Joab N. Patterson Letters, 1888-1889

Collection number: MC 119
Size: 1 box (0.20 cu.ft.)

About Joab N. Patterson

Joab Nelson Patterson was born in Hopkinton, NH on January 2, 1835. He was employed as a teacher in New Hampshire and Massachusetts prior to his graduation from Dartmouth in 1860. In 1861, Patterson opened a recruiting office in Contoocook and raised a company of men for service in the Civil War. He enlisted himself and was commissioned First Lieutenant of Company H, 2nd Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers. He was promoted captain in May 1862 and the following year was wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg. Patterson rose to the rank of colonel before the end of the war. He was appointed Brevet Brigadier General of U.S. Volunteers prior to being mustered out in December 1865. Joab Patterson served also in the Spanish-American War and was influential in the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.). He was elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 1866 and served as U.S. Marshal for the state from 1867 to 1886. He served as Second Auditor of the U.S. Treasury from 1889 to 1893. On November 12, 1867, he married Sarah Cilley Bouton. They had three children. General Patterson died at his home in Concord, N.H. on July 19, 1923.

About the Joab N. Patterson Papers

The Joab N. Patterson Papers are a collection of 135 manuscript letters written in 1888 and 1889. At the time, Patterson commanded the 3rd New Hampshire National Guard. The correspondence primarily concerns Patterson’s plan to take N.H. Guard units to New York, NY to participate in the U.S. Constitution centennial celebration on May 1, 1889. Included in the correspondence is regular company business, such as requests from various units for supplies and ammunition, along with requests for promotions and resignations.

See also:

  • “General Job[sic] N. Patterson,” New York Times, 19 July 1923.
  • "Joab N. Patterson,” in Granite Monthly, September 1923, p.453.
  • Lord, C. C., Life and Times in Hopkinton, N. H., Concord, N.H., Republican Press, 1890.
  • A History of the Second Martin A. Haynes, 1896.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Joab N. Patterson Letters, 1888-1889, MC 119, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Purchased: Charles Apfelbaum, 1992

Collection Contents

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1A. D. Ayling and H. G. Blaisdell
Box 1, Folder 2D. M. Calley, Chester P. Chase, George N. Cheever, H. B. Cilley, J. K. Cilley, George H.Colby, Edward S.Cook, Charles W. Coolidge, and E. J. Copp
Box 1, Folder 3Demeritt, A. W. Dodge, A. B. Donovan, Eugene S. Downs, and Durland's Riding Academy
Box 1, Folder 4M. L. Fay, Benjamin Fitch, Dana L. Flanders (Boston and Maine RR), and E. R. Fuller (N.Y. and New England RR)
Box 1, Folder 5Baxter Gay
Box 1, Folder 6Fred S. Hall, F. F. Hill, and Charles L. Horne
Box 1, Folder 7Jaquinti, William W. Kellett, G. M. L. Lang, George R.Leavitt, and Joseph Lewando
Box 1, Folder 8James Martin, D. H. Merrill, G. P. Miller, George N. Millett, F. T. Moffett, M. H. Murphy, and F. O. Nims
Box 1, Folder 9Oriental Tea Company (William O. North), G. E. Peyton, G. G. Piper, and E. R. Powers (New York Cotton Exchange)
Box 1, Folder 10W. H. Randall, Brian C. Roberts, D. Roberts, and Robert Rolfe.
Box 1, Folder 11Jesse Sanborn, Ira Stowell, and W. H. Thorpe
Box 1, Folder 12U. S. Publishing Company, Wadleigh, Elbert Wheeler, and D. W. White
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Joab N. Patterson (from A history of the Second regiment... by Martin A. Haynes, facing page 257.)


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