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Series I. Correspondence: March 26, 1863 - January 17, 1864 (Box 23)

March 26, 1863 - April 6, 1863 (Box 23/Folder 1) : [83 digital images]

TOPICS:

Telegraph business correspondence; Land Grant Act; New York State Legislature: legislation; Cornell Public Library; Family correspondence; Danby farm; Civil War; Montreal Telegraph Company.

HIGHLIGHTS:

April, 1863:
"Received of E. Cornell seventy three dollars for support of families of Colored Volunteers of Albany County."

PLACES:

Ithaca.

PEOPLE:

Pew, W.P.; Wood, O.S.; Curtiss, George; Finch, F.M.; Cornell, O.H. Perry; Torrey, William A.; Cornell, Franklin C.

April 7, 1863 - April 13, 1863 (Box 23/Folder 2) : [47 digital images]

TOPICS:

New York State Legislature: legislation; Copperheads; cattle; Sodus Canal; Cornell Public Library; coal oil business; Land Grant Act; Cayuga and Oswego Canal.

PLACES:

New York City.

PEOPLE:

Pew, W.P.; Wood, M.B.; Finch, F.M.; Schuyler, A.; Curtiss, George.

April 14, 1863 - April 29, 1863 (Box 23/Folder 3) : [50 digital images]

TOPICS:

New York State Legislature: legislation; Western Union Telegraph Company: dividends; Land Grant Act; People's College (Havana); Wisconsin lands.

HIGHLIGHTS:

April 16, 1863. D.B. Cornell to Ezra Cornell from encampment in the Union Army.

April 17, 1863. M.B. Wood to Ezra Cornell:
"We are watching with great anxiety to hear of Charleston being taken by our forces and are preparing for a big jollification on receipt of the news. We have a big national flag ready to raise that cost us $36 in NY city."

PEOPLE:

Pew, W.P.; Finch, F.M.; Cornell, D.B.; Chester, E.W.

May 1, 1863 - May 18, 1863 (Box 23/Folder 4) : [49 digital images]

TOPICS:

New York State Agricultural College (Ovid); New York State Agricultural survey; New York State Canal Commissioner's Office; Loyal League of Union Citizens; Civil War; agriculture; Western Union Telegraph Company.

HIGHLIGHTS:

May 1, 1863. W.O. Wyckoff to Ezra Cornell describing life in the Union Army.

PEOPLE:

Pew, W.P.; Chester, E.W.; Wood, M.W.; Curtiss, George.

May 19, 1863 - June 28, 1863 (Box 23/Folder 5) : [47 digital images]

TOPICS:

Agriculture; Cornell Public Library; Civil War; cattle; Cornell family genealogy and history; New York State Bureau of Military Statistics; Western Union Telegraph Company: dividends.

HIGHLIGHTS:

May 24, 1863. W.O. Wyckoff to Ezra Cornell describing life in the Union Army.

PLACES:

DeRuyter.

PEOPLE:

Sibley, Hiram; Wood, O.S.; Wood, M.W.; Wyckoff, W.O.; Barnard, D.R.; Cornell, Paul J.; Pew, W.P.; Carpenter, Eber.

July 2, 1863 - July 28, 1863 (Box 23/Folder 6) : [48 digital images]

TOPICS:

New York State Legislature: letters from constituents; Western Union Telegraph Company: stock.

PEOPLE:

Pew, W.P.; Wood, Daniel; Curtiss, George.

August 1, 1863 - September 7, 1863 (Box 23/Folder 7) : [49 digital images]

TOPICS:

Agriculture; Civil War; Cornell Public Library; New York State Agricultural Rooms; telegraph industry; Sodus Canal.

HIGHLIGHTS:

August 3, 1863. D.B. Cornell to Ezra Cornell including a meticulous account of his participation in the Battle of Vicksburg and his near fatal injury suffered in the assault:
"I received my wound on the 19th of May at the first charge on the works in the rear of Vicksburg, our Brigade charged on what was called Fort Hill. ...my position was colour bearer and I had to go down a small ravine which was in the hillside...I was struck directly under and about 3/4 of an inch from my left eye --I did not fall, nor did the colours go down...I then went and lay down behind a fallen tree expecting to bleed to death...the ball had apparently struck the limb of a tree and was comeing diagonaly down as it passed through my hat rim over my left temple, it passed through the roof of my mouth cutting an ugly gash on the inside of my right cheek and lodged at the angle of my jaw shattering it severely."

PLACES:

Kansas; Vicksburg, Ms.; Albany.

PEOPLE:

Pew, W.P.; Cornell, D.B.; Wood, O.S.; Chace, Miller; Chester, E.W.

