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Wylie-Tomlinson Letter Collection Regarding the Civil War and Other Topics

 Collection
Collection Number: A&M.4068

Scope and Contents

Correspondence of Will Tomlinson, a newspaper publisher in southern Ohio, his wife Eliza Wylie Tomlinson, and their children Sarah Isabella Tomlinson and William Byers Tomlinson, as well as other family members, friends, and colleagues.

The letters range from 1834 through 1897, the bulk of which date from 1861-1863 and from 1876-1880. Prominent topics include the relationships and activities of the Wylie-Tomlinson family, life in Cincinnati and Ripley Ohio, journalism and newspaper publishing, Civil War battles, national and Ohio politics, educational practices, and religious practices, among other subjects.

The collection also contains documents and ephemera pertaining to the Wylie-Tomlinson family genealogy and history, as well as Whig party activities in Ripley, Ohio.

The collection was researched for the book "A Printer's Kiss: The Life and Letters of a Civil War Newspaperman" authored by Patricia Donahoe.

The collection is divided into the following five series:

Series 1. Documents; ca. 1840s-1848; undated (includes transcript); box 1; folders 1-2, oversize box.
Series 2. Envelopes; undated; box 1; folders 3-11.
Series 3. Undated Correspondence; undated; box 1, folders 12-17.
Series 4. Miscellaneous Materials; 1906, 1956, undated; box 1, folders 18-19.
Series 5. Correspondence; 1834-1897 (bulk 1861-1863, 1876-1880); Box 1, folder 20 through box 2, folder 55.

Series 1. Documents; ca.1840s-1848, undated (includes transcript); box 1, folders 1-2, oversize box.

Contains published documents which pertain to Wylie-Tomlinson family genealogy and history, as well as Whig party activities in Ripley, Ohio.

Series 2. Envelopes; undated; box 1, folders 3-11.

Consists of empty, undated envelopes used by the Wylie-Tomlinson family for correspondence; circa 1850-1890.

Series 3. Undated Correspondence; undated; box 1, folders 12-17.

Contains the undated correspondence of the Wylie-Tomlinson family. Primary correspondents include Will Tomlinson (1823-1863) and his wife Eliza Wylie Tomlinson (1815-1885), as well as their daughter Sarah Isabella Tomlinson (1853-1925) and their son William Byers Tomlinson (1847-1917). These letters primarily document the relationships and activities of the Wylie-Tomlinson family.

Series 4. Miscellaneous Materials; 1906, 1956, undated; box, folders 18-19.

Contains miscellaneous manuscripts and ephemera, such as calling card, recipe, tickets, etc.

Series 5. Correspondence; 1834-1897 (bulk 1861-1863, 1876-1880); Box 1, folder 20 through box 2, folder 55.

This series contains the following groupings of letters:
1. Wylie-Tomlinson Family Correspondence; 1834-1872, 1880-1893; Box 1, folder 20 through box 2, folder 39, 49-55.
2. Sarah Isabella Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; 1876-1877; Box 2, folders 40-45, 50-55.
3. Alonzo Frescoln Smith to Sarah Isabella Tomlinson; 1877-1880; Box 2, folders 46-49.

The letters included in Series 5 consist primarily of correspondence between the core members of the Wylie-Tomlinson family, including Will Tomlinson (1823-1863) and his wife Eliza Wylie Tomlinson (1815-1885), as well as letters from their daughter Sarah Isabella Tomlinson (1853-1925) and their son William Byers Tomlinson (1847-1917.) Other family members, friends, and colleagues contribute some correspondence as well.

Group 1. The correspondence between Will and Eliza occurs during the period from 1834 to 1864, the bulk of which spans the earliest days of the Civil War. These letters are substantially about Will's enlistment and his participation in guerilla warfare in West Virginia; they also substantially document his involvement in Ohio politics and journalism. Many of the letters throughout the series comment on current events; both Will and Eliza make astute observations about politics and the events of the Civil War.

The correspondence between Eliza, Will, and later, William Byers, is full of insight into the politics of both Ohio and the larger national arena. Throughout the series, the inner workings and functions of the Cincinnati Gazette and the Ripley Bee are repeated subjects as Will was a newspaperman by trade. Will's fervor for politics was carried on by his son, William Byers, whose letters describe both current events and firsthand observation of Cincinnati politics.

William Byers, Sarah Isabella, and Eliza are the primary correspondents from 1864 to 1897, since Will died in 1863. Letters between William Byers and Sarah Isabella make up the bulk of the letters from 1868 to 1872. Subjects include life in Cincinnati, work at the Cincinnati Gazette, family affairs, and literature, as the siblings often write of what they are reading at the time. Specific texts written about include Charles Dicken's The Pickwick Papers and Oliver Optic's Magazine. Sarah Isabella engages in correspondence with her maternal great grandfather, John Byers from 1869 to 1870, and their letters show the close relationship between family members who have never met, have a great difference in age, yet have similar religious values.

Regular family correspondence resumes after their marriage, and the letters are included in the Wylie-Tomlinson Family Correspondence subgrouping. The primary correspondents are Alonzo, Sarah Isabella, Eliza, and William Byers. Subjects include Sarah Isabella's life in Stone Mountain, Pennsylvania, and William Byer's 1884 political career. The last letters of the series include the correspondence of Anna and W.S. Sherman.

