Letter to former Illinois governor Joseph W. Fifer, who had been a private in Company C, 33rd Illinois Infantry, describing the action at Cache River, Arkansas on July 7, 1862 and Pike's participation (which eventually won him a Congressional Medal of Honor).
Correspondence, documents, newsclippings and miscellaneous. The majority of the collection is correspondence between James and Ellen High, and their children. Included are letters from Shirley High describing his experiences during the Spanish-American War, and letters written while family members travelled abroad, principally in Europe. Also included is Civil War material of Ellen's father William Wise Tredway, and her brother Dwight Tredway of the 23rd Wisconsin Infantry. Material relating to the Tredway and Ennis families are also included.
Letters, primarily between family members in Kentucky, Vandalia and Springfield, Illinois, concern family matters and business, as well as some politics. Correspondents include James W. Berry, Claiborn B. Berry, William C. Berry, J.W.F. Edmonson and W.L.D. Ewing. 2 tax receipts signed by Elijah C. Berry are included.
Correspondence, documents and clippings relating to the publication of The Sangamon Country, a history of Sangamon County and Springfield, Illinois, for the Springfield Board of Education. Also includes material concerning the writing of The Story of the City Records.