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Collection Overview

Title: Benjamin L. Wiley papers, 1817-1946Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Predominant Dates:1850-1869

ID: 1/6/MSS 099

Primary Creator: Wiley, Ben L.

Extent: 7.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Arranged into four series:  (1) Personal, (2) Business, (3) Legal, and (4) Historical

Date Acquired: 00/00/1986

Subjects: Illinois - History - 1865, Illinois - History - Civil war, 1861-1865, Mexican War, 1846-1848., United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865, Vicksburg (Miss.) - History - Civil War, 1861-1865, Wiley, Ben L.

Forms of Material: United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865 - Songs and music

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Biographical Note

Ben Ladd Wiley was born in Smithfield, Ohio on March 25, 1821. In 1845 Wiley moved to Vienna, Illinois to be with his brother John where he taught school and worked as a carpenter. In 1847  Wiley enlisted in United States Army to fight in Mexico and was enlisted until 1848 when he left the service to return to Vianna. In 1849 Wiley settled in Jonesboro, Union County and worked for Winstead Davie as a clerk, worked as a carpenter, and at the Jonesboro Gazette. In 1850 he married Emily Davie, and three years later became a traveling salesman for the Davie's family. A year after that Wiley set up a real estate business with Colonel Lewis T. Ashley in Anna and began a partnership with Paul Frick, "Wiley & Frick", and sold hardware, argricultural implements, tools, etc. In 1856 Wiley ran and lost for a congressional seat on the Republican ticket, and went on to work for Lincoln in the senate election. In 1859 Wiley became a lawyer in Illinois and moved his family to a farm in Makanda and two years later he was appointed Lieutenant Colonel in the fifth Illinois Calvary Regiment, but resigned citing ill health and family issues in 1862. A year later he was able to return to his post, being discharged in 1865. After his military service, Wiley was appointed to the board to select a site for an insane asylum in Union County. In 1876 he ran again for congress, and was again defeated. He died in 1890.

Subject/Index Terms

Illinois - History - 1865
Illinois - History - Civil war, 1861-1865
Mexican War, 1846-1848.
United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865
Vicksburg (Miss.) - History - Civil War, 1861-1865
Wiley, Ben L.

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright.  Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection.  Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Acquisition Source: Transfer

Acquisition Method: The Ben L. Wiley Papers is an artificial collection acquired from the University Museum and other sources over a period of years.  The first transfer was in 1986 and the last receipt of material was 2008.

Related Materials: VFM 977

Preferred Citation: [Item], Benjamin Wiley Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


Box and Folder Listing


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Series 1: Personal, 1817-1878Add to your cart.

The Correspondence Series consists mainly of family letters to Ben or his wife, Emily Davie Wiley, with the bulk of the letters to Emily during the years 1853 to 1878.  There are letters from Emily to Ben while he was serving in the Civil War, but there are no letters from Ben to Emily.  Also conspicuous by their absence, are diaries or journals during the period of the Civil War.  (Wiley did maintain detailed records of his service in the Mexican War [see VFM-977]; in 1864 he was required to reconstruct the dates and details of his military record for a Special Court and a journal or diary must have been used to do so.)

Also included in the Correspondence Series are family letters (1817-1822) to Winstead Davie (Ben Wiley's father-in-law)  Wiley was also active in Republican Party politics (he ran for state office twice), and the series contains some political letters.

The Military Records Series 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.  The reading of material in this series gives an insight into the cumbersome bureaucracy of the War Department in the 1860's.  The western campaign was far removed from Washington and papers and people often were lost, delayed, or unaccounted for.

Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Wm. S. Bates to Ben L. Wiley, 1846 December 04Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Elizabeth [?], to Ben L. Wiley, 1847 MarchAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: John Wiley, to Ben L. Wiley, 1847 December 08Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Mary Ann Davie, to Ben L. Wiley, 1853 September 08Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Anna Davie to Ben L. Wiley, 1853 September 11, 13Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Mary Ann Davie to Emily D. Wiley, 1853 October 09, 22, 29Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Anna Davie to Emily D. Wiley, 1853 October 03, 29, November 25Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Mary Ann Davie to Emily D. Wiley, 1854 March 07, April 16, 25Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Anna Davie to Emily D. Wiley, 1854 April 12, 18, May 11Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Winstead Davie, to Ben L. Wiley, 1854 May 14Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Anna Davie to Emily D. Wiley, 1854 May 22Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Dan [Wiley?] to wife, 1854 June 28Add to your cart.
Folder 13: John Wiley, to Ben L. Wiley, 1856 November 15Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Mary Ann Davie, to Emily Davie Wiley, 1857 March 04Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Henry and Adeliza Sturdivan to Wiley family, 1857 December 15Add to your cart.
Folder 16: A. J. Higgins to Ben L. Wiley, 1859 April 20, 23Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Thomas Wiley to Ben L. Wiley, 1859 July 08, August 08, September 08, 23Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Ben L. Wiley, to Willie WileyAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Mary Ann Davie to Emily D. Wiley, 1853?; May 04Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Emily D. Wiley, to Ben L. Wiley, 1860 July 24Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Daniel McGee, to Ben L. Wiley, 1862 March 08Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Mary Edwards, to Emily D. Wiley, 1862 March 15Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Colonel William Carlin, 38th Illinois at Runes Station, to Ben L. Wiley, 1862 March 17Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Anna and Mary Ann Davie to Emily D. Wiley, 1862 September 19Add to your cart.
Folder 25: E. H. Witmer, to Cousin, 1862 December 21Add to your cart.
Folder 26: James S. Kern; to Cousin, 1862 May 04Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Frank Lesley to Sister Nancy, 1862 January 12, August 07, July 10, 1863 March 04Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Matilda P. Hutton, to Emily D. Wiley, 1863 August 26Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Matilda ?, to Emily D. Wiley, 1864 May 24Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Charles J. Wiley, to Ben L. Wiley, 1864 September 05Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Emily D. Wiley to Ben L. WileyAdd to your cart.
March 13, 1862; May 25, 1862; June 22, 1862; July 01, 1862; July 05, 1862; July 21, 1862; September 08, 1862; March 24, 1863; April 05, 1863; April 09, 1863; May 18, 1863
Folder 32: Anna Davie, to Emily Davie Wiley, 1874 October 3, 1876 December 11, 23Add to your cart.
Folder 33: William W. Wiley to Sister, 1865 April 19, 1865Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Mary Ann Davie Perrine to Emily Davie Wiley, 1877 March 28; 1877 April 9Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Mary Ann Davie Perrine to Emily Davie Wiley, 1878 March 5, 6Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Emily Davie Wiley, to Ben L. Wiley, 1878 March 7 - April 12Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Mary Ann D. Perrine to Emily D. WileyAdd to your cart.
April 1878; July 03, 1878; July 11, 1878; July 30, 1878; October 21, 1878; November 01, 1878
Folder 38: Anna Rebecca Wiley, 187? - ?Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Emily  D. Wiley, to Anna Rebecca Wiley, 1879 April 21Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Ella Lippy to Emily D. Wiley, 1880 April 29, 30Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Mary Ann D. Perrine to Emily D. Wiley, 1885 JuneAdd to your cart.
Folder 42: William W. Wiley to Emily D. Wiley, 1886 December 03Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Ed McGuire to Emily D. Wiley, 1888 March 21Add to your cart.
Folder 44: William E. Gould to Charles H. Wiley, 1888 March 27Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Charles H. WileyAdd to your cart.

Charles H. Wiley, January 15, 1890 to unknown;

Charles H. Wiley, March. 24, 1891 to Emily D. Wiley;

Charles H. Wiley, December 01, 1892 to Mary Wiley;

Charles H. Wiley, December 29, 1897 to Brother;

Charles H. Wiley, June 07, 1899 to Emily D. Wiley;

Charles H. Wiley, May 26, 1900 to Emily D. Wiley;

Charles H. Wiley, October 07, 1902 to Maggie Wiley

Folder 46: Ben L. Wiley, Jr. to Charles H. Wiley, 1892 April 14Add to your cart.
Folder 47: Mary Ann D. Perrine to Emily D. Wiley, 1893 October 12Add to your cart.
Folder 48: Mrs. John [Maggie] Wiley to Emily D. Wiley, 1903 June 27Add to your cart.
Folder 49: [Mrs. W. W.] Mollie Wiley, n.d. to unknownAdd to your cart.
Folder 50: Nancy Davie to Wiley, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 51: Serena [Davie?] to Emily D. Wiley and Willie Wiley, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 52: N.A.B. (?), to Emma, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 53: Correspondence - PoliticalAdd to your cart.