Group 2. In the latter half of the series (1876-1880) Sarah Isabella remains a faithful correspondent to her mother, Eliza, writing to her constantly throughout her travels and career as a schoolteacher in Western Pennsylvania. These letters voluminously detail the educational practices and social and religious customs of this region. They also occasionally document fashion, through Sarah Isabella's reports of purchases to Eliza, and recipes, sometimes included in the exchanges between mother and daughter. These letters are collected in the Sarah Isabella to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson grouping.

Group 3. Sarah Isabella's future husband, a fellow schoolteacher named Alonzo Frescoln Smith, or "Fritz," also contributes a great many letters in his courtship of Sarah Isabella from 1879 to 1880. His letters to Sarah Isabella are tender and almost obsessive, and are occasionally written in a secret code. Their correspondence is collected in the Alonzo Frescoln Smith to Sarah Isabella Tomlinson grouping.

Letters of Interest by Subject Include:

Abolition: 1860/12/12, 1861/01/13.

Battles of the Civil War: 1862/04/04, 1862/07/15, 1863/02/13, 1863/14/19, 1863/05/07.

Camp Dennison and Camp Harrison (Cincinnati, Ohio): 1861/06/12, 1861/06/22.

Cincinnati (Ohio): box 1, folder 20 through box 2, folder 38.

Duties of a Quartermaster Sergeant: 1861/08/09, 1861/09/02.

Education -- Curricula -- United States -- History --19th century: box 2, folder 39-49.

Iowa -- Politics and government -- 19th century: 1860/06/24, 1861/10/07.

Journalism -- 19th century: box 1, folder 20 through box 2, folder 27.

Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 -- Public opinion: 1861/02/12, 1863/04/09.

Medicine -- United States -- History -- 19th century: 1863/04/15, 1866/11/04, 1880/07/25.

Ohio Infantry -- 5th Regiment, 1861-1864: 1861/06/22, 1861/08/09, 1861/09/02, 1861/09/10.

Ohio -- Politics and government --19th century: 1861/10/07, 1863/04/19, 1863/05/07, 1863/10/29.

Ohio River (Ohio): 1861/03/03, 1861/09/02.

Peace Democrats (Copperhead movement): 1863/05/07, 1863/10/29.

Presbyterian Church: box 1, folder 37 through box 2, folder 38, 42-46, 51.

Women and children -- Social conditions -- 19th century: box 2; 39-53.

Temperance -- Ohio -- Cincinnati -- History -- 19th century: 1863/06/28, 1864/10/23.

United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 - Participation, African American: 1863/02/13, 1863/04/09, 1863/04/15.

United States -- History - Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Regimental histories -- Morgan's Cavalry Division (C.S.A.): 1862/07/15, 1862/07/18.

West Virginia -- History -- Farnsworth Blues: 1861/10/01, 1861/10/16, 1861/10/28.

West Virginia -- History -- Guerrilla warfare: 1861/08/09, 1861/09/10.

West Virginia -- History -- Civil War -- Union campaigns: 1861/08/09, 1861/09/10, 1861/10/01, 1861/10/28.

West Virginia -- History -- Squirrel Hunter Campaign, 1862: 1862/09/22.

Principal Letter Writers include:
Will Tomlinson (1823-1863): newspaper publisher and editor.
Eliza Wylie Tomlinson (1815-1885): Will's wife; writer and homemaker.
William Byers Tomlinson (1847-1917): Will and Eliza's son; newspaper publisher and editor.
Sarah Isabella Tomlinson (1853-1925): Will and Eliza's daughter; teacher and homemaker.

Other Family Members and Correspondents include:
Dr. Adam Wylie II (1785-1839): Eliza's father; medical doctor.
Sarah Byers Wylie (1788-1880): Eliza's mother.
Dr. Thomas Byers Wylie (1811-1864): Eliza's brother; medical doctor.
Dr. Adam Newton Wylie (1813-1891): Eliza's brother; medical doctor.
William B. Franklin Wylie (1824-1860): Eliza's brother; attorney at law.
Margaret Shannon Wylie (1826-1846): Eliza's sister.
Anne Tomlinson Hunter Skinner (1810-n.d.): Will's sister.

Contents List:

Formatting of contents list:

box number; folder number; item number; description; date.

Not every item is described to the same level of detail.

Series 1. Documents -- Wylie-Tomlinson Family and Whig Party Activities in Ripley, OH

box 1; folder 1; The Family History: a genealogy of the ancestors of Eliza Wylie Tomlinson, including her grandfathers, Adam Wylie and Thomas Byers, both of whom settled in Washington County, Pennsylvania, and served in the War for American Independence.; undated

box 1; folder 1; Genealogy of Byers, Wylie, Tomlinson, and Donohoe families; undated

box 1; folder 1; Obituary for W.B. Tomlinson (transcript); 1914

box 1; folder 1; The Loyal Scout, a four-page tabloid published by Will Tomlinson in Ripley, OH (separated to oversize box); 1863

box 1; folder 2; Broadsheet for a Grand Rally of the Independent Whigs at Ripley, Ohio (separated to oversize box); circa 1840s

box 1; folder 2; Whig protest/petition, penned by William F. Wylie ; 1848

box 1; folder 2; Printed poem or hymn lyrics, "Blessedness of the Righteous," by W. Wylie, D. D., Presbyterian minister and brother of Dr. Adam Wylie, father of Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; undated

box 1; folder 2; Signed Whig petition entitled "Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God!" (separated to oversize box); 1848

