Civil War Manuscripts Project
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Letters to sister Flora Sackett (b.1847).
Sacket enlisted in 1861 as Third Assistant Engineer and
was promoted to Second Assistant Engineer in 1863. He
resigned in 1865. On 11 August 1863, Sackett writes from
aboard the U.S. gunboat Chippewa near Port Royal,
SC, and on 14 October 1864 from aboard the U. S. S. Mattabesett,
part of the 3rd Division, North Atlantic Blockading
Squadron, "I mean to cast my vote for Old Abe. We
have only one or two McClellan officers on the
ship." Sackett also writes of ending the
blockade-running into Wilmington. He considers the
election of Union candidates as important to the
preservation of the Union as battlefield victories and
also discusses draft resistors. Augustine is the brother
of Homer Skipp Sackett;
see following entry.
Letters to his sister Flora Sackett (b.1847).
Sackett, an unmarried farmer, enlisted on 6 August 1862 and was mustered-in a
Private on 11 September 1862. He was promoted to Corporal
on 16 March 1865 and to Sergeant on 25 May 1865. He was
discharged on 7 July 1865. This soldier had a refreshing
sense of humor, writing on 22 November 1863, "I
undertook to write you a letter & smoke at the same
time this morning. And as a natural result have the
pleasure of copying it.... Write soon I like to read
letters much better than to write them." His letter
of 1 May 1864 bears an account of a deserter being
marched to his execution to the beat of the "Death
March," then made to sit on his coffin while he was
shot. Noted hundreds of soldiers washing their clothes in
the Monocacy River in Maryland. On 3 August 1864 he
writes, "We each of us had a little piece of chockolate
just enough for one cup, given us by the Sanitary it
seemed like a small present but when one looked round
& saw the number of pieces there must be he saw it
must take a good large pile to go round, & was
thankful for small favors." Homer was the brother of
Augustine Sackett; see
Papers and documents consisting of bounty and
substitute receipts and correspondence with the
Connecticut Adjutant General's office. Included are
bounty or substitute receipts for the following Salisbury
men: Jacob Warner, Charles Powell, Patrick Elwood, Henry
Burgess, Harlow P. Harris, Nathaniel Ward, Monroe
Whiteman, Joseph Brennan, James Hubbard, Amos Woodin,
William Waters, Jr., Wesley Gibbs, Daniel T. Clark, Adam
Ostrander, Milo Harris, Jr., George V. Capron, John C.
Holley, Henry Hubbard, R. H. Ball, S. P. Ensign, F. A.
Dauchy, William Bissell, Admath Bates, Alfred White,
Frank Miller, Frank Benedict, D. J. Warner, William
Clark, Daniel Glaven and Elijah A. Briggs.
Letter, 1 p., to General Amos B. Eaton giving
an approximate statement of sales to officers of the 31st
U. S. C. T. from 18-31 March 1865 and the disposition of
these funds. Apparently his original papers were lost.
Sanford, at that time, was Acting Commissary Sergeant of
the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 25th Army Corps. Sanford, an unmarried clerk,
served with the 27th Connecticut Infantry from September
1862 to July 1863; he was a mustered but unassigned
recruit in the First Connecticut Heavy Artillery in
February 1864; he enlisted in the 31st U.S.C.T. on 17
February 1864 and was mustered-in a Second Lieutenant,
Company E, on 22 March 1864. He was promoted to First
Lieutenant on 30 November 1864 and was mustered-out on 7
Correspondence from friends and relatives in
Norwalk, Danbury and Bethel. Writes of lively times with
banjo and melodeon playing, oyster suppers, graping, and
horseback riding. A letter from L. B. Shepard of Danbury
dated 28 September 1862 reads, "our boys have both
enlisted and gone to the war." Collection also
contains two letters from "Libbies"
cousin Private William S. Shepard of Sharon, 2nd
Connecticut Heavy Artillery, Company G, dated 3 December
1864 and 20 January 1865, both written from Lincoln
Hospital. Also included in the collection are six letters
from her cousin Private Allen Dauchey of Norwalk, 8th
Connecticut Infantry, Company F, dated 11 June and 16
August 1863, 22 and 28 November 1864, and 10 and 16
December 1864, the latter two letters are from U. S.
