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Allen, Gideon W., 1835-1912. Allen Family Papers, 1862-1964.

Courtship letters of lawyer and Wisconsin statesman Gideon W. Allen and his future wife Annie Cox during the years of 1863-1865 in which they discuss current their political and religious beliefs. Also an unfinished biography of renowned botanist Ruth F. Allen, and other family correspondence, photographs, and personal materials of the Allen family.

2 linear feet (2 boxes, 1 oversize folder)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: Midwest MS Allen (formerly Cox-Allen)
Location: 3a 57 9
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Augur, Christopher Columbus, 1821-1898. Christopher C. Augur collection of photographs of the western United States, 1846-1889, bulk 1865-1875.

Mounted albumen prints and stereographs primarily of western Indians and scenes, ca. 1865-1881, taken by Alexander Gardner, John K. Hillers, William H. Jackson, William Soule and a few other photographers, plus three large lithographic prints of Mexican War military scenes. Also, a box containing a stereoscopic viewer.

8.2 linear feet (4 boxes and 8 oversize boxes)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: VAULT oversize Ayer Art Augur
Location: Vault 50 4
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Augur, Christopher Columbus, 1821-1898. Christopher C. Augur Papers, 1780-1912, bulk 1846-1885.

United States army officer, 1843 to 1885. Correspondence, printed and manuscript military orders and reports, letter-books, a miscellany of accounts and receipts, clippings, memorabilia and maps, mainly documenting Augur's military activities and commands before and during the Civil War, and post-war service in the Pacific Northwest, Texas and the Gulf.

1.5 linear feet (6 boxes)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: VAULT Ayer MS 3008 (formally Ayer MS 42a)
Location: Vault 26 2
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Ayer, Edward Everett, 1841-1927. Edward E. Ayer Papers, 1842-1934, bulk 1880-1934.

Railroad tie manufacturer who donated his collection of materials on America and American Indians to the Newberry Library and served as a Newberry trustee from 1892 to 1911. Ayer's papers include correspondence (some pertaining to Newberry collections), writings, documents, tributes, and photographs and reminiscences of his westward and overseas travels. Ayer was a Sergeant in Company E, 1st Regiment of Cavalry, California Volunteers, and a 2nd Lieutenant in Company I, Regiment of New Mexico volunteers. His papers include military enlistment and discharge papers, and reminiscences regarding his march with the California column and service in New Mexico.

4 cubic ft.
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: Archives 02/15/02
Location: 4a 6 10
Finding Aids:
Catalog Record
Manuscript Card Catalog. Photocopies of catalog cards
Inventory: see Guide to the Newberry Library Archives.

Babcock, Orville Elias, 1835-1884. Orville E. Babcock Papers, 1851-1947, bulk 1861-1884.

Orville E. Babcock was American brevet Brigadier General, Aide-de-Camp to Ulysses S. Grant during the Civil War, and Private Secretary to Grant during his presidency, 1869-1877.  Collection is primarily correspondence relating to Babcock’s military career, service as private secretary to Ulysses S. Grant during his presidency, role in the Whiskey Ring trials of 1875-1876, and private life. Collection also contains newspaper clippings, photographs, military service records and miscellaneous items.

6.9 linear feet (11.5 boxes and one oversize box)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: Midwest MS Babcock
Location: 3a 37 12
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Badger, Elvira Cecelia Sheridan, 1832-1911. Elvira Sheridan Badger Papers, 1859-ca. 1930, bulk 1859-1878.

Six personal diaries and one diary fragment kept by Elvira Cecelia Sheridan Badger of Kentucky and Illinois, spanning the years 1859 through 1903. Also popular antebellum piano music compiled and bound for Badger before her marriage. Facsimile of notebook kept by Alpheus Shreve Badger about his move to Chicago and the subsequent freedom of his slaves in 1852. Diary entries concern the daily lives of a well-to-do family, including their 1861 move to Chicago, Illinois. Sentiment in Kentucky regarding the approach of the Civil War, relations with and freeing of the family's slaves, and news of the war are also noted.

1.7 linear feet (2 oversize boxes)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: Midwest MS Badger
Location: 3a 37 12
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Beach, John D., soldier. John D. Beach Letters, 1862-1865.

Correspondence from Pvt. Beach of the 55th Illinois Infantry, Company G, to his mother describing everyday camp life in Memphis, Tenn., Washington, D.C., and Big Shanty [now Kennesaw], Ga.

0.2 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: VAULT Case MS 10036
Location: VAULT 35 3
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Blackburn family. Blackburn Family Papers, 1803-1907.

Papers of A. B. Blackburn, A. W. Blackburn, W. H. Blackburn of North Carolina, and other family members. Consists of correspondence, journal account book, financial documents, deeds, wills, Civil War documents, and other miscellaneous items.

0.1 cubic ft. (2 folders)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: Midwest MS 71
Location: 1 5 6-7
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Collection available by appointment only.

Blatchford, E.W. (Eliphalet Wickes), 1826-1914. Blatchford Family Papers, 1777-1987, bulk 1839-1965.

