Civil War

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    Louis Bell (1837-1865) was a lawyer born in Chester, NH. His wife was Mary Anne "Mollie" Persis Bouton of Concord, NH. He served as Lieutenant Colonel of the 4th New Hampshire Volunteer Regiment, and was killed in action at Fort Fisher, North Carolina…
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    Lt. Col. Nelson Cross (1824-1897) 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…
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    George Frank C. Andrews was born in New Boston, NH in 1844, son of Issachar Andrews and Elizabeth L. Lull. He enlisted on September 17, 1862 at age 18. He served in Company G of the 16th New Hampshire regiment until his discharge on August 20, 1863. He died at home in New Boston two weeks later on…
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    The Parsons family of Rye, New Hampshire consisted of the descendants of Dr. Joseph Parsons, including his son John Wilkes Parsons (1778-1849) and John's wife Abigail Garland, John's son Col. Thomas Jefferson Parsons (1804-1890), Charles Parsons (1808…
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    John Hamm Miller (1838-1887) was a printer from Portsmouth, Rockingham Co., New Hampshire. He was the son of Tobias Hamnn Miller (1801-1870) and Mary Moses (1805-1845). He also served on the Portsmouth Volunteer Fire Department. Miller's scrapbook…
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    James Nichols (1821-1889) of New Hampshire served in the United States Civil Ware in Company G of the Eighth New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry Regiment. After the war he continued his life as a farmer. Personal correspondence between James and Abby…
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    Thomas Leonard Livermore (1844-1918) was born in Galena, Illinois and grew up in Milford, New Hampshire. During the Civil War he was a member of the 1st NH Volunteers, 5th NEw Hampshire, and 18th New Hampshire, and fought at Gettysburg. After the war…
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    John Bucknam (of Medford, Massachusetts) and Susan Ann Warren (of Concord, New Hampshire) married in the spring of 1830 in Massachusetts. They had 3 sons, of whom 2 survived. In the fall of 1838, Susan and sons Warren and George moved – without John…
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    Levi Chapman Tuttle was born on August 3, 1835 in Nottingham, New Hampshire and died in 1914. He enlisted in the 13th Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers Infantry, Company F on August 26, 1862. He saw fighting at Fredericksburg and fifteen other battles…
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    Rice Rowell Whittier (1817–1897) was a deeply religious Free Baptist Elder, subscription agent, and missionary from Deerfield Centre, New Hampshire. During the years covered in the diaries Whittier lived in Greenwood, Illinois, 1862–1870, New Orleans…
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    The Starkeys were farmers and school teachers in West Swanzey, New Hampshire, in the middle of the nineteenth century. After the firing on Fort Sumter, the family sent two of its men to join the Union cause in the Civil War. Isaac and his nephew Elmer…
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    Fort Constitution was built in 1632 on the island of New Castle, New Hampshire. Through several centuries, the post served as a trading port, a target of warfare, and a training ground for the military. It was a center of rebellion several months…
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    The Browne family of Boston, MA consisted of Civil War veteran George Browne (1840-1912); Mountaineer/artist/author Belmore Browne (1880-1954) the youngest son of George and Nellie Browne; outdoor educator Evelyn Browne (1916-1994) the oldest child…
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    Joab Nelson Patterson was born in Hopkinton, NH on January 2, 1835. He fought in the Civil War enlisting as a First Lieutenant in Company H, 2nd Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers. He was promoted captain in May 1862 and the following year was wounded…
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    John W. F. Locke was born on October 13, 1838 in Barnstead, New Hampshire to Eliphalet and Sally Locke. When the Civil War began he was unable to join the New Hampshire Volunteers because he suffered from asthma. According to his diary entries, he…
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    In April 1861, George Naylor Julian enlisted as a private in the Second Battery (Nims) of Massachusetts Light Artillery, later becomming Captain of a newly-formed company of the 13th Regiment of New Hampshire Volunteers in 1862. The company fought at…
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    Papers of the Howell, Beatty, and Grier families are included. The Howell family consisted of Presbyterian missionary to Brazil John Beatty Howell (1847-1924), wife and author Elizabeth Hibler Day (b. 1850), doctor/author Archibald Alexander Howell II…