General Hospital in Readville, MA (Dauchey was wounded
twice in May 1864). Daucheys letter of 28 November
1864 reads, "tha ar gitan up a Company of Comdend
[condemned] Yankes for the Invalid core I can git in it
if I chose but it ant a very plesant burth for every body
is holaran [hollering] at them for the close
[clothes] that tha ware is not like the sute that We
ware now." Collection also includes two letters from
friend Henry W. Young, 9th Massachusetts Infantry, dated
15 April 1864 and 29 March 1865. In May of 1860 Libbie
was working in a "straw factory."
Letter, 2 pp., from near Stafford Court House,
VA, to Secretary of War, Edwin M. Stanton in Washington,
DC, recommending Lt. William Miller, then of the 74th
Pennsylvania Infantry, for a commission in an African
American regiment. Lt. Miller had formerly served in the
military in Germany and in the "Mexican
Documents: discharges dated 6 January 1864 and
19 July 1865. Scranton enlisted on 22 June 1861 and was
mustered-in on 22 July 1861. He reenlisted on 21 December
1863 and was mustered-out on 19 July 1865.
Carbon of a typewritten copy (with pencilled
corrections and additions), 25 leaves, of a report of the
Associations annual reunion at Litchfield in 1930,
probably on 11 September, their date of original
muster-in. Includes the text of addresses, in particular
the address of Lewis Bissell and a letter to Commander
Bissell from the Association. Also contains an anecdote
regarding how General John Sedgwick earned his nickname,
"Uncle John." The report states that 2,432 men
served in the unit, 150 were killed (the regiment lost
119 killed at Cold Harbor alone), 160 were mortally
wounded, 503 were wounded and 55 were taken prisoner of
which 16 died in captivity.
Letter to D. W. Gooch of Boston, MA, on behalf
of Polly M. Calkins, whose husband, Private Joseph L.
Calkins, had died while serving with the 9th Connecticut
Infantry, Company I. Calkins, of Monroe, had enlisted on
8 September 1861 and was mustered-in on 2 October 1861.
He died on 24 October 1862. Mrs. Calkins requests a
particular document from U. S. Pension agent Gooch in
order to draw her widows pension payment.
Records of the Association containing
minutes of reunions and rosters of members. Also contains
references to a flag which was to be maintained in
perpetuity on Barlows Knoll on the Gettysburg, PA,
battlefield and illustrations of the regimental badge.
The Association was organized on 21 November 1867 in
Letter, 2 pp., from Annapolis, MD, to Sophronia
Barber of Canton. The three young soldiers write,
"Miss Barber... We have this day been the recipients
of some mittens and stockings which we are informed you
helped to knit..." Henry Sexton (1836?-), a married farmer, enlisted on 9
September 1861 and was mustered-in 25 September 1861. He
died 7 January 1862. Isaac Tuller (1843?-), also a farmer, enlisted and was
mustered-in on 25 September 1861. He died 9 April 1862.
Martin Wadhams (1841?-), a teamster, enlisted and was mustered-in on 1 October
1861. He was killed in action at the battle of Antietam
on 17 September 1862. Thus, within ten months from the
date of this letter, all three young men from Canton were
Letter, 10 pp., from Beaufort, SC, to friend
Tom [surname unknown], a dentist in Madison. Shepard
complains at great length and in great detail about the
conditions of military service and the conduct of the
war; a very bitter letter. Dr. Shepard, unmarried, enlisted on 26
August 1861 and was mustered-in a Private on 7 September
1861. He was promoted Assistant Surgeon, 7th Connecticut
Infantry, on 22 May 1864. He was captured 2 June 1864 at
Bermuda Hundred, VA, and was paroled in December 1864. He
was mustered-out on 20 July 1865.
Papers relating to the hire of a substitute.
Collection contains a "Certificate of Exemption on
Account of Having Furnished a Substitute," for
Charles Sherman, a 22-year-old, 5'8" resident of
Naugatuck who had been drafted on 8 August 1863 for three
years military service. Also includes a note from Charles
G. Wilson, a substitute broker in New Haven, who was
given $325.00 to both secure a substitute and to procure
for Sherman a certificate of exemption for three years.
For $225.00, Oliver Davis of Naugatuck was hired. Davis
enlisted in the Sixth Connecticut Infantry and was
mustered-in a Private on 15 August 1863. He was promoted
to Sergeant on 28 November 1864 and was mustered-out on
21 August 1865. Also includes an affidavit from Davis
stating the events leading to his hire, dated 11 December
1863, and a letter from Chaplain Curtis T. Woodruff of
the same date. It seems as if some sort of swindle was
suspected by Sherman.
Letters. Letter, 1 p., dated 19 December 1863
from Bridgeport, TN, to an unknown party offers a guarded
opinion on "the solution of the Negro Problem."
