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William W. Howard Letters

 Collection
Identifier: MS-1340

This collection consists of twelve letters that William Howard wrote to his sister Sallie while he served in the Union army aboard the USS Brilliant. The letters are primarily concerned with personal matters, especially William's complaints that no one but Sallie writes to him, but he does describe battles and other war news occasionally. His April 6, 1863 letter is addressed from outside of Gnashville, and the final letter is addressed from the U.S. hospital ship Home off of Charleston, South Carolina. There is also a small photo of William Howard in his military uniform, taken in 1863 by W. H. Jennings of Norwich, Connecticut.

Dates

  • 1862 August 21-1865 January 15

Language of Materials

This collection is in English.

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

1.8 Linear Feet (1 folder)

Abstract

This collection consists of twelve letters that William Howard wrote to his sister Sallie while he served in the Union army aboard the USS Brilliant. The letters are primarily concerned with personal matters, especially William's complaints that no one but Sallie writes to him, but he does describe battles and other war news occasionally. His April 6, 1863 letter is addressed from outside of Gnashville, and the final letter is addressed from the U.S. hospital ship Home off of Charleston, South Carolina. There is also a small photo of William Howard in his military uniform, taken in 1863 by W. H. Jennings of Norwich, Connecticut.

Biographical/Historical Note

Sarah "Sallie" W. Pickering was born in November of 1832. By 1860, she was married to Arthur Pickering and they were living in Boston, Massachusetts. Her siblings, William H. Howard, James H. Howard, and Hepsia Howard also lived with them at that time. She had five children, Arthur H. in 1853, John in 1855, Edith in 1864, Gertrude in 1867, and Arthur C. in 1876.

The USS Brilliant was built in Brownsville, Pennsylvania in 1862. During its service in the Civil War, it supported the attack on Nashville. In 1865, it was sold and renamed the John S. McClune, and in 1867 it burned at Prairie Landing, Arkansas.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single oversize folder.

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