The Orpheus C. Kerr Papers cover

The Orpheus C. Kerr Papers

Robert Henry Newell (1836-1901)

1. 01 - Letter I
2. 02 - Letter II
3. 03 - Letter III
4. 04 - Letter IV
5. 05 - Letter V
6. 06 - Letter VI
7. 07 - Letter VII
8. 08 - Letter VIII
9. 09 - Letter IX
10. 10 - Letter X
11. 11 - Letter XI
12. 12 - Letter XII
13. 13 - Letter XIII
14. 14 - Letter XIV
15. 15 - Letter XV
16. 16 - Letter XVI
17. 17 - Letter XVII
18. 18 - Letter XVIII
19. 19 - Letter XIX
20. 20 - Letter XX
21. 21 - Letter XXI
22. 22 - Letter XXII
23. 23 - Letter XXIII
24. 24 - Letter XXIV
25. 25 - Letter XXV
26. 26 - Letter XXVI
27. 27 - Letter XXVII
28. 28 - Letter XXVIII
29. 29 - Letter XXIX
30. 30 - Letter XXX
31. 31 - Letter XXXI
32. 32 - Letter XXXII
33. 33 - Letter XXXIII
34. 34 - Letter XXXIV
35. 35 - Letter XXXV
36. 36 - Letter XXXVI
37. 37 - Letter XXXVII
38. 38 - Letter XXXVIII
39. 39 - Letter XXXIX
40. 40 - Letter XL
41. 41 - Letter XLI
42. 42 - Letter XLII
43. 43 - Letter XLIII
44. 44 - Letter XLIV
45. 45 - Letter XLV
46. 46 - Letter XLVI
47. 47 - Letter XLVII
48. 48 - Letter XLVIII
49. 49 - Letter XLIX
50. 50 - Letter L
51. 51 - Letter LI
52. 52 - Letter LII

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Summary

These are a collection of humorous "letters" written by a fictional character to a relation in the north during the Civil War. They were published regularly in the New York Mercury Sunday newspaper for the four years of the war. In the letters, Newell pokes fun at northern generals, politicians, and has hard things to say about southerners. Although Newell is rarely serious, I imagine the letters reflect the bitterness and frustration of many northerners at the time. (Introduction by Margaret)