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(1842 – 1874)

Manuscript Collection Number 512


Accessioned:  Gift of the Moyerman family circa 1970-1972


Extent:  4 items (.1 linear ft.)


Content:  Letters, manuscripts


Access:  The collection is open for research.


Processed:  November 2005, by Emily Holloway

Table of Contents


Biographical Note


            William Axton Stokes (1814 – 1877) was an attorney in Philadelphia in the mid-nineteenth century.  He also served as a Major in the U.S. Infantry during the Civil War, although the duration of his service is unclear from evidence in this small collection.  He served for a period in 1861 as Major Commanding at the 18th U.S. Infantry Headquarters, Camp Thomas, Franklin County, Ohio.




Correspondence, December 13 and 22, 1861.  Series 147. Volume 21. Adjutant General. Correspondence to the Governor and Adjutant General of Ohio, August 17, 1861- December 30, 1861.  The Ohio Historical Society Civil War Documents Searchable Database.  Retrieved November 18, 2005 from


Note:  Other biographical information derived from the collection.


Scope and Content Note

            The William Axton Stokes Papers, spanning 1842 to 1874, was a gift of the Moyerman family circa 1970-1972.  This small collection consists of four items:  an 1861 letter from Stokes to his wife written while he was stationed at Camp Thomas, Ohio, during the Civil War; an 1874 letter from Thomas A. Scott, President of the Pennsylvania Company; a handwritten draft of a biographical sketch of Sir Mathew Hale; and an oration delivered in 1842 at the Philadelphia Museum.

            This small collection is fragmented and lacks a clear narrative for these separate events in William Axton Stoke’s life.  The Civil War letter provides a description of Stokes’s duties as commanding officer of Camp Thomas, headquarters of the 18th Regiment, U.S. Infantry.  The letter from the president of The Pennsylvania Company discusses post-war investments in stock of the Southern Rail Road Association.  The manuscripts of the 1842 oration delivered at the Philadelphia Museum and the 1847 biographical sketch of Matthew Hale hint at the intellectual interests of William Stokes in addition to providing his professional identity as a member of the Philadelphia bar.


Contents List


Folder -- Contents

F1        Speech, 1842 (1 item)

            “Oration delivered at the Philadelphia Museum, May 10th 1842 to commemorate the landing of the Original Colonists of Maryland, by William A. Stokes.”  Autograph manuscript, 38 pp.


F2        “The Life of Sir Mathew Hale,” by William A. Stokes, Esq., L.L.D. (of the Philadelphia Bar), Philadelphia, 1847 (1 item)

            Autograph manuscript with revisions, 34 pp.


F3        Letters, 1861, 1874 (2 items)


            Autograph letter signed, 3 pp.

            To “My dear wife” from William A. Stokes, Camp Thomas, Head Quarters 18th Regt. he U.S. Infantry near Columbus, Ohio, December 7, 1861.  Stokes discusses his responsibilities and disciplinary measures used at Camp Thomas and closes with requests for items from home.


            Autograph letter signed, 2 pp.

            Thomas A. Scott, President, Pennsylvania Company, Philadelphia, to W.A. Stokes, Esq., July 21, 1874.

            Scott discusses financial investments in the Southern Rail Road Association.


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