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Archival Collections of the Littlejohn Collection

The Ethan Allen Hitchcock Papers


This collection consists of approximately 108 letters and documents received by Ethan Allen Hitchcock (1798-1870). The materials date from December 11, 1856 through March 15, 1869. One item (folder 108) is not dated. Correspondents include authors, soldiers, and relatives, among others. Ethan Allen Hitchcock was an author and career officer in the U.S. Army. During the Civil War he served as an advisor to Secretary of War Stanton and eventually was chairman of the War Board, an advisory body of military officers that served the President. He served on the court-martial of Fitz John Porter along with Napoleon B. Buford, a correspondent represented in this collection. In his spare time, Hitchcock occupied himself with the study of literature and philosophy, and earned a reputation as a man of learning.