Sherman was commanding the Department of the Tennessee at
this time. Letter, 4 pp., dated 12 April 1864 from
Nashville, TN, to General Lorenzo Thomas at Vicksburg,
MS, offers his views of the sentiment of whites in the
south regarding slavery and an opinion on what to do with
African Americans in the vicinity. Sherman reviews the
plantation scheme, the lessee scheme and colonization.
Also discussed are related military concerns.
Document: volunteer enlistment certificate, 2
pp. Simons, a 29-year-old, 5'9" mechanic,
enlisted on 6 August 1862 and was mustered-in a Corporal
on 8 September 1862. He was promoted to Sergeant on 7
January 1863 and was wounded in action at Gettysburg on 3
July 1863. He died 23 July 1863. Simons, who was born in
Wallingford, had enlisted for three years.
Letter from Camp Parapet, LA, to his sister
Abby Simons Cross in Griswold, CT. This African American
soldier died 20 August 1864 at Fort Jackson, LA, of
malarial fever. Simons was the brother-in-law of Joseph
O. Cross (See Cross,
Joseph). The letter is very difficult to decipher due
to irregular spelling, erratic sentence structure and
absence of punctuation. The Fourteenth Rhode Island Heavy
Artilley (Colored) later became the 11th United States
Heavy Artillery (Colored). A complete transcription of
this letter was published in The Connecticut
Historical Society Bulletin, Vol. 60, Nos. 3-4.
Contact Jill Padelford
for ordering information.
Papers and correspondence. Collection
contains letters to his mother Mary Simpson of
Bridgeport, from Brashear City, Algiers, and New Orleans,
LA, which describe service as a cannoneer, a cook and a
blacksmith. Simpson mentions soldiers who went to New
York to quell the draft riots, the capture of Fort
Morgan, AL, and having attended an African American
church in Brashear City. Simpson enlisted and was
mustered-in on 11 January 1864. He died on 17 October
1864. Contains correspondence regarding the tranportation
of his body home to Connecticut for burial. A folder
index is available with the collection.
Diary/Account Book. The 1st Connecticut Heavy
Artillery was originally formed as the Fourth Connecticut
Infantry. Smith enlisted and was mustered-in a Private,
Company I, on 23 May 1861. He was promoted Corporal on 15
October 1861 and Sergeant on 16 March 1863. He was
promoted to Second Lieutenant, Company E, on 8 November
1864 and was breveted First Lieutenant on 9 April 1865.
He was promoted to First Lieutenant, Company H, on 24
April 1865 and was mustered-out on 25 September 1865. On
23 August 1861 Smith notes a rebellion in camp resulting
in Company K being sent to headquarters under guard for
refusing to obey orders. On 4 September 1861 he mentions
that S. A. Woodruff accidentally discharged his gun,
shooting through the body and killing a soldier in
Company G. On 11 November 1861 the unit celebrated
McClellans birthday by holding a dance in camp. He
notes the death of Edward Alvord in a hospital near Fort
Richardson on 26 March 1862. Pleasant weather was noted
on the Peninsula from 10-20 April 1862. He writes on 10
May 1862, "Norfolk was evacuated this morning &
the Merrimack was blown up by the Rebels." On 22 May
1862, Smith wrote, "It comenced to rain about noon
& rained like the devil for four hours we were out in
all of it & got as wet as rats we marched about six
miles while it was raining & the mud was up to our
asses. we went into camp at 5 PM for the night --"
The diary becomes very sporadic after early-July 1862.
Scrapbook of clippings of letters
to the Religious Herald in Hartford and papers,
including correspondence, pension documents and sermons.
Smith was drafted and was mustered-in a Private, Company
A, on 15 August 1863. He was appointed Chaplain on 22
December 1863 and was mustered-out on 12 December 1865. A
folder index is available with the collection.
Letters to Henry B. Stiles. Letter of 1 August
1862 mentions his son, Wilbur Watson Smith (b.1829), of
Seymour: "my oldest son is going to the war and my
farmer inclines the same way." A later letter
mentions a letter from his son published in the Christian
Advocate regarding the battle of Gettysburg. Wilbur
Smith enlisted on 5 August 1862 and was mustered-in a 1st
Lieutenant, Company H, 20th Connecticut Infantry, on 8
September 1862. He was promoted Captain, Company C, on 24
February 1863. He was captured at Chancellorsville on 3
May 1863 and was paroled on 14 May 1863. Wilbur Smith was
mustered-out on 13 June 1865.
