Civil War, 1861-1865
Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Found in 18 Collections and/or Records:
Overview This collection compromises the multifaceted life of Aldace Walker, Valedictorian of Middlebury College Class of 1862. The bulk of the original letters and bound transcription written between 1862 and 1865 come from various camps, forts, and battles around the United States during Walker’s service in the Civil War. Walker was commissioned as a First Lieutenant and eventually rose to the rank of Major. The handwritten letters cover the time between August 1862 and May 1864. Also included is a...
Overview A collection of letters encompassing some of the foremost years of the Civil War. Letters come from both Union and Confederate soldiers and are mostly to or from family members or friends. These letters are generally soldiers writing home with reports of recent events or others writing letters of support to their husbands, brothers, and friends at war. Throughout are mentions of famous battles such as Vicksburg, Chattanooga, and Atlanta. The letters also discuss some of the famous personalities...
Overview Born in Maine in 1837, Ephraim L. Hackett was living in Baraboo, Wisconsin, in August 1861, when he enlisted as a Sergeant in the 1st Independent Battery, Wisconsin Light Artillery. Small in number and mobile, the Battery recruited barely over 100 men before being sent into the field in Kentucky that fall, and they fought up and down the Mississippi Valley until the end of the war. The letters provide accounts of major engagements at the Cumberland Gap, the Siege of Vicksburg and the ensuing...
Scope and Contents Collection contains 334 holograph letters, and 4 diaries (3 war date). Also included is a bound volume containing handwritten notes from Phelps' time at Albany Law School. Collection also contains a photographic class album from the Middlebury College class of 1861. Album includes salted paper prints of members of the class and faculty, with each image signed by the subject. Some later images are pasted on facing the original images. Collection also includes (stored separately) Phelps'...
Scope and Contents This collection includes 2 boxes containing 42 holograph letters, 30 photograph and photographic items, and roughly sent between members of the Rowe family. The majority of the letters were written to John Rowe of Jersey City, New Jersey, by family serving in the Union Army. These letters were sent from battle locations throughout the deep south and Missouri describing in clear detail camp life, troop movements, scouting expeditions, battle details, and personal observations of other soldiers,...
Scope and Contents Six archival boxes of materials pertaining to the Hadleys, Starrs, Merrills and all the families that married into theirs, and into whose families they married. These include Allens, Goves, Cottons, Dibbles, Rowans, Robbins’, Finches, Williams’, Warners, Wells’, Partridges and others. Many hundreds of letters from family members from several generations, genealogies, research into earliest known ancestors and their war records, emigration from country of origin; identification of colleges...
Scope and Contents Collection contains 1 box, with 2 folders. The collection includes 24 holograph letters, 4 typed transcriptions, 2 printed deeds, 2 receipts, and 1 printed probate notice.The Helen M. Tarbell letters comprise letters to and about Tarbell ranging in date from 1862-1926, the majority dating from 1864 through the early 1870's. A debilitating spinal weakness ended Tarbell's employ as governess for the family of Liet. Col. Thomas H. Johnson near Beaufort, South Carolina in 1864, but Tarbell...
Scope and Contents Four archival boxes of materials belonging to Isaac N. Wadleigh, born Sept. 4, 1827, died Oct. 13, 1899. Two boxes contain only annual journals; a third contains letters, both business and personal. Legal agreements, bills and receipts, insurance, Church and fraternal materials, town publications, deposit slips and so forth are found in Box #2. There are 8 pocket notebooks with financial memoranda for 1848, 1868-1892, in addition to the pocket diaries for 1857-1899. These commercial diaries...
Overview This is an autobiographical manuscript written by a Civil War veteran, a volunteer of 1861. It compromises Harris' childhood through his experience in the Civil War. It is clear that Harris was an educated man as his writing is clearly influenced by the transcendentalist movement and speaks a great deal about the value of hard manual labor and the outdoors. It mirrors many war veterans across time who felt their experiences needed to be felt and heard by the rest of the population, though their...