Series 2. Empty Envelopes

box 1; folders 3-11; circa 1850-1890

Series 3. Undated Correspondence -- Wylie-Tomlinson Family

box 1; folder 12; items 1-10; undated

box 1; folder 13; items 11-19; undated

box 1; folder 14; items 20-29; undated

box 1; folder 15; items 30-37; undated

box 1; folder 16; items 38-47; undated

box 1; folder 17; items 48-49; undated

Series 4. Miscellaneous Materials -- Manuscripts and Ephemera

box 1; folder 18; example of Spencerian script by R.A. Eaton Bellafontaine; undated

box 1; folder 18; calling card for Thomas Mercer, Recorder and Treasurer of Marshall County, Illinois; undated

box 1; folder 18; empty envelope from North Lewisburg sent September 22 addressed to Sarah Isabella Tomlinson; undated

box 1 ; folder 18; card printed with the poem "All's for the best" with inscription "Please read carefully"; undated

box 1; folder 18; card printed with the poem "the Warm Young heart" recto, "Venus" verso; undated

box 1; folder 18; invitation for the 50th anniversary party of Mr. and Mrs. D.W. Cole; 1883

box 1; folder 18; empty envelope ; undated

box 1; folder 18; Kentucky Diamond mining and Development Company stock share, designating 100 shares of $1 to William Tomlinson; 1906

box 1; folder 19; facsimile of a written note of a property/land grant (original in box 1; folder 15); 1856/01/15

box 1; folder 19; newspaper clipping discussing the Lincoln story told by General Daniel E. Sickles at the banquet of the Columbia Commandry [sic] of the Loyal Legion; undated

box 1; folder 19; poetry manuscript; undated

box 1; folder 19; manuscript, possibly scrap paper; undated

box 1; folder 19; manuscript in which Parkersburg, VA is mentioned; undated

box 1; folder 19; recipe for ginger snaps; undated

box 1; folder 19; recipe for sponge cake; undated

box 1; folder 19; 2 tickets for the 1890 College of Physical Surgeons 18th Annual Commencement at the Academy of Music; 1890/13/18

Series 5. Correspondence -- Wylie-Tomlinson Family

box 1; folder 20; item 50; unknown to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson ; 1834/02/28

box 1; folder 20; item 51; unknown to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson ; 1840/12/20

box 1; folder 20; item 52; "Milburn" (illegible) to Margaret Shannon Wylie; recipe for medicinal tincture; 1840/07/16

box 1; folder 20; item 53; Sarah Goldsbrey to Margaret Shannon Wylie; 1844/04/29

box 1; folder 20; item 54; "Millan"(illegible) to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson ; 1844/03/27

box 1; folder 20; item 55; Will Tomlinson and Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Anne Tomlinson Hunter Skinner and Will's mother; 1844/11/05

box 1; folder 20; item 56; Sarah McMillan to Margaret Shannon Wylie; 1845/10

box 1; folder 20; item 57; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Sarah Byers Wylie; 1849/02/25

box 1; folder 20; item 58; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Sarah Byers Wylie; 1851/05/07

box 1; folder 20; item 59; Anne Tomlinson Hunter Skinner to Will Tomlinson; 1852/07/21

box 1; folder 21; item 60; Anne Tomlinson Hunter Skinner to Will Tomlinson; 1852/08

box 1; folder 21; item 61; John Byers to Sarah Byers Wylie; 1857/12/21

box 1; folder 21; item 62; envelope; 1857/12/24

box 1; folder 21; item 63; Sarah Isabella Tomlinson to Will Tomlinson; 1858/03

box 1; folder 21; item 64; Frank to Will Tomlinson; 1860/04/06

box 1; folder 21; item 65; Will Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; daily life at the Cincinnati Gazette; 1860/06/09

box 1; folder 21; item 66; envelope; undated

box 1; folder 21; item 67; Will Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson, Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Will Tomlinson (one sheet, two letters); 1860/06/09, 0860/07/03

box 1; folder 21; item 68; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Will Tomlinson; 1860/10/15

box 1; folder 21; item 69; Will Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; 1860/10/22

box 1; folder 22; item 70; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Will Tomlinson; Eliza fears Will is seriously ill; 1860/11/06

box 1; folder 22; item 71; envelope; 1860/11/06

box 1; folder 22; item 72; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Will Tomlinson; Eliza still hasn't received letters from Will; 1860/11/27

box 1; folder 22; item 73; envelope; undated

box 1; folder 22; item 74; Will Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; 1860/12/03

box 1; folder 22; item 75; Will Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; the politics of James Buchanan, abolition; 1860/12/12

box 1; folder 22; item 76; envelope; undated

box 1; folder 22; item 77; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson and William Byers Tomlinson to Will Tomlinson; 1861/01/06

box 1; folder 22; item 78; Will Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; Black republicanism, slave rebellion, and the declaration of alliance with the "ultra Southern confederacy" by Maryland and Virginia; 1861/01/13

box 1; folder 22; item 79; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Will Tomlinson; Eliza states that "the seceding states are traitors" and criticizes the confederacy; 1861/01/21

box 1; folder 22; item 80; Will Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; 1861/02/04

box 1; folder 23; item 81; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Will Tomlinson; President Lincoln's passing through Cincinnati; 1861/02/12

box 1; folder 23; item 82; Will Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; 1861/03/03

box 1; folder 23; item 83; "Soury" (illegible) in Des Moines to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; 1861/02/17

box 1; folder 23; item 84; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Will Tomlinson; 1861/03/06

box 1; folder 23; item 85; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Will Tomlinson; commentary and criticism on President Lincoln drawing the troops out of Fort Lampter [sic]; 1861/03/12

box 1; folder 23; item 86; Will Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; 1861/03/14

box 1; folder 23; item 87; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Will Tomlinson; Eliza wishes Will good luck and writes a encouragement to him upon his enlistment; 1861/04/25

