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Floyd E. Risvold Collection of James Edgar Cady Correspondence

 Collection
Call Number: WA MSS S-3807

Scope and Contents

Letters by James Edgar Cady to family and friends in Dodge City, Steele County, Minnesota, August 1862 to July 1865, during his military service with 8th Minnesota Infantry Regiment, Company G, as well as a tintype portrait of Cady in August 1862. Letters describe his service chiefly based at Fort Abercrombie, Dakota Territory, during the Dakota War in 1862 through a punitive expedition led by Alfred Sully in 1864 as well as Cady's movement through Tennessee and North Carolina during the United States Civil War in 1864-1865. Most of the letters are addressed generally to his family and friends with a significant quantity explicitly directed to his parents and siblings. Floyd E. Risvold collected the letters and tintype as well as related material he used to exhibit the letters and accompanying illustrated envelopes at philatelic shows around 1960. The collection includes copies of an article by Risvold based on the letters: Floyd E. Risvold, "Indians and Rebels," Stamps (September 7, 1963).

Dates

  • 1862-1963

Creator

Language of Materials

In English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Floyd E. Risvold Collection of James Edgar Cady Correspondence is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from William Reese Co. (Spink Shreves Galleries' sale, 2010 January 27-29, lot 311) on the Frederick W. and Carrie S. Beinecke Fund for Western Americana, 2010.

Arrangement

Organized into three series: I. Letters by James Edgar Cady, 1862-1865. II. Visual Resources, 1862-1960. III. Publication and Exhibition Material, 1960-1963.

Extent

0.83 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.risvoldcady

Overview

Letters by James Edgar Cady to family and friends in Dodge City, Steele County, Minnesota, August 1862 to July 1865, during his military service with 8th Minnesota Infantry Regiment, Company G, as well as a tintype portrait of Cady in August 1862. Letters describe his service chiefly based at Fort Abercrombie, Dakota Territory, during the Dakota War in 1862 through an expedition led by Alfred Sully against the Dakota in 1864 as well as Cady's movement through Tennessee and North Carolina during the United States Civil War in 1864-1865. Most of the letters are addressed generally to his family and friends with a significant quantity explicitly directed to his parents and siblings. Floyd E. Risvold collected the letters and tintype as well as related material he used to exhibit the letters and accompanying illustrated envelopes at philatelic shows around 1960. The collection includes copies of an article by Risvold based on the letters: Floyd E. Risvold, "Indians and Rebels," Stamps (September 7, 1963).

James Edgar Cady (1844-1916)

James Edgar Cady was born in Herkimer County, New York, in 1844, and was the eldest son of Edgar Cady (1817-1901) and Emily Augusta Hines Cady (1819-1897). In August 1862, he enlisted at Lake City, Minnesota, for a three-year term with the 8th Minnesota Infantry Regiment, Company G. Cady served as a private during the Dakota War in 1862 through an expedition led by Alfred Sully against the Dakota in 1864 as well as serving in the United States Civil War with movement through Tennessee and North Carolina in 1864 until he mustered out in July 1865.

After his military service, Cady was a farmer and apiarist at Merton and Medford in Steele County, Minnesota. In 1893, Cady married May Emily Smith Cady Schacht (1870-1955) and they had six children: Alfred Wilber Cady (1896-1896), Merle Wilton Cady (1898-1971), Cecil Rhodes Cary (1900-1970), Sir Irl Cady (1901-1966), Irma Violette Cady Barnes Kenppainen Finckh (1907-1992), Robert William Cady (1909-1956); they divorced around 1910.

Cady died at Rochester, Minnesota.

Floyd E. Risvold (1912-2009)

Floyd Eugene Risvold was a manuscript collector, dealer, philatelist, and historian from Minnesota with an interest in Western Americana. He was born in Milltown, Wisconsin, the eldest son of Oswald Eugene Risvold (1886-1957) and Marie Henrietta Lund Risvold (1884-1969) and raised in the Twin Cities, Minnesota.

Risvold served with the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey, 1932-1946. He then joined O. E. Risvold & Sons, the infant products distribution company founded in 1930 by his father, which operated until his family sold the company in 1984 and he retired as the managing partner for the firm.

Publications by Risvold include his The Minnesota Territory in Postmarks, Letters and Covers ( Chicago: Collectors' Club of Chicago, 1985) as well as editor of Louis J. Weichmann, A True History of the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the Conspiracy of 1865 ( New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1975), which received the Benjamin Barondess Award from the Civil War Round Table of New York in 1976.

In 1941, Risvold married Sophie Evelyn Lindstrom Risvold (1915-2007) and they had four children: Diane Marie Risvold Pearson (born approximately 1944), Kathleen Sandra Risvold Cathcart (born 1947), Douglas Floyd Risvold (1952-1953) and Howard Eugene Risvold (1952-1953).

Risvold died at Edina, Minnesota.

Processing Information

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Source

Creator

Title
Guide to the Floyd E. Risvold Collection of James Edgar Cady Correspondence
Status
Completed
Author
by Matthew Daniel Mason
Date
August 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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