Scope and Contents Collection contains two series: Newspapers and Realia. Newspapers include Harper's Weekly Newspapers from 1862, and Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, also from 1862. Realia includes tintype portraits, bone artifacts, bullets, rifles, buttons, a sewing kit, medals, and a flute. See "Other Finding Aids" for more complete inventory. Note that some items have been removed by Kit Wilson. Collection contains photographs of Alfred A. Stratton, an amputee soldier of the Civil War. Stratton...
Scope and Contents Collection contains ten handwritten diaries documenting the life of L. Warren King, a Taunton, Massachusetts mill worker during the mid-19th century and the Civil War. The name of L. Warren King and Marion King Eastey are written on the front blank endpage of each diary, with the addition of Austin King in two of the diaries. The diaries were likely kept by L. Warren King, and document part of 1854, all of 1855-1864, part of 1865, and all of 1870. There is an entry for each day, giving an...
File — Box 2, Folder: 21
Identifier: C-Misc 79
Scope and Contents Includes three holograph letters written by members of the Leveridge family. The first two letters are written by Maria L. King in Warsaw, IN to John B. Leveridge in [Goshen, IN], and are dated July 2, 1865 and September 7, 1865. These letters discuss soldiers returning home from serving in the United States Civil War, farm life, and family news. The third letter is written by Jeff S. Leveridge in Goshen [IN] to Maria L. King in Warsaw, IN, and is dated April 10, 1870.
Scope and Contents This collection contains the letters written by Orlando L. French to his wife, Lydia, during his service in the Civil War from 1862-1865 and the original transcription of these letters prepared in the 1970s (along with bound working photocopy of transcription). French enlisted as a Quarter Master Sergeant in Co. A., 75th Illinois Infantry. Each of his letters is dated and has the location on it. His service took him throughout the South, especially Kentucky and Tennessee. He records places he...
Overview The Parker Family Collection includes manuscript letters, photograph albums, papers and ephemera, scrapbooks and realia. Notably, the collections provides 43 Civil War letters written by Calvin Joseph Parker to his mother and sisters. C.J. Parker served in the 123rd Regiment of New York Volunteers in the Union Army and the letters range in date from January 1862 to April 1865. The bulk of the letters are written from Virginia, but he also moved with his regiment through Maryland, Alabama,...
Scope and Contents The approximately 80 letters, many of which were written at the battlefront, are detailed in their descriptions of camp duties, food and disease, building bridges and corduroy roads, rifle pits, marching and fighting. In one letter, George Quilty mentions the creation of a "colored regiment." Many of the letters from home to the Quilty brothers describe conditions in Vermont. Some of the battles mentioned in the letters include Antietam, Bull Run, Burkleysville, Williamsburg in the Peninsular...
Scope and Contents Letters of several generations of a number of related Quaker families in Vermont: principally the Robinsons, who were early settlers in Ferrisburgh, Vt., and the Stevens family, who were early settlers in East Montpelier, Vt. Also the Hoag and Jewell family of Charlotte, Vt., the Byrds of Vergennes, Vt., and the Rogers family of Ferrisburgh. Also the Donaghy family, who came to Vergennes from Ireland during the Potato Famine and apparently changed their name to Donoway. The letters...
Scope and Contents Collection contains approximately 116 holograph letters, mostly written from New Bedford and Providence, with a few from the Midwest, all from 1860 to 1862. Letters are composed in ink, most retaining their original envelopes. The letters provide insight into the dynamics of the family and their core beliefs of charity and goodwill towards others as they struggled with the damage which was wrought upon their homes, businesses, and community. The family also discusses at length their attempts to...
Scope and Contents The letters reflect the majority of letters written during the mid 19th century allowing disparate family members to catch up with one another. The letters from E.L. Clark are written from the front lines of the Civil War explaining the nuances of picket lines as well as enlightening their friends and family on the happenings of the war. Throughout are mentions of some famous battles as well as the Kinston 22, a hanging of traitorous Confederate soldiers. This collection is a great insight into...