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Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Mallory, Louisa Andrus
Louisa Mallory letters
0.21 Linear feet
This collection contains letters written by Louisa Mallory at the Freedmen's Bureau Farm, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, to her son LeRoy in McHenry County, Illinois.
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Scope and Contents
This collection contains letters from Louisa Mallory, written from the Freedmen's Bureau Farm, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, to her son LeRoy, at the home of his grandparents in McHenry County, Illinois. In the letters, Louisa encourages LeRoy (called Roy in the letters) to be diligent in his schoolwork and obedient to his grandparents. The letters also include general news about the family and details about life on the Freedmen's Bureau Farm and Samuel's work with the Freedmen's Bureau schools and plantations.
Louisa Andrus and Samuel Wadsworth Mallory, of McHenry County, Illinois, had been married for seven years when he joined Company A of the Fifteenth Illinois Infantry in May 1861, and were parents of three children. Following service during the siege of Vicksburg, Mallory was assigned to work with freedmen and refugees on President's Island, Tennessee. He later became the director of Freedmen's Bureau work at Pine Bluff, Arkansas, supervising schools and work on confiscated plantations; he continued working with the Freedmen's Bureau following the end of the war.
In the fall of 1864, Louisa and the couple's two daughters joined Samuel in Pine Bluff, leaving LeRoy in McHenry County, Illinois, with his grandparents. Louisa gave birth to another child in the summer of 1865, a child who died in December of that year. Louisa's health never fully recovered from this loss, and she died in March 1867. The children returned to their grandparents in Illinois, while Samuel remained in Arkansas following the end of his work with the Freedmen's Bureau. He remarried in 1869, and the children returned to live with him in 1870.
Mallory became active in local politics and worked with the Little Rock, Pine Bluff and New Orleans Railroad Company. He died July 31, 1888.
This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Arkansas -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Mallory, Louisa Andrus
Mallory, Samuel Wadsworth
Pine Bluff (Ark.)
United States. Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands.
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Louisa Mallory letters, MSS.13.62, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute
Purchased by eBay. Originally placed in the Arkansas small manuscript materials.