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E. A. Carman letter

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 1795

Scope and Contents

A handwritten letter by E.A. Carman, acting commissioner of the Department of Agriculture of Washington D.C. The letter was written on August 16, 1883, regarding the tide-water marshes in Benton County, Oregon.


  • 1883 August 16


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Biographical / Historical

Ezra Ayers Carman was born on February 27, 1834, in Oak Tree, New Jersey to Melancthon Freeman and Ann Maria Ayers Carman. He was married to Louisa Salmon on August 20, 1856, and together they had a son. He then married Ada Salmon on November 22, 1859. Together they had four sons and a daughter. Ezra was a Lieutenant Colonel of the 7th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry and the Colonel of the 13th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry which he led in the Battle of Gettysburg. He also led an infantry brigade in Major General Sherman's army which resulted in the capture of Atlanta and the March to the Sea. Ezra was brevetted Brigadier General on March 13, 1865. After the war, Ezra became connected with the US Department of Agriculture and in 1877 was made the Chief Clerk. He would later serve as Chief Clerk of the War Department as well. Because of his interest and knowledge in the Antietam battlefield where he fought, he was appointed Historical Expert of the Antietam Battlefield Board in 1894. In his appointment, he gathered and coordinated firsthand accounts from the Union and Confederate battles there. Ezra died on December 25, 1909, in Washington D.C. He was buried in Arlington, Virginia.


1 sheet (unpaged) ; 25 x 20 cm

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Western history (Mormon and Western American Manuscripts Collection Development Policy V.B.5.c, 2020)

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Processed; Jamie Wiser; 2023.

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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States