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Richard H. Walker Correspondence

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Walker, Richard H.
Title: Richard H. Walker Correspondence
Inclusive Dates: 1858-1892
Bulk Dates: 1862-1869
Quantity: 0.5 linear ft.
Abstract: Letters from Richard H. Walker, assistant surgeon with the 6th Tennessee Volunteers; most are to his wife, Fannie Walker.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Little can be established about Richard H. Walker beyond the information available in the collection. He was likely from Kentucky or Tennessee; letters to his wife are addressed to her in Flemingsburg, Kentucky, and signatures on several letters suggest he was serving with the 6th Tennessee Volunteers. At least one letter is signed "Richard H. Walker, Assistant Surgeon" and muster rolls do show a Richard H. Walker serving as assistant surgeon with the 6th Tennessee Infantry (see the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System,

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Richard H. Walker Correspondence consists of letters from Richard H. Walker. The bulk are dated between 1862 and 1869, and are addressed to his wife ("Dear Wife..."), Fannie. The letters are written from various locations, primarily in Mississippi (Jackson, Meridian) and Tennessee (Carthage, Murfreesboro, Nashville).

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Arrangement of the Collection

Roughly chronological; the letters are sorted by year but within that are in no particular order.

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Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has numerous collections of Civil War era letters and documents. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing.

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Subject Headings


Walker, Fannie.
Walker, Richard H.

Corporate Bodies

United States. -- Army. -- Tennessee Cavalry Regiment, 6th (1862-1865)


Medicine, Military -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Physicians -- United States.


United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Medical care.

Genres and Forms




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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Richard H. Walker Correspondence,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Abby Harper Bigelow, 1997.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: MRC
Date: 6 May 2010
Revision history:

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Box 1 Walker, Richard H. 1858-1892 (21 folders)
Box 1 Miscellaneous - letters to Fannie from others, assorted envelopes, other material
Box 1 Receipts, bank book, recipes, assorted other items 1863, 1891, undated

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