Guide to the George Williamson Balloch Papers, 1845-1902
Norwich University Archives
158 Harmon Drive
Northfield, VT 05663
Phone: (802) 485-2947
Fax: (802) 485-2173
Summary Creator Balloch, George Williamson, b. 1825 Title George Williamson Balloch Papers Dates 1845-1902 Extent 1 Box (.25 linear feet)
About the Collection
The collection is rich in biographical detail about the life and military service of George W. Balloch. There is a notebook kept by Balloch as a student at Norwich University, 1845-1847, including essays and poetry, some of which is original and some of which was copied by Balloch from various published sources. This notebook is more compositional than autobiographical. Also included in the collection are three items of correspondence dated 1865 and 1868. Balloch’s lecture, “How an Army is Fed,” delivered to the Soldier’s Union of the First Congregational Church, Washington, DC, on 21 October 1898, along with a draft of the same, is also included, as is his tribute to President Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901), “General Harrison as a Soldier,” delivered to the same organization on 18 March 1901. There are three variant autobiographical sketches written by George Balloch in July of 1902 as well as his memoirs, which include another autobiographical account of his life from his birth in 1825 to the Battle of Seven Pines in 1862. The latter memoirs were written after 1900 and consist of a single manuscript volume and typed transcription.
About George Williamson Balloch
George Balloch (1825-1907) was born in Claremont, NH. During the Civil War, he served with the Fifth New Hampshire Volunteers Infantry Regiment, which was assigned to General Oliver Otis Howard’s brigade, thus beginning a connection with General Howard that would last throughout and beyond the Civil War. Balloch served as commissary of subsistence under O. O. Howard for most of the war. Following the war, George W. Balloch served as chief disbursing officer of the newly-created Freedmen’s Bureau until 1871. Later, he worked in both the banking and insurance businesses. He married Martha Jane Palmer (d. 1900) in 1849 and the couple had eight children. The collection contains additional biographical information on the life and career of George Williamson Balloch.
The following subjects are represented in this collection. If you are researching these topics, try using these search terms in the library catalog:
Balloch, George Williamson, b. 1825
United States. -- Army. -- New Hampshire Infantry Regiment, 5th (1861-1865)
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Norwich University -- History -- 19th century.
Harrison, Benjamin, 1833-1901
Howard, O. O. (Oliver Otis), 1830-1909
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); George Williamson Balloch Papers, Box and/or Folder and/or Item Identification; Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT. Here’s an example from the collection:
Letter to Mrs. James R. Balloch from George W. Balloch, 3 July 1868. George Williamson Balloch Papers, Correspondence file, Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT.
Extent: 1 Box (.25 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
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