Scope and Contents
The Oswald Tilghman papers covers the period 1882 to 1923; the bulk of material dating 1882 to 1889. The collection consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, and working papers. Correspondence includes three letters and one invitation addressed to Oswald Tilghman. Letters principally relate to Tilghman’s History of Talbot County, Maryland, 1661-1861 and Henry Hobart Bellas’ A History of the Delaware State Society of the Cincinnati…. The invitation seeks Tilghman’s presence for an event in remembrance of the Battle of Cooch’s Bridge fought in Newark, Delaware.
The newspaper clippings consist of a two-part excerpt, published on March 4, 1882 and March 11, 1882 in an Easton, MD newspaper, from “The Worthies of Talbot” section of History of Talbot County biographing United States founding father John Dickinson. The working files are a mixture of miscellaneous research notes, copies of historical documents, and genealogical notes. The folder most notably includes a copy of a letter and an account relating to the death of Baron Johann de Kalb at the Battle of Camden. Other items include a list of descendants of American Revolutionary War officers, a list of French American Revolutionary War officers with information on the origins of Society of the Cincinnati, genealogical information on the Skillington and Kennard families of Talbot County, a short excerpt from the poem Morality by William Knox, and a note or potential excerpt regarding Thomas Rodney.