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William J. Helsley Letter

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3929

Collection contains a single letter written by William Helsley, a soldier in the 19th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, on August 29, 1864. Helsley penned this letter to his wife, Mary Yauser Helsley, while stationed in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In the letter, Helsley discusses a scare in which he and others were warned of activities by Confederate Colonel Wheeler that ultimately never happened.

Dates

  • 1864 August 29

Language of Materials

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 Special Collections.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)

Overview

Collection contains a single letter written by William Helsley, a soldier in the 19th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, on August 29, 1864. Helsley penned this letter to his wife, Mary Yauser Helsley, while stationed in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In the letter, Helsley discusses a scare in which he and others were warned of activities by Confederate Colonel Wheeler that ultimately never happened.

Biographical / Historical

William Jefferson Helsley was born to Henry and Sarah (Diehl) Helsley in Mahoning County, Ohio on December 14, 1839. He married Mary Yancer on September 10, 1861, and the couple had three children, F. Sherman (1866-1951), William A. (1869-), and Mary Ellen (1874-). During the Civil War, William Helsley served with Company G of the 19th Ohio Infantry and was eventually promoted to Corporal. Helsley returned to Ohio after the war and worked as a farmer. He died on December 4, 1916, in Trumbull, Ohio.

Arrangement

This collection is in one folder.

Related Materials

Interested researchers may wish to consult:

  1. MS.1439: William J. Helsley Letters, 1864 July 23-September 7
  2. MS.1460: William J. Helsley Letter, 1864 August 6-10

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