Wm. Hartzel, n.d. to unknown;

Wm. Phillips, October 21, 1856 to Ben L. Wiley;

John Olney, May 27, 1856 to Ben L. Wiley;

James Sloo, June 18, 1856 to Ben L. Wiley;

N.B. Judd, August 14, 1858 to Ben L. Wiley;

N.B. Judd, September 25, 1858 to Ben L. Wiley;

G.W. Hanna, October 21, 1858 to Phillips & Wiley;

Lew Ruisey, December 10, 1858 to Ben L. Wiley;

T.S. Hartman, January 11, 1869 to Ben L. Wiley;

Thomas S. Ridgway, June 08, 1874 to Ben L. Wiley;

S.W. Smith, January 26, 1876 to Ben L. Wiley;

R.B. Stimson, n.d. to Ben L. Wiley;

George W. Young, November 10, 1876 to Ben L. Wiley;

W.M. Murphy, November 15, 1876 to Ben L. Wiley;

Jus. R. Thomas, December 09, 1876 to Ben L. Wiley;

T.L. Baily, May 23, 1876 to Ben L. Wiley;

N. Burringham, February 12, 1884 to Ben L. Wiley;

Robert J. McElvain, December 04, 1885 to Ben L. Wiley;

Robert J. McElvain, December. 04, 1885 to Ben L. Wiley;

Folder 54: Correspondance - FamilyAdd to your cart.

Rebecca M. Winstead, July 26, 1817 to Winstead Davie;

Stephen H. Winstead, August 04, 1817 to Winstead Davie;

Stephen H. Winstead, July 16, 1820 to Winstead Davie;

James H. Davie, August 21, 1820 to Winstead Davie;

John and Elizabeth Davie,  August 23, 1821 to Winstead Davie;

Henry L. Webb, January 13, 1821 to Winstead Davie;

H. H. League, February 11, 1821 to Winstead Davie; Frances Parker, May 20, 1821 to Winstead Davie;

John Baily, June 04, 1821 to Winstead Davie;

A. Davie, July 05, 1821 to Winstead Davie;

W. William, July 23, 1821 to Winstead Davie;

John & Martha Davie, September 27, 1821 to Winstead Davie;

Wm. Hornton, April 21, 1822 to Winstead Davie

Folder 55: Teaching Certificate, Ben L. Wiley, Jackson County, 1860Add to your cart.
Folder 56: Photographs; Carte de visite:  John Arthur Wiley; Tintype:  two young men, unknown, 1854-1899Add to your cart.
Folder 57: Business cardsAdd to your cart.
Wiley, Phillips & Dresser, Anna (3 copies); W.W. Wiley, Bookseller 7 Stationer, Anna
Folder 58: Social InvitationsAdd to your cart.
Miss E. Davie, n.d.; B. H. Davie, fancy cut envelope; Dr. and Mrs. W. H. H. Hutton to wedding of daughter, Mabel Wylie Hutton to Dr. Rhett Goods, 1866; Calling cards (2), W. H. H. Hutton, M.D.; to Dan Wiley, surprise party, n.d.
Folder 59: Masonic LodgeAdd to your cart.

letter, C.W. Reely,  April 8, 1852 to Ben L. Wiley;

receipt, B.L. Wiley, 1852 Jonesboro Lodge No. 111;

letter, R. S. Coleman, March 17, 1853 to Ben L. Wiley;

stock certificate, Jonesboro Lodge 111 Room and Town Hall;

invoice, Masonic Mirror & Keystone, May 09, 1859;

letter, S. Hyniman to Ben L. Wiley, May 21, 1859;

notice,  Makanda Lodge 434 Meeting, August 15, 1868;

invoice,  1870, dues for 1869-1873; invoice,  1873 dues;

receipt,  1875 dues; receipt,  1879 dues;

notice,  Makanda Lodge 434 meeting December 13, 1888; notice,  dues, 1889;

certificate,  for travel on Chicago, Alton, St. Louis RR;

certificate,  for travel on Ohio, Mississippi RR;

cover letter for above certificates, Sepember. 4, 1858;

Folder 60: Music; Song, "Follow up the plow," words by Josie Beecher, music by Hester Morgan; certificate, Sabbath School Certificate to Annie Wiley, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 61: stamped envelopes address to Mr. and/or Mrs. Ben L. WileyAdd to your cart.
Folder 62: Diary entry, circa 1891Add to your cart.
Folder 63: Military Records - Mexican WarAdd to your cart.

Discharge, October 11, 1848, Alton, Illinois, Company B 1st Regiment, Illinois Infantry Volunteers;

letter from Commissioner of Pensions, May 23, 1849;

notice of issue and fees, Bureau of Pensions, May 22, 1888;

voucher for pension payment for survivor, May 22, 1888;

claim, Emily Wiley, Widow of Benjamin l. Wiley, n.d.

