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Historical Letters

Judge William Cooper

Letters from DeKalb, NY

The Historian's office has transcribed a number of original letters. Some of these transcriptions are available here. Two DeKalb individuals, Judge William Cooper and  Sergeant John Whipple have provided correspondence worth reading today.

Judge William Cooper organized the purchase and settlement of the Town of De Kalb in February, 1803. He headed a group of who purchased the town and held a majority interest. The transcribed letters in this collection are all from the Judge William Cooper Papers, which are held by the Stevens-German Library at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY.

During the war John Whipple sent home over 100 letters and kept a pocket diary. His letters cover his training, battles, his time in the hospital and his eventual assignment to the Elmira Prison Camp. These letters were donated to the Town of De Kalb Historical Association in memory of John and Daniel Whipple by their great nephew Charles Hurlbut III.


Sergeant John Whipple, of DeKalb, NY

Civil War Letters

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