Guide to the James Evans Memoirs, 1863-1864
Norwich University Archives
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Northfield, VT 05663
Phone: (802) 485-2947
Fax: (802) 485-2173
Summary Creator Evans, James, 1833-1904 Title James Evans Memoirs Dates 1863-1864 Extent 1 File About the Collection
The collection consists of James Evans’ memoir, “Jimmie Evans’s Camp-fire, or Fifteen Months in Rebel Prisons.” This thirty-three page manuscript narrates his capture at the Battle of Chickamauga on 20 September 1863 while assisting a wounded comrade from the field during the federal retreat. Evans was a prisoner of war for fifteen months, spending time in prisons in Virginia, Georgia and South Carolina. He was exchanged in December 1864. It appears likely this manuscript was prepared for presentation to the William H. Boynton Post No. 94, Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Northfield.
About James Evans
James Evans (1833-1904) was born in South Wales and came to the United States in 1860. During the Civil War, he served with the 41st Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Evans was captured by Confederate forces at the Battle of Chickamauga in 1863 and held as a prisoner of war until his release in 1864. He reenlisted with the 5th U.S. Infantry, in a company commanded by Charles Curtis (Norwich University class of 1861), later commandant of cadets and president of Norwich University. Captain Curtis persuaded Evans to take a position as armorer and janitor at Norwich in 1869. James Evans served at Norwich from 1869 to 1901. Known affectionately as “Jimmie” or “Uncle Jim,” Evans became a much-loved confidant of both cadets and faculty. James Evans married Mary Anne Sinott in 1871 and the couple had four children. The control file included with the collection contains additional biographical information on James Evans.
The following subjects are represented in this collection. If you are researching these topics, try using these search terms in the library catalog:
Evans, James, 1833-1904
United States. -- Army. -- Ohio Infantry Regiment, 41st (1861-1865)
Chickamauga, Battle of, Ga., 1863.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Prisoners and prisons.
The collection is open.
Many items in the University Archives are one-of-a-kind resources that are not likely to be available anywhere but here. For this reason, forming citations for archival sources is a little different than for books and periodicals. If you need to cite anything from this collection, follow the format below: Identification of specific item; Date (if known); James Evans Memoirs, Box and/or Folder and/or Item Identification; Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT. Here’s an example from the collection:
“Jimmie Evans’s Camp-fire, or Fifteen Months in Rebel Prisons.” James Evans Memoirs, Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT.
Extent: 1 File Collection Location: Archives 501 — Small Collections, Faculty/Staff Language(s) of Material: English Repository: Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, 158 Harmon Dr., Northfield, VT 05663 USA, Phone: 802.485.2947, Fax: 802.485.2173, firstname.lastname@example.org
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