: This letter and autograph were written by Johanna Maria Heckewelder, the daughter of Moravian missionaries, who in 1781 became the first white female born in Ohio. The Moravians traveled to Ohio before it became a state to convert the Delaware Indians to Christianity. Heckewelder wrote the letter for the benefit of the Sanitary Commission, which provided medical assistance and supplies to soldiers during the Civil War. She was 83 years old when the letter was written. She provides a brief narrative of her life and closes the letter with the words, "wishing you success to your noble enterprise for the poor Soldiers." The letter and autograph are four pages and measure 4.5" x 7.5" (11.43 x 19.05 cm). View on Ohio Memory.
: Om1334_1144870_001 Subjects
: Ohio Women; Military Ohio; Religion in Ohio; Civil War Places
: Salem (Ohio); Tuscarawas County (Ohio)