Belts-Sherman family. Papers, 1861-1906. .33 cu.ft.
Mss. A B453 / 1-7
This collection consists of the correspondence of Ellen M. "Nellie" Sherman (1840-1914), a schoolteacher who resided in Marietta, Ill. Letters document her courtship and marriage to Conrad Welch "Will" Belts (1837-1920), beginning with his service in the Union army during the Civil War. Their correspondence focuses primarily on their relationship and love of literature with occasional references to the Civil War on the home front. She also corresponded with other friends and neighbors while they served in the Union army as well as her childhood friend, Myrtilla "Tillie" Galpin Bevin (1842-1921) of Elyria, Ohio. Also present is an 1865 letter from a Union soldier in a Virginia hospital to Nancy L. Harrison (1844-1934) of Litchfield County, CT.