About this project
Several years ago, the Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest received a donation of materials and documents from the Hulbert family who had settled in Oak Park in the 1800s.
The Stacey Family was related to the Hulberts. (More historical research will be done as this project continues.)
Included in the Hulbert collection is a series of over 200 letters, written between August 13, 1862 and December 17, 1863, by Manley Stacey, a Union soldier in the Civil War, to members of his family – mostly his father, Thomas Stacey. Some letters are to his mother, his brother Charlie and his sisters, Rosa and Maggie.
Facsimiles of the letters will appear at the bottom of each page. If any readers are able to help us fill in the blanks, it would surely be appreciated!
I will try to post a new letter on the site every couple of days, in chronological order until they are finished, so check back often!
All my footnotes to fellow soldiers mentioned in the letters are taken from this site honoring the New York 111th Volunteers . That information was extracted from the Annual Report of the Adjutant – General of the State of New York for the Year 1903. I thank the proprietor of that site.