Extensive collection of letters, photographs, scrapbooks, diaries, writings, and genealogical research materials centering around Chicago lead manufacturer, Newberry Library founding trustee, and Christian social activist Eliphalet Wickes Blatchford, his wife Mary Williams Blatchford, their parents and grandparents, and the families of their children, especially son Paul Blatchford, but also daughter Amy Blatchford Bliss. Families represented most heavily include Blatchford, Williams, Bliss, Lord, and Fowler.

64.7 linear feet (132 boxes, 5 oversize boxes, and 9 volumes)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: Midwest MS Blatchford
Location: 3a 56 1-4
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Capron, Edwin R. Edwin R. Capron Letters, 1863-1866.

Letters, Jan. 30-Oct. 13, 1865, from Capron, a sergeant major in the 1st Regiment of Nebraska Cavalry, to family in Morrisville, Vermont, from Fort Kearny, Cottonwood Springs, and Nebraska City, Neb., containing descriptions of military life at western posts during 1865, and comments on southern chivalry, draft dodgers, the surrender of Lee and assassination of Lincoln, and the mustering out process. Also a daguerreotype portrait of Capron.

0.2 linear feet (2 boxes)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: VAULT Graff 579
Location: VAULT 40 2; VAULT 40 4
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Carter, Robert Goldthwaite, 1845-1936. Henry W. Lawton scrapbook, 1899.

Scrapbook made up of autograph letters, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, maps, portraits, etc., all pertaining to Henry W. Lawton, a U.S. Army officer who served in the Civil War, Apache War, Spanish-American War, and the Philippine-American War.

0.3 linear feet (1 volume)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: VAULT folio Graff 2420
Location: VAULT 40 4
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Civil War photographs, ca. 1861-ca. 1865.

Ten carte de visite photographs of Union soldiers, camps, and buildings in Southern locations.

1 folder (10 items)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: Midwest MS 67
Location: 3a 35 3
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Colby, Carlos W., 1837-1922. Carlos W. Colby Papers, 1821-1937, bulk 1861-1865.

Primarily correspondence (129 letters) of Illinois farmer and Civil War soldier Carlos W. Colby, written between 1862 and 1865, to his sisters, brother, brother-in-law, and niece, plus a dozen Civil War letters written by Colby’s future brother-in-law James Rowe. Also includes Colby’s reminiscences of his boyhood and his service in the 97th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment, some family correspondence, genealogical material and a few photos.

0.8 linear feet (2 boxes)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: VAULT Case MS 10014
Location: VAULT 35 3
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Curtis, Edward W. Edward W. Curtis Letters, 1855-1865, bulk 1863.

Correspondence of Edward W. Curtis of Massachusetts, a private in the 88th Illinois Infantry during the Civil War. Also includes clippings relating to battles, the life of Federal  soldiers, and hospital listings near Nashville, Tennessee.

0.2 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: VAULT Case MS 10016
Location: VAULT 35 4
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Dawes, E. C. (Ephraim Cutler), b. 1840. E.C. Dawes Papers, 1836-1905, bulk 1855-1895.

Letters, diaries, mementos and scrapbooks of Union Army officer (1st lieutenant and adjutant, major, 53rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry) and industrialist Ephraim Cutler Dawes, covering his military service (in Tennessee, Mississippi, and in Sherman's advance against Atlanta, until he was wounded on May 28, 1864. Also documents Dawes' activities in the rail and coal industries. Includes a letter from P. H. Sheridan.

6.5 linear feet (9 boxes and 1 oversize box)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: Midwest MS Dawes (formerly Daw).
Location: 3a 38 10; Vault 35 1
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Deal, George, ca. 1825-1864. George Deal Papers, 1862-1975, bulk 1862-1864.

Fifty-five letters and fragments of letters from George Deal, Ohio Union soldier in the Civil War, to his wife Sarah Cole Deal. Also, photographs of Sarah and George Deal, photocopies of army service records, three Confederate bills, and a few genealogical notes made by Deal's grandson.

0.2 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: VAULT Case MS 10030
Location: VAULT 35 3
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Delano Family Letters, 1859-1867.

27 letters addressed primarily to Nancy Eastman Delano of Strong, Maine, and her son, Benjamin Eastman Delano, from her children, nephews and nieces, and other relatives in New England, Virginia, Alabama, Iowa, Missouri, and California during the Civil War and the period immediately before and after the conflict. In addition to regular news of far-flung family and friends, letters from Radical Republican son-in-law Nathan G. Stanwood and daughter Emily describe his postwar operation of a plantation near Montgomery, Alabama, the state of his freed workers, and the drive to register them to vote. Letters also discuss conflicts between Union and Confederate sympathizers in Missouri, draft riots in New York city; Port Royal, Virginia, from a Union soldier's perspective; the great loss of life at Petersburg; and other topics related to the times.

