Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: George and Annie Haw letters
- Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: George and Annie Haw letters
- 1861-1864, undated (inclusive)
- Haw, George, 1836-1911
- 0.1 Cubic Feet
- Courtship -- 1850-1870.
- Man-woman relationships -- United States -- 19th century
- Soldiers -- Correspondence
- Collection is arranged by subject. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
- Preferred Citation
- 2009ms132.0356: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: George and Annie Haw letters, 1861-1864, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
- University of Kentucky
- Biography / History
- George Haw (1836-1911) was born in Ottumwa, Iowa to John Haw (1806-1858) and Mary Fagenby (1807-1855). In 1862, Haw enlisted in the Union army with the 33rd Wisconsin Infantry Regiment as a 1st Lieutenant in Company B. He served in the Army until he was discharged due to a disability in early 1864. Haw was married either three or four times; his first marriage was possibly to a woman named Hattie who died young, his second was to Annie M. Henry (1836-1869) in 1863, third was to Mary Ana Corkhill (1850-1896) in 1871, and fourth was to Katherine Jeardeau (1860-1944). Out of all of his marriages, he had at least six children: Minnie (1864-1942), Hattie (b. 1867), George (b. 1873), Alice (1876-1948), Carl (1879-1930), and James (1883-1934). After the Civil War, he returned to Ottumwa, Iowa and was involved in business, opening and operating the Haw-Simmons Wholesale Hardware Company.
- 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 George and Annie Haw letters (dated 1861-1864, undated; 0.1 cubic feet; 7 folders) comprise letters between George and Annie that document their courtship and marriage during the Civil War while George served in the military and Annie lived in Wisconsin. In the letters between the couple, they discuss getting to know each other, having George come to meet her, his regiment's movements, daily life in a military camp, his feelings on another marriage, their respective families, and his attempts to get his discharge papers. Annie also received letters from close friends discussing social visits from friends and family, meeting soldiers, daily life, and the progress of the war.
- The George and Annie Haw letters 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
- 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
George Haw to Annie M. Henry, 1862
- Box WH-16, folder 12
Annie M. Henry to George Haw, 1862
- Box WH-16, folder 13
George Haw to Annie M. Henry, 1863
- Box WH-16, folder 14
Annie M. Henry to George Haw, 1863
- Box WH-16, folder 15
George Haw to Annie M. Henry-Haw, 1864
- Box WH-16, folder 16
Annie M. Henry-Haw to George Haw, 1864
- Box WH-16, folder 17
Letters to Annie M. Henry-Haw, 1861-1864, undated
- Box WH-16, folder 18
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