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Washington University in St. Louis

Finding-Aid for the Farmer Family Papers (WTU00043)

Finding aid prepared by:
Special Collections Staff

Summary Information
Title: Farmer Family Papers
Creator: Farmer Family
Inclusive dates: 1860-1921.
Extent: 184 items
Call number: WTU00043
Language: English
Repository: Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, MO 63130

Access and Use:
Source of Collection:

Gift of Mrs. Charles W. Bryan, Jr.

Access Restrictions:


Use Restriction:


Users of the collections must read and abide by the Rules for the use of manuscript collection materials.

Users of the collections who wish to use items from this collection, in whole or in part, in any form of publication (as defined in the form) must sign and submit to the Washington University Department of Special Collections a hard copy of the Notification of intent publish manuscript collection materials form.

All publication not covered by fair use restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder.


George E. Farmer, 1840-1870, Union Army officer and businessman.

For biographical information on George E. Farmer, see the description of the Farmer correspondence prepared by E.B. Long which accompanies the collection.

Collection Scope and Content Note

Scope and Contents Note

The bulk of the collection includes letters dated 1860-1865 written by George. E. Farmer to his family in New York City while serving as an officer in the Union Army in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. The letters contain accounts of battles in which Farmer participated, descriptions of camp life and the countryside through which the army passed, Farmer’s opinions of officers and tactics of both armies, and some noteworthy insights on Northern attitudes toward former slaves. For a more detailed summary of the contents of the correspondence see Long’s description housed with the collection. Also included are various miscellaneous items relating to the Farmer family, up until 1921.

A second section of the collection includes letters dated 1865-1921 from family members, friends and associated of the Farmer family primarily concerning family matters. Correspondents include A. Fanny Alden, Edward J. Atkinson, George E. Dewey, George Farmer, George T. Jackson, Letitia James [?], Maggie McBryde, Charles N. Morgan, J. Arthur O'Toole, William Shear, and Hannah Morey Stevens.

Subject Terms

  • Farmer, George E., 1840-1870
Contents List
box-folder   1/1-11  
George E. Farmer   
Scope: Civil War correspondence and related items.

box-folder   1/1-9  
box-folder   1/1  
(3 items, 9 pp)
box-folder   1/2  
(17 items, 44 pp)
box-folder   1/3  
(19 items, 64 pp)
box-folder   1/4  
(15 items, 70 pp)
box-folder   1/5  
(15 items, 63 pp)
box-folder   1/6  
(17 items, 60 pp)
box-folder   1/7  
(18 items, 59 pp)
box-folder   1/8  
(17 items, 52 pp)
box-folder   1/9  
(7 items, 22 pp)
box-folder   1/10  
Genealogy of the Farmer family (1 item, 4 pp., Auto draft)
box-folder   1/11  
Miscellany relating to Farmer
A list of military stances. Auto draft. (1 item, 2 pp)
Confederate Army attendance sheet [blank]. With the auto notation "Taken from the saddle bags of Capt. Miller 9th Va. Cavalry killed near Spotsylvania Court House April 30, 1863." (1 item, 2 pp)
A special army pass for George E. Farmer (1 item, 1 p)
Pleasonton, Alfred to [Soldiers]. Printed letter. (1 item, 1 p)
Devin, Thomas C. to Soldiers. Printed letter. (1 item, 3 pp)
Draft of remarks delivered by George E. Farmer at a reunion of the Officers Association, 6th New York Veteran Calvary. Auto draft. (1 item, 4 pp)
Photographs of George E. Farmer [?] and others including one of a memorial plaque to the 6th Reg't Cavalry, N.Y.S.V.V. (10 items)
Newspaper clippings. Civil War battle accounts and George E. Farmer obituaries. (7 items)
box-folder   2/12-14  
Farmer Family Correspondence and Miscellany
box-folder   2/12-14  
box-folder   2/12  
(13 items, 11 envelopes, 48 pp)
box-folder   2/13  
(15 items, 13 envelopes, 71 pp)
box-folder   2/14  
(3 items, 1 envelope, 3 pp)
box-folder   2/15  
Calling card of Charles N. Morgan with address (1 item)
Pension certificate from the U.S. Government for Elizabeth W. Morgan, widow of Lyman G. Morgan. (1 item)
Anon. The bronze button [patriotic poem]. Printed version. (1 item, 2 pp)
Anon. Tribute to Commander George E. Dewey. Delivered to Dix Post of the Grand Army of the Republic. Ts[c] (1 item, 1 p)
Two photographs, one of Walter R. Vail and one of Thomas [?] Smythe. (2 items)