box 1; folder 23; item 88; envelope; 1861/04/26

box 1; folder 23; item 89; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Frank; 1861/05/03

box 1; folder 23; item 90; Sarah Byers Wylie's brother to Sarah Byers Wiley; commentary on bad crops and Will's enlistment; 1861/05/18

box 1; folder 24; item 91; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Will Tomlinson; functions of the Cincinnati Gazette, Will's enlistment; 1861/05/21

box 1; folder 24; item 92; envelope; 1861/05/28

box 1; folder 24; item 93; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Will Tomlinson; commentary on events of the war and Eliza's confidence in the Union cause; 1861/05/31

box 1; folder 24; item 94; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Will Tomlinson; measles outbreak; 1861/06/12

box 1; folder 24; item 95; envelope; undated

box 1; folder 24; item 96; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Will Tomlinson; 1861/06/03

box 1; folder 24; item 97; envelope; undated

box 1; folder 24; item 98; Will Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; Camp Dennison in Cincinnati, OH, the Irish Regiment, and battles at Great Bethel, VA, Memphis, TN, and New Orleans, LA; 1861/06/12.

box 1; folder 24; item 99; Will Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; 3rd, 5th, 10th Irish regiment, and 5th regiment are to leave Camp Dennison for Western Virginia; 1861/06/22

box 1; folder 24; item 100; William Byers Tomlinson to Will Tomlinson; 1861/06/26

box 1; folder 25; item 101; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Will Tomlinson; 1861/06/26

box 1; folder 25; item 102; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Will Tomlinson; 1861/07/03

box 1; folder 25; item 103; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Will Tomlinson; encouragement for battle, patriotism; 1861/07/30

box 1; folder 25; item 104; envelope; undated

box 1; folder 25; item 105; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Will Tomlinson; 1861/08/06

box 1; folder 25; item 106; envelope; undated

box 1; folder 25; item 107; Will Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; duties of his post as quartermaster general, travel by railroad through Clarksburg, conditions of the daily life of the soldiers. A guerrilla warfare attack on the Ohio 10th Irish regiment on their way from Bulltown to Buckhannon is detailed; 1861/08/09

box 1; folder 25; item 108; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Will Tomlinson; 1861/08/26

box 1; folder 25; item 109; envelope; undated

box 1; folder 25; item 110; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Will Tomlinson; 1861/09/02

box 1; folder 26; item 111; Will Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; life at Camp Hope in Buckhannon, VA; undated

box 1; folder 26; item 112; envelope; 1861/09/02

box 1; folder 26; item 113; newspaper clipping, the 5th regiment did not receive pay from April 20th through August; undated

box 1; folder 26; item 114; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Will Tomlinson; 1861/09/09

box 1; folder 26; item 115; envelope; 1861/09/09

box 1; folder 26; item 116; Will Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; from Camp Hope discussing a battle in which General William S. Rosecrans (1819 -1898) led 10,000 Union men to face 5,000 "traitors," descriptions of camp life and the land; 1861/09/10

box 1; folder 26; item 117; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Will Tomlinson; activities of soldiers in Ripley, OH, the fight for control of Western Virginia, and the death of Colonel Low; 1861/09/16

box 1; folder 26; item 118; envelope; undated

box 1; folder 26; item 119; Captain R. L. Kilpatrick with transcript of letter from T.M. Harris to Will Tomlinson; instructing Will that he will lead his own company raised out of Upshur. This company is referred to as Farnsworth Blues, a guerilla fighting regiment; 1861/10/01

box 1; folder 26; item 120; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Will Tomlinson; politicians Daniel O. Finch (Iowa Democratic delegate), nominated for Senate and J.M. Walker, nominated for House of Representatives; 1861/10/07

box 1; folder 27; item 121; Billy Complin to Will Tomlinson; Farnsworth Blues; 1861/10/16

box 1; folder 27; item 122; envelope; undated

box 1; folder 27; item 123; J. Williamson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; typhoid fever; 1861/10/16

box 1; folder 27; item 124; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Will Tomlinson; 1861/10/22

box 1; folder 27; item 125; Will Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; Will wrote about his new leadership and that he had been "mustered into the U.S. Service and have the post of honor (the right wing) in the regiment"; 1861/10/28

box 1; folder 27; item 126; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Will Tomlinson; 1861/10/28

box 1; folder 27; item 127; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Will Tomlinson; 1861/11/04

box 1; folder 27; item 128; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Will Tomlinson; listing of the newspapers that Eliza sends to Will weekly, including: Harper's Weekly, the Ripley Bee, the Times, and the Cincinnati Gazette; 1861/11/12

box 1; folder 27; item 129; Will Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; the order of President Lincoln for a "corps de armee" to be governed by a Council of War from General McClellan; 1862/03/10

box 1; folder 28; item 130; Will Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; 5th Regiment in battle at Winchester, VA; 1862/04/04

box 1; folder 28; item 131; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Will Tomlinson ; 1862/06/07

box 1; folder 28; item 132; Will Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; 1862/06/13

box 1; folder 28; item 133; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Will Tomlinson; 1862/06/16

box 1; folder 28; item 134; Sarah Isabella Tomlinson to W; Ripley Bee Office, Will's gift to Sarah Isabella of a bird; 1862/06/16

box 1; folder 28; item 135; Will Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; reactions to the Seven Day campaign, about a terrible loss in a 4 day battle and the retreat of Senator McClellan; 1862/07/03

