Collection includes biographical materials, writings, and correspondence.
This is an artificial collection of correspondence, 1848-1898, of and concerning Benjamin Stoddert Ewell while he was serving on the faculty and as president of the College of William and Mary. Prominent correspondents include: Ambrose Burnside, Ulysses S. Grant, Hugh Blair Grigsby, John Johns, Joseph E. Johnston, Robert McCandlish, Matthew Fontaine Maury, George Gordon Meade, Charles Minnigerode, William Cabell Rives, Francis Henney Smith, John Reuben Thompson, John Tyler, Henry A. Washington, and Henry A. Wise. Subjects include Ewell's hiring as professor of mathematics and as acting president, the fire of 1859, William and Mary during the Civil War, raising funds in the United States and England to restore the college following the war, the possible removal of the college from Williamsburg, the suspension of the college and its re-opening as a normal school to train male teachers.
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