0.2 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: Midwest MS Delano Family
Location: 1 39 1
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Dickinson, Daniel S. (Daniel Stevens), 1800-1866. Daniel S. Dickinson Correspondence, 1799-1892.

Daniel S. Dickinson, lawyer, politician, and orator, served in the New York Senate (1837-1840), as Lieutenant Governor of New York (1842), and in the U. S. Senate (1844-1851). This collection contains 164 letters and documents related mostly to Dickinson's political activities. Correspondents include Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, Dorothea Dix, James Buchanan, James K. Polk, Martin Van Buren, Horace Greeley, and Fernando Wood. Collection also features some letters written to Lydia Knapp Dickinson, Dickinson's wife, after his death. A few documents relating to John Tracy and James Clapp (1785-1854), father of Julia Clapp Newberry, are also included.

0.2 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: Midwest MS Dickinson
Location: 3a 38 11
Finding Aids:
Manuscript Card Catalog.
Inventory (Modern Manuscript Collections Notebooks.)
Inventory (Database of Names in Manuscript Collections Notebooks.)
Information file available in Special Collections Department.

Dox, Hamilton Bogart, b. 1829. Hamilton Bogart Dox Papers, 1864-1905.

Officer, 12th Illinois Cavalry Regiment. Records of the regiment and of Dox's Civil War service, including muster rolls, vouchers, special orders, discharge papers, and letters, 1864-1865.

0.1 linear feet
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: VAULT Case MS 10004
Location: VAULT 35 3
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Epstein, Dena J. Polacheck, 1916-. Dena Epstein Root & Cady Research Papers, 1843-1987, bulk 1858-1871.

Research notes and other materials concerning the firm of Root & Cady, which published music in Chicago from 1858-1871. The materials were collected in support of a master’s thesis at the University of Illinois Library School and also include information on other, contemporaneous, music publishers and composers.

3.6 linear feet (3 boxes, 4 card boxes)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: Midwest MS Epstein
Location: 3a 42 2
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Everett family. Everett Family Papers, 1794-1949, bulk 1838-1927.

Primarily correspondence of the Everett family, concerning family news and health issues, and also covering abolition, temperance, women's rights, rights of African-Americans, and moral reform. Printing, education, pioneer life, and religion are all discussed within the papers.

6.9 linear feet (16.5 boxes)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: Midwest MS Everett
Location: 3a 38 13
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Information file available in Special Collections Department.
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Feenan, Martin J. Martin J. Feenan Papers, 1864-1920.

Papers of a quartermaster sergeant, Company M, 6th Iowa Cavalry, including an account of the Sully campaign against the Indians of the West, 1863-1865.

0.2 linear feet (25 items in 1 box)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: VAULT Graff 1302
Location: VAULT 40 4
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Finnerty, James W. Malone-Finnerty Family Papers, 1862-1941.

Malone and Finnerty family correspondence and documents pertaining to deaths from 1862 to 1941. Early correspondence from the Civil War is from James W. Finnerty, a soldier, to his mother and sister. The Civil War letters describe Finnerty's experience traveling with troops through St. Louis, where rebels captured two steamboats in Duck River Bend. Further, letters also detail his experience in the Battle of Corinth in Mississippi. Later letters from Finnerty to his sister Elizabeth Malone dscuss family deaths, illnesses, and money issues while he was living in Chicago. Later correspondence, primarily to Elizabeth Malone in Chicago, concerning family matters and the state of Europe during WWI, where Malone's niece Florence Carreau was living.

0.1 linear feet (1 folder)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: Midwest MS 190
Location: 3a 35 3
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Fleming, John C., b. 1844. John C. Fleming Papers, 1862-1906.

Civil War letters of John C. Fleming, 1862-1865, Chicago enlistee in the Chicago Board of Trade Battery, Horse Artillery, Illinois Volunteers; small collection of Fleming family  mementos and letters, 1863-1906, bulk 1900-1906.

0.4 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: Midwest MS Fleming (formerly Fl)
Location: 3a 39 11
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Foster, William T., fl. 1862-1863. William T. Foster Letters, 1862-1863.

Union soldier who served in Company F, Illinois 84th Volunteer Infantry. Seven letters, dated between Oct. 7, 1862 and Dec. 26, 1863, from Foster to his uncle and possibly his father ("Dear Sir"), describing military life as Foster moves from Louisville, Kentucky to Camp Silver Springs, Tenn., to the hospital in Quincy, Ill., and back to Whiteside Station, Tenn., 20 miles outside of Chattanooga.

0.2 linear feet
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: VAULT Case MS 10007
Location: VAULT 35 3
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Gallentine, C. W. (Charles W.), d. 1864. Charles W. Gallentine Letters, 1861-1863.

Letters home, 1862-1863, by Charles W. Gallentine of the 7th Illinois Cavalry, from Camp Butler, Springfield, Ill., Jacinto and Corinth, Miss., Memphis and LaGrange, Tenn., and Lawrence Co., Ala., regarding camp life, skirmishes, men killed and wounded, Southern guerillas, northern Copperheads and the draft, Southern plantations and slave attitudes, Union and Confederate prisoners, etc.

