Joseph Henry Letter to Stephen Alexander (April 26, 1861)

ID: SIA2012-3536

Creator: Joseph Henry Papers Project

Form/Genre: Document

Date: April 26, 1861

Citation: Rothenberg, Marc, et al, eds., The Papers of Joseph Henry, Volume 10, The Smithsonian Years: January 1858-December 1865 (Smithsonian Institution in association with Science History Publications/USA, 2004), 206-207

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Summary

Letter from Joseph Henry, first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, to Stephen Alexander, his brother-in-law, April 26, 1861. In the letter, Henry describes the Civil War's effect on his daughters, Mary, Caroline, and Helen, and expresses worry about the unknown future of the United States. Henry and his family lived in the Smithsonian Institution Building, or "Castle," in the center of Washington, D.C., where many effects of the war were felt.

Subject

  • Alexander, Stephen
  • Henry, Caroline 1839-1920
  • Henry, Helen Louisa 1836-1912
  • Henry, Mary Anna 1834-1903

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

The accompanying PDF contains SIA2012-0010 and SIA2012-0011, which are pages scanned from the edited transcript of the original version and notes in the Joseph Henry Papers Volume 10, pages 206-207 (Document 110).

Contained within

  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7001, Box 58, Folder: 9 - Stephen Alexander 1860-1876
  • Rothenberg, Marc, et al, eds., The Papers of Joseph Henry, Volume 10, The Smithsonian Years: January 1858-December 1865 (Smithsonian Institution in association with Science History Publications/USA, 2004), 206-207

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

  • April 26, 1861
  • Civil War, 1861-1865

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Topic

  • Secretaries
  • Letters
  • History

Place

  • United States
  • Washington (D.C.)

Form/Genre

  • Document
  • Paper

ID Number

SIA2012-3536

Physical description

Number of Images: 1 ; Color: Color ; Size: 8w x 10 1/2h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper

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