Manuscript Group 1534, Guide to the Albert O. Cheney Letters 1861-1865


Descriptive Summary
Historical Note
Scope and Content Note
Access Points
Administrative Information

Container List

Letters to Siblings

Guide to the Albert O. Cheney Letters
MG 1534

The New Jersey Historical Society
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Inventory prepared by Jeanette Cafaro.

Finding aid encoded by Julia Telonidis. December 2004. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.

Descriptive Summary

  Creator: Cheney, Albert
  Title: Albert O. Cheney Letters
  Dates 1861-1865
  Abstract: This collection consists of letters written by Albert O. Cheney, an African-American Union soldier during the Civil War.
  Quantity: 0.05 linear feet (1 folder)
  Collection Number: MG 1534

Biographical Note

Albert O. Cheney was a colored Union soldier during the Civil War from 1861-1865. Cheney, a resident of Orange, New Jersey traveled to Trenton to join the Union Army.

In 1864, Cheney became an officer in Company K and D, 127th U. S. Colored Troops. He also seems to have been with the Colored Troops before this time. He was stationed in various cities, such as Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Trenton, and Baltimore.
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Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of nine letters dating from April 26th, 1861 to May 22nd, 1865. These letters were written by Albert O. Cheney to his “Dear Sister Mary” L. French of West Avon, Connecticut, with the exception of one letter addressed to his brother, name unknown. In these letters Albert discusses his role as an officer in the Civil War traveling through different cities and various subjects including general military life, officers, and war news. He informs his sister and brother about the events of the war and explains his causes for fighting in the war. He occasionally mentions friends and family in Orange.

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Access Points

  The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.
  Subject Names:
    Cheney, Albert O.
  Subject Organizations:
    United States.–Army–African American troops.
  Subject Topics:
    African American soldiers–New Jersey–Orange.
    Soldiers–New Jersey–Orange.
  Subject Places:
    Orange (N.J.)
    United States–History–Civil War, 1861-1865.
  Document Types:
    Letters (Correspondence)
  Subject Occupations

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Related Material

For related collections, see:

Manuscript Group 373, Franklin Jones, (d. 1865), Civil War Soldier Letters.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 1534, Albert O. Cheney Letters, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

This collection was purchased in 2001.

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Container List

Letters to Siblings
Box Folder Title Date
1 1 Letters (with envelopes) to sister, Mary L. French (8) 1861 Sept. 6 -1865 Feb. 2
1 1 Letter (with envelope) to brother, name unknown (1) n.d.

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