0.2 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: VAULT Case MS 10008 (formerly Case MS 5070)
Location: VAULT 35 3
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Graves, James Taylor. James Taylor Graves Papers, 1850-1891, bulk 1862-1867.

Mainly Civil War (1862-1863) and European trip (1867) letters of James Taylor Graves addressed to his family. Graves' Civil War letters, written from Camp Miller at Greenfield, Mass., en route to Louisiana via New York City, and from various places in Louisiana, discuss camp life, ship transport, the treatment of Negroes, Southern guerrillas, skirmishes with Confederate forces, the siege of Port Hudson, and other topics. Written during a summer tour of London, Paris, Switzerland, Italy, and Germany, Graves' 1867 letters provide a detailed description of his travels to his family at home.

0.2 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: VAULT Case MS 10010 (previously Miscellaneous Small Collections)
Location: VAULT 35 3
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Manuscript Card Catalog.
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Griffin, Ernest A. Ernest A. Griffin Family Papers, ca. 1850-ca. 2010.

Papers of family historian Ernest A. Griffin, proprietor of the Griffin Funeral Home on Chicago's south side, including family documents, photographs, etc., that Griffin collected, genealogical notes, and materials relating to the history of Camp Douglas (on which the funeral home stood) and Charles H. Griffin who served in a colored regiment during the Civil War. Also documentation of the funerals of prominent African Americans.

26.3 linear feet
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: Midwest MS Griffin Family
Location: 1 39 4-5
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Harris, James Duncan, 1836-1862. James D. and Joseph W. Harris papers, 1824-1862.

Mainly letters written by the brothers to their relatives while serving with the 30th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment. Letters of James D. Harris from occupied New Orleans (Apr.-Aug. 1862) document daily military life, battlefield horrors, and northern attitudes toward the South and its citizens. Letters from Joseph Whipple Harris describe life aboard ship in Panama and a visit to Hawaii in 1861. Also James D. Harris' pre-war letters containing descriptions of Chicago, materials documenting Joseph Whipple Harris' death, and miscellaneous family correspondence.

0.2 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: Midwest MS Harris J
Location: 3a 39 2
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Haynes, John, 1838-1863. John Haynes Copybooks and notes, 1849-1855.

School writing books, handwriting exercises and notes by John Haynes, a student from Townsend, Mass. who served as Corporal in the Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 53rd, Company D, in the Dept. of the Gulf, 19th Army Corps.

0.1 linear feet (4 folders)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: VAULT box Wing MS 81
Location: VAULT 38 3
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Howe-Barnard family. Howe-Barnard Family Papers, 1826-1999, bulk 1880-1940.

Correspondence, diaries, personal and professional materials, and photographs of the Howe and Barnard families, early Chicago settlers. Included are the materials of Annie L. Howe, a missionary, teacher, and founder of Glory Kindergarten and Training School in Japan, her brother, Edward G. Howe, a science teacher who originated the practice of field trips in science classes, and Alice Lucretia Barnard, one of the first woman principals in the Chicago schools. Also contains Civil War letters of Captain Daniel E. Barnard, Erastus A. Barnard, Willard J. Wilcox, and soldiers in Daniel E. Barnard's regiment regarding payment of pensions.

40 linear feet (93 boxes and 2 oversize boxes)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: Midwest MS Howe-Barnard
Location: 3a 30 10-12
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Humphries, Edward C. Edward C. Humphries Papers, 1861-1862.

Lieutenant, 2nd Florida Regiment (C.S.A.). Correspondence and telegrams regarding Humphries' July 2, 1862, death in the Seven Days battle near Richmond, Va. Also a letter of Humphries to his wife in Alabama, Dec. 2, 1861, and a family Bible with entries for Humphries and his immediate family.

0.5 cubic ft.
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: Modern MS Humphries
Location: 3a 24 1
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Kruse, Charles T. Charles T. Kruse Letters, 1862-1865.

Transcripts of 123 letters, 1862-1865, from Kruse, a sergeant in Company G of the 50th Ohio Infantry, to his parents, brother, and sister, revealing the daily hardships of military life, Union troop movements in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Georgia, and Kruse's impressions of various battles, including the attack on Atlanta.

0.2 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: VAULT Case MS 10003
Location: VAULT 35 3
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Leonard, Charles S., b. 1835. Charles S. Leonard Papers, 1862-1897.

Civil War military service documents of Charles S. Leonard, together with correspondence and forms relating to Leonard's efforts to correct his service record and obtain military pension and bounty payments. Also genealogical notes, possibly relating to Leonard's attempt to qualify for the Society of Mayflower Descendants, a deed for the sale of 160 acres in Norton County, Kan. and a few newspaper clippings.

0.2 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: VAULT Case MS 10012
Location: VAULT 35 3
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Lutz, Adeline Louise. Lutz-Chamberlin family papers, 1844-1992.