Documents: discharges, 4 January 1864 and 12
December 1865, record that Smithson was born in England,
was 57" with a light complexion and hair and
blue eyes. His occupation was listed as a farmer.
Collection also includes his Master Masons
certificate, Doric Lodge No. 94, Enfield, and a GAR
"Memorial Record Blank for Post Historian"
which records Smithsons record of service.
Apparently, Smithson received a gunshot wound in the left
side at Cold Harbor, VA, on 3 June 1864 and was sent to
the hospital in New Haven for treatment. His most
intimate comrades were listed as Sergeant Henry Moody,
Private John Harris (died 2 March 1864) and Sergeant
Joseph Glover (killed 2 July 1864 at Petersburg, VA).
Smithson enlisted on 18 September 1861 and was
mustered-in on 27 September 1861. Surviving his wound at
Cold Harbor, he was mustered-out on 12 December 1865.
Smithson was present during engagements at: New Bern, NC,
14 March 1862; Siege of Fort Macon, NC, April 1862;
Antietam, 17 September 1862; Fredericksburg, VA, 13
December 1862; and Fort Darling, VA, in May of 1864.
Correspondence of the Snow family in East
Hampton. During his term of service Snow wrote home to
his mother Eunice, brother Rufus and sister Lavinia.
Lavinia died of scarlet fever in May 1863. Snow, an unmarried mechanic, enlisted
on 15 August 1862 and was mustered-in a Private on 5
September 1862. He was promoted Corporal on 1 March 1865
and was mustered-out on 16 June 1865. Due to illness
Henry did not participate in the battle of
Fredericksburg, VA, in December 1862.
Solon, Nehemiah (d.1864)
Journal/Surgeons book; also used by Oliver Gates, 16th Connecticut
Infantry, at Florence prison, SC, to record deaths and
releases within the First Ward, November and December
1864. Gates records name, regiment and company when
known. It appears that Gates acquired the journal at
Andersonville or Florence. Solon enlisted on 20 August
1861 and was mustered-in 6 September 1861. He was
captured near Ripley, MS, on 11 June 1864. He died in the
Florence, SC, stockade on 4 November 1864. Entries
by Solon are dated June 1, June 10-13, June 16, and June
19, 1864 when he arrived at Andersonville. Solon gives a
two-page description of Andersonville (typed transcript
Letter, 1 p., to General Lorenzo Thomas
recommending her son, Richmond I. Southworth, for a
Second Lieutenants commission in the 1st United States
Colored Troops. Richmond Southworth was then "Acting
Medical Cadet" at Columbian College Hospital. Emma
Southworth was a novelist.
Letter from Marshall [Dowd?] informing a
gentleman, perhaps a friend or relative, of Edsons
death, possibly from heat stroke. Edson Spencer, an unmarried farmer, enlisted
on 3 September 1861 and was mustered-in on 4 September
1861. He died 12 August 1862 at Beaufort, SC, at age 22.
The tentative author idenification is based on the fact
that the only soldier in Company G with either the
Christian name or surname of Marshall was Sgt. Marshall
W. Dowd of New Hartford.
Letters (all are letter-press and very difficult to read). Letter 14 October 1861 to Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy, regarding the distribution of Dr. Hawes's sermon; Letter 14 October 1861 to Junius Morgan, London, again, regarding the distribution of Dr. Hawes's (Center Church, Hartford) sermon and regarding Hartford Mayor Henry Deming "who a few weeks since refused to preside at a meeting of Union men of all 'old political parties' has come out right side up. He has received and accepted a Curnels Commission in . . . the 12th Regiment Connecticut Volunteers & has mounted the Epauletts & is now said to be taking lessons of Major Gen Butler in Military tactics." Letter to nephew James B. Gilman in Mobile, AL, dated November 1860, discusses the election of Lincoln. Spencer thinks it will be a great blessing to the country; another letter to this same nephew, dated 31 December 1860, notes South Carolina had seceded from the Union. Spencer does not believe the Union can be dissolved without a revolution, nor does he believe that any civilized nation would come to the aid of a confederacy fighting to extend slavery; a third letter to his nephew in Mobile, dated 31 January 1861, implies that nephew James Gilman obviously held different views from his uncle and Spencer also notes, "I have no doubt that old Abe will prove competent. . ."; a fourth letter to his nephew, dated 16 April 1861, notes that Abraham Lincoln had arrived safely in Washington and mentions the attack on Fort Sumter; and the final letter to his nephew dated 22 April 1861 notes that the 7th Massachusetts Volunteers had been attacked by a mob in Baltimore.
