Palmer Brothers Civil War Letters, 1862-1845

(50 letters; 1 box; 0.5 linear ft.)

RG 5/207


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Abstract
The Palmer brothers belonged to a Quaker family of Concord Monthly Meeting, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Three sons of William W. and Hannah Trimble Palmer, all birthright Quakers, served in the Union Army during the Civil War. This collection contains fifty letters and transcriptions of the same, written to family members by Quaker brothers, John, William T., and Edward L. Palmer during their service in the Union army. Letters from John Palmer also describe his post-military service employment in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1864.

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL William W. Palmer (1804-1882), son of John and Beulah Palmer, and Hannah T. Trimble (1807-1884), daughter of William and Mary Trimble, were married under the care of Concord Monthly Meeting (Hicksite) in Delaware County, Pa. William Palmer was a descendent of John and Martha (Southery) Palmer, Quakers who had settled in the area in the 1680s. William and Beulah Palmer owned a farm in Concord Township, Pa. Their sons, birthright Quakers, served in the Union Army during the Civil War.

The eldest, John (1835-1894) served in Virginia in 1862-1863 and moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1864-1865 for employment. He was a member of Concord Monthly Meeting at his death.

William T. (1837-1921) also served in Maryland and Virginia.

A third son, Edward Livingston Palmer (1841-1933) served 1864-1865, mostly in Tennessee. He was mustered out in June 1865.

A fourth son, Merritt T. Trimble (1845-1928) who was in school during the War is represented in this collection of letters as a recipient.

Edward L. Palmer became a medical doctor and transferred to Fallowfield Monthly Meeting. He married Ellen Marshall in 1872, and they had four children, including Mary Ida Palmer. She married Charles Miller Stabler in 1895 and attended Swarthmore College for one year. Their four children, Eleanor, Cornelia, Sarah, and Charles Norman Stabler graduated from Swarthmore College. The Palmer family was a long-time Delaware County family, connected to many other Quaker lines including Trimble, Darlington, and Stabler.

Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT This collection contains fifty letters written to family members by Quaker brothers, John, William T., and Edward L. Palmer of Concord Monthly Meeting during their service in the Union army. Letters from John Palmer also describe his post-military service employment in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1864. Edward's letters describe not only army life, but the immediate post-war period in Tennessee, and a related latter from E.C. Mercer, a friend, is also included with Edward's letters.

Arrangement
Arrangement The collection is divided into three series:


Added entries

Subjects
  • Palmer family
  • Society of Friends -- History -- 19th century.
  • Society of Friends -- Military service.
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives.
Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Palmer, Edward L., 1841-1933.
  • Palmer, John, 1835-1894.
  • Palmer, William T., 1837-1921.
Credits
Processed by: SKM
Date: 2001
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Inventory

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE RECORDS
Notes
Note to Researchers: To request materials, please note both the location and box numbers shown below:

Ser. 1 John Palmer, 1862-1865

Correspondence
12 letters to his family, sent mostly from Virginia, near Harper's Ferry, during nine month tour of duty
1862-1863 Box 1

Correspondence
7 letters to his family, sent from Cincinnati where he moved to find employment
1864-1865 Box 1

Ser 2. William T. Palmer, 1862

Correspondence
3 letters to his family, describing service in Harrisburg, Maryland, and Virginia; also includes a letter from E. G. Mercer, friend of Edward Palmer, dated 3/16/1862 from Winchester, VA.
9-11/1862 Box 1

Ser 3. Edward L. Palmer, 1864-1865

Correspondence
17 letters to his family 1864-1865, mostly from Tennessee
1864-1865 Box 1