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Kit Wilson Civil War collection

Identifier: C-97

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 returned to New York and married in 1965, and became the father of a son and a daughter. He was pastor of Washington Street Episcopal Church in Brooklyn and rector of the Eiphany Episcopal Church in Washington.


  • Creation: 1860-1913

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Conditions Governing Access

Open for research without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

The American Civil War lasted from 1861 to 1865. Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper was a literary and news magazine founded by Frank Leslie in 1852 and published until 1922. Throughout its publication, the newspaper included illustrations and reports, first with wood engravings and Daguerrotypes, and later with more advanced forms of photography, of wars beginning with John Brown's raid at Harper's Ferry and the Civil War. Harper's Weekly was an American political magazine based in New York City published by Harper & Brothers from 1857 until 1916. The newspaper extensively covered the Civil War and included many illustrations of events from the war. Alfred A. Stratton (photographs included in collection) lost both of his arms at 19, curing battle at Petersburg, Virginia, on June 18th, 1864. Stratton was a private in Company G of the 147th New York Infantry. Photographs of amputees such as Stratton were taken for medical purposes, but were also sold by amputees to raise money to support themselves.


5 Boxes

Immediate Source of Acquisition

On loan from Middlebury College Julian W. Abernethy Professor of Humanities, Christopher "Kit" Wilson.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Professor Christopher "Kit" Wilson deposited another installment of materials to add to the collection on October 28, 2018. The installment includes: over 40 newspapers dating from 1861-1865, including Harper's Weekly, New York Times, New York Tribune, The New York Herald, and Frank Leslie's Illustrated News; Single iussues of others as well. Total of 73 issues. Three photographs: 2 of Theodore Winthrop, 1 of General Butler; and sheet music "Grant's the Man".

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Repository Details

Part of the Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives Repository

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