John Patterson News

On July 26, 1864, John H. Patterson wrote a letter to his mother reporting on recent events including a trip to see a captured  Confederate Cigar Steamer, fishing for crabs, and recent reports of Confederate forces near Harpers Ferry.

The Confederate Cigar Steamer was constructed by a Rebel named Winans and was desiged to run the Union blockade of Southern ports.  The ship was a failure and was located in a harbor next to a long bridge.  John and his friends were able to climb onto the ship, which led to his description of it as a “queer craft.”  After visiting the ship, they fished for crab off the long bridge.  John provides a lengthy description of how you fish for crab and how good they are to eat.

The last portion of the letter discusses the Confederate raid near Harpers Ferry.  John indicates that the force is reported to be very strong and that government supplies were being moved to a safer location.  He notes that “if they tried to take this place they will have to lose a good many men before they succeed.” (Transcript of John H. Patterson letter, July 26, 1864)

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William Moves from Hospital

In this July 24, 1864 letter to his mother, William Patterson reports that he has moved to a boarding housed in Nashville and has been detailed to a General Court Martial board.  The letter notes that he will likely remain in Nashville until his company is mustered out, which he expects to be mustered out by company since they were mustered in by company and not by regiment.  He expects his company will be in Dayton by September 10th and that will be mustered out October 7th.

William notes that he received a letter from Robert who reported he was doing well, but lost five men from his company in fighting around Atlanta.  He also reports that he received a letter from John the previous week who reported he was well and had not been in a fight yet — which William notes that if John gets into one, he will not want to get into another.

Transcript of William Patterson letter, July 24, 1864.

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Archives News – June 2014

June was another busy month in the Archives! Here are some of our activities:

June 9-12: Archivists and many, many volunteers cleaned the 1903 Wright Flyer replica that hangs in the Dunbar Library atrium.

Vacuuming the Flyer, 11 June 2014

Vacuuming the Flyer, 11 June 2014

June 13: We held a reception to thank everyone who helped clean the Flyer. We really appreciated all their hard work!

Reception for Wright Flyer cleaning volunteers, 13 June 2014

Reception for Wright Flyer cleaning volunteers, 13 June 2014

June 12: University Archivist and Records Manager Chris Wydman conducted a records management workshop for WSU faculty and staff. (You can always find a list of Chris’s upcoming workshops on the Records Management page of our web site, under Faculty & Staff Training; they are also listed on the University Libraries’ Workshops page.)

June 17: We installed a new semi-permanent exhibit about the Public History program on the fourth floor.

Public History Program exhibit, June 2014

Public History Program exhibit, June 2014

June 18: Archives staff attended a reception for all President’s Awards for Excellence nominees. We were nominated for Outstanding Unit.

In collaboration with the University Libraries’ Digital Services unit on our digital projects, the first batch of Miami Valley School (MS-358) materials are now online in CORE Scholar in preparation for the school’s 50th anniversary celebrations. We also began a project to digitize Alumni magazines from the University Archives.

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