Correspondence, writings, business and legal documents, photographs, clippings, genealogical materials, and postcard collection of members of the Chamberlin and Lutz families,including George E. Chamberlin's letters written while he was a student at Dartmouth and officer in the Civil War.

1.7 linear feet (4 boxes and 1 oversize folder)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: Midwest MS Lutz-Chamberlin
Location: 3a 44 8
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Mason, Francema A., 1837-1911. Francema Mason - Otis Mason correspondence, 1863-1876, bulk 1863-1868.

Nineteen letters from Otis Mason, a sergeant in the Civil War to his Illinois wife, Francema Otis. Twelve letters from various friends and family, and a wedding invitation are also included.

0.2 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: VAULT Case MS 10021
Location: Vault 35 4
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McLean, Edgar, d. 1920. Edgar McLean Papers, 1859-1868.

Correspondence, writings, and official military documents of 1st Lieutenant Edgar McLean. McLean fought for the Union in the Civil War with the 122nd Illinois Regiment, and then became a Lieutenant in the 110th U.S. Colored Infantry. Most correspondence was written by Edgar McLean's mother and other relatives to him during his service.

0.4 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: VAULT Case MS 10024
Location: VAULT 35 3
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McNally family. McNally Family Papers, 1788-2002, bulk 1850-1993.

Letters, diaries, scrapbooks, photographs, cemetery records, wills, and obituaries of several generations of the family of Andrew McNally I of Chicago, founder of the Rand McNally Co., a publishing firm specializing in cartography. There is much material concerning Andrew McNally I, his Chicago home, and especially his Windermere Ranch in what became La Mirada, California, including the ranch's olive oil plant and McNally's efforts to promote settlement in the area. Also extensive materials relating to Civil War general Emmons Clark (grandfather of Margaret Clark McNally) and the Vilas family, who operated Chicago businesses and had a summer estate in Thousand Islands, New York.

22 linear feet (36 boxes, 3 oversize boxes, and 3 volumes)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: Midwest MS McNally family
Location: 3a 56 12-13
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Munroe, William H., d. ca. 1916. William H. Munroe Papers, 1794-1920, bulk 1850-1920.

Personal papers and documents related to Sergeant William H. Munroe of the Chicago Mercantile Battery and his father, Henry H. Munroe. Correspondence, discharge papers, and two broadsides related to the war are included along with family obituaries, certificates of professional appointment, letters of reference, a last will and testament, and a patent for rheumatism treatment.

1.1 linear feet (1 box, 1 oversize box)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: Midwest MS Munroe
Location: 3a 35 2
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Newberry, O. P. (Oliver Perry), 1831-1874. Oliver Perry Newberry Papers, 1860-1895.

Mainly correspondence of Cameron, Mo., resident Oliver Perry Newberry, 1860-1867, primarily relating to his Civil War service in the Union army (Lieutenant, 13th Missouri Infantry; captain, Company I, 25th Missouri Infantry, Company I; major, 5th Missouri State Militia); and cabinet, carte-de-visite and a few tintype photographs of Newberry family and friends dating primarily from the 1880's.

0.4 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: Midwest MS Newberry
Location: 3a 41 3
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Newberry, Walter Cass, 1835-1912. Walter Cass Newberry Papers, 1840-1908.

1st lieutenant, captain, Company E, 81st New York Regiment Volunteers, 1861-1863; major, lieutenant colonel, colonel, 24th New York Cavalry, 1864-1865. Correspondence, legal documents, and other documentation relating to the finances of Walter Cass Newberry and Henry Warner Newberry; correspondence, manuscripts, paperwork, and photographs related to the Civil War activities of the 24th New York Cavalry and Walter Cass Newberry's military history.

3.5 linear feet (2 boxes, 3 oversize boxes)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: Midwest MS Newberry WC (formerly Ne)
Location: 3a 41 3
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Newcomb, John Bearss, 1824-1896. John Bearss Newcomb Papers, 1737-1896, bulk 1837-1896.

Correspondence and personal material of John Bearss Newcomb, Elgin, Illinois schoolmaster and businessman. Also extensive genealogical records of the Newcomb Family, daybooks and miscellaneous legal and business items. Historical items relating to the town of Elgin, Illinois in the 19th century and some Civil War records.

3 linear feet (7 boxes)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: Midwest MS Newcomb
Location: 3a 57 9
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Paisley, Johnson. Johnson Paisley Papers, 1862-1865.

Corporal, 117th Illinois Infantry. Two diaries, two cased ambrotype portraits, regimental travel record, and a miniature book of poetry belonging to Johnson M. Paisley. Pocket diaries, the first dating Aug. 15, 1862-May 13, 1863 and Jan. 1-7, 1864, and the second dating Jan. 1, 1864-Feb. 8, 1865, contain brief daily entries and accounts, copies of good-bye letters from family, and a letter from Paisley, Feb. 8, 1865, regarding sending the completed diary home and his future. The regimental travel account, 1862-1865, records places traveled to and from, the means of travel, total miles, and remarks (engagements, deaths, etc.). Ambrotypes, ca. 1862, include full-length (with rifle) and sitting portraits of Paisley in uniform.

