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    McPherson Family Archive, containing photographs, numerous letters, documents, invoices, calling cards, and various business communications relating to the Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, family, dated from the 1830s through 1860s.

    On the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg, heavy fighting occurred at McPherson's Ridge, part of the McPherson farm located two miles west of Gettysburg. At the time of the battle, the farm was owned by Edward McPherson, a lawyer and newspaperman who was serving as a U.S. Congressman. President Lincoln later appointed him Deputy Commissioner of Internal Revenue. An influential Republican, McPherson directed the 1876 Republican National Convention.

    Contained in this archive are nine photographs, including at least four of John B. McPherson, who enlisted early in the Civil War and was later appointed judge of the Third Circuit Court by President Taft in 1912. Three Civil War-dated letters (1861 and 1862) written by the young soldier are included in this archive.

    The archives letters are written by McPherson family members, friends, and business associates, including statements to Dr. William McPherson as Collector at Columbia, Pennsylvania (collector of canal tolls and railroad tolls (1830s). This voluminous archive merits much further research and discovery.


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    February, 2010
    11th-12th Thursday-Friday
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