Ten Eyck Fonda Collection

The Ten Eyck Fonda Collection consists of twenty-six letters written by Fonda while serving as a telegrapher for the United States Military Telegraph Service during the Civil War, and one political campaign card. Fonda was from Fonda, Montgomery County, New York. The letters were written to his immediate family and date from July 12, 1861 to June 14, 1863.

The content of Fonda’s letters to his family describe the perilous job of maintaining the Union’s telegraphic lifeline, provide first-hand accounts of battles and their devastation, and reflect concerns about the capability of the Union Army. He also includes description of the towns, their remaining inhabitants and the destruction inflicted upon them.

Collection owner: Binghamton University