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Manuscript Group 17
SAMUEL PENNIMAN BATES PAPERS
1853-1895
4 cu. ft.


Samuel P. Bates (b. 1827, d. 1902), Meadville, prominent for many years as an educator, was in 1864 appointed state historian and charged with preparing a history of Pennsylvania volunteers. He contributed to the volume of historical studies relating to the Civil War with his History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, his Battle of Chancellorsville, and his Battle of Gettysburg. His papers are mainly research materials and manuscripts of the above publications and manuscripts of "History of Crawford County," "History of Greene County," and "Martial Deeds of Pennsylvania." Included are a letter book, 1872-73; a letterpress book, 1871-72, containing biographical material on Pennsylvania governors; sermons, 1853-90; "Rules for the Regulation of the Library of Meadville Academy," n.d.; and photographs, approximately 100 items, of Samuel P. Bates, of Civil War officers and politicians, and of Civil War battles (Antietam, Gettysburg, Murfreesboro, the Wilderness, etc.). Correspondents include William Henry Egle and General Joseph Hooker.




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