William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan
Finding aid for
Simon Peterson Papers, 1861-1866
James S. Schoff Civil War CollectionFinding aid created by
Rob S. Cox, November 1997
Simon Peterson papers
The Peterson papers consist of 14 letters addressed to Simon Peterson of Oakfield, Mich., written by acquaintances in Civil War service.Although war-related content is comparatively sparse, there are reports of the battle of Shiloh and the advance on Corinth, references to daily routine, marches, the pros and cons (mainly cons) of post-war service, and slaves in Alabama.
The material is in English.
William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu
Access and Use
The collection is open to research.
Copyright status is unknown.
Simon Peterson Papers, James S. Schoff Civil War Collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan
A resident of Oakfield, Mich., Simon Peterson saw a number of his friends enlist in Company C of the 13th Michigan Infantry. Although he maintained an active correspondence with several soldiers, Peterson himself apparently never entered the service.
Collection Scope and Content Note
The Peterson papers consist of 14 letters addressed to Simon Peterson of Oakfield, Mich., written by acquaintances in Civil War service, including soldiers in Co. C, 13th Michigan Infantry (William N. Barnard, Bradley McArthur, Isaac Lewis Tower, and R.L. Wells) and Co. L, 1st Michigan Cavalry (H.A. Rowley). One letter was written by Peterson's cousins, Nellie and E. C. Schumeshorn, of Clifton Park, N.Y. Most of these letters are brief and relatively breezy, and their most notable feature may be the wide assortment of stationery and envelopes emblazoned with patriotic scenes, figures, and mottoes.
Although war-related content is comparatively sparse, there are reports of the battle of Shiloh and the advance on Corinth, references to daily routine, marches, the pros and cons (mainly cons) of post-war service, and slaves in Alabama. H.A. Rowley's letters are particularly interesting in that he actively discouraged thought of Peterson's (or anyone else's) enlistment. After the war, one of Peterson's friends, R.L. Wells, became a successful photographer in Cleveland, and one of his letters encloses some excellent, unmounted samples of his work.
- United States. Army. Michigan Infantry Regiment, 13th (1861-1865)
- United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--African Americans.
- Alabama--Description and travel.
- Corinth, Battle of, Corinth, Miss., 1862.
- Shiloh, Battle of, Tenn., 1862.
- United States. Army--Recruiting, enlistment, etc.
- Barnard, William N.
- McArthur, Bradley.
- Rowley, H. A.
- Schumeshorn, Nellie.
- Schumeshorn, E. C.
- Tower, Isaac Lewis.
- Wells, R. L.
Additional Descriptive Data
Other Peterson material (mostly family, all non-war) was transferred to the Michigan Historical Collections, Bentley Library.
Alabama--Description and travel.Caving.Corinth Campaign, 1862.Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889.Fourth of July celebrations.Mammoth Cave (Ky.)Marches--Virginia.Nashville (Tenn.)--Description and travel.Photographers--Ohio--Cleveland.Sabers.Shiloh, Battle of, 1862.Slaves--Alabama.Soldiers--Books and reading.Soldiers--Recreation.United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--African-Americans.United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Cavalry--Military life.United States. Army--Enlistment.United States. Army--Military life.
- 1861 November 8
- 1862 January 24