box 1; folder 28; item 136; Will Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; positive assessments of General McClellan and his actions at 6 day battle at Richmond, VA; 1862/07/05

box 1; folder 28; item 137; Will Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; riot between the Irish and African Americans in Cincinnati and the threat of Confederate soldiers nearing Ripley; 1862/07/15

box 1; folder 28; item 138; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Will Tomlinson; the capture of John Hunt Morgan (1825-1864) of Morgan's Raiders; 1862/07/15

box 1; folder 28; item 139; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Will Tomlinson; the capture of John Hunt Morgan (1825-1864) of Morgan's Raiders; 1862/07/18

box 1; folder 29; item 140; Will Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; mission to Minerva, KY; 1862/07/21

box 1; folder 29; item 141; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Will Tomlinson; 1862/08/04

box 1; folder 29; item 142; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Will Tomlinson; 1862/08/08

box 1; folder 29; item 143; envelope; undated

box 1; folder 29; item 144; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Will Tomlinson; William Byer's visit to Will; 1862/08/21

box 1; folder 29; item 145; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Will Tomlinson; undated

box 1; folder 29; item 146; envelope; undated

box 1; folder 29; item 147; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Will Tomlinson; William Byers Tomlinson's enlistment at age 15 in the Squirrel Hunter Campaign of 1862, detailing his enthusiasm but injury from intense drilling; 1862/09/22

box 1; folder 29; item 148; Will Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; undated

box 1; folder 29; item 149; Will Tomlinson to William Byers Tomlinson; discussion of new technology in bullets and cannonballs; 1862/12/12

box 1; folder 30; item 150; William Byers Tomlinson and Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Will Tomlinson; education, activities of local boy who enlisted and his actions in the war; 1863/01/10

box 1; folder 30; item 151; William Byers Tomlinson to W; education, William Byer's cannonball design; 1863/01/124

box 1; folder 30; item 152; S.H. Cook of the Cincinnati Gazette Office to E; informing her that Will has left for a mission to Nashville; 1863/01/29

box 1; folder 30; item 153; Will Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; 4 week blockade of his company at Nashville, TN and the conditions of war. Also discussion of his "project of arranging a negro brigade" and its positive reception in Washington; 1863/02/13

box 1; folder 30; item 154; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Will Tomlinson; 1863/02/23

box 1; folder 30; item 155; envelope from Cincinnati Gazette Office; 1863/02/27

box 1; folder 30; item 156; from Cincinnati Gazette Office to Will Tomlinson; P. Connell has been drafted; 1863/02/26

box 1; folder 30; item 157; Will Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; criticism of Lincoln- "Lincoln is the only man in the way of a speedy and glorious universal triumph." Note is made about Lincoln's reversal of support for African American troops. Also description of local political defeat of "traitors" (Copperhead Democrats); 1863/04/09

box 1; folder 30; item 158; envelope; undated

box 1; folder 30; item 159; Will Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; on Cincinnati Gazette stationary, subjects include small pox, medical treatments, and the prospect of African American troops; 1863/04/15

box 1; folder 31; item 160; Will Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; racial violence in Cincinnati and upcoming battle of General Grant and General Rosecrans in Nashville, TN; 1863/04/19

box 1; folder 31; item 161; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Will Tomlinson; 1863/04/22

box 1; folder 31; item 162; envelope; undated

box 1; folder 31; item 163; William Byers Tomlinson to Will Tomlinson; discussion of John W. Thomson and his desertion of his artillery regiment and slander of Captain Evans; 1863/04/28

box 1; folder 31; item 164; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Will Tomlinson; 1863/04/28

box 1; folder 31; item 165; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Will Tomlinson; discussion of Union meeting and "Jackson Democrats"; 1863/05/05

box 1; folder 31; item 166; Will Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; discussion of "traitors" in Dayton, OH, the Union defeat by outnumbered Confederates, and the retreat of the Army of the Potomac; 1863/05/07

box 1; folder 31; item 167; Will Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; description of Civil War battles, activities of General Rosecrans, Grant, and Hooker; 1863/06/31

box 1; folder 31; item 168; Will Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; description of Civil War battles and current events; 1863/07/17

box 1; folder 31; item 169; William Byers Tomlinson to Will Tomlinson; description of mob violence in Maysville, OH that led to the destruction of a telegraph office by "traitors" (Copperhead Democrats.) Political commentary about Clement Laird Vallandigham (1820- 1871); 1863/07/21

box 1; folder 32; item 170; William Byers Tomlinson and Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Will Tomlinson; events of the war in PA, MD and the fighting at Mount Sterling, as well as the Temperance movement; 1863/06/28

box 1; folder 32; item 171; Will Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; 1863/07/27

box 1; folder 32; item 172; envelope; Cincinnati Gazette stationary;

box 1; folder 32; item 173; portion of a letter from Will Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; Will defends himself against accusations of adultery, alcoholism, and gambling; undated

box 1; folder 32; item 174; William Byers Tomlinson to Will Tomlinson; capture of Morgan and his remaining forces and problems with the state militia discussed; 1863/07/28

box 1; folder 32; item 175; envelope; undated

box 1; folder 32; item 176; Will Tomlinson to William Byers Tomlinson ; 1863/10/22

box 1; folder 32; item 177; William Byers Tomlinson to Will Tomlinson; political tension and violence between Vallandigham's followers, the "butternuts" after the election of opponent John Brough (1811-1865) in Ripley. Letter may include allusions to local participation in the Underground Railroad; 1863/10/29

box 1; folder 32; item 178; Will Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; 1863/11/17

box 1; folder 32; item 179; Maggie Byers to cousin; family affairs and religion; 1863/11/30

