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William Axton Stokes papers


Held at: University of Delaware Library Special Collections [Contact Us]181 South College Avenue, Newark, DE 19717-5267

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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 AND/OR historical information derived from the collection.

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.

Box 1: SPEC MSS manuscript boxes (1 inch)

Gift of the Moyerman family circa 1970-1972

Processed by Emily Holloway, November 2005. Encoded by Jaime Margalotti, November 2019.

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2019 November
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

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Collection Inventory

Speech, 1842.
Box 1 Folder F1
Scope and Contents

"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

Physical Description

38 pages

"The Life of Sir Mathew Hale," by William A. Stokes, Esq., L.L.D. (of the Philadelphia Bar), Philadelphia, 1847.
Box 1 Folder F2
Scope and Contents

Autograph manuscript with revisions

Physical Description

34 pages

Autograph letter signed, 1861 December 7.
Box 1 Folder F3
Scope and Contents

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.

Physical Description

3 pages

Autograph letter signed, 1874 July 21.
Box 1 Folder F3
Scope and Contents

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.

Physical Description

2 pages

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