Civil War-Era Correspondence with Robert S. Paul from Friends, Incl. Kenyon College Student, Daniel W. Cox
27 letters written to Robert S. Paul from friends, Daniel W. Cox and J.G. Watson, ca 1860-1868, plus CDV.
From 1862 to 1868, Robert S. Paul regularly corresponded with two of his friends from Cuyahoga Falls, OH. Daniel W. Cox began his education at Kenyon College in Gambier, OH in 1862 and continued to attend throughout his wartime correspondence with Robert. Cox wrote mostly about his experiences at Kenyon, studying with other students and working hard. However, as the years went on, he became more and more interested in the philosophical questions behind the Civil War. On April 18, 1863, he wrote to Robert, And to maintain the government and the constitution in this civil war, are we not paying a fearful price? Fearful it is indeed: but much rather would I see our once beloved land overrun with war and its attendant evils than to see it submit without a struggle to the impious government so called of the Southern confederacy. To be trampled beneath the feet by the bloodthirsty traitors of the South would be worse for our land, our privilege moral and political and for society in general than to try by armed forces to put down the Rebellion. In a letter dated May 3, he wrote to Robert, Now the different races do not materially differ in their ideas of freedom and independence from our own. In the same letter, he also wrote about the Vallandigham Vorrhees Cox Rally, stating, How I do detest, despise and …these men who call themselves Butternuts and cry peace upon any condition whatsoever. They would have us throw down our arms into the very face of the enemy and quietly submit to whatever may be the will of our foes. The archive also includes an 1863 examination paper for the Junior Class at Christmas term. It was a complicated set of questions in Classics given by John Trimble, Examiner.
The three letters from J.G. Watson to Robert were filled more with news of home and his family, with one letter from September 14, 1862, describing a meeting he had with another friend who was travelling through St. Paul and saw a women and two children who had been scalped. He also reports on another friend who had received a commission and was leading 87 members of an Iowa brigade. The chatty letters provide updates on the experience at home in Cuyahoga Falls and reports on a number of their friends.
Lastly, the archive contains one letter dated July 6th, 1868, from Harrison Paul’s wife Olivia Jewett Paul, informing Robert that Harry was very ill, and asking him to look for a home for them.