Fold: 40 C. D. Sheldon to Henry McHarg
9/26/1864

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from C. D. Sheldon to his friend Henry McHarg, providing lengthy discussion of a game played by Sheldon's amateur baseball club, the Hiawathas, against another club, the Alpines. Includes play-by-play accounts of game action. Also includes a detailed, full-length manuscript box score of the game. The Hiawathas won 34-25. Includes reference to another club, the Niagaras. This letter provides outstanding primary source material on the development of baseball. Sent from Albany, New York to Walnut Hill School in Geneva, New York.

Box: 1 Fold: 41 J. D. Adams to Henry McHarg
10/5/1864

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from J. D. Adams, Midshipman in the U.S. Navy, to his friend Henry McHarg, in regard to furniture. Brief mention of drilling with muskets aboard ship. Sent from aboard the U.S.S. "Sautee" off Newport, Rhode Island, to Walnut Hill School in Geneva, New York, care of Reverend Thomas C. Reeds.

Box: 1 Fold: 42 C. D. Sheldon to Henry McHarg
10/9/1864

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from C.D. Sheldon to his friend Henry McHarg, discussing recent games of Sheldon's amateur baseball club, the Hiawathas, against the Niagaras and the Alpines. Mentions that the New York Knickerbocker baseball club defeated the Utica baseball club by four runs. Sent from Albany, New York to Walnut Hill School in Geneva, New York.

Box: 1 Fold: 43 C. D. Sheldon to Henry McHarg
10/11/1864

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from C. D. Sheldon to his friend Henry McHarg, with ample discussion of baseball games played recently by Sheldon's amateur club, the Hiawathas. Includes post-game analysis of a game played against the Niagaras. Contains full length, detailed manuscript box score of game against Niagaras; the Hiawathas won 34-32. Also includes discussion of and detailed manuscript box score from Hiawathas' victory over the Alpines, 32-25. This letter provides interesting insight into early development of baseball in America. Sent from Albany, New York to Walnut Hill School in Geneva, New York.

Box: 1 Fold: 44 Theodore McHarg to Henry McHarg
10/25/1864

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from Theodore McHarg to his brother Henry McHarg, describing camp life. Reference to soldiers from Frederick, Maryland. Sent from Headquarters, Camp of Instruction, Benton Barracks, Missouri.

Box: 1 Fold: 45 Horace Porter to Henry McHarg
10/26/1864

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from Horace Porter to his brother-in-law Henry McHarg, regarding the birth of Porter's child. Porter mentions that he came from Ulysses S. Grant's headquarters last Monday and will stay with his wife as long as he can. Porter refers to the Union army's drive toward Richmond as awaiting more men provided by the draft. He notes that some southern boys Henry's age were encountered among those defending Confederate forts. Sent from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Box: 1 Fold: 46 C. D. Sheldon to Henry McHarg
10/28/1864

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from C. D. Sheldon to his friend Henry McHarg, discussing the Hiawathas, an amateur baseball club for which Sheldon played. Reference to playing another club, the Niagaras. Discussion of team news. Sent from Albany, New York to Walnut Hill School, Geneva, New York.

Box: 1 Fold: 47 John William McHarg to Henry McHarg
11/11/1864

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from John William McHarg (b. 1843) to his brother Henry McHarg. Reference to Rev. Thomas C. Reeds, schoolmaster at Walnut Hill School in Geneva, New York. Reference to Ulysses S. Grant and Horace Porter. John McHarg mentions that he voted for Abraham Lincoln as president and Andrew Johnson as vice president in the recent presidential election. Reference to Horatio Seymour. Reference to William T. Sherman's "March to the Sea." Sent from post quartermaster's office, Benton Barracks, Missouri.

Box: 1 Fold: 48 J. D. Adams to Henry McHarg
11/15/1864

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from J. D. Adams, Midshipman in the U.S. Navy, to his friend Henry McHarg, describing how the Midshipmen get around some regulations. Sent from aboard the U.S.S. "Sautee" off Newport, Rhode Island, to Walnut Hill School, Geneva, New York, care of Reverend Thomas C. Reeds.

Box: 1 Fold: 49 C. D. Sheldon to Henry McHarg
11/16/1864

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS from C.D. Sheldon to Henry McHarg, with references to Sheldon's amateur baseball club, the Hiawathas, who were just then ending their season. Comic reference to a missing dime and the post office clerks of Abraham Lincoln. Sent from Albany, New York to Walnut Hill School, Geneva, New York.

Box: 1 Fold: 50 Horace Porter - Chamber of Commerce
4/10/1893

DESCRIPTION: 1 printed invitation to a reception of the Committee of the Chamber of Commerce of the State of New York assisted by delegations from the New-York Historical Society and the American Geographical Society to meet Admiral Duke and the Duchess de Veragua, the Marquis de Barboles, and Don Cristobal de Larreategul y Aguilar, lineal descendants of Christopher Columbus at the Hotel Waldorf. Horace Porter is listed among the members of the Committee of the Chamber of Commerce of the State of New York.

Box: 1 Fold: 51 Horace Porter to Freddie ?
1/8/1901 - 1902

DESCRIPTION: 1 ALS dated 1/8/1901 from Horace Porter, U.S. Ambassador to France (1897-1905), to Freddie ?, thanking him for sending him some neckties; sent from Paris, France. Also, 1 ACS postmarked 1902 from Sophie (McHarg) Porter, Horace Porter's wife, to Henry McHarg, regarding family news; sent from Paris.

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