Collection number: MS 299
Size: (1 folder) (0.01 cu.ft.)
About Nelson Cross (1824-1897)
Lt. Col. Nelson Cross was born in Lancaster, N.H., and lived in Brooklyn New York by 1860. He was married to Mary (Whetten) Cross (1832-1911) and they had one daughter, Amy Cross (1856-1939). Nelson Cross was the half brother of Edward Cross, who commanded the 5th New Hampshire until his death in July 1863. Nelson survived the war, returning first to New York City and then to Dorchester, MA.
About the Nelson Cross Letters (1861-1864)
Cross's letters to his wife Mary commence with his mustering into the 67th Long Island Volunteers/67th New York Infantry. They progress through the war, often with vivid descriptions of battles fought and commentary on fellow military personnel and marketing schemes for his inventions. They document his many brushes with death (including from a spider bite) and the steps he took to lead his regiment through the war as safely as possible. He frequently mentions visiting with his half brother Edward whose company was stationed nearby, but the letters contemporary to Edward's death are not included here. Nelson Cross was mustered out of service July 4th, 1864.
Additional materials from Nelson Cross are housed at the Brooklyn Historical Society in New York. The letters and papers of Edward Cross are housed here at the University of New Hampshire. For a detailed history of the 67th New York Infantry, click here.
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[Identification of item], Nelson Cross Letters, 1861-1864, MS 299, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.
Gift of Ashley Miller, 10/2018.
Nelson Cross Papers, 1844-1872 (1722.234) at the Brooklyn Historical Society
MC 79 Edward Cross Papers, 1860-1871, at Milne Special Collections and Archives, UNH.
It is not known how these letters were separated from the main bulk of his collection currently held in New York.
Arrangement is chronological.