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    William Greenleaf (July 1, 1917-December 17, 1975) was born in New York, graduated from City College, New York and served in the U.S. Army from 1943-46. He earned his masters degree from Columbia in 1948 and his Ph.D, in 1955. He became a consultant…
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    George H. Lang was born June 6, 1827 in Rye, N.H. He served in the 17th regiment of Massachusetts, Company D. He was a farmer. He died July 12, 1901. The George H. Lang Diary consists of copies of the diary spanning the years 1871-1901…
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    Charles E. Jewett, a 23 year-old resident of Gilford, N.H., joined the 2nd N.H. Regiment on April 20, 1861. He re-enlisted for three years on May 22, 1861. Jewett, a private, was killed at the 2nd Battle of Manassas on August 29, 1862. Primarily…
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    David W. Hill was born in Swanzey, N. H. on April 4, 1838 (1837?), the son of David Hill, a veteran of the War of 1812, and Keziah Franklin Hill. He died 28 February 1931. David W. Hill’s diary entries run from January 1858 until January 1863 and…
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    Joseph Foster was a colonial MA ship captain who served in the American Revolution. Lyman Spauling was a doctor in Portsmouth around the same time. Their families (including Elizabeth Coues, Adelade Spaulding, and Joseph Foster III) intermarried over…
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    Thomas C. Cheney (1831-1900) was born in Derry, New Hampshire to Sally and Lyman King Cheney. Cheney enlisted as a private in the First N.H. Volunteer Light Battery, participating in virtually every major battle of the Army of the Potomac. The Thomas…
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    Thornton Association of Naval Veterans of Manchester New Hampshire. 145 page manuscript record book of an association of naval veterans of the Civil War containing constitution, by-laws, and muster roll.
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    14th New Hampshire Volunteer Regiment was an infantry regiment that participated in the American Civil War. It was the last three-year regiment raised in New Hampshire, serving from September 24, 1862 to July 8, 1865. A small (2.5″ x 3.25″) diary for…
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    Charles O. Moulton (1835-1898) of Pembroke, New Hampshire, enlisted as a private with the Abbott Guard on April 22, 1861. On July 12, 1861 he was discharged and he then re-enlisted with others to form part of Company I, 2nd Regiment of the New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry under the command of…
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    Cavalryman from Illinois with family ties to N.H. Hall was born in Epsom, N.H. on April 23, 1834, the son of Benjamin Hall and Polly Wells. The date of his departure for Illinois is unknown, but his marriage to Sarah J. Poynter (born 1837 in Bond County, IL) must have taken place there because no…
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    James W. Carr was a captain in C Company of the Second Regiment of the New Hampshire Volunteers during the Civil War. He would become a lieutenant colonel before his discharge on June 21, 1864. Born in Poplin (Fremont), New Hampshire in 1825, Carr…
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    Civil War soldier. Four page letter written from Berryville (Va.) by J.A. Blodgett, Civil War soldier, to his brother. The letter describes skirmishes with Confederate troops around Berryville, Va. during the Shenandoah Valley Campaign, August-November 1864.
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    Salmon P. Chase (1808-1873) was born and educated in New Hampshire and went on to become Chief Justice, U.S. Supreme Court, Governor of Ohio, Secretary of the Treasury, and a founder of the Republican Party. A two page letter (1862) from the Treasury Dept. [Washington, D.C.] to Major-General Henry…
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    Walter Kittredge was born in Merrimack, New Hampshire. He was a self-taught musician who wrote over 500 songs throughout his career. His most famous song was "Tenting on the Old Camp Ground," which was sung by both sides during the Civil War. From Reeds Ferry, N.H. Walter Kittredge writes a letter…
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    William P. Mason, of Canterbury, N.H., enlisted in Company F of the New Hampshire Twelfth Regiment on August 15, 1862 and mustered in as a Private the following month. After seeing action at the battles of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, he was…
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    Samuel Wilkinson was born in South Berwick, ME and resided in Somersworth, NH (formerly known as Great Falls) where he married Julia A Davis, of Somersworth, on July 12, 1860. Wilkinson enlisted on Sept 4, 1861, mustered in Sept 18, 1861 as a private…
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    Martin Snow, Civil War sailor, was born in Boston, Mass. in 1839 and died in Blair, Neb. in 1891. He married Caroline Augusta Barker in 1860 and was buried in Pittsfield, N.H., where he once lived and where his daughter, Lena Snow Sargent, resided. Contains a 92-page diary kept by Martin Snow from…