Folder 64: Military Records - Civil WarAdd to your cart.

order, appointment of Benjamin L. Wiley as Lieutenant Colonel of the 5th Cavalry Regiment, Illinois Volunteers, Springfield, Ill, September 4, 1861;

telegram from Gov. Richard Yates ;

rder, Lieutenant Colonel Wiley as commander of 5th Cavalry Regiment, Camp Butler, October 22, 1861;

circular, Headquarters, Dept of Missouri, St. Louis, February 14, 1862;

letter from Chief Quartermaster, Army of the Southwest, Helena, Ark, August 23, 1862;

receipt of 2 wall tents by Quartermaster from Benjamin L. Wiley, August 1862;

receipt of $40 by Quartermaster from Benjamin L. Wiley, August 1862;

letter from BLW, Makanda to Sec. E.M. Stanton, Washington, DC, December 12, 1862 letter from Maj. A.A. Seeley, Helena, Ark, to Maj. Burgh, February 24, 1863;

order by General Washburn, Army of the Tennessee, March 7, 1863;

letter from Major A.P. Paskell, Helena, Ark to Benjamin L. Wiley, March 8, 1863;

letter from Major Burgh, Camp, to Benjamin L. Wiley, March 11, 1863;

order  by General Washburn, Helena, Ark, March 11, 1863;

order by General Washburn, March 21, 1863;

order by Colonel C. Bussey, April. 14, 1863;

receipt of 2 revolvers, 1 sabre, by Colonel

Baker from Benjamin L. Wiley, April 14, 1863;

order  by Colonel Baker, Helena, Ark, April 20 1863;

receipt of $150 by Colonel Baker, Helena, Ark, from Benjamin L. Wiley, April 21, 1863;

order by Colonel Bussey, Helena, Ark, April 25, 1863;

order by Colonel Bussey, Helena, Ark, April 25, 1863;

order by Colonel Bussey, Helena, Ark, April 29, 1863

Folder 65: Military Records - Civil WarAdd to your cart.

order by Colonel Bussey, Helena, Ark, May 4, 1863;

order by Colonel Bussey, Helena, Ark, May 16, 1863;

order by General Ross, Helena, Ark, May 10, 1863;

order by General Ross, Helena, Ark, May 17, 1863;

order by Ass't Adj. General Townsend, Washington, DC, May 23, 1863;

letter from E.D. Muron, to Benjamin L. Wiley, June 8, 1863;

receipt of all military property by Major L.A. Apperson from Benjamin L. Wiley, June 10, 1863;

letter from Major L.A. Apperson, Helena Ark, to Benjamin L. Wiley, June 31, 1863;

certificate, Disability for William P. Withers, n.d.;

letter from Robert Smith, Paymaster, St. Louis, to Benjamin L. Wiley, August 14, 1863;

statement by Colonel Ben L. Wiley, January 24, 1864;

order by Secretary of War, Washington, DC, February 24, 1864;

order, copy of above;

letter from D.L. Phillips, Newport, R.I., to Benjamin L. Wiley, February 28, 1864;

letter from D.L. Phillips, Springfield, Ill, to Benjamin L. Wiley,  March 19, 1864;

letter from Thomas M. Vincent, Washington, D.C., to Benjamin L. Wiley, April 30, 1864;

letter from Isaac N. Phillips, Cairo, to Benjamin L. Wiley, May 23, 1864;

note from Isaac N. Phillips, Cairo, to Benjamin L. Wiley, May 23, 1864;

letter from Allen C. Fuller, Springfield, to Benjamin L. Wiley, June 24, 1864;

letter from Allen C. Fuller, Springfield, to Benjamin L. Wiley, June 30, 1864;

letter from D.L. Phillips, Springfield, to Benjamin L. Wiley, July 14, 1864;

letter from James Oakes, Springfield, to Benjamin L. Wiley, July 23, 1864;

letter from C.A. Dana, Washington, DC, to Benjamin L. Wiley, July 16, 1864;

letter from James Oakes, Springfield, to Benjamin L. Wiley, November 29, 1864;

discharge papers for Colonel Benjamin L. Wiley, April 28, 1865;

letter from H. E. Goulding for Colonel Benjamin L. Wiley, April 30, 1865;

requisition for transportation, 1865;

Folder 66: Military Records - Civil War; Pension recordsAdd to your cart.
Folder 67: Military Records - Civil War; Resolution regarding Memorial Day by Ingersoll. Jackson CountyAdd to your cart.
Folder 68: Military Records - Civil War; People's Ticket (Republican Party), election, 1856Add to your cart.
Folder 69: Military Records - Civil War; Republican Party ticket, election, 1864Add to your cart.

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