Excerpts from a letter written November 27, 1864, by Lieutenant Samuel E. Nichols of the Union Army provide insight into the surprise contingencies that afflicted soldiers in his unit on Thanksgiving Day during the Civil War.
The notes exchanged between baseball fans Harry A. Blackmun and Potter Stewart during the 1973 American League Championships and the 1975 World Series show how notes exchanged between justices of the Supreme Court provide insight into their informal relationships, allowing us to understand better the individuals who serve on the nation's highest court.
In 1797 Vice-President Thomas Jefferson learned that the perpetrator of the Yellow Creek Massacre was not the man he had named in his Notes on the State of Virginia. A letter newly acquired by the Manuscript Division tells the story.
This is the first in an occasional series in which we share items that have caught our eye. This unusual item from the papers of stage and film director Rouben Mamoulian (1897-1987) is a memento from the first movie he ever directed, Applause (1929). Mamoulian saved the back of his director’s chair that had been …