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Written by:
John Stagenwalt, American, 1843 - 1885  Search this
Received by:
John Sheaffer, American, born 1802  Search this
Subject of:
United States Army, American, founded 1775  Search this
ink on wove paper
H x W (a): 8 × 4 15/16 in. (20.3 × 12.6 cm)
H x W (b): 3 1/16 × 5 1/2 in. (7.7 × 13.9 cm)
letters (correspondence)
Place made:
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, United States, North and Central America
Place used:
Bareville, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
September 20, 1866
A letter (a) with envelope (b) written by John Stagenwalt, a 1st U.S. Infantry soldier stationed at New Orleans during its occupation by the Union Army. Written in brown ink on one sheet of lined wove paper folded to form four pages, the letter is addressed to John Sheaffer, of Bareville, Leacock Township, Pennsylvania, with the salutation [My Dear Father]. At top left is [Jackson Barracks] and at top right is [Sep. 20th 1866]. In the letter, Stagenwalt asks for Sheaffer to write and send him $10, as well as asking if Sheaffer has Stagenwalt's belongings. The second interior page and the fourth page are blank, with no writing or marks. The yellow envelope (b) features a red three cents George Washington stamp on the front, is postmarked September 22, addressed to Mr. John Sheaffer, and has no markings on the reverse.
Transcription Center Status:
Transcribed by digital volunteers
African American  Search this
Correspondence  Search this
Families  Search this
Military  Search this
Reconstruction, U.S. History, 1865-1877  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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Restrictions & Rights:
Public domain
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National Museum of African American History and Culture