Helen M. Anderson Papers, 1818-1912

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Helen M. Anderson Papers, 1818-1912

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The Helen M. Anderson collection consists chiefly of correspondence between Anderson and U.S. Army officers occupying Williamsburg, Virginia in 1862. Papers document the seizure of wine from Anderson’s house; its storage at the Eastern State Asylum; Anderson’s attempts to retrieve the wine; and the U.S. provost marshall’s dispensing of the wine. Correspondents include Lieutenant John Simpson, Lieutenant Colonel S. E. Smith and Corporal Flanagan from the 5th Pennsylvania Cavalry Regiment.

Also included are the will of Sarah Jerdone (1732-1818); the will of Robert Southall Bright (1872-1943) born in Williamsburg, Va. to Robert Anderson and Nannie (Munford) Bright; and an autobiographical essay by Robert Anderson Bright (1839-1904) of Williamsburg, Va. Bright recounts his experiences during the war fighting alongside Generals Lee and Pickett and expresses his views concerning slavery and emancipation.

Items in the Helen M. Anderson Papers, 1818-1912 Collection

Will of Sarah Jerdone.
Copy of the will of Sarah Jerdone, widow of Francis Jerdone, sent to Robert Anderson in Williamsburg.

Helen Maxwelll Anderson letter to General George McClellan, 1862 May 6.
Request of Helen Anderson to General George McClellan requesting protection for herself and property during the Union occupation of Williamsburg.

Safe gaurd [sic] for Mrs. Anderson, [1862]
Safe guard issued to Helen Maxwell Anderson of Williamsburg, Va. during its occupation by the Union Army in 1862. Signed by Lieutenant Colonel Smith, commander of the 5th Pennsylvania Cavalry Regiment and Lieutenant W. J. Simpson, Provost Marshall.

Helen Maxwell Anderson letter to General Dix, 1862 September 13.
Helen Anderson writes to General Dix that Union soldiers have broken into her home and stolen a quantity of very valuable wine. She requests General Dix take action to have it returned to her.

Lieutenant Colonel S. E. Smith letter to Helen Maxwell Anderson, 1862 September 13.
Lieutenant Colonel Smith writes to Mrs. Anderson that the wine removed from her home in Williamsburg by Union forces has been place in the Insane Asylum for safekeeping where she may retrieve it as she has need.

Lieutenant W. John Simpson order, 1862 September 15.
Order of Lieutenant W. John Simpson, Provost Marshal, in occupied Williamsburg, Va. allowing Helen Maxwell Anderson to withdraw her wines held by Union soldiers.

Lieutenant Colonel S. E. Smith letter to Lieutenant Simpson, 1862 September 18.
Lieutenant Colonel Smith directs Lieutenant Simpson to furnish a guard for the home of Helen Maxwell Anderson in Williamsburg, Va.

Lieutenant Colonel S. E. Smith letter, 1862 September 18.
Lieutenant Colonel Smith writes directing that Helen Maxwell Anderson's wines be turned over by Mr. S. Moore to Mr. Douglas and that they will not be made available to Mrs. Anderson.

An account of the disposal of the wine, sored at the Eastern Lunatic Assylum ...
Itemized list of the dispersion of the wine belonging to Helen Maxwell Anderson taken from her house by Union soldiers during the occupation of Williamsburg in 1862.

S. H. Bayley letter to Corporal Flanigan, 1862 September 26.
Letter from S. H. Bayley, Provost Marshal in Williamsburg, to Corporal Flanigan requesting a bottle of Helen Maxwell Anderson's wine.

S. H. Bayley letter to Corporal Flanigan, 1862 September 27.
Letter of S. H. Bayley, in occupied Williamsburg, directing Corporal Flanigan to release four bottles of the wine taken from Helen Maxwell Anderson.

S. H. Bayley letter to Corporal Flanigan, 1862 September 27.
Letter from S.H. Bayley to Corporal Flanigan requesting the release of six bottles of the wine taken from Mrs. Helen Maxwell Anderson by Union troops in Williamsburg, Va. Possibly forged by a soldier who was not authorised to remove the wine.

S. H. Bayley letter to Corporal Flanigan, 1862 September 27.
S. H. Bayley writes to Corporal Flanigan directing him to release two bottles of the wine taken from Helen Maxwell Anderson by Union soldiers in occupied Williamsburg, Va.

S. H. Bayley letter to Corporal Flanigan, 1862 September 27.
S. H. Bayley directs Corporal Flanigan to release one bottle of the wine seized of Helen Maxwell Anderson by Union forces in occupied Williamsburg, Va.

S. H. Bayley letter to Corporal Flanigan, 1862 September 28.
S. H. Bailey writes to Corporal Flanigan directing him to release two bottles of the wine seized by Union soldiers from the home of Helen Maxwell Anderson, in occupied Williamsburg, Va.

Helen Maxwell Anderson letter to Lieutenant Colonel S. E. Smith, [1862 September].
Note of Helen Maxwell Anderson asking Lieutenant Colonel Smith to forward a letter to General Dix.

Helen M. Anderson letter to Captain Hennessey, [1862, September].
Helen Anderson writes to Captain Hennessey of the 5th Pennsylvania Cavalry concerning the wine taken from her home by Union soldiers in occupied Williamsburg, Va. She notes that it is in the Lunatic Asylum but that it is being taken from there to be…

Lieutenant W. John Simpson letter to Corporal Flanigan, [1862 September].
Request of Lieutenant W. John Simpson to release one bottle of the wine seized by Union soldiers from Helen Maxwell Anderson in Williamsburg, Va.

S. H. Bayley letter to Corporal Flanigan, [1862 September]
S. H. Bayley directs Corporal Flanigan to deliver one bottle of the wine seized from Helen Anderson's house in Williamsburg to Lieutenant Robertson.

Helen Maxwell Anderson letter to Captain Hennessey, 1862 October 3.
Helen Anderson writes to Captain Hennessey of the 5th Pa. Cavalry concerning the removal of her wine from the Lunatic Asylum to his office. She wishes to know if she may still consider herself the owner of the wine.