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
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
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Access and Use
The collection is open for research.
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James C. Anderson Letters, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan
The collection is arranged chronologically.
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.