The Bancroft-Bliss collection includes official and personal correspondence of Lt. Col. Alexander Bliss (1827-96), quartermaster of volunteers and assistant quartermaster, U.S. Army, concerning the procurement, transportation, and distribution of supplies, and problems relating to promotions, pay, and rank. One letter discusses plans for President Lincoln's railway transportation to Gettysburg in November 1863.
The collection also contains three letters to Bliss's mother, Mrs. George Bancroft, from friends. Mrs. Bancroft, who became the historian's second wife in 1838, was the widow of Alexander Bliss, a junior law partner of Daniel Webster.
The photocopies were made from the originals in the Bancroft-Bliss collection in the Library of Congress.