Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Edward R. Moore papers

Abstract

The Edward R. Moore papers (dated 1861-1905, undated; 0.17 cubic feet; 12 folders) comprise certificates, correspondence, legal papers, receipts, and military orders that document the life of Edward Moore and his family in Kansas during and after the Civil War.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Edward R. Moore papers
Creator
Moore, Edward R., 1839-1883
Extent
0.17 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Correspondence.
Commissions.
Family.
Legal documents.
Letters.
Military appointments
Military pensions.
Widows -- Pensions.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by subject. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0357: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Edward R. Moore papers, 1861-1905, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Edward R. Moore (1839-1883) was born in Ohio to John and Eliza Moore. He joined the Union Army when the Civil War broke out, and by 1864 had been commissioned a Captain in the 2nd Regiment Colored Infantry. He was honorably discharged from the military in 1866. In 1870, he married Amelia Zehner (1838-1920), and together they had one child, Thomas (1872-1931).
American Letters collector Wade Hall (1934-2015) was a native of Union Springs, Alabama. Starting in 1962, he lived in Louisville, where he taught English and chaired the English and Humanities/Arts programs at Kentucky Southern College and Bellarmine University. He also taught at the University of Illinois and the University of Florida. He held degrees from Troy State University (B.S.), the University of Alabama (M.A.), and the University of Illinois (Ph.D.). He served for two years in the U.S. Army in the mid-fifties. Dr. Hall was the author of books, monographs, articles, plays, and reviews relating to Kentucky, Alabama, and Southern history and literature. His most recent books include A Visit with Harlan Hubbard; High Upon a Hill: A History of Bellarmine College; A Song in Native Pastures: Randy Atcher's Life in Country Music; and Waters of Life from Conecuh Ridge.
Scope and Content
The Edward R. Moore papers (dated 1861-1905, undated; 0.17 cubic feet; 12 folders) comprise certificates, correspondence, legal papers, receipts, and military orders that document the life of Edward Moore and his family in Kansas during and after the Civil War. The certificates include a copyright certificate for his book, titled Social Philosophy, by the Library of Congress; his commission as a captain in the military, his discharge from the military, his commission as a Justice of the Peace in Kansas, and his wife's success in being granted a widow's pension from the government. The correspondence mainly pertains to Amelia's efforts to have a widow's pension approved, with replies on the status of her claim and subsequent granting of the pension. There are two letters of character recommendation for Edward Moore written by W.F. Downs, one is sent to Major Williams of the War Department and the other is signed by United States Senator Samuel C. Pomeroy and was sent to President Lincoln. The military orders include requests of Moore to send specific soldiers to different locations and hospitals for duties, assistance in a case levied against three black soldiers, and requests for him to report to certain places for duties. The legal documents include a certificate of purchase of land by Edward from a railroad company and the sale of a parcel of land by Amelia.
The Edward R. Moore papers are part of the Wade Hall Collection of American letters, which includes correspondence and diaries from all over North America covering the time period of the Civil to Korean Wars. The materials were collected by Wade Hall and document everyday men and women.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Amelia Moore's widows pension claim correspondence, 1886-1889

  • Box WH-16, folder 19
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Certificate of purchase of land, 1874 April 9

  • Box WH-16, folder 20
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Charles Thornton notice of death and clothing account, 1865 October 23

  • Box WH-16, folder 21
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Edward Moore military appointment and discharge papers, 1863-1866

  • Box WH-16, folder 22
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Expense log with T. Perry, 1876

  • Box WH-16, folder 23
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General papers, 1861, undated

  • Box WH-16, folder 24
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Justice of the Peace commission, 1875 July 26

  • Box WH-16, folder 25
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Letters of character by W.F. Downs to Major Williams and Abraham Lincoln, 1863 November 23

  • Box WH-16, folder 26
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Library of Congress copyright deposit certificate, 1882 July 13

  • Box WH-16, folder 27
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Military duty orders and notices, 1864-1865

  • Box WH-16, folder 28
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Payment certificates by Edward and Amelia Moore, 1882, 1888

  • Box WH-16, folder 29
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Sale of land between Amelia Moore and S.W. Kniffin, 1905

  • Box WH-16, folder 30
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