Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Simon Peterson Papers, 1861-1866

James S. Schoff Civil War Collection

Finding aid created by
Rob S. Cox, November 1997

Summary Information
Title: Simon Peterson papers
Creator: Peterson, Simon
Inclusive dates: 1861-1866
Extent: 14 items
Abstract:
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.

Language: The material is in English.
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1977. M-1797.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Simon Peterson papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Biography

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.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • United States. Army. Michigan Infantry Regiment, 13th (1861-1865)
    • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--African Americans.
    • Alabama--Description and travel.
    • Slaves--Alabama.
    • Corinth, Battle of, Corinth, Miss., 1862.
    • Shiloh, Battle of, Tenn., 1862.
    • Soldiers--Recreation.
    • United States. Army--Recruiting, enlistment, etc.
    • Photographers--Ohio--Cleveland.
    Contributors:
    • Barnard, William N.
    • McArthur, Bradley.
    • Rowley, H. A.
    • Schumeshorn, Nellie.
    • Schumeshorn, E. C.
    • Tower, Isaac Lewis.
    • Wells, R. L.
    Genre Terms:
    • Photographs.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Box   14 Schoff Civil War Soldiers' Letters  
    Simon Peterson papers,  1861 November 07-1866 October 06 [series]:
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Alternate Locations

    Other Peterson material (mostly family, all non-war) was transferred to the Michigan Historical Collections, Bentley Library.

    Partial Subject Index
    Alabama--Description and travel.
    • 1862 June 26
    Caving.
    • 1862 April 10
    Corinth Campaign, 1862.
    • 1862 May 27
    Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889.
    • 1862 June 26
    Fourth of July celebrations.
    • 1865 July 14
    Mammoth Cave (Ky.)
    • 1862 April 10
    Marches--Virginia.
    • 1862 July 24
    Nashville (Tenn.)--Description and travel.
    • 1862 April 10
    Photographers--Ohio--Cleveland.
    • 1866 October 6
    Sabers.
    • 1861 December 7
    Shiloh, Battle of, 1862.
    • 1862 April 11
    Slaves--Alabama.
    • 1862 June 26
    Soldiers--Books and reading.
    • 1862 January 24
    Soldiers--Recreation.
    • 1862 January 24
    United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--African-Americans.
    • 1862 June 26
    United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Cavalry--Military life.
    • 1862 January 24
    United States. Army--Enlistment.
    • 1862 January 24
    United States. Army--Military life.
    • 1861 November 8
    • 1862 January 24