box 1; folder 32; item 180; envelope; 1863/12/01

box 2; folder 33; item 181; Milt Walker, Captain of the 23rd Regiment Iowa Voluntary Infantry, Company B, to W; Walker writes of his time in the army, battles of the 23rd Regiment and his political viewpoints as a Radical and a Democrat who his anti-abolition. Walker accuses Will of abandoning the Democrats for his belief in abolition; 1863/12/24

box 2; folder 33; item 182; Anne Tomlinson Hunter Skinner to E; Will's death, mid-19th century grieving practices; 1864/01/26

box 2; folder 33; item 183; envelope; undated

box 2; folder 33; item 184; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to William Byers Tomlinson; William Byers's enlistment in the army, the Temperance Movement; 1864/10/23

box 2; folder 33; item 185; William Byers Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; description of Johnson's Island camp conditions; 1864/10/25

box 2; folder 33; item 186; William Byers Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; description of Johnson's Island camp conditions; 1864/11/23

box 2; folder 33; item 187; William Byers Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; Camp Cleveland in Brooklyn Heights, OH; undated

box 2; folder 33; item 188; William Byers Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; 1864/12/15

box 2; folder 33; item 189; William Byers Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; 1865/04/29

box 2; folder 33; item 190; envelope; sent from Rising Sun, IN; undated

box 2; folder 34; item 191; Sarah Isabella Tomlinson and Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to William Byers Tomlinson; 1865/07/27

box 2; folder 34; item 192; John Byers to Wylie family; religion; 1866/02/27

box 2; folder 34; item 193; illegible, sent from Des Moines; 1866/04/21

box 2; folder 34; item 194; William Byers Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; cholera epidemic in Cincinnati; 1866/10/31

box 2; folder 34; item 195; William Byers Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; cholera epidemic in Cincinnati; 1866/11

box 2; folder 34; item 196; William Byers Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; cholera epidemic in Cincinnati; 1866/11/04

box 2; folder 34; item 197; William Byers Tomlinson to Sarah Isabella Tomlinson; life in Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Gazette; 1868/05/17

box 2; folder 34; item 198; scrap/note; undated

box 2; folder 34; item 199; William Byers Tomlinson to Sarah Isabella Tomlinson; life in Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Gazette; 1868/07/15

box 2; folder 34; item 200; envelope; undated

box 2; folder 35; item 201; William Byers Tomlinson to Sarah Isabella Tomlinson; life in Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Gazette; 1868/07/19

box 2; folder 35; item 202; envelope; undated

box 2; folder 35; item 203; William Byers Tomlinson to Sarah Isabella Tomlinson; life in Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Gazette; 1868/07/26

box 2; folder 35; item 204; envelope; undated

box 2; folder 35; item 205; William Byers Tomlinson to Sarah Isabella Tomlinson; "Colored Aid Association"; 1868/08/02

box 2; folder 35; item 206; William Byers Tomlinson to Sarah Isabella Tomlinson; Grant Meeting in Cincinnati where Maxwell P. Gaddis (Ohio Methodist clergyman) and Ohio Senator John Sherman spoke, and there was a torchlight procession of the Grant Guard. Some violence erupted between locals and those marching (facsimile); 1868/08/23

box 2; folder 35; item 207; William Byers Tomlinson to Sarah Isabella Tomlinson; life in Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Gazette; 1868/08/27

box 2; folder 35; item 208; William Byers Tomlinson to Sarah Isabella Tomlinson; life in Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Gazette; 1868/09/15

box 2; folder 35; item 209; William Byers Tomlinson to Sarah Isabella Tomlinson; "Buck Bradford and His Tyrant" in Oliver Optics Magazine; 1868/09/20

box 2; folder 35; item 210; envelope; undated

box 2; folder 36; item 211; William Byers Tomlinson to Sarah Isabella Tomlinson and E; "Buck Bradford" (facsimile); 1868/10/09

box 2; folder 36; item 212; William Byers Tomlinson to Sarah Isabella Tomlinson; William Byers voted for Stephenson as the Union Candidate and he won. General Moody made a speech in Cincinnati; 1868/10/17

box 2; folder 36; item 213; envelope; undated

box 2; folder 36; item 214; William Byers Tomlinson to Sarah Isabella Tomlinson; Oliver Optics Magazine; 1868/11/15

box 2; folder 36; item 215; envelope; undated

box 2; folder 36; item 216; William Byers Tomlinson to S and E; 1868/11

box 2; folder 36; item 217; envelope; undated

box 2; folder 36; item 218; William Byers Tomlinson to Sarah Isabella Tomlinson; life in Cincinnati, OH; 1868/12/02

box 2; folder 36; item 219; envelope; undated

box 2; folder 36; item 220; William Byers Tomlinson to Sarah Isabella Tomlinson; 1868/12/25

box 2; folder 36; item 221; envelope; undated

box 2; folder 37; item 222; William Byers Tomlinson to Sarah Isabella Tomlinson; discussion of local politics in Cincinnati; 1869/01/15

box 2; folder 37; item 223; envelope; undated

box 2; folder 37; item 224; William Byers Tomlinson to Sarah Isabella Tomlinson; 1869/01/17

box 2; folder 37; item 225; envelope; 1869/01

box 2; folder 37; item 226; William Byers Tomlinson to Sarah Isabella Tomlinson and Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; fire at the Cincinnati Gazette Office, discussion of dating and marriage; 1869/01/31