0.2 linear feet
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: VAULT Case MS 10017
Location: VAULT 35 3
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Information file available in Special Collections Department.

Patterson, Henry, b. 1843. Henry Patterson and James Patterson Papers, 1862-1863.

Correspondence of brothers Henry Patterson and James Patterson, both privates in the 19th  Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company I, during the Civil War. Also includes  muster rolls for Henry and his brother James as well as James’ death certificate.

0.2 linear feet
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: VAULT Case MS 10025 (formerly Case MS 5071)
Location: VAULT 35 3
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Rapp, Wilhelm, 1828-1907. Wilhelm Rapp Papers, 1846-1929.

Correspondence, poetry, photographs, a diary, and clippings of Wilhelm Rapp, German emigre and editor of the Illinois Staats-Zeitung. Rapp was imprisoned in Germany for his involvement in the Revolution of 1848, and also edited German-language newspapers in Cincinnati and Baltimore. The papers, mainly in German, document his anti-secessionist views, including one 1861 letter regarding President Lincoln.

2.2 linear feet (2 boxes, 1 oversize box)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: Midwest MS Rapp (formerly Ra)
Location: 3a 42 1
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Article: Newberry Library Bulletin, May 1952 (2nd series, no. 9)
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Raster, Hermann, 1827-1891. Hermann Raster Papers, 1849-1940, bulk 1860-1891.

Correspondence, clippings, and drafts of writings of Hermann Raster, editor of the Illinois Staats-Zeitung. A German immigrant "Forty-Eighter," Raster swayed German popular opinion through his anti-slavery, pro-Union, and anti-temperance articles, and held considerable influence over Chicago politics. Correspondence includes many letters in German, but also letters in English from Charles A. Dana, John A. Logan, Elihu Washburne, J.V. Farwell, Francis W. Parker, and Joseph Medill.

6 linear feet (10 boxes, 2 oversize boxes)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: Midwest MS Raster (formerly Ras)
Location: 3a 42 1
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Article: Newberry Library Bulletin, Dec. 1945 (no. 3).
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Rea, Robert Laughlin, 1827-1899. Robert Laughlin Rea Papers, 1857-1860.

Surgeon and teacher associated with Chicago Medical College, College of Physicians, and Rush Medical College (where he held the chair of anatomy for sixteen years). Collection contains correspondence, documents, and court proceedings relating to the emancipation of two female slaves, "Emaline" and "Syrena Oldham."

0.1 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: Vault Case MS H 5836.6438
Location: VAULT 35 2
Finding Aids:
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Realf, Richard, 1834-1878. Richard Realf Letters and Poems, 1864-1865.

Twenty-two letters of Richard Realf to Laura B. Merritt and her sister Marian Merritt Cramer of Chicago, written while in active service in the Illinois Eighty-eighth Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War, 1864-1865. Also, two poems of Realf's and a poem written by Marian Cramer.

0.4 linear feet (25 items in 1 box)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: VAULT Case MS 10034
Location: VAULT 35 3
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Rice, Henry, 1843-1863. Henry Rice Letters, 1862.

Six letters, Sept. 14-Oct. 15, 1862, from Camp Peoria in Peoria, Ill., from Henry Rice of the 103rd Illinois Infantry to family in Lewistown, Ill., describing military life in the camp. Included with the letters is an envelope addressed to "Mrs. Amory Rice, Lewistown, Fulton County, Illinois," illustrated in red and blue with the seal and motto of the United States.

0.2 linear feet (7 items in 1 box)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: VAULT Case MS 10006
Location: VAULT 35 3
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Rupp, Emma Meier. Emma Meier Rupp Papers, 1861-1864.

Civil War diary of Emma Meier, who either worked for or was a relative of an unknown store owner with Southern sympathies in Brunswick, Missouri, together with fifty-four letters, 1861-1864, written to her by Adolph Rupp, a Union soldier serving in Company H, 18th Infantry Regiment, Missouri Volunteers. Rupp wrote from St. Louis, and various locations in Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia. All the letters are in German, with place locations and personal names recorded in English.

0.4 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: Vault Case MS 10038
Location: VAULT 35 3
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Russell, John J, 1839-1901. John J. Russell Letters, 1861-1864.

Twelve letters of John J. Russell of Sterling, Illinois, documenting his service as a sergeant and 2nd lieutenant in Company B of the 13th Illinois Infantry in Missouri, Mississippi, and Alabama. Russell writes to his brother, Charles, and sister, Julia, from Rolla, Franklin, and Heetsville, Mo., Vicksburg, Miss., Cairo, Ill., and Bridgeport and Madison Station, Ala. One letter (Dec. 6, 1861) is written on stationery containing a printed vignette portrait of McClellan.

0.2 linear feet
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: VAULT Case MS 10020
Location: VAULT 35 3
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Saeltzer, Charles, b. 1829. Charles Saeltzer Papers, 1846-1865, bulk 1864-1865.

