Item: Judge John Cadwalader letter to Eliza Kerr, 1861

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Record Number: 10672
Collection: Cadwalader family papers [1454]
Box/Case: 268
Folder: 4
Author: Cadwalader, John, 1805-1879
Correspondent: Kerr, Eliza
Address: Mrs. Leeds Kerr
262 Madison Avenue
Baltimore, MD
Date of Original: April 30 1861
Original Format: Manuscripts › Correspondence
Image description: Letter from Judge John Cadwalader (1805-1879) to Eliza Kerr, dated April 30, 1861. In the letter, Cadwalader appears to repsond to Mrs. Kerr's inquiry regarding the passage of federal troops through Maryland, a border state, during the American Civil War. Cadwalader asserts the troops' right of passage through the territory, a right that he traces back to Maryland's decision to cede a portion of its territory to the federal government for the creation of the District of Columbia.