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A Guide to the Samuel Darwin McConnell Papers

Finding aid created by Connor Wynn

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
April 2011


Descriptive Summary

Creator: McConnell family
Creator: Brumby family
Title: Samuel Darwin McConnell Papers
Dates: 1858-1916
Bulk dates: 1859-1876
Abstract: Correspondence of Samuel D. McConnell before, during, and after the Civil War, as well as other documents relating to S. D. McConnell.
Extent: 0.5 Linear feet. 1 box.
Identification: MS 281
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

Samuel Darwin McConnell was an attorney and military captain during the Civil War in Florida. Born on January 14, 1834 in Liberty County, Georgia, McConnell attended school in Walthourville, Georgia, studied law, and was admitted to the Ocala Bar in November of 1860. After passing the bar, McConnell also served as an instructor at the East Florida Seminary in Ocala. Prior to the start of the Civil War, McConnell wrote the petition from Marion County asking for the secession of Florida from the Union. On August 27, 1861, McConnell married Mary Eloise Brumby, daughter of R. T. Brumby.

On March 12, 1862, McConnell enlisted in the 7th Florida Infantry, and was appointed captain of Company G. His unit, formed at Gainesville, was sent with the regiment to Chattanooga and then to east Tennessee. There, the regiment saw action at the Battles of Chattanooga and Chickamauga in 1863. In 1864, McConnell was seriously wounded and was forced to use crutches for the rest of his life. He later returned to practicing law and moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1871. In 1880, he returned to Ocala where he served as the first Mayor of Ocala until his death on June 6, 1885.


Scope and Content

This collection encompasses the correspondence of Samuel D. McConnell, as well as other relatives of the McConnell family. The bulk of the collection features letters written to his fiancé and later wife, Mary Eloise Brumby, in which he describes being admitted to the Ocala bar, his work at the East Florida Seminary, and his thoughts on the political happenings of the time. Though his regiment saw action at Chickamauga and Chattanooga, this collection does not contain any of his letters pertaining to these battles.

In his early letters, McConnell writes about his thoughts on secession, the election of President Lincoln, his feelings on serving in the Confederate Army, and his regiment's movements in the early stages of his enlistment. Towards the end of the war, while stationed in Georgia and Alabama, he discusses the Confederate Army's retreat from Atlanta, the prospect of peace if McClellan wins election as president of the United States, and the army's attempt to regain momentum against Union forces. Other letters discuss routine subjects. The letters from McConnell to his wife Mary span from October 5, 1859 to January 23, 1876. Overall, McConnell's correspondence reflects his thoughts on the war more than his military actions.

The collection also includes correspondence between R. T. Brumby and other members of the McConnell/Brumby family, letters among family members, some correspondence with the War Department.


Access or Use Restrictions

Access

The collection is open for research.


Related or Separated Material

For digital versions of Civil War letters held by the University of Florida, see "Florida and the Civil War" at http://ufdc.ufl.edu/wbts.


Administrative Information

Alternate Form of Material

Digital reproductions of items in the McConnell Papers are available online at http://www.library.ufl.edu/spec/pkyonge/mcconnell/mcconnell.html.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Samuel Darwin McConnell Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.


