[1938–1965 Incoming Letters and Papers of American Civil War Historian Bell I. Wiley].
American Civil War historian and author Bell I. Wiley (1906–1980) taught for 40 years at various Southern colleges and universities including the University of Mississippi, Louisiana State University, and Emory University in Atlanta. The collection, viz.,
a.) Five single-page letters sent to Wiley during his academic career by noted American historians: George Washington Cable biographer, Arlin Turner; Confederate currency expert, Grover C. Criswell; Black historian, John Hope Franklin; and fellow Civil War historians, Allan Nevins and Bruce Catton.
Catton’s letter is particularly interesting as it comments on his book Terrible Swift Sword (New York, 1963) and Wiley’s helpful critique of it:
Sam Vaughan has just shown me your comments on Terrible Swift Sword, and I am most grateful to you for having taken the time to examine the manuscript. Needless to say, I value these comments very highly and I think in most places I have adjusted the manuscript in line with your suggestions. I do feel that, at least in the latter part of this manuscript, it was necessary to give more attention the Northern political situation than to that in the South. I have the feeling that a good part of the ultimate meaning of the war was wrapped up in the events which led up to the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation, and in the political involvement of General McClellan in the whole business. As a result it seemed to me more important to go into rather extensive detail on this matter than to try to make an exact balance in the treatment of the two sections. In other words you are right in saying the North does get more attention than the South, but it seems to me that for this particular book that was necessary. I seem to find myself getting rather fond of Jefferson Davis and I have developed an intense distaste for General McClellan. …
b.) Four published book reviews by Prof. Wiley removed from newspapers and journals;
c.) One newspaper clipping about John Hope Franklin;
d.) One typed book review by William M. Robinson of Henry Steele Commager’s The Blue and the Gray, The Story of the Civil War as Told by Participants with emendations and corrections by Wiley;
e.) One mimeographed 1961 invitation/meeting announcement for two lectures by Wiley to the Connecticut Legislature in Hartford and to the public in New Haven;
f.) One signed copy of Wiley’s pamphlet Kingdom Coming, The Emancipation Proclamation of September 22, 1862 (Chicago, 1963).
Description: [1938–1965 Incoming Letters and Papers of American Civil War Historian Bell I. Wiley].
[New York, Brooklyn, Chicago, Atlanta etc., 1938–1965]. 13 Items, including 5 Typed Letters Signed and other typed or printed matter, some with manuscript additions. Very Good to Near Fine.