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Letter to Miss Clara K. Paige [manuscript] 1861 June 7.

Sweet, John Jay; Robert and Virginia Tunstall Trust Fund
Format
Manuscript/Archive
Language
English
Summary
Sweet recounts to Miss Clara K. Paige the occupation of Washington, D. C., his duties as 1st Lieutenant stationed at "Long Bridge" in protection of the city, and the appointments of his various friends from West Point to different regiments. He describes the advancement of a contingent of the Union Army into Virginia one night in detail. Sweet also writes of who from his class at West Point is getting married (there were quite a number). At one point he writes "The Seventh regiment have as you know returned home; it caused considerable talk here, and the toast has been drank; "To the Seventh, first in War, first in Peace"; rather a slur upon them."
West Point classmates and associates mentioned include: Nathaniel R. Chambliss, Llewellyn Griffith Hoxton, Henry W. Kingsbury, Edmund Kirby, Jacob Ford Kent, Alexander S. Webb, Edward Bayard Hill, Absalom Baird, Henry Clay Symonds, Hugh Judson Kilpatrick, Jacob H. Smyser.
Description
8 p.
Cite as
John Jay Sweet letter to Clara K. Paige, 1861 June 7, Accession #15868, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.
Local Notes
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: Robert and Virginia Tunstall Trust Fund, 2014/2015
Biographical Note
John Jay Sweet was born on October 8, 1838 in Illinois to Martin P and Catherine Sweet. He entered the U. S. Military Academy at West Point on July 1, 1855 and graduated July 1, 1860 to Brevet Second Lieutenant of Cavalry. He served at the Cavalry School for Practice in Carlisle, PA and then is listed as sick at Ft. Leavenworth, KS. At the outbreak of the Civil War he was promoted to First Lieutenant, 2d Cavalry, and was stationed on the defenses of Washington, D. C. ("Long Bridge" over the Potomac River). He served as an aide-de-camp to General Samuel P. Heintzelman at first Battle of Bull Run and was later transferred to the 5th Cavalry. He was killed in action on June 27, 1862 at Gaines's Mill, Virginia. He is buried at the Freeport (Illinois) City Cemetery.
Clara Keyes Paige was born in 1836 in New York to Alonzo C. Paige (a lawyer and politician) and Harriet. She married Rev. William Payne sometime between 1870 and 1880 and died on July 21, 1894. She is buried in the First Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Schnectady, New York. During the war, she wrote to other West Point military graduates, including William Joseph Hardee. Their correspondence is located at the New York Public Library in New York City (William J. Hardee Letters, MssCol 4435, Manuscripts and Archives Division). A collection of Clara Keyes Paige's correspondence and personal documents from 1853 - 1892 is located at The New York State Historical Association - Research Library in Cooperstown, NY (Campbell Family Papers, 1750-1926) Coll. No. 313, Series 35 - Clara Keyes Paige Payne, 313.14 - Box 14).
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    a| West Point classmates and associates mentioned include: Nathaniel R. Chambliss, Llewellyn Griffith Hoxton, Henry W. Kingsbury, Edmund Kirby, Jacob Ford Kent, Alexander S. Webb, Edward Bayard Hill, Absalom Baird, Henry Clay Symonds, Hugh Judson Kilpatrick, Jacob H. Smyser.
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    a| John Jay Sweet was born on October 8, 1838 in Illinois to Martin P and Catherine Sweet. He entered the U. S. Military Academy at West Point on July 1, 1855 and graduated July 1, 1860 to Brevet Second Lieutenant of Cavalry. He served at the Cavalry School for Practice in Carlisle, PA and then is listed as sick at Ft. Leavenworth, KS. At the outbreak of the Civil War he was promoted to First Lieutenant, 2d Cavalry, and was stationed on the defenses of Washington, D. C. ("Long Bridge" over the Potomac River). He served as an aide-de-camp to General Samuel P. Heintzelman at first Battle of Bull Run and was later transferred to the 5th Cavalry. He was killed in action on June 27, 1862 at Gaines's Mill, Virginia. He is buried at the Freeport (Illinois) City Cemetery.
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    a| Clara Keyes Paige was born in 1836 in New York to Alonzo C. Paige (a lawyer and politician) and Harriet. She married Rev. William Payne sometime between 1870 and 1880 and died on July 21, 1894. She is buried in the First Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Schnectady, New York. During the war, she wrote to other West Point military graduates, including William Joseph Hardee. Their correspondence is located at the New York Public Library in New York City (William J. Hardee Letters, MssCol 4435, Manuscripts and Archives Division). A collection of Clara Keyes Paige's correspondence and personal documents from 1853 - 1892 is located at The New York State Historical Association - Research Library in Cooperstown, NY (Campbell Family Papers, 1750-1926) Coll. No. 313, Series 35 - Clara Keyes Paige Payne, 313.14 - Box 14).
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