Contents List

McConnell, Samuel D. - Letters


Box
1 To Miss Mary. Oct. 5, 1859
1 To Miss Mary. Oct. 31, 1859
1 To Miss Mary. Dec. 10, 1859
1 To Miss Mary. Jan. 3, 1860
1 To Miss Mary. Jan. 6, 1860
1 To Miss Mary. Jan. 7, 1860
1 To Miss Mary. Jan. 14, 1860
1 To Miss Mary. Jan. 23, 1860
1 Dear Miss Mary. Feb. 3, 1860
1 No Salutation. Feb. 11, 1860
1 My Dear Miss Mary. March 2, 1860
1 My Dear Miss Mary. March 12, 1860
1 My Dear Miss Mary. March 30, 1860
1 My Dear Miss Mary. April 3, 1860
1 Miss M. E. Brumby, No Salutation. April 30, 1860
1 Miss Mary E. Brumby. Not dated
1 No Salutation. May 19, 1860
1 My Dear Friend. June 2, 1860
1 No Salutation. June 9, 1860
1 Dear Mary. July 27, 1860
1 My Dear Mary. Aug. 8, 1860
1 My Dear Mary. Aug. 28, 1860
1 My Dear Mary. Aug. 29, 1860
1 My Dear Mary. Sept. 5, 1860
1 No Salutation. Sept. 11, 1860
1 My Dear Mary. Sept. 17, 1860
1 My Dear Eloise. Oct. 2, 1860
1 My Dear Eloise. Oct. 4, 1860
1 Account of trip. Oct. 8-22, 1860
1 My Dear Eloise. Oct. 8, 1860
1 No Salutation. Oct. 14, 1860
1 My Dear Eloise. Oct. 19, 1860
1 My Dear Eloise. Oct. 28, 1860
1 My Dear Eloise. Nov. 5, 1860
1 No Salutation. Nov. 7, 1860
1 My Dear Eloise. Nov. 12, 1860
1 My Dear Eloise. Nov. 19, 1860
1 My Dear Eloise. Nov. 26, 1860
1 No Salutation. Dec. 3, 1860
1 My Dear Eloise. Dec. 11, 1860
1 My Dear Eloise. Dec. 17, 1860
1 My Dear Eloise. Dec. 24, 1860
1 My Dear Eloise. Jan. 1, 1861
1 My Dear Eloise. Jan. 12, 1861
1 My Dear Eloise. Jan. 21, 1861
1 My Dear Eloise. Jan. 28, 1861
1 My Dear Eloise. Feb. 6, 1861
1 My Dear Eloise. Feb. 11, 1861
1 My Dear Eloise. Feb. 15, 1861
1 My Dear Eloise. March 7, 1861
1 My Dear Eloise. March 12, 1861
1 Daily record of Current Events. March 14-18, 1861
1 My Dear Eloise. March 18, 1861
1 My Dear Eloise. March 27, 1861
1 My Dear Eloise. April 2, 1861
1 No Salutation. Not dated
1 My Dear Eloise. April 8, 1861
1 No Salutation. April 16, 1861
1 My Dear Eloise. April 24, 1861
1 No Salutation. April 29, 1861
1 To Eloise. May 2, 1861
1 To Eloise. May 7, 1861
1 To Eloise. May 12, 1861
1 To Eloise. May 16, 1861
1 To Eloise. May 24, 1861
1 To Eloise. May 31, 1861
1 To Mary Eloise. June 5, 1861
1 To Mary Eloise. June 7, 1861
1 To Mary Eloise. June 24, 1861
1 To Mary Eloise. June 28, 1861
1 To Mary Eloise. July 23, 1861
1 To Mary Eloise. July 28, 1861
1 To Mary Eloise. August 1, 1861
1 To Mary Eloise. August 6, 1861
1 To Mary Eloise. August 13, 1861
1 To Mary Eloise. August 16, 1861
1 To Mary Eloise. August 19, 1861
1 To Mary Eloise. April 3, 1862
1 To R. T. Brumby. April 16, 1862
1 To Mary Eloise. April 20, 1862
1 To Mary Eloise. May 7, 1862
1 My Darling Wife. May 14, 1862
1 My Darling Wife. May 22, 1862
1 My Darling Wife. May 27, 1862
1 My Darling Wife. June 3, 1862
1 My Darling Wife. June 9, 1862
1 My Darling Wife. June 12, 1862
1 My Darling Wife. June 28, 1862
1 My Darling Wife. July 11, 1862
1 My Darling Wife. Nov. 12, 1862
1 My Darling Wife. Dec. 19, 1862
1 My Darling Wife. Sept. 8, 1864
1 My Darling Wife. Nov. 5, 1864
1 My Darling Wife. Nov. 8, 1864
1 My Darling Wife. Nov. 11, 1864
1 My Darling Wife. Feb. 24, 1865
1 My Darling Wife. Dec. 22, 1865
1 My Darling Wife. Dec. 24, 1865
1 My Darling Wife. June 19, 1866
1 My Darling Wife. June 20, 1866
1 My Darling Wife. June 22, 1866
1 My Darling Wife. Aug. 22, 1866
1 My Darling Wife. Aug. 27, 1866
1 My Darling Wife. Sept. 9, 1866
1 My Darling Wife. Sept. 11, 1866
1 My Darling Wife. Sept. 13, 1866
1 My Dear Sir (R. T. Brumby). Oct. 20, 1869
1 My Darling Wife. Sept. 12, 1870
1 My Darling Wife. March 25, 1871
1 My Darling Wife. June 15, 1871
1 My Darling Wife. Feb. 17, 1872
1 My Darling Wife. March 20, 1872
1 My Darling Wife. July 6, 1872
1 My Darling Wife. April 28, 1873
1 My Darling Wife. May 2, 1873
1 My Darling Wife. Feb. 23, 1874
1 My Darling Wife. August 22, 1875
1 My Darling Wife. Jan. 17, 1876
1 My Darling Wife. Jan. 23, 1876