box 2; folder 37; item 227; envelope; 1869/02/03

box 2; folder 37; item 228; Alonzo Frescoln Smith to Sarah Isabella Tomlinson; dating and marriage, George N. Moody, the South versus North mentality; 1869/06/22

box 2; folder 37; item 229; John Byers to Sarah Isabella Tomlinson; 1869/09/27

box 2; folder 37; item 230; envelope; 1869/10/17

box 2; folder 37; item 231; John Byers to Sarah Isabella Tomlinson; astronomy and religion; 1869/12/22

box 2; folder 37; item 232; envelope; 1870/01/05

box 2; folder 38; item 233; Cousin Emma to Sarah Isabella Tomlinson; 1870/03/29

box 2; folder 38; item 234; envelope; undated

box 2; folder 38; item 235; John Byers to Sarah Isabella Tomlinson; 1870/11/14

box 2; folder 38; item 236; envelope; undated

box 2; folder 38; item 237; John Byers to Sarah Isabella Tomlinson; 1870/01/08

box 2; folder 38; item 238; John Byers to Sarah Byers Wylie's mother (Eliza's grandmother); religion; 1871/04/13

box 2; folder 38; item 239; William Byers Tomlinson to Sarah Isabella Tomlinson; 1872/01/01

box 2; folder 38; item 240; envelope; undated

box 2; folder 38; item 241; William Byers Tomlinson to Sarah Isabella Tomlinson; the Pickwick Papers; 1872/01/21

box 2; folder 38; item 242; William Byers Tomlinson to Sarah Byers Wylie; Methodist religion in Huntington, KY; 1872/02/19

box 2; folder 38; item 243; envelope; undated

box 2; folder 39; item 244; William Byers Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; Wylie-Tomlinson family affairs; 1872/11/18

box 2; folder 39; item 245; William Byers Tomlinson to Sarah Isabella Tomlinson; 1872/01/19

box 2; folder 39; item 246; envelope; undated

box 2; folder 39; item 247; Phillelus Eiche to Sarah Isabella Tomlinson; 1873/04/09

box 2; folder 39; item 248; envelope; undated

box 2; folder 39; item 249; illegible ; 1873/06/02

box 2; folder 39; item 250; Sarah Isabella Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; education; 1876/01/28

box 2; folder 39; item 251; Sarah Isabella Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; scarlet fever; 1876/02/18

box 2; folder 39; item 252; envelope; undated

Series 5. Correspondence -- Sarah Isabella Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson (education and religion)

box 2; folder 40; item 253-262; 1876/07/07-1876/07/28

box 2; folder 41; item 263-272; 1876/09/01-1876/10/22

box 2; folder 42; item 273-283; 1876/10/29-1876/12/10

box 2; folder 43; item 284-293; 1877/01/13-1877/03/18

box 2; folder 44; item 294-305; 1877/03/25-1877/04/29

box 2; folder 45; item 306-314; 1877/05/05-1877/06/10

box 2; folder 46; item 315; Gretchen to Sarah Isabella Tomlinson; partially written on another letter because she ran out of paper, religious practices and education; 1877/04/14

box 2; folder 46; item 316; envelope; undated

Series 5. Correspondence -- Alonzo Frescoln Smith to Sarah Isabella Tomlinson (courtship and education)

box 2; folder 46; item 317-325; 1877/08/22-1879/09/28

box 2; folder 47; item 326-335; 1879/10/08-1879/12/31

box 2; folder 48; item 336; William Byers Tomlinson to Sarah Isabella Tomlinson; family affairs, includes sketches of family members; 1880/11/01

box 2; folder 48; item 337; William Byers Tomlinson to Sarah Isabella Tomlinson; undated

box 2; folder 48; item 338-345; 1880/03/21-1880/06/01

box 2; folder 49; item 346-355; 1880/06/01-1880/06/11

Series 5. Correspondence -- Wylie-Tomlinson Family (cont.)

box 2; folder 50; item 356; a cousin to Sarah Isabella Tomlinson; marriage of Alonzo Frescoln Smith and Sarah Isabella; 1880/07/04

box 2; folder 50; item 357; envelope; 1880/07/08

box 2; folder 50; item 358; Effie K. Price to Sarah Isabella Tomlinson; education; 1880/07/06

box 2; folder 50; item 359; envelope; undated

box 2; folder 50; item 360; Sarah Isabella Tomlinson to E; description of life in Stone Mountain, PA and instruction on the practice of using pine tree pitch as a medicinal cure; 1880/07/25

box 2; folder 50; item 361; envelope; undated

box 2; folder 50; item 362; Alonzo Frescoln Smith to Sarah Isabella Tomlinson; 1880/08/03

box 2; folder 50; item 363; envelope; undated

box 2; folder 50; item 364; Sarah Isabella Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson; 1880/08/08

box 2; folder 50; item 365; envelope; undated

box 2; folder 51; item 366; Alonzo Frescoln Smith to Sarah Isabella Tomlinson; postcard written completely in code; 1880/08/11

box 2; folder 51; item 367; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Sarah Isabella Tomlinson; 1880/08/15

box 2; folder 51; item 368; envelope; undated

box 2; folder 51; item 369; Alonzo Frescoln Smith to Sarah Isabella Tomlinson; postcard written completely in code; 1880/08/22

box 2; folder 51; item 370; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Sarah Isabella Tomlinson; religious practices, sublime description of a thunderstorm; 1880/08/22

box 2; folder 51; item 371; envelope; distinct Ripley Bee stationary with printed bee illustration; undated

box 2; folder 51; item 372; Sarah Isabella Tomlinson to E; discussion of the Amish, medicinal use of the Ditna herb; 1880/08/28

