Eliphalet Wickes Blatchford
In Chicago, perhaps no man did more to aid the war effort than E. W. Blatchford, treasurer of the Chicago branch of the US Sanitary Commission. Blatchford, a lead manufacturer whose business profited significantly as a result of the war, was both deeply patriotic and driven by a profound sense of Christian morality. Like his fellow USSC officers and its thousands of volunteers, Blatchford helped to move goods, people, and information about the war from home to front and back again. Although he never fought in battle, he believed that his war relief work was critical to the Union’s victory. After the war, Blatchford’s remained one of Chicago’s important philanthropists. He chaired the board of trustees of the Newberry Library from 1892 until his death in 1914.