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    Joseph Woodman Sanborn was born on March 10, 1801 in New Hampton, N.H. and died on Aug. 9, 1868 in Bridgewater, MA. He resided for some time at Benicia, California where his sons died. He was a cordwainer in 1850, resided at "Sanborn's Corner" in a house that stood at the N.E. corner of Hancock and…
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    William Badger (1823 or 1826-1897) was born in Gilmanton, NH, son of William Badger and Hannah Pearson (Cogswell) Badger. He mustered in Company D, of the Fourth Infantry Regiment of New Hampshire Volunteers on Sept. 18, 1861 as a captain. He was…
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    The 4th NH was organized in Manchester on Sept. 18, 1861. Length of service was four years. Order of exercises: for the celebration of the 86th anniversary of American independence at St. Augustine, Fla., 1862 July 4. Humorous broadside listing the 4th New Hampshire Regiment’s July 4th activities.…
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    Alvin A. Gove enlisted at age 21 in Seabrook, N. H. on Dec. 6, 1861 into the 6th New Hampshire Regiment. On Oct. 15 1862 in Washington D.C. Alvin mustered out with a disability. A two page letter from eighteen year-old Alvin Gove, a private in the 6th New Hampshire Regiment sent from Camp Stanton…
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    On Nov. 28, 1863, in Nashua, N.H., 20 year old William B. Green enlisted as a private in Company G (New Hampshire), Second Regiment, United States Volunteer Sharpshooters. Near Petersburg, Va. William deserted on July 9, 1864. From Brady Station, Va, William wrote a four page letter to his mother…
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    Howard M. Hanson (1835-1909) was born in Lebanon, Maine. A resident of Somersworth, New Hampshire, Hanson joined the Ninth New Hampshire Volunteer Regiment on June 28, 1862. Hanson was mustered in as a commissary sergeant on August 6, 1862. Following…
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    George B. Gordon, a sailor from Beverly, MA, served aboard the U.S.S. Savannah during the Civil War and on various ships afterwards. He may have been George Bartlett Gordon (1815-1892). Diary kept between 1864 and October 1870 that describes the Union blockade of the Gulf coast of Florida and…
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    John W. Warner enlisted in the New Hampshire Battalion of the First Regiment New England Volunteer Cavalry on September 15, 1862. He was captured near Middleburg, VA on June 18, 1863 and taken to Libby Prison in Richmond, VA. After his parole in 1864…
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    Brooks K. Webber was born in Webster (Boscawen), New Hampshire in 1837. He was educated at Colby Academy in New London and went on to study law in Newport and Woodstock, Vermont. Webber was admitted to the Bar in 1859. He was a veteran of the Civil…
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    Luther Locke (1820-1892) was a dentist and physician who had been trained at Harvard Medical School. He also served as a Union Army surgeon in the American Civil War. This collection is mostly comprised of papers from his Civil War service.
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    John Henry Jenks enlisted in the 14th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry during the US Civil War. He was killed at the Battle of Cedar Creek (October 19). The Jenks Papers primarily contain Civil War letters from Jenks to his wife, Almina Crawford Jenks.
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    Leander Harris (1833-1912) was born in Fairlee township, Vermont. He married Emily S. Hunt and they had two daughters: Annie M. in June 1857, and Clara Josephine in September 1858. At the beginning of the Civil War he enlisted as a private in Company…
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    James Franklin Fitts, son of Moses Hall Fitts and Rachel Harrison Fitts, was born in Lockport, New York on September 11, 1839. He saw action in the Civil War, rising to the post of Battalion Adjutant in the 10th Cavalry prior to his joining the 114th…
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    Daniel C. Currier (1841-1905) was born in Springfield, NH, later moving to Grantham, NH where his father Hiram and Daniel were sawyers. On August 8, 1862, at the age of 21, Currier enlisted and became a Corporal in I Company of the 14th Regiment of…
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    Edward Cross was born on April 22, 1832 in Lancaster, Coos County, New Hampshire. After working for many years in the west as a journalist and editor, he returned to New Hampshire at the outbreak of the Civil War and accepted a commission as colonel…
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    William J. Barrus (b.1835), Ira Marshall Barrus (1837-1868), and John W. Barrus (b.1840), all of Richmond, NH, served in Massachusetts regiments during the Civil War. Their companies were: Company D, 36th Massachusetts Infantry; Company I, 2nd…