Correspondence, certificates, vouchers, orders, muster rolls, and a diary belonging to Charles Saeltzer of Mansfield, Ohio, dated between 1846 and 1865, and documenting his training and certification as a teacher, both in Germany and Ohio, and his service as a member of the 10th Ohio Cavalry Regiment during the Civil War. The bulk of the collection is official appointments, regimental correspondence, general and special orders, muster rolls, and vouchers of the 10th Ohio Cavalry.

0.3 linear feet (34 items in 1 box)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: VAULT folio Case MS 10026
Location: VAULT 35 3
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Schlund, Max. Max Schlund Papers, 1862-1865.

Hecker Regiment of 82nd Illinois Volunteers. Diary, in German, containing a very complete account of the 82nd Regiment's action from its inception until the end of the war, including Chancellorsville and other battles. English translation included.

0.2 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: VAULT Case MS 10011
Location: VAULT 35 3
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Scofield, Hiram, 1830-1906. Hiram Scofield Papers, 1857-1906.

Forty-four diaries, 1857-1906, together with a few letters and miscellaneous items, documenting Hiram Scofield's Civil War service as an officer with the 2nd Iowa Infantry and commander of the 47th Colored Infantry Regiment, and his post war personal and professional life as a Washington, Iowa, attorney.

2 linear feet (5 boxes)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: Ruggles 426
Location: Vault 29 4
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Scott, William, Sergeant. Scott Family Papers, 1806-1866.

Genealogy of the Scott family, as descended from Sergeant William Scott of Jessamine County, Kentucky. Civil War certificates and discharge papers for Corporal James Scott of Piqua, Ohio. Three letters and three wills regarding family members in Piqua ca. 1840-1860.

0.1 linear feet (6 items in 1 folder)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: Midwest MS 97
Location: 3a 57 9
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Semmes, Alexander A., d. 1885. Alexander A. Semmes Letterbooks, 1862-1869.

Letterbooks containing official correspondence of A. A. Semmes while in command of U.S.S. Wamsutta, Portsmouth and Lehigh, and U.S. gunboat Tahoma in the service of the United States.

0.2 linear feet (2 volumes)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: VAULT folio Case MS F 83405.8
Location: Vault 35 2
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Sherman, Francis Trowbridge, 1825-1905. Francis Trowbridge Sherman Papers, 1849-1894.

Correspondence of Francis Trowbridge Sherman of Chicago, and his traveling companion, Henry A. Ballentine, documenting their travel overland to the California gold fields and experiences there, 1849-1850. Also photocopies of a few of Sherman's (colonel 88th Illinois Infantry) letters regarding the Civil War and his Chicago business, business and family correspondence of father F.C. Sherman, family records, and newspaper clippings.

0.2 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: VAULT Case MS 5282
Location: VAULT 35 3
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Sherwood, Jesse, 1843-1912. Jesse Sherwood Papers, 1862-1931.

Logs and mementos of Jesse Sherwood of Missouri and Chicago, who served as a surgeon's steward during the Civil War on the gunboat USS Somerset. Includes 3 medals, his resignation letter, pension documents and information on the fate of the Somerset. Also, a folio album with photographs of Sherwood and his family, a carte de visite and a daguerreotype.

1.1 linear feet (1 box and 1 oversize box)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: VAULT Case MS 10037
Location: VAULT 35 3, VAULT 47 5
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Spencer, Platt R. (Platt Rogers), 1800-1864. Platt Rogers Spencer Papers, 1827-1951, bulk 1850-1900.

Correspondence, photographs, copybooks, penmanship samples, cashbooks, newspaper clippings, poetry, essays, drawings, artifacts and miscellaneous personal items related to the life, family, and career of Platt Rogers Spencer, penman, poet, and educator who created the Spencerian system of penmanship.

39.9 linear feet (44 boxes and 14 oversize boxes)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: Midwest MS Spencer
Location: 3a 51 6; 4a 26 4 (Oversize)
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Tubutis, Walter S. Walter S. Tubutis Jr. Collection of Civil War Materials, 1846-1988.

Civil War-related manuscript and printed materials including three 1876 (reprinted 1912) maps of the Gettysburg battlefield, a pension application (Abm. Ashley), an envelope with a patriotic vignette, a muster roll and payroll (Company B, 72nd Pennsylvania Regiment), certificates of discharge (Leander Wallace, John W. Freeze), an 1862 letter relieving Lt. L. C. Counseller of his command, and Gettysburg commemorative envelopes.

0.2 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: Midwest MS Tubutis
Location: 1 39 1
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United States. Army. [Letters between U.S. Grant and Robert E. Lee], 1865

A series of nine communications exchanged between U.S. Grant and Robert E. Lee during April 7-9, 1865, negotiating Lee's surrender, transcribed in the hand of Ely Samuel Parker, Grant's secretary. Also Parker's notes.