Charles Squires was a hatter living in Roxbury, Connecticut, when he enlisted with the "Woodbury Reds", afterward Company E, 5th Connecticut Volunteers. His letters home, written primarily on patriotic stationery with patriotic images on the envelopes, described the Army of the Potomac's incessant marching in Maryland and Virginia throughout 1861 and 1862. He also described his continuing medical problems (dysentery), the rough nature of camp life, collecting souvenirs, and foraging for food. In September 1861, he wrote to his sister that "From all accounts I think you have more fighting at home than we have down here", an expression of his frustration at not engaging in battle. The collection also includes two recipes, one for a washing fluid and the other to treat pains in the stomach. Squire's sister was Sophronia Evans.
Letter, 1 p., to Major Foster, U. S. Bureau of
Colored Troops, Washington, DC, forwards the application
of Private Robert H. King, 87th Pennsylvania Infantry, to
appear before the Board of Examination for officers of
African American troops, with the request that the
privilege be granted.
Diary which describes the bombardment and
capture of Port Royal, SC, and Fort Pulaski, GA, the
battle at Pocotaligo, SC, and the gathering up of human
body parts of dead Confederates. Staples enlisted on 25
August 1861 and was mustered-in a Corporal on 5 September
1861. He was promoted Sergeant on 9 November 1863 and
First Sergeant on 7 June 1864. He was discharged on 11
Letter, 2 pp., from Camp Banks near Darnestown,
MD, to Samuel Colt (1814-1862). Stedman, an unmarried "gentleman," enlisted on 22
June 1861 and was mustered-in a Captain, Company I, 5th
Connecticut Infantry, on 22 July 1861. He later joined
the 11th Connecticut Infantry and rose to the rank of
Brevet Brigadier General. Stedman inquires about a
position in Colts regiment, which was originally
intended to become a part of the Regular Army. Stedman
writes that he would exchange his Captains
commission for a Lieutenancy in the regular army, though
he would prefer to join the Cavalry. Young Stedman is
very anxious for a transfer. Finally, he thanks Colt,
"for the elegant pistol you so kindly bestowed upon
me." Also see following entry.
Stedman, Griffin Alexander, Jr. (1838-1864)
Letters to Charles Jeremy Hoadley (1828-1900),
Hartford, from Philadelphia and various locations in the
south. After prior service in the 5th Connecticut
Infantry, Stedman was promoted to Major, 11th Connecticut
Infantry, on 27 November 1861. He was promoted to
Lieutenant Colonel on 11 June 1862 and was wounded in
action during the battle of Antietam on 17 September
1862. He was promoted Colonel on 25 September 1862 and
was breveted Brigadier General on 5 August 1864. He was
killed the next day at Petersburg, VA. The collection
also contains a printed memorial poem by Lydia H.
Sigourney in honor of General Stedman and a photograph of
three unidentified women. Also see previous entry.
Stedman, Griffin Alexander (1838-1864)
Correspondence from Griffin Stedman, probably drafts
of letters sent. Letter dated 14 January 1863, Camp
opposite Fredericksburg, VA, to Lt. Watson Webb
(1833-1876), regarding three deserters who had been
absent for about six months and who now wished to produce
a surgeon's certificate to explain their absence. Stedman
refers to them as "stragglers, skulkers and
cowards" and writes, "I am unwilling to have
these fellows treated honorably --" Letter dated 13
April 1863, Suffolk, VA, to an unnamed party, regarding
deserter Alfred West, states that he believes West left
intending to desert and, though West had left on a
furlough, had never given any indication of his desire to
report back to the regiment. Stedman notes that West had
been considered a deserter for "a long time"
and begs "leave to inform you that no step can be
taken which will obtain a descriptive list - which will
enable him to obtain for him pay during this time
--" Letter of 3 June 1863, Suffolk, VA, to Governor
William A. Buckingham (1804-1875) notes that Stedman had
received a letter from Colonel Gates to and forwarded by
Governor Buckingham to Stedman regarding men recruited by
Captain Lewis. Though 140 men were shown on the books as
enlisted and forwarded to Fort Trumbull, only 20 men had
made it to the regiment. Stedman was not consoled by the
fact that the recruits were of "bad material"
but felt a week with the regiment would have changed that
fact. Stedman felt that the men should have been
forwarded to the regiment immediately and not held
"at a Post for months . . . [where their] liberties
and indulgences are unlimited - " This letter is
incomplete and probably represents a draft form of the
Papers, diaries and letters
while stationed in Louisiana. The 13th Connecticut
Infantry served as General Benjamin F. Butlers
bodyguard in Louisiana. Some of the letters were written
to family when Stillman was detailed as guard at the
Collins plantation while recuperating from malaria.
