Guide to the Civil War Collection, 1861-2014
Norwich University Archives
158 Harmon Drive
Northfield, VT 05663
Phone: (802) 485-2947
Fax: (802) 485-2173
Summary Title Civil War CollectDates 1861-2014 Extent 1 Drawer (.50 lin About the Collection
This collection consists of both manuscript and printed Civil War materials collected throughout the years prior to development and enforcement of collection development policies. Subsequently, many of these materials have no direct connection to the history of Norwich University. Additionally, these materials represent collections too small to warrant individual processing and housing. Descriptions of the materials in the collection can be found in the content listing below.
The following subjects are represented in this collection. If you are researching these topics, try using these search terms in the library catalog:
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Vermont -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Gettysburg, Battle of, Gettysburg, Pa., 1863.
Chickamauga, Battle of, Ga., 1863.
Decelle, August A. Access Restrictions
The collection is open; however, some of the materials in the collection consist of photocopies from private collections. These items are provided for reference purposes only. Permission for use other than private study, scholarship or research must be requested from the copyright holders.
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); Civil War Collection, Box and/or Folder and/or Item Identification; Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT. Here’s an example from the collection:
Letter from Doran [Stearns] to his sister, 31 May 1862. Civil War Collection, Doran [Stearns] file, Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT.
Extent: 1 Drawer (.50 linear feet) Collection Location: Archives 501 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
Chase, Loring Loring Chase, from Peacham, VT, was a member of Company D, 1st Vermont Cavalry. The collection consists of two letters to his brother, unsigned and undated. One letter talks about mud and the possibility that the Army of the Potomac will advance soon. Chase also mentions comrades from Peacham. The second letter is a photocopy only (from a private collection). Cedar Creek Contains a 2014 news article regarding Vermont plaque installation on the battlefield. Chattanooga, Lookout Mountain and Chickamauga Battlefields The collection includes three guidebooks and photographs. Also included is a map of the Chickamauga battlefield. Some of the photographs are attributed to E.M. Wight of Chattanooga. Davis, Jefferson The collection includes an act to provide for the incidental expenses of the public service within the Indian tribes. The act is signed by Howell Cob, president of the congress. Passage of the act is certified and signed by J.J. Hooper, secretary, and noted, “Approved May 21, 1861 Jefferson Davis.” Decelle, Augustus A. Augustus A. Decelle of Shoreham, VT, served as captain, Company K, 2nd Vermont Infantry Regiment. The collection includes letters to his mother, 1864-1865, as well as papers, including clothing returns, lists of stores, muster roll, commission, special orders, discharge, 1863-1866. There is also a photograph of Decelle and some later pension and genealogical information dating to 1904. This collection consists of photocopies only. The copies were made in 1987 with the permission of the private owner. Also see the Student Papers Collection for a 1996 student paper (for HI 300) on Decelle by student A. Fleury. Draft The collection consists of a certificate of disability exemption from the draft for Josiah Stice of Kingston, NY, dated 17 September 1863. Also included is a certificate of nonliability given by the board of enrollment to John Rourke of Abington, MA, Rourke having paid $300.00 to avoid the draft, 16 September 1863. Gettysburg The collection includes pamphlets, maps, summaries, medal of honor winners, and information on Vermont’s role in the battle. Grant, Ulysses S. Letter from the executive mansion, Washington, DC, to General Jacob Ammen, 5 February 1876, regarding the wintering of three of Grant’s horses. Also included is a memorial publication, “Our Great Commander,” about the life and career of U.S. Grant. Lee, Robert E. Facsimile copy of Robert E. Lee’s general order no. 9, 10 April 1865. Lee’s farewell to the Army of Northern Virginia. New York “To the veterans of the late war,” broadside by members of the 9th Regiment, New York Volunteers, Hawkins’ Zouaves, recruiting a militia regiment, Rush C. Hawkins to be colonel, 26 June 1865 (in OSD3.5) Norwich University Includes general articles, exhibit information, as well as rosters of alumni who served in the Civil War. Rhode Island Rhode Island, 7th Squadron Cavalry. Sometimes referred to as the “College Cavaliers,” Company B of this unit was largely composed of students from Dartmouth College and Norwich University. The collection also includes an article by Jeffry D. Wert, “Dark passage through the lines,” published in the June 1985 issue of Military History, which discusses the daring escape of the cavalry from Harper’s Ferry in 1862. Ruffin, H. The collection contains a 2-page manuscript dated 30 May 1897 containing Ruffin’s opinion that the Civil War could have been settled without loss of blood. St. Albans Raid The collection includes a publication, St. Albans Raid, October 19, 1864, that reprints various accounts of the Raid (26 pp.) Salem, Massachusetts (?) An 1864 (?) broadside by the city council of Salem, “An address to the citizens of Salem,” that appeals to residents to enlist and details bounty and pay offered for service. Shepard, Benjamin F. Benjamin Franklin Shepard (d.1864) was a member of the Norwich University class of 1842. The collection includes letters, 16 September 1862 (holograph transcription only) and 3 November 1862, to his uncle. Shepard, from Marshfield, VT, was a member of Company I, 11th Vermont Volunteer Infantry. The letter dated 3 November 1862 mentions Peacham, Marshfield and Groton as well as Leonard Weeks and Austin Wheeler, both of Company A). Shepard claims that many Marshfield boys serving in the 13th Vermont Volunteer Infantry regiment are homesick. B.F. Shepard died 22 September 1864 of disease. Shepard, Charles E. Charles E. Shepard was from Marshfield, VT. He served in Company C, 13th Vermont Volunteer Infantry. The collection includes a letter dated 8 October  from Shepard in Brattleboro, VT, as he awaited orders to move south. Also included is a letter (photocopy only) dated 11 June 1864 from Charles to his brother Alvah. This letter bears no unit identification. Following his discharge from the 13th regiment in 1863, Charles may have reenlisted in a non-Vermont regiment. [Stearns], Doran H. The collection includes a letter dated 31 May 1862 near Gaines Mills, VA. Stearns, of Lincoln, VT, served with Company F, 1st United States Sharpshooters from 1861 to 1864. In the letter he writes in detail of the battle of Hanover Court House on 27 May 1862 and includes a sketch of the battlefield. Also included is a partial typed transcription of the letter. U.S. Army Military History Institute, PA The collection includes USAMHI holdings pertaining to specific Vermont volunteer regiments
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