September 8, 1863 - September 28, 1863 (Box 23/Folder 8) : [62 digital images]

TOPICS:

Agriculture; cattle; Cornell Public Library; New York State Agricultural Rooms; New York State Legislature; Ezra Cornell's election to the State Senate; Ezra Cornell's charitable contributions.

PLACES:

Kansas; Albany.

PEOPLE:

Millspaugh, John H.; Cornell, E.S.; Pew, W.P.; Wood, O.S.

September 29, 1863 - October 10, 1863 (Box 23/Folder 9) : [52 digital images]

TOPICS:

New York State Legislature: letters from constituents; Agriculture; New York State canals; cattle.

HIGHLIGHTS:

October 2, 1863. D.B. Cornell to Ezra Cornell describing life in a convalescent hospital in Illinois.

PEOPLE:

Wells, Henry; Chester, George F.; Cornell, D.B.

October 12, 1863 - October 29, 1863 (Box 23/Folder 10) : [50 digital images]

TOPICS:

Civil War; Western Union Telegraph Company: dividends; New York State Agricultural Rooms.

HIGHLIGHTS:

October 12, 1863. M.B. Wood to Ezra Cornell describing a battle.

October 18, 1863. D.B. Cornell to Ezra Cornell describing life in a convalescent hospital in Illinois.

PEOPLE:

Millspaugh, John H.; Wood, M.B.; Wood, O.S.; Cornell, John H.; Cornell, D.B.

November 2, 1863 - November 19, 1863 (Box 23/Folder 11) : [62 digital images]

TOPICS:

New York State Legislature: legislation.

PEOPLE:

Robertson, M.O.; Wood, O.S.; Cornell, John W.; Sibley, Hiram; Cornell, John H.; Pew, W.P.

November 20, 1863 - December 11, 1863 (Box 23/Folder 12) : [66 digital images]

TOPICS:

New York State Legislature; agriculture; sheep; Forest Park farm; New York State canals.

HIGHLIGHTS:

November 29, 1863. D.B. Cornell to Ezra Cornell describing life in a convalescent hospital in Illinois.

PEOPLE:

Curtiss, George; Pew, W.P.; Robertson, M.O.; Faxton, Theodore; Cornell, D.B.; Wood, O.S.

December 12, 1863 - December 26, 1863 (Box 23/Folder 13) : [61 digital images]

TOPICS:

Agriculture; New York State Legislature; New York State canals; cattle; Western Union Telegraph Company.

PEOPLE:

Speed, J.J.; Ingersoll, Charles; Barnard, D.R.; Chester, E.W.; Cornell, Paul J.; Cornell, Ezra E.

December 28, 1863 - January 9, 1864 (Box 23/Folder 14) : [66 digital images]

TOPICS:

New York State Legislature: legislation; real estate; Civil War; Western Union Telegraph Company: stock; New York State Agricultural College (Ovid); Cornell Public Library; New York State canals; Cascadilla Institute; People's College.

HIGHLIGHTS:

December 31, 1863. Benjamin Cornell to Ezra Cornell describing camp life and re-enlistments.

January 6, 1864. J.P.S. Briant to Ezra Cornell:
"The accompanying Pistol and ammunition was captured from a Rebel officer at the Storming of 'St. Mary's Hights,' Fredericksburgh... As these mementos of the 'Slave Holders Rebellion' will be prized in after times, I take pleasure in placing them in your hands for presentation to the Farmers Club of Tompkins County for preservation."

PLACES:

Ithaca.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Benjamin; Cartwright, Robert; Finch, F.M.; Greeley, Horace.

January 10, 1864 - January 17, 1864 (Box 23/Folder 15) : [72 digital images]

TOPICS:

New York State Legislature: legislation; New York State canals; Western Union Telegraph Company: stock; Forest Park farm; Cascadilla Institute; Ezra Cornell's will; Family correspondence; Ithaca Savings Bank.

HIGHLIGHTS:

January 13, 1864. Ezra Cornell to F.M. Finch:
"I have five children, it would not benefit them to give them more than $100,000 each, thus less than half is disposed of...The Library will probably absorb $60,000, but supposing it to go to $75,000. What shall I do with the balance? I hope to do much good with it, but I really don't know how to dispose of it in a will so as to do the good with it that I should desire to do."

January 15, 1864. F.M. Finch to Ezra Cornell:
"Your remarks with reference to a will have staggered me. Your reflections have carried you into a region where mine had not entered."

PLACES:

Ithaca.

PEOPLE:

Cornell, Alonzo B.; Cornell, Franklin C.; Finch, F.M.; Curtiss, George; Smith, F.O.J.