Collection also includes pension application papers.
Stillman, an unmarried mariner, enlisted on 3 February 1862 and was mustered-in
on 10 February 1862. He was discharged on 6 January 1865.
Papers, including correspondence, diaries, account books, receipts, sermons. The bulk of the collection dates from the 19th century; only those materials pertaining to the Civil War were examined. Some of the persons represented or named in the collection include: Bessie G., Clara F., Elizabeth Pamela (Goodrich) and Isabel Stillman; Annie M., James, James H., Jane C., John, Maria and Walter Francis; and James R., Joseph F., Joshua and Mary Ann (Welles) Goodrich. There is an unpublished digest of the Francis papers, by W. L. Holmes in the first box of the collection. Boxes labeled I-XVIII, XIX-XXVII, XXVIII-XXXVI and XXXVII all pre-date the Civil War. Box labeled XXXVIII, A-D contains letters from Elizabeth Pamela Goodrich Stillman to Jane Clarissa Francis ("Jennie"), 1850-1879. Letters in this box pertaining to the Civil War era are dated 13 May 1861 to February 1865. Elizabeth discusses war news, fashion, children, travel, etc. On 4 January 1865, she writes, "Jennie, there is a play that surpasses the American Cousin in humor - The Peoples Lawyer or Solon Shingle . . ." Box labeled XXXVIII, E-G contains post-Civil War materials. Boxes labeled XXXVIII, H-J and XXXVIII, K-XL contain large files of undated letters, most of them post-Civil War. Box labeled XLI-XLIV contain letters from Maria Francis and Isabel Stillman to Jane Francis, 1851-1876 and Elizabeth Stillman to Maria Francis, 1840-1862. These letters talk of news of soldiers, soldiers' aid work, and end of the war celebrations (see letter of 15 April 1865). Included is the printed "Resolutions and Pledge" of the Loyal League of the Women of Hartford" (no date). Also included in this box is a song sheet with lyrics for the "Army Hymn," by O. W. Holmes, "America," "Star Spangled Banner," and "Red White & Blue." Box labeled XLV, A-D contains letters to Jane C. Francis ("Jennie") from Elizabeth P. G. Stillman and others, 1860-1871, containing local war news, deaths of friends and relatives, etc. Also included in this box, in undated folder, is a letter from cousin J. Francis Goodrich ("Frank"), Company I, 112th New York Volunteers, dated 17 February  from Suffolk, VA, stating he weighs 154 pounds, up from 145 when he arrived in Suffolk. Frank notes he has been in "Dixie" 6 months (he enlisted 29 August 1862). Box labeled XLV-XLVI holds a miscellaneous folder in which is a printed circular, 8 September 1862, from "The Christian Women of Boston [Park Street Church] To their Sisters Scattered Throughout the United States," which proposes subjects for prayer and suggests that prayer meetings be held every Monday, for two hours, between the hours of 10 AM and 3 PM. Folder also contains a small commemorative card of the death of Abraham Lincoln, "We Mourn a Beloved Patriot and Statesman." Also included is a newspaper clipping from the Hartford Evening Press, 15 April 1865, regarding the assassination of Lincoln. Box labeled XLVII-L contain Welles-Goodrich family papers, 1798-1877. In the folder labeled Welles-Goodrich Letters, 1833-1877, are five more letters from Corporal J. Francis Goodrich ("Frank") to his mother and sister Nellie G. Strong (Mrs. Henry A. Strong of Portland, CT) from Suffolk, VA, and Folly Island, SC, 26 September 1862-8 December . Frank, upon his enlistment, was a farmer in Fredonia, NY. He was discharged 18 May 1865. His letter of 6 October 1863 mentions he was restricted in what he wrote home and his letter of 19 November  states, "You can form but a very limited idea of the gross profanity and foul vulgarity of camp life generally…"
Diary which describes heavy fighting at the
battle of Hatchers Run, playing a dirge to march a
deserter to his death, the soldiers reaction to
hearing of Lees surrender on 9 April and gun
salutes in commemoration of the late President Lincoln on
25 April. A typescript fragment inserted in the diary
tells of the band playing the "Star Spangled
Banner" amid the crashing shells during the battle
of Chancellorsville to stem the tide of fleeing men.
