Benjamin L. Wiley papers, 1817-1946 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
ID: 1/6/MSS 099
Extent: 7.0 Boxes
Predominant Dates: 1850-1869
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Scope and Contents: Correspondence, military records, and financial and legal material document the life of Civil War veteran Benjamin L. Wiley. The Correspondence Series consists mainly of family letters to Ben or his wife, Emily Davie Wiley, with the bulk of the letters during the years 1853 to 1878. Of note are letters from Emily to Ben while he was serving in the Civil War. Also included in the Correspondence Series are family letters (1817-1822) to Winstead Davie (Ben Wiley's father-in-law) and general business letters to Ben Wiley, who was in business in Union County before becoming a successful farmer in Jackson County. Wiley was also active in Republican party politics (he ran for state office twice), and the series contains some political letters. Military Records contains some Mexican War items, but the bulk of material is from the Civil War period, tracing Wiley's movements in and out of the service from 1861 to 1865, including special orders, letters, and receipts.