William Latham Candler Papers, 1861-1863 (Ms1997-007)


William Latham Candler Papers, 1861-1863 (Ms1997-007)


Civil War
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865


The collection consists of fourteen letters, dating from September 8, 1861, to February 15, 1863, from Candler to his uncle Charles [probably maternal uncle Charles Henry Wheelwright] and his brother, John W. Candler of Boston.

The letters are articulate and descriptive, replete with Candler's strong opinions about the state of the Union, the abilities of the generals (Union and Confederate) who were running the war and the politicians who were running the country, and his own ambitions for advancing in rank and status in the army. On May 10, 1862, he writes from Williamsburg, Virginia, about the engagement with the Confederates and their sharpshooters. His June 24, 1962, letters from Fair Oaks, Virginia, and his July 7, 1862 letter from Harrison's Bar, Virginia, describe his units participation in the Battle of Mechanicsville, which was part of the Seven Days Campaign.

Candler's November 6, 1862, letter, written from Washington, D.C., has much about General George McClellan's political troubles, written soon before McClennan was removed from command of the Army of the Potomac and replaced by Ambrose E. Burnside. His December 21, 1862, letter disparagingly comments on the Union army's performance at the Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia, on December 13.

Candler interspersed the letters with his concerns about the well-being of his fiance, and later, wife, Fannie, and his fear that his brother John will join the army and leave no one to care for their mother or John's children. Candler often asks his brother, a businessman in Boston, to send money.


Candler, William Latham




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Candler talks about his brother's upcoming sea voyage to the West Indies and Europe.

Candler talks about war news, the aftermath in Fredericksburg, and Burnside.

Candler tells his brother about war news including McClellan's actions and what the Army is going to do with him.

Candler talks about his family and his brother's duty to take care of them instead of joining the Army.

Candler details recent days including camp conditions, weather, and skirmishing.

Candler details the most recent fight and the work at the Office of Provost Marshall.

Candler tells his brother about the war around him, including the constant bombardment of shells. He talks about the men preparing for another fight…

Candler tells his brother about being released from command of Company C, much to the dismay of the men. He discusses why he doesn't plan to accept…

Candler tells his brother that he's received orders to move, so he will miss his visit. He has been offered the promotion to Captain.

Candler tells his uncle about the march and the skirmishing that he's been through.

Candler tells his uncle that he's about to embark on a secret move in Maryland.

Candler tells his uncle that he's about to embark on a secret move in Maryland.

Candler tells his uncle that he's about to embark on a secret move in Maryland.

Candler tells his uncle that he's about to embark on a secret move in Maryland.

Candler tells his uncle that he's about to embark on a secret move in Maryland.

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