Stowe, a married mechanic, enlisted on 8 August 1862 and was mustered-in a
Private on 20 August 1862. He was soon detailed Musician
and was mustered-out on 31 May 1865.
Letter, 4 pp., from Lt. Tackaberry at Falmouth,
VA, to Senator Charles Sumner (of Massachusetts) in
Washington, DC, requests permission to raise a regiment
of African American troops or for a field officer's
commission in an existing regiment. This officer was at
this time serving in the 1st Regiment, "Excelsior
Brigade," apparently in the capacity of Captain,
90th New York Infantry. This self-recommendation was
forwarded by Sumner to Secretary of War Stanton and was
signed by the Senator.
Letter to his wife and mother, one of whom was
named Mary Talcott. If correctly identified as Alfred
Talcott, there is no record of a Connecticut enlistment.
He mentions the 25th and 27th Connecticut Infantry and a
Major Bell. Talcott is writing letters for the "Herald."
correspondence and papers, letterbook and 8 certificates
or commissions. Terry, an unmarried lawyer, enlisted on 22 April 1861 and was
mustered-in as commander of the 2nd Connecticut Infantry
on 7 May 1861. He was mustered-out of this three-month
unit on 7 August 1861. Terry reenlisted in the 7th
Connecticut Infantry on 20 August 1861 and was
mustered-in as Colonel on 17 September 1861. He was
promoted to Brigadier General (U. S. Volunteers) on 25
April 1862, to Brevet Major General (U. S. Volunteers) on
26 August 1864 and to Major General (U. S. Volunteers)
and Brigadier General (U. S. Regular Army) on 15 January
1865. Terry was promoted to Brevet Major General (U. S.
Regular Army) on 13 March 1865. Alfred Terry retired a
Major General from the U. S. Army in 1888. Terry's
military correspondence, 1864-1888, includes two letters
from General U. S. Grant (1822-1885) dated January 3 and
4, 1865. Terry's letterbook, one volume (207 pp. and 19
pp. index), "Letter Book of Brig. Gen. Alfred H.
Terry," includes official correspondence 1863
October 9-1866 August 5. The collection also contains
Terry's commissions as well as certificates of membership
in various military organizations, 1862-1879.
Letter, 3 pp., from Hilton Head, SC, to Lewis
Munsway of Hartford. Terry reports much illness in his
unit with several deaths resulting from the unhealthy
living conditions of the enlisted men aboard the steamer Cosmopolitan.
After serving in the 3rd Connecticut Infantry, Terry, an unmarried bookbinder,
enlisted in the 6th Connecticut on 23 August 1861 and was
mustered-in on 12 September 1861. He was wounded at
Drewrys Bluff, VA, on 17 May 1864 and died 1
Correspondence (94 items). Letters to Electa Churchill (1843-1880), the future wife of Austin Thompson from both Austin and her cousin Charles Churchill, also of Company K, 16th Connecticut. Collection also contains two diaries kept by Electa Churchill, 1861 and 1864, which contain many domestic and social events. Letter of 21 September 1862 describes the battle of Antietam; letter of 26 September 1863 mentions the charge of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry (Colored) at Fort Wagner; letter of 15 November 1863 describes the execution of two substitutes for desertion; letter of 16 September 1877 discloses that Austin Thompson will attend the dedication of the soldiers' monument in Manchester. Thompson enlisted on 11 August 1862 and was mustered-in a Private on 24 August 1862. He was promoted to Corporal on 2 April 1963 and to Sergeant on 24 February 1864. He was captured at Plymouth, NC, on 20 April 1864 and was discharged on 8 June 1865. Charles Churchill, Jr., also of Bristol, enlisted 22 July 1862 and was mustered-in a Private on 24 August 1862. He was promoted to Corporal on 2 April 1863 but was reduced to the ranks on 4 October 1863. He was captured at Plymouth, NC, on 20 April 1864 and died in Florence, SC, on 20 November 1864.
Letter, 4 pp., to Dr. A. B. Webster (no
location stated), recommending his son Joseph P.
Thompson, Jr., who was currently attending Williams
College, for a lieutenant's commission in an African
American regiment. Thompson was an editor, author and
Congregational clergyman. Another son (unnamed) had died
in March 1863 while serving as a Sergeant in the 106th
New York Infantry.
Diary, 148 pp., of a New London attorney.
