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C. Perry Goodrich Letter

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3272

C. Perry Goodrich wrote this letter to his wife, Frances (Bowen) Goodrich, from camp near Fayetteville, Tennessee on July 25, 1863. In it, he discusses camp life, foraging in the countryside, breakdowns in discipline, and an incident in which a Union soldier was hanged for stealing from Confederate farmers.

Dates

  • 1863 July 25

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

C. Perry Goodrich wrote this letter to his wife, Frances (Bowen) Goodrich, from camp near Fayetteville, Tennessee on July 25, 1863. In it, he discusses camp life, foraging in the countryside, breakdowns in discipline, and an incident in which a Union soldier was hanged for stealing from Confederate farmers.

Biographical/Historical Note

Charles Perry Goodrich was born on February 8, 1831 to Charles and Clarissa (Buck) Goodrich in Stockbridge, New York. The family moved to Oakland, Wisconsin in 1846. Goodrich married Frances de Gracia Bowen (1834-1900) on November 1, 1855 and the couple had three children: William Bowen, Charles Leigh, and Dewitt. On October 19, 1861 Goodrich mustered into the 1st Wisconsin Cavalry, Company I. He was promoted to Sergeant Major on April 19, 1864 and again to Adjutant on January 25, 1865. He mustered out on March 8, 1865 and returned to his family in Wisconsin, where he worked as a dairy farmer. He later became quite prominent in the industry and in 1906 founded the Kent Manufacturing Company (reorganized as the James Manufacturing Company in 1912) with inventor William D. James.

Goodrich was also active in politics. He was Jefferson County's surveyor for many years and was elected to the Wisconsin state legislature in 1868. He also served as a Justice of the Peace and as Chairman of the local Board of Supervisors. Goodrich died on January 21, 1921 in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

Special Collections purchased this letter.

Related Archival Materials

Interested researchers may also wish to consult:

Missing Title

  1. MS.2922: C. Perry Goodrich Letter, 1864 March 13
  2. MS.3241: C. Perry Goodrich Letter, 1863 December 12

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480