This collection includes letters from Capt. Wilson Barstow to his sister, Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard (1823-1902), and her husband, Richard Henry Stoddard (1825-1902). Barstow was aide-de-camp to Gen. John A. Dix, who commanded the Middle Department and the Department of Virginia. His sister was a novelist and poet, while Stoddard was a poet, essayist, and editor. Barstow's letters allude to McClellan, Lincoln, and Hooker.
The correspondence is copied from the Wilson Barstow Papers in the Library of Congress.