Thresher was admitted to the bar on 19 November 1862 and
opened his office on 8 December 1862. He frequently
handled the legal affairs of local soldiers and their
families, helping them collect bounties, back pay,
pensions, etc. Mentioned in the book (list not complete)
are: Thomas Wilbur (regarding Daniel Wilbur, Company F,
18th Connecticut); Mrs. Daffet (regarding Lewis Daffet,
musician, Company C, 6th Connecticut); Lyman Smiley
(Company K, 12th Connecticut); Erastus Maynard (Company
K, 14th Connecticut, died 16 January 1863 at Frederick,
MD); John Delaney (Company H, 9th Connecticut); Isaac
Vergason (Company H, 26th Connecticut); Asa Hughes
(Company K, 14th Connecticut); John Osborn (no regiment
stated); Joseph Harrington (Company B, 9th Connecticut);
Charles T. Smith (Company F, 10th Connecticut); E. H.
Winchester (Rhode Island Light Artillery); James Conners
(Company G, 11th Connecticut, regarding an artificial
leg); Thomas Wright (Company H, 3rd Maryland); Edward
Dwyer (Company E, 21st Connecticut); Andrew McGarry
(Company H, 9th Connecticut, spelled McGarvey in Record
of Service); John Wheeler (Company C, 21st Connecticut);
Patrick Reardon (Company H, 9th Connecticut); Albert E.
Maker and George W. Kidder (both of Rhode Island); Thomas
Maguire (Company F, 21st Connecticut, died 1862); D.
Thomas (teamster, 7th Rhode Island, lost an eye at the
battle of Fredericksburg); John Gleason (Company H, 9th
Connecticut); Michael Roche (Company H, 7th Connecticut);
Nelson J. Bemont (Company K, 14th Connecticut); John
Kerley (Company H, 9th Connecticut); John Kelly (Company
F, 1st New York?); Edward Tisdale (Company H, 9th
Connecticut and later the 1st Connecticut Cavalry, died
at Andersonville); Jeremiah Driscoll (Company H, 9th
Connecticut); Timothy Desmond (Company E, 10th
Connecticut); Nicholas T. Allen (Chaplain, 26th
Connecticut); Ezra M. Loomis (Company H, 11th
Connecticut); Jacob Obennauer (Company E, 14th
Connecticut); and Thomas Edwards (Company D, 8th
Connecticut). On 6 April 1863, Thresher notes that he
went to the town hall and cast his vote for the Union
ticket: William A. Buckingham (for Governor) and A.
Brandegee (for Congress).
Correspondence and notes regarding Mr.
Tompkins's search for the names of Civil War soldiers
buried in various national cemeteries of the South.
Letter, 22 April 1911, from F. M. Brist, relates
Connecticut burials in the National Cemetery, Richmond,
VA, and includes the names of men from the 7th, 8th, 10th
and 29th (Colored) Connecticut Infantry Regiments. Names
mentioned include: R. Warner, J. Griffing, O. Smith, G.
Bradley, J. Brown, F. Cook, J. Lynch, A. Smith and C.
Smith. Notes, dated 1914, relate information on
Connecticut burials at the National Cemetery in New Bern,
NC, and includes the names of men from the 8th and 21st
Connecticut Infantry Regiments. Notes, dated 1914, relate
information on Connecticut burials at the National
Cemetery in Hampton, VA, and includes the names of men in
the 8th and 21st Connecticut Infantry Regiments. Tompkins
also wrote to the War Department in 1911 inquiring about
the burial locations of Connecticut soldiers in national
cemeteries and was furnished with a hand-written list
from the Quartermaster General's office recording the
locales of graves and numbers of interments for the 8th
and 21st Connecticut Infantry Regiments along with a
circular entitled, "List of Nat'l Cemeteries,"
which illustrates the area in acreage and total number of
interments as of 30 June 1910.
Diary, 1863 May 22-July 14, and
papers, 1887-1905. Collection contains materials from
Fort Marshall (near Baltimore, MD); Winchester and Libby
Prison, VA; and Bath, NY. Includes summary of Civil War
service and affidavits and letters from the Chaplain of
the Soldiers Home in Bath, NY. Tracy, an unmarried farmer, enlisted on 6
August 1862 and was mustered-in on 18 August 1862. He was
captured at Winchester, VA, on 15 June 1863 and was
paroled 14 July 1863. He was wounded at Snickers
Ford, VA, on 17 July 1864 and was mustered-out on 27 June
Letter, 1 p., from Washington, DC, to Secretary
of War Edwin M. Stanton, also in Washington, introducing
Colonel M. S. Littlefield of Illinois, with the request
that the officer be given "an audience."