McConnell Family Papers


Box
1 Samuel D. McConnell's Will
1 Letter to Woodrow Wilson containing two memos. Sept. 25, 1916
1 Knights of Honor Benefit Certification. Feb. 24, 1891
1 Merchant's National Bank of Ocala Stock. 1890, 1894


Brumby, R.T. - Letters


Box
1 My Dear Child. March 10, No Year
1 To Mary E. Brumby. Feb. 10, 1861
1 My Dear Eloise. Oct. 1, 1861
1 My Dear Sir (S.D. McConnell). Oct. 10, 1861
1 My Dear Sister/My Dear Child (Also From Annie Eliza). Jan. 21, 1862
1 My Dear Sir. May 27, 1862
1 My Dear Child. July 24, 1864
1 My Very Dear Eliza. Jan. 26, 1865
1 My Dear Sir. July 17, 1865
1 My Dear Daughter. Jan. 17, 1866
1 My Dear Son-in-law. Oct. 19, 1866
1 My Dear Son-in-law. Jan. 6, 1871
1 My Dear Daughter. Feb. 26, 1872
1 My Dear Daughter. April 2, 1872
1 My Dear Sir. April 1872
1 My Dear Daughter. May 23, 1872
1 My Dear Sir (Russell). July 3, 1872
1 My Dear Daughter. Feb. 25, 1873
1 My Dear Daughter. March 23, 1873
1 My Dear Daughter. July 11, 1873
1 My Dear Daughter. Oct. 25, 1874


Other Correspondence


Box
1 Kate McConnell to "My Dear Da (S.D. McConnell). Feb. 2, 1858
1 Probably Ellen McConnell to "My Dear Brother". Oct. 31, 1859
1 Ellen McConnell to "My Dear Mary". August 27, 1862
1 Leonora to "Dear Sister Mary". August 8, 1864
1 Ellen McConnell to "My Dearest Mary". March 5, 1865
1 Leonora Stacy to "Dear Sister Mary". Sept. 4, 1867
1 Leonora to "My Dear Sister Mary". October 8, 1867
1 Probably Ellen McConnell to "My Dear Sister". Oct. 17, 1868
1 Sue B. Gaston to No Salutation. 1880
1 Harrie to "Dear Frannie". Dec. 11, 1881


Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Brumby family -- Correspondence
Confederate States of America -- Army -- Florida Infantry Regiment, 7th -- History
Florida -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives
McConnell family -- Correspondence
Soldiers -- Florida -- Correspondence
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives



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