0.1 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: VAULT Case MS F8340.905
Location: VAULT 35 1
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Vermont regiments. Materials for history of Vermont regiments in the Civil War, consisting of ms. notes and newspaper clippings, ca. 1862-1865.


0.1 linear feet (1 volume)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: VAULT Case MS F8349.924
Location: VAULT 35 1
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Walton, Seymour. Seymour Walton Journals, 1862-1866.

Journals commencing in 1862 and continuing through June, 1863, by a sixteen-year-old schoolboy in New Orleans, commenting on daily life under Union occupation. Also newspaper clippings containing special and general orders pasted on endpapers and within text, and accounts and lists of books read. Diaries continue to the end of 1863 in Utica, New York, and contain comments on the draft riots in New York City.

0.5 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: VAULT Case MS fE5.W1766
Location: VAULT 35 2
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Watson, Theodore. Theodore Watson Letters, 1861.

Letters from Theodore Watson to his brother John in Hillsboro, Illinois, during the early months of the Civil War. Correspondence describes his life as a three-month enlistee in the Illinois 3rd Company (later the Illinois 9th Regiment) stationed at Camp  Defiance to defend Cairo, Illinois.

0.2 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: VAULT Case MS 10023
Location: VAULT 35 3
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Wiles, Robert Leslie, Robert Leslie Wiles Journal, 1862-1865.

Corporal, Company D, 11th Missouri Cavalry Regiment. Creek Indian who prior to the war attended the Tullahassee Manual Labor School in the Creek Nation (Indian Territory). During 1862 Wiles was accused of "being a Southern sympathizer" and was held in "military confinement" at Alton, Illinois. Released on "parole of honor during the war in the limits of the Missouri lines," Wiles then apparently joined the 11th Missouri Cavalry. His journal contains diary entries, Oct. 7, 1863-Apr. 17, 1865, copies of letters received in 1862 from missionaries W.S. Robertson and his wife A.E.W. Robertson, lists of letters received and written, 1862-1864, and poems. Diary entries are both daily and summarized accounts of Wiles' service with Company D, briefly in Missouri, but mainly at various Arkansas locations including Batesville, Jacksonport, De Vals Bluff, Fort Smith, Fort Gibson, at the Neosho River, and Little Rock. Wiles notes his company's movements (including escorting Confederate Maj. Gen. Herron to Fort Smith), picket and scout duty, and other military routine. He describes shortages of provisions for soldiers and their mounts, particularly at Fort Smith and Fort Gibson. He mentions Negroes following the marching troops, harrassment by bushwhackers, encounters with Confederate forces (including those commanded by Gen. Shelby), and President Lincoln's death.

0.1 linear feet (1 folder)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: Case MS 10022
Location: Vault 35 3
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Willard, L.S. (Lot Sabine). L.S. Willard Letters, 1862-1865.

First Lieutenant in the 11th Illinois Cavalry, Company G, who later served as major and aide-de-camp to General James Birdseye McPherson. Includes letters home to family from Brimfield, Peoria County, Illinois, from Camp Benton Barracks, St. Louis, Tennessee, and Louisiana, 1862-1864.

0.2 linear feet (20 items in 1 box)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: VAULT folio Case MS 10031
Location: VAULT 35 3
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Williams, Loren L., 1828-1881. Loren L. Williams Journals, 1851-1880.

Journals covering the author's activities as an officer with the Oregon Volunteers during the Civil War, active in the West, and subsequent role as a pioneer in the development of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana. Details of wars with the Western Indians are also included. Inserted and laid in are numerous ms. documents, autograph letters, illustrations, ms. maps (drawn by the author), newspaper clippings, photographs, etc.

0.6 linear feet (5 volumes in 2 boxes)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: VAULT folio Graff 4683
Location: VAULT 40 5
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Woods, Frank H. (Frank Henry), 1905-1980. Woods Family papers, ca. 1775-1975, bulk 1820-1975.

Correspondence, writings, documents, genealogical research notes and photographs relating to the Woods family, descendants of Henry Ruiter (originally Hendrick de Ruyter) of Canada. Collected and preserved by Frank H. Woods, Jr. of Illinois, to be used for a complete (unfinished) family history, most of the material concerns Frank H. Woods's great-grandmother, Fanny M. Woods, his grandfather Frederick Moffatt Woods, and his father, Frank H. Woods. Includes Civil War letters.

5.3 linear feet (7 boxes, 1 oversize box, and 1 record carton)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: Midwest MS Woods
Location: 3a 44 12
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Woolson family. Woolson Family Papers, 1856-1950, bulk 1889-1910.

Letters, scrapbooks, photographs, diaries, clippings, and genealogical materials concerning the Woolson family of New Hampshire, Ohio, and Chicago. Also included are Civil War "Army Stories" written by Alvin M. Woolson, a history of Elijah Woolson, and a family "Narrative of Automobile Tour Through Florida," dated 1910.

2 linear feet (3 boxes and 4 volumes)
Subjects: Civil War
Call Number: Midwest MS Woolson
Location: 3a 44 11
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