box 2; folder 51; item 373; envelope; undated

box 2; folder 51; item 374; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Sarah Isabella Tomlinson; pasted in news clipping about Carl McClure; 1880/09

box 2; folder 51; item 375; envelope; undated

box 2; folder 52; item 376; Sarah Isabella Tomlinson to E; 1880/09/25

box 2; folder 52; item 377; envelope; 1880/09/28

box 2; folder 52; item 378; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Sarah Isabella Tomlinson; recipe for preserving apples; 1880/09/26

box 2; folder 52; item 379; envelope; 1880/09/30

box 2; folder 52; item 380; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Sarah Isabella Tomlinson; Democrat rally in Ripley, OH; 1880/10/03

box 2; folder 52; item 381; envelope; 1880

box 2; folder 52; item 382; Sarah Isabella Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson ; flora and scenery of Stone Mountain, PA; 1880/10/03

box 2; folder 52; item 383; envelope; undated

box 2; folder 52; item 384; Eliza Wylie Tomlinson to Sarah Isabella Tomlinson; education; 1880/10/12

box 2; folder 52; item 385; Sarah Isabella Tomlinson to Eliza Wylie Tomlinson ; 1882/08/22

box 2; folder 52; item 386; envelope; returned address printed "A.F. Smith & Co. Dealers in Simple and Fancy Groceries.."; undated

box 2; folder 53; item 387; Alonzo Frescoln Smith to Sarah Isabella Tomlinson; St. James Hotel stationary; 1884/04/06

box 2; folder 53; item 388; envelope; undated

box 2; folder 53; item 389; Collins to William Byers Tomlinson; local Kentucky politics, criticism of and activities of democratic party; 1884/09/23

box 2; folder 53; item 390; William Byers Tomlinson to cousin; on stationary of the Superintendent’s Office of the Bowling Green Public School, discussion of a politician slandering Eliza; 1884/09/23

box 2; folder 53; item 391; W.L. Kerringer to William Byers Tomlinson; congratulatory letter, Byers beat local politicians Allan and Myers in election; 1884/09/30

box 2; folder 53; item 392; Alonzo Frescoln Smith's baptism record 1874/02/07; 1886/02/22

box 2; folder 53; item 393; illegible; 1892/12

box 2; folder 53; item 394; envelope; undated

box 2; folder 53; item 395; Anna Sherman to nephew; 1893/01/26

box 2; folder 53; item 396; Anna Sherman to nephew; 1893/02/25

box 2; folder 53; item 397; envelope; undated

box 2; folder 54; item 398; telegraph bill for W.S. Sherman; 1893/04/14

box 2; folder 54; item 399; password, wire-test, and answer for a telegraph; 1893/04/01

box 2; folder 54; item 400; envelope; 1893/05/07

box 2; folder 54; item 401; "Beautiful Fly" printed poem/song; undated

box 2; folder 54; item 402; to W.S. Sherman; envelope; 1893/01/06

box 2; folder 54; item 403; Mrs. George Shaver to W. Sherman; 1893/05/07

box 2; folder 54; item 404; envelope; undated

box 2; folder 54; item 405; Anna Sherman to W. Sherman; 1893/05/11

box 2; folder 54; item 406; envelope; undated

box 2; folder 55; item 407; to W.S. Sherman; envelope; 1897/07/15

box 2; folder 55; item 408; Isabella Adams to cousins; wedding; undated

box 2; folder 55; item 409; to Mrs. W.S. Sherman; envelope; 1897/12

oversize box; The Loyal Scout, a four-page tabloid published by Will Tomlinson in Ripley, OH (separation from box 1, folder 1); 1863

oversize box; Broadsheet for a Grand Rally of the Independent Whigs at Ripley, Ohio (separation from box 1, folder 2); ca. 1840s

oversize box; Signed Whig petition entitled "Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God!" (separation from box 1, folder 2); 1848

Dates

  • ca. 1830-1900

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

No special access restriction applies.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. For more information, please contact the West Virginia and Regional History Center.

Extent

0.8 Linear Feet (Summary: 10 in. (2 document cases, 5 in. each); (1 oversize folder, 3 items))

Overview

Correspondence of Will Tomlinson, a newspaper publisher in southern Ohio, his wife Eliza Wylie Tomlinson, and their children Sarah Isabella Tomlinson and William Byers Tomlinson, as well as other family members, friends, and colleagues. The letters range from 1834 through 1897, the bulk of which date from 1861-1863 and from 1876-1880. Prominent topics include the relationships and activities of the Wylie-Tomlinson family, life in Cincinnati and Ripley Ohio, journalism and newspaper publishing, Civil War battles, national and Ohio politics, educational practices, and religious practices, among other subjects. The collection also contains documents and ephemera pertaining to the Wylie-Tomlinson family genealogy and history, as well as Whig party activities in Ripley, Ohio. The collection was researched for the book "A Printer's Kiss: The Life and Letters of a Civil War Newspaperman" authored by Patricia Donahoe. See scope and content note for detailed information.

Physical Location

West Virginia and Regional History Center / West Virginia University / 1549 University Avenue / P.O. Box 6069 / Morgantown, WV 26506-6069 / Phone: 304-293-3536 / Fax: 304-293-3981 / URL: https://wvrhc.lib.wvu.edu/
Title
Wylie-Tomlinson Letter Collection Regarding the Civil War and Other Topics, ca. 1830-1900
Author
Staff of the West Virginia & Regional History Center
Date
2014/12/11
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the West Virginia and Regional History Center Repository

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