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William Axton Stokes papers

Identifier: MSS 0512

Scope and Contents

The William Axton Stokes papers, spanning 1842 to 1874, was a gift of the Moyerman family circa 1970-1972. This small collection consists of four items: an 1861 letter from Stokes to his wife written while he was stationed at Camp Thomas, Ohio, during the Civil War; an 1874 letter from Thomas A. Scott, President of the Pennsylvania Company; a handwritten draft of a biographical sketch of Sir Mathew Hale; and an oration delivered in 1842 at the Philadelphia Museum.

This small collection is fragmented and lacks a clear narrative for these separate events in William Axton Stoke’s life. The Civil War letter provides a description of Stokes’s duties as commanding officer of Camp Thomas, headquarters of the 18th Regiment, U.S. Infantry. The letter from the president of The Pennsylvania Company discusses post-war investments in stock of the Southern Rail Road Association. The manuscripts of the 1842 oration delivered at the Philadelphia Museum and the 1847 biographical sketch of Matthew Hale hint at the intellectual interests of William Stokes in addition to providing his professional identity as a member of the Philadelphia bar.


  • Creation: 1842-1874

Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Access Information

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections Department, University of Delaware Library,

Biographical Note

William Axton Stokes (1814-1877) was an attorney in Philadelphia in the mid-nineteenth century. He also served as a Major in the U.S. Infantry during the Civil War, although the duration of his service is unclear from evidence in this small collection. He served for a period in 1861 as Major Commanding at the 18th U.S. Infantry Headquarters, Camp Thomas, Franklin County, Ohio.

Correspondence, December 13 and 22, 1861. Series 147. Volume 21. Adjutant General. Correspondence to the Governor and Adjutant General of Ohio, August 17, 1861- December 30, 1861. The Ohio Historical Society Civil War Documents Searchable Database. Retrieved November 18, 2005 from AND/OR historical information derived from the collection.


4 item (1 box)


Materials documenting William Axton Stokes' personal life, as a Major in the Civil War and as a member of the Philadelphia bar in the mid-nineteenth century, through correspondence and writings.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Moyerman family circa 1970-1972

Shelving Summary

Box 1: SPEC MSS manuscript boxes (1 inch)

Processing Information

Processed by Emily Holloway, November 2005. Encoded by Jaime Margalotti, November 2019.

Finding aid for William Axton Stokes papers
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
2019 November
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Delaware Library Special Collections Repository

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