Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
James C. Anderson Letters, 1850-1858

Finding aid created by
Sally Vermaaten, June 2002, and Meg Hixon, November 2011

Summary Information
Title: James C. Anderson letters
Creator: Miller, John G.
Inclusive dates: 1850-1858
Extent: 7 items
Abstract:
This collection contains 7 letters that James C. Anderson wrote to James G. Miller, a friend, after moving from Winchester, Virginia, to Washington, Louisiana, in the 1850s. Anderson discussed his journey from Winchester to Washington, and life in Louisiana.

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:

1990. M-2567b.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

James C. Anderson letters, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.


Biography

James C. Anderson of Winchester, Virginia, moved to Louisiana in January 1850. He married in 1855 and lived with his wife and two children on Winchester Plantation, near Washington, Louisiana.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection contains 7 letters that James C. Anderson wrote to James G. Miller, a friend, after moving from Winchester, Virginia, to Washington, Louisiana, in the 1850s. His first letter, dated January 20, 1850, recounts his journey to Louisiana via Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, taken primarily by steamboat. Anderson's remaining correspondence focuses on his life in and near Washington. He enjoyed life in the South, though he frequently reported missing friends from Virginia and often commented on the hazardous health conditions of a tropical climate. He wrote about women in Winchester and Washington, reminisced, and described the emotional impact of a recent yellow fever epidemic (October 5, 1853). Anderson's later letters focus on domestic life following his marriage in 1855, as well as on his planting ambitions for the year 1858.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Agriculture--Louisiana.
    • Louisiana--History--1803-1865.
    • Steamboats.
    • United States--Description and travel.
    • Washington (La.)
    • Yellow fever.
    Contributors:
    • Anderson, James C.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Box   1, Small Collections  
    James C. Anderson letters [series]:
    Folder   3  
      January 20, 1850-March 27, 1855
    Folder   4  
      April 22, 1855-March 21, 1858