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Sylvester Mowry letter

 Collection — Folder: 1 (shares a clamshell box)
Identifier: A 084

Scope and Contents

The collection contains a photostat copy of a letter written July 18, 1853, to Edward J. Bicknall, while Mowry was serving as an officer and surveying railroads in the West.


  • Creation: 1853 July 18


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Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

Sylvester Mowry (1830-1871), of Rhode Island, graduated from West Point and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1852.

As an officer, he had railroad survey escort duty in Washington Territory (1853), and was stationed in Salt Lake City, Utah, under Colonel Edward J. Steptoe's command, between 1854-1855.

"He resigned his commission in 1858, and took up an interest in mining."

"Mowry was elected as a delegate to the Congress for the proposed Arizona Territory in 1857 and 1859 but was not seated. Suspected as a southern sympathizer, he was arrested in 1862 when the California Column under General Carleton entered Tucson."

"He moved back east in the wake of his arrest, and returned to Tucson to try and recover his mine, Mowry Mine, which had been seized during the war. He died in London in 1871."

[Source: Brown University]


0.025 linear feet (1 container) : 1 folder

Language of Materials



Sylvester Mowry (1830-1871), became a commissioned soldier, owned mining claims, was the founder of Mowry, Arizona, and was arrested and imprisoned on suspicion of being a southern sympathizer. The collection contains a a letter written July 18, 1853, to Edward J. Bicknall, from Mowry.

Processing Information

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Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.

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Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA