Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center

 

Simon C. Wilkerson

 

LH Ė Misc. Mss.

 

Introduction

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content

Inventory

 

Introduction

 

This collection was acquired by the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in 2007.

 

Biographical Sketch

 

Simon C. Wilkerson was Captain of Company E, the ďConfederate StarsĒ from Tuskaloosa County, of the 18th Alabama Infantry.The 18th Alabama was engaged in battle at Shiloh, Blackland, Lookout Mountain, Chickamauga, Rocky Face Ridge, and Missionary Ridge.Wilkerson was captured on November 25, 1863 at the battle of Missionary Ridge during the siege of Chattanooga.He was taken to the prison on Johnsonís Island, Ohio, where he spent the remainder of the war.

 

 

Scope and Content

 

This collection consists of 13 single-page letters Wilkerson wrote to his wife and mother.The letters span from December 13, 1863, to May 9, 1865 and are all written from Johnsonís Island.He names other officers who were captured with him and imprisoned with him, mentioning them throughout his letters.He also writes about weather conditions and the relatively good conditions of the campómail and supplies were received regularly.

 

Inventory

Ac. 5661

 

1. December 13, 1863, Johnsonís Island Near Sandusky City, O, [My Dear Nannie]

2. December 26, 1863, Johnsonís Island, Ohio, [My Dear Nannie]

3. March 3, 1864, Johnsonís Island, Ohio, [My Dear Wife]

4. March 13, 1864, Johnsonís Island, Ohio, [My Dear Mother]

5. April 13, 1864, Johnsonís Island, Ohio, [My Dear Wife]

6. April 27, 1864, Johnsonís Island, Ohio, [My Dear Wife]

7. May 20, 1864, Johnsonís Island, Ohio, [My Dear Wife]

8. August 1, 1864, Johnsonís Island, Ohio, [My Dear Wife]

9. Aug 24, 1864, Johnsonís Island, [My Dear Wife]

10. September 8, 1864, Johnsonís Island, Ohio, [My Dear Wife]

11. September 22, 1864, Johnsonís Island, Ohio, [My Dear Wife]

12. October 24, 1864, Johnsonís Island, Ohio, [My Dear Wife]

13. May 9, 1865, Johnsonís Island, Ohio, [My Dear Wife]