Robert James Coffey letters

Robert James Coffey letters

Dates: 1864-1865

Two letters from Coffey to Nora M. Brown during his service in the Civil War at Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, and Alexandria, Virginia. Includes a poem by Coffey titled "To Miss N.M.B." Dated 1864-1865.

  • Extent: 2 folders (0.2 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Coffey, Robert James, 1839-1910
  • Call Number: MSS 9077
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Originals restricted due to condition. Photocopy of 1864 letter open for public research.
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Alternative Format
Photocopy of 1864 letter available in folder 2.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Robert James Coffey letters must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 9077; Robert James Coffey letters; 19th century manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 9077, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Charlie Potter found these letters during a move in an envelope addressed to Constance L. Harre, a descendant of Coffey in Renton, WA, from Jean Coffey Row in Dover, DE. Charlie Potter donated these letters to the L. Tom Perry Special Collections in October 2017.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Charlie Potter; October 2017.
Related Material
MSS 1633 contains Coffey's autobiography and poems.
Subject Terms
Social Life and Customs; Home and Family; Military; Politics, Government, and Law; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives
Genre / Form
Letters; Prose poems, American
Processing Information
Processed; Maddi Stanley, student manuscript processor; November 2017.
Appraisal Information
Orphaned Manuscripts collecting policy (February 2014).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Coffey (Robert James) letters
Finding Aid Author
Maddi Stanley
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-03-08 21:35:03 -0700.
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Robert James Coffey (1839-1910) was a sergeant in the Civil War and later a journalist.

Robert James Coffey was born April 14, 1839 in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania to James Coffey and Elizabeth Savage Coffey. He enlisted for the Civil War on September 1, 1864, and served as a sergeant with the Co. G, 202nd Pennsylvania Infantry. He was honorably discharged August 3, 1865. He enjoyed writing poetry, and wrote many verses during his time in the war. He married Nora Mary Brown on September 12, 1865, and they had four daughters. He went on to become a journalist and revived the Shippensburg Sentinel and founded the Shippensburg Democratic Safeguard. He continued to found and purchase other newspapers in other states. Robert James Coffey passed away March 11, 1910 in Delta, Colorado.

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