Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Samuel Hiatt Letters, 1860-1865

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, June 2012

Summary Information
Title: Samuel Hiatt letters
Creator: Hiatt family
Inclusive dates: 1860-1865
Bulk dates: 1860-1862
Extent: 6 items
Abstract:
This collection is comprised of 6 letters (21 pages) that Samuel Hiatt of Snow Hill, Indiana, wrote to his parents between 1860 and 1865. Hiatt commented extensively on the effects of the Civil War, as well as on local news and his family's health.

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:

2002. M-4203.1.

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:

Samuel Hiatt letters, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.


Biography

Samuel Hiatt was born in Virginia around 1805. By 1850, he and his wife Mary had moved to Clinton County, Ohio, where Samuel worked as a merchant. After 1860, they lived in Snow Hill, Indiana. Samuel and Mary Hiatt had at least four children: David, Christopher, Americus (or America), and Alonzo. Samuel Hiatt died in March 1866.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection is comprised of 6 letters (21 pages) that Samuel Hiatt of Snow Hill, Indiana, wrote to his parents between 1860 and 1865. Hiatt commented extensively on the effects of the Civil War, as well as on local news and his family's health.

Hiatt, a native of Virginia, composed 1 letter in 1860 concerning local reactions to national unrest, the hanging of John Brown, and a recent debate he attended about national political issues (January 26, 1860). Four letters written in 1862 and 1 written in 1865 pertain to effects of the Civil War on Snow Hill's residents, who included both Union and Confederate sympathizers. He shared his desire for the declaration of martial law (July 17, 1862), described a vision he had in September 1861 (September 18, 1862), bolstered his political discussion with a lengthy biblical quotes (November 12, 1862), and commented on many facets of life in Civil War-era Randolph County, Indiana. As a merchant, Hiatt also remarked about the war's economic impact, particularly the fluctuations in his financial affairs.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Brown, John, 1800-1859.
    • Indiana--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
    • Indiana--Politics and government--1861-1865.
    • Randolph County (Ind.)
    • Snow Hill (Ind.)
    • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Social aspects.
    Contributors:
    • Hiatt, Samuel, ca. 1805-1866.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Box   28, Small Collections  
    Samuel Hiatt letters [series]:
    Folder   32  
      January 26, 1860-February 22, 1865