Primarily letters exchanged by Barber, a surveyor in northern Wisconsin and later a soldier in the 25th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, and his parents in Vermont from 1854 to 1865. Written from Superior, Ashland, and La Pointe, Barber's letters refer to economic conditions and pioneer life, to Indian affairs, and to Catholic and Protestant missions. Also included are Civil War letters by Barber from Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia. His father G. A. Barber wrote numerous letters while in Montpelier participating in sessions of the Vermont House of Representatives. He also visited his son in 1856 and his letter of November 3 concerns his rough voyage down Lakes Superior and Michigan in the steamboat "Lady Elgin."
Miscellaneous items in the collection include: a copy of the pension statement, 1832, for Revolutionary War service by Elias Green of Massachusetts; will of Elias Green, 1840; letters in 1890 and after by Amherst Willoughby Barber relating genealogical data on the Green family; two letters, Sept. 4 and 27, 1870, written by Joseph C. Cover, U.S. consul at Fayal in the Azores, to his son John at Lancaster, Wis.; and a printed memorial address by Col. Clement A. Lounsberry, "Amherst Willoughby Barber" (Washington, D.C., 1921).
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