Wall family papers, 1857-1881.
Collection Number: 2012

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


Wall family papers, 1857-1881.
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Collection Number:
Collection includes a series of letters from Charles William Wall; other Civil War letters from William Emerson, Henry Harrington, and Charles McCarthy; letters from Jane Middleton; and an autobiographical sketch of Andrew Wall.
Wall family.
.3 cubic feet.
Collection material in English


Collection includes a series of letters from Charles William Wall, a sergeant in the 151st Regiment, New York Volunteers, mainly concerning troop movements, camp experiences, and other aspects of his life as a Union Army soldier in Maryland, Virginia, Canada, and Washington, D.C., but also dealing with his employment by a mining and milling company in Colorado (1869); other Civil War letters from William Emerson, Henry Harrington, and Charles McCarthy; letters from Jane Middleton, telling of her work in New York City at the Christian Female Home with indigent women (1864); and an autobiographical sketch (1881) of Andrew Wall, who had emigrated from England in 1833.


Related collection: Aram Houssig Dimijian. World War I Letters, #2014.


Cite As:

Wall Family. Papers, #2012. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.


Emerson, William.
Harrington, Henry.
McCarthy, Charles.
Middleton, Jane.
Wall, Andrew.
Wall, CHarles William, 1844-1917.
United States. Army. Regiment Infantry, New York Volunteers, 151st
New York (N.Y.) -- Poor.
Women, Poor -- New York (State) -- New York.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Mills and mill-work.
Camps (Military)

Scope and Contents
All the material in the collection may not be covered by this guide.
Box 1
William Emerson to Mrs. Andrew Wall
Scope and Contents
One letter only from William Emerson, a family friend, to Mr. Andrew Wall from La Fayette Barracks, Baltimore, Md., Head Quarters 151st. N.Y.V. The Emerson family were living at or near the same camp where Charles Wall was stationed at this time.
Box 1
Henry (Hank) Harrington to Ellen Wall
Scope and Contents
Henry (Hank) Harrington, Charles's cousin, wrote to Ellen Wall, Charles's sister while he was away at war. From Elmira Rendezvous Barracks No.5 Co. K; Camp Anderson Regt. 27 Co. K; Camp Vernon, Va., near Richmond, Va., New York City
Box 1
Charles McCarthy to Andrew Wall
Scope and Contents
2 letters - Private Charles McCarthy was stationed at Fort Monroe, Va. He enlisted in Rochester, N.Y. on Aug. 6, 1860 in Co. B 2nd Regt. of Artillery.
Box 1
Jane Middleton to Wall family
Scope and Contents
8 letters from Jane Middleton to the Wall family (7 to Mr. Wall, 1 to Mrs. Wall). 1 rent receipt to a Mrs. Smith. The Home for the indigent aged respectable Females at 20th St. in a letter dated Jan. 20, 1864. "Christian Female Home" is mentioned in a letter dated Feb. 27, 1864
Box 1
Charles Wall
Scope and Contents
Charles Wall was in Colorado working for a mining company in 1869-1870 His cousin, Henry (Hank) Harrington was with him at this time. Charles W. Wall's letters go until 1870.
Box 1
Joseph Wall to Andrew Wall
Scope and Contents
Joseph Wall wrote 3 letters to his father, Andrew Wall. In 1860 Joseph Wall (not Charles) went to Canada on business (Simon & Petterson) , he sold a piece of land in Canada to a Mr. Claffy. Joseph had to have his father and mother sign the deed.
Box 1
Various letters
date unknown
Scope and Contents
There are also a number of letters to the Wall family from various relatives (Mostly cousins).
Box 1
One Photograph of Charles Wall
date unknown
Box 1
Autobiographical sketch of Andrew Wall
Box 1
Additional materials
date unknown
Scope and Contents
additional items include: list of clothing and equipment, presumably government issue, no year. Confederate $20 bill. U.S. Internal Revenue Stamp for ten lbs. of tobacco ($3.20) (in fragments).