MG 275 - Simmons Family Collection

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Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence to Seneca G. Simmons, 1835-1862; correspondence to Elmira A. Simmons, 1862-1882; correspondence to Myra Simmons, 1886; certificate to S. G. Simmons from the Partridge military school in Middletown, Connecticut; commissions to S. G. Simmons; family history including marriage certificates, 1825-1886, genealogy listings, reminiscence of her childhood by Mira Simmons, synopsis of the will of Lucia A. Wilson, sister of Elmira A. Simmons, 1883; and a report of the Select Committee concerning the frauds committed upon soldiers, the people and the government which was made to the House of Representatives of Pennsylvania in 1865.

Background

Seneca G. Simmons was born in 1808. He entered the Partridge military school at the age of fourteen and entered West Point in 1829. He was graduated with distinction and assigned to the Seventh U. S. Infantry. He had a distinguished military career but received a severe injury while stationed at Fort Leavenworth. He obtained a furlough and joined his family in Harrisburg. He was here when the call was made for troops at the outset of the rebellion and was made mustering officer for the Pennsylvania volunteers. He fell in battle at White Oak Swamp on June 30, 1862. He was married to Elmira A. Simmons in 1834. They had four children: three sons and one daughter, Elmira A., the only child to survive him. She was married in Harrisburg in 1886 to Daniel J. Attick.

Date(s): 1825-1886

Extent: 7 folders, 33 enclosures