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Lilley, David N.

David N. Lilley letters

1861-1864


Descriptive Summary

Identification: MSS 219


Creator: Lilley, David N.


Title: David N. Lilley letters


Inclusive Dates: 1861-1864


Extent: .3 linear ft. (38 items)


Abstract: Letters from Delaware resident David N. Lilley to his sister Annie, written during his period of service in the Union Army during the Civil War.


Language: Materials entirely in English.



Citation

MSS 219, David Lilley letters, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Shelving Summary

Box 1: Shelved in SPEC MSS manuscript boxes (1 inch)

Location

Special Collections, University of Delaware Library / Newark, Delaware 19717-5267 / Phone: 302-831-2229 / Fax: 302-831-6003 / URL: http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/

Source

Gift of Mr. Thomas Lilley, April 1969.

Processing

Processed by Tim Murray and Wendy Van Wyck, 1990-1991; completed January 1994 by Kelly Baum. Encoded by Asher Jackson, February 2007.

Materials Available in Alternative Format

Access to digitized versions of the David Lilley Letters is available at the University of Delaware Institutional Repository. Transcriptions of the letters were produced by the staff of the University of Delaware Library Center for Digital Collections.


The collection is open for research.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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Biographical Note

David N. Lilley (1842-1887), a Newark, Delaware, resident for most of his life, served in the Union Army during the Civil War.

Lilley was born in 1842 in Cecil County, Maryland. He was one of twelve children in a family that moved near Newark, Delaware, when he was quite young. Lilley attended school in Newark briefly but gave up his studies in order to help support the rest of the family. Initially, he worked for his father as a well digger and quarry man; later he was employed at the Dean Woolen Mills.

In 1861, at the age of 19, Lilley enlisted in the Union Army, joining Company "C," 2nd Regiment, Delaware Volunteers. After training, he was assigned to the Blue and Elk Rangers, a local unit that was involved in many significant military engagements in both Maryland and Virginia. Lilley's letters to his older sister Annie Lilley, recount these wartime experiences. After being discharged in 1864, David Lilley returned to Newark where his mother, sister Annie, and other members of his immediate family still lived.

On February 15, 1887, David Lilley was the victim of a railroad accident which later required that his foot be surgically amputated. He died on February 24, 1887, from the resulting complications of lockjaw and blood poisoning.

Sources:

"Accident at Newark," Every Evening Wilmington, Delaware, February 15, 1887. Second edition.

"A Change for the Worse," Every Evening Wilmington, Delaware, February 24, 1887. Second edition.

"David Lilley Funeral," Every Evening Wilmington, Delaware, February 25, 1887.

"Lilley's Funeral To Morrow," The Morning News Wilmington, Delaware, February 26, 1887.

Scharf, J. Thomas.Index to the History of Delaware, 1609-1888.Wilmington: Historical Society of Delaware, 1976.

Additional information in the biographical note is derived from material in the collection.


Scope and Content Note

This collection of Civil War letters consists of thirty-seven letters written between 1861 and 1864 by David N. Lilley to his older sister, Annie Lilley, who lived in Newark, Delaware.

In these letters David Lilley frequently asks Annie to relay information to other family members, especially his brother Alfred Lilley. There is one additional letter, dated May 11, 1863, written to Lilley's mother. The letters originated from places such as Camp Brandywine, Camp Andrews in Baltimore, and Falmouth, Virginia, chronicling Lilley's experiences during the Civil War. Lilley recounted anecdotes and social events from the camps where he was stationed, described military battles (including Fair Oaks and Chancellorsville), and related the harsh conditions that soldiers endured. He also discussed the relationship between "rebel" and Union soldiers and, in the letter written to his mother, recalled a visit from Abraham Lincoln.

Lilley's letters document the soldier's state of mind: Lilley was alternately content and optimistic or depressed and uncertain of his continued survival. Because of variations in handwriting, grammar, and style, it appears that Lilley may have had other soldiers write a few of the letters on his behalf. A number of the letters are also written on patriotic stationery.


Selected Search Terms

Personal Names
Lilley, David N.--Correspondence.
Lilley, Annie--Correspondence.
Corporate Names
United States. Army. Delaware Infantry Regiment, 2nd (1861-1864)
Topical Terms
Chancellorsville, Battle of, Va., 1863.
Fair Oaks, Battle of, Va., 1862.
Soldiers--Correspondence.
Geographic Names
Delaware--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Sources.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Sources.
Virginia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Sources.
Form/Genre Terms
Letters (correspondence)
Occupation
Soldiers.
Personal Contributors
Lilley, Annie, correspondent.

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MSS 218 Edward A. Fulton collection

MSS 295 Thomas M. Reynolds letters to Louisa J. Seward


The letters are arranged in chronological order.


Detailed Contents List

Letter to Annie Lilley, 1861 July 11   [Box 1 F1]

2 pp.

Autograph letter signed. From Camp Brandywine near Wilmington, Delaware. Includes a brief note to Alfred Lilley.

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Letter to Annie Lilley, 1861 July 20   [Box 1 F1]

1 p.

Autograph letter signed. From Camp Brandywine near Wilmington, Delaware.

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Letter to Annie Lilley, 1861 August 8   [Box 1 F1]

1 p.

Autograph letter signed. From Camp Brandywine near Wilmington, Delaware.

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Letter to Annie Lilley, 1861 August 13   [Box 1 F1]

4 pp.

Autograph letter signed. From Camp Brandywine near Wilmington, Delaware.

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Letter to Annie Lilley, 1861 October 11   [Box 1 F1]

3 pp.

Autograph letter signed.

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Letter to Annie Lilley, 1862 January 17   [Box 1 F2]

4 pp.

Autograph letter signed. From Winter Quarters at Camp Wilkes, Accomac County, Virginia.

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Letter to Annie Lilley, 1862 March 30   [Box 1 F2]

4 pp.

Autograph letter signed. From Camp Andrews, Baltimore, Maryland.

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Letter to Annie Lilley, 1862 April 6   [Box 1 F2]

2 pp.

Autograph letter signed. From Camp Andrews, Baltimore, Maryland.

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Letter to Annie Lilley, 1862 May 3   [Box 1 F2]

2 pp.

Autograph letter signed.

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Letter to Annie Lilley, 1862 May 31   [Box 1 F3]

1 p.

Autograph letter signed. From White House, Virginia. Letter written in a different hand.

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Letter to Annie Lilley, 1862 June 26   [Box 1 F3]

3 pp.

Autograph letter signed. From Fair Oaks [Seven Pines] Battlefield.

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Letter to Annie Lilley, 1862 July 6   [Box 1 F3]

3 pp.

Autograph letter signed. From a battlefield near the James River in Virginia.

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Letter to Annie Lilley, 1862 July 24   [Box 1 F3]

3 pp.

Autograph letter signed. From Harrisons Landing on the James River in Virginia.

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Letter to Annie Lilley, 1862 July 25   [Box 1 F4]

3 pp.

Autograph letter signed. From Harrisons Landing on the James River in Virginia. Letter written in a different hand.

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Letter to Annie Lilley, 1862 July 27   [Box 1 F4]

1 p.

Autograph letter signed. From Harrisons Landing on the James River in Virginia.

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Letter to Annie Lilley, 1862 October 5   [Box 1 F4]

3 pp.

Autograph letter signed. From Harpers Ferry.

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Letter to Annie Lilley, 1862 November 28   [Box 1 F4]

3 pp.

Autograph letter signed. From Falmouth, Virginia.

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Letter to Annie Lilley, 1863 January 4   [Box 1 F5]

1 p.

Autograph letter signed. From a camp near Brandy Station, Virginia.

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Letter to Annie Lilley, 1863 February 27   [Box 1 F5]

2 pp.

Autograph letter signed. From Falmouth, Virginia.

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Letter to Annie Lilley, 1863 April   [Box 1 F5]

3 pp.

Autograph letter signed. From Falmouth, Virginia.

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Letter to Annie Lilley, 1863 April 11   [Box 1 F5]

2 pp.

Autograph letter signed. From Falmouth, Virginia.

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Letter to Annie Lilley, 1863 April 24   [Box 1 F6]

2 pp.

Autograph letter signed. From a camp near Falmouth, Virginia. Written by the hand of Corporal Rennard Allison.

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Letter to Annie Lilley, 1863 April 27   [Box 1 F6]

2 pp.

Autograph letter signed. From a camp near Falmouth, Virginia.

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Letter to mother of David N. Lilley, 1863 May 11   [Box 1 F6]

4 pp.

Autograph letter signed. From a camp near Falmouth, Virginia. Mentions a visit from President Abraham Lincoln. Includes a recounting of Lilley's experiences during the battle of Chancellorsville.

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Letter to Annie Lilley, 1863 May 22   [Box 1 F6]

4 pp.

Autograph letter signed. From a camp near Falmouth, Virginia.

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Letter to Annie Lilley, 1863 August 9   [Box 1 F7]

2 pp.

Autograph letter signed. From a camp near Morrisville, Virginia.

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Letter to Annie Lilley, 1863 August 18   [Box 1 F7]

2 pp.

Autograph letter signed. From a camp near Morrisville, Virginia.

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Letter to Annie Lilley, 1863 August 28   [Box 1 F7]

3 pp.

Autograph letter signed. From a camp near Morrisville, Virginia.

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Letter to Annie Lilley, 1863 September 23   [Box 1 F7]

3 pp.

Autograph letter signed. From the Second Regiment Delaware Volunteers Headquarters camp near Rappidan Station, Virginia.

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Letter to Annie Lilley, 1863 September 28   [Box 1 F8]

4 pp.

Autograph letter signed. From the Second Regiment Delaware Volunteers Headquarters camp near Rappidan Station, Virginia. Includes "a bit of our dear old flag" that David Lilley enclosed along with the letter.

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Letter to Annie Lilley, 1863 November 18   [Box 1 F8]

2 pp.

Autograph letter signed. From a camp south of the Rappahannock River.

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Letter to Annie Lilley, 1863 December 21   [Box 1 F8]

2 pp.

Autograph letter signed. From a camp near Brandy Station, Virginia. Letter written in a different hand.

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Letter to Annie Lilley, 1864 April 28   [Box 1 F8]

2 pp.

Autograph letter signed. From a camp near Brandy Station, Virginia.

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Letter to Annie Lilley, 1864 June 22   [Box 1 F8]

1 p.

Autograph letter signed. From a camp near City Point, Virginia.

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Letter to Annie Lilley, undated   [Box 1 F9]

1 p.

Autograph letter signed. From Camp Brandywine near Wilmington, Delaware.

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Letter to Annie Lilley, undated   [Box 1 F9]

3 pp.

Autograph letter signed. From a camp near Easton, Maryland.

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Letter to Annie Lilley, undated   [Box 1 F9]

1 p.

Autograph letter signed. From Camp Andrews, Baltimore, Maryland.

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Letter to Annie Lilley, undated   [Box 1 F9]

4 pp.

Autograph letter signed. From Harrisons Landing on the James River in Virginia.

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