Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
John C. Beattie Family Correspondence, 1862-1869

James S. Schoff Civil War Collection

Finding aid created by
Erin Platte and Meg Hixon, August 2011

Summary Information
Title: John C. Beattie family correspondence
Creator: Beattie, Martha, 1841-1906 and Beattie, Mary N., 1812-1904
Inclusive dates: 1862-1869
Bulk dates: 1862-1866
Extent: 41 items
Abstract:
This collection consists of 41 letters between members of the Beattie family of Salem, New York, including 24 letters that John C. Beattie sent to his wife while working at Clinton Prison in Dannemora, New York, during the Civil War.
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:

2009. M-4729.1.

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:

John C. Beattie family correspondence, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically, with undated items placed at the end.


History

John C. Beattie was born in New York in November 1813. He lived in Salem, New York, with his wife Mary (1812-1904) and their three children: Marcus (1837-1914), Martha (1841-1906), and Robert (1843-1914). During the Civil War, John C. Beattie was a warden at Clinton Prison in Dannemora, New York, and Marcus and Robert Beattie served in the Union Army. John C. Beattie died on March 24, 1905.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of 41 letters between members of the Beattie family of Salem, New York, including 24 letters that John C. Beattie sent to his wife while working at Clinton Prison in Dannemora, New York, during the Civil War.

John Beattie's letters home pertain to his daily experiences at Clinton Prison, and he reported on prisoners and conditions within the institution. He reported news of his sons, both members of the Union Army, and occasionally commented on current events, such as his wish that John Wilkes Booth had been hanged or burned at the stake rather than shot (April 27, 1865). In a letter to his sister Martha, Robert Beattie mentioned his enlistment in the "Salem Company" and his preference for enlistment over the draft (August 3, 1862). The remaining correspondence is made up of letters by members of the extended Beattie family and the family's acquaintances.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Booth, John Wilkes, 1838-1865.
    • Clinton Prison (Dannemora, N.Y.)
    • Draft--United States.
    • Prison wardens--United States.
    • Prisons--New York (State)
    • Salem (N.Y.)
    • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
    Contributors:
    • Beattie, John C., 1813-1905.
    • Beattie, Martha, 1841-1906.
    • Beattie, Robert, 1843-1914.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Box   97, James S. Schoff Civil War Collection  
    John C. Beattie family correspondence [series]:
    Folders   4-10  
      January 13, 1862-March 14, 1869