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The manuscript index contains links to finding aids for the collections of the Booth Library.  Each finding aid has a description of that collection along with a listing of the items within that collection.  The Booth Library staff and volunteers are updating the index daily in order to make your research experience more productive.

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Collection TitleMC 02 Civil War CollectionCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByKimberly Richards, Calvin Brewer
Date Completed:Spring 2006
Provenance:The Civil War Collection was donated to the Booth Library by various donors, including Historians George Farr, Michael Horigan and Carl Morell, as well as purchases made by George Farr on behalf of the Chemung County Historical Society.
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Historical:Elmira, New York played a very important role during the Civil War. In 1861 Gov. Edwin B. Morgan designated Elmira as a Military Depot and in 1863 the US Government named Elmira as a Draft Rendezvous. Officers and enlisted men totaling 20, 796 were sent south from Elmira, who served in some of the most prestigious regiments including the 107th New York Volunteers and the 50th New York Engineers. Elmira first served as a place for mustering troops, some of the more famous being the 107th New York Volunteers and the 50th New York Engineers. In 1864 commanders at Elmira received word that they would also serve as a place for Prisoners of War. The Elmira Prison Camp existed for a year and four days, from June 6, 1864 to July 10, 1865. During that time over 12,000 confederates at one time or another were stationed in Elmira. Due to miscommunication, personality conflicts and malnutrition, 2963 men died over the period of that year. These men were buried by John W. Jones, an ex-slave, who became a prominent citizen within the Black Community. The Confederate War Dead are in Woodlawn National Cemetery, accessible by the Davis Street Entrance.
Scope:The largest series in this collection are boxes j-o. These boxes contain all the research information Michael Horigan put together for his book Elmira: Death Camp of the North, published in 2001. The Chemung County Historical Society is still actively collecting documents for this collection and it will continue to grow.
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Extent4.5 linear feet
Date Span1860-Present
AbstractThe Civil War collection contains originals and copies of letters, diaries and documents produced during the Civil War, 1861-1865, including the Elmira Prison Camp, 1864-1865, as well as recent articles and research.


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Handbill - Wilson Dean Post No. 416 G.A.R. Decoration Day exercises at the Millport Masonic Hall, May 30, 1894.HandbillH1404
Handbill - Wilson Dean Post No. 416 G.A.R. Decoration Day exercises at the Millport Masonic Hall, May 30, 1895. HandbillH1405
Handbill - Wilson Dean Post No. 416 G.A.R. Decoration Day exercises at the Millport Masonic Hall, May 30, 1898.HandbillH1406
Handbill - Wilson Dean Post No. 416 G.A.R. Decoration Day exercises at the Millport Masonic Hall, May 30, 1899. (2 copies)HandbillH1407
Handbill - Wilson Dean Post No. 416 G.A.R. Decoration Day exercises at the Millport Masonic Hall, MAy 30, 1900.HandbillH1409
Handbill - Wilson Dean Post No. 416 G.A.R. Decoration Day exercises at the Millport Masonic Hall, May 30, 1901.HandbillH1410
Handbill - Wilson Dean Post No. 416 G.A.R. Decoration Day exercises at the Millport Masonic Hall, May 30, 1902.HandbillH1411
Handbill - Wilson Dean Post No. 416 G.A.R. Decoration Day exercises at the Millport Masonic Hall, May 30, 1904. (4 copies)HandbillH1412
Handbill - Wilson Dean Post No. 416 G.A.R. Decoration Day exercises at the Millport Masonic Hall, May 30, 1906. HandbillH1413
Handbill - Wilson Dean Post No. 416 G.A.R. Decoration Day exercises at the Millport Masonic Hall, May 30, 1907.HandbillH1414
Handbill - Wilson Dean Post No. 416 G.A.R. Decoration Day exercises at the Millport Masonic Hall, May 30, 1912. (2 copies)HandbillH1415
10 pages of hand written notes from the National Archives RG 110 Letter Book, Volume 1, Entry 2342. Letters date from January 4, 1865 to March 25, 1865 and are referenced by the page number from the letter book. Letters deal with aspects of the prison camp.DocumentsJ01
Special Orders 279 from the Department of the East, New York City, November 18th 1864 regarding the transfer of Henry G Sasser and George W. Strader to Camp Chase, Ohio. From the National Archives.DocumentsJ0201
Special Orders 170 from the Department of the East, New York City July 1864 regarding directing "Surgeons in charge of General Hospitals to grant furloughs direct to all able to travel, is hereby revoked". From the National Archives.DocumentsJ0202
Special Orders 343 from the War Department, Washington October 12, 1864 stating "The following named officers and enlisted men will report to the Commanding Officer of Draft Rendezvous, at Elmira, New York for the assignment to temporary duty". From the National ArchivesDocumentsJ0203
4 pages of special orders dating from April 18, 1864 to October 15, 1864 regarding surgeons. From the National Archives.DocumentsJ0204
General Services Administration, National Archives and Records Service, The National Archives. "Preliminary Inventory of the Records of the Provost Marshal General's Bureau (Civil War), (Record Group 110) Part II, New York". Included are handwritten notes and requests for Microfilm from the National ArchivesNotesJ0205
Outline entitled "Elements of a Good Union Name Search".NotesJ0206
Notes from the National Archives regarding "Elmira, NY, Record Group 92. Post and Reservation File". With hand written notes.NotesJ0207
Letter from the War Department dated July 1863 regarding the drafting of enlisted men. From the National ArchivesLetterJ0301
Letter from the A.A. Provost Marshal General's Office dated Elmira, NY August 3, 1863 regarding the drafted men. From the National ArchivesLetterJ0302
Letter from the War Department dated July 8, 1863 regarding "a list showing the number of recruits required to fill certain regiments from the State of New York". From the National ArchivesLetterJ0303
Letter from the War Department dated July 8, 1863 regarding "a list showing the number of recruits required to fill certain regiments from the State of New York". From the National ArchivesLetterJ0304
Letter from the War Department dated July 16, 1863 stating "…to select from the drafted men, who are to assemble at your rendezvous, a sufficient number to [sic] to guard and other necessary duties at your post, not to exceed one hundred and sixty four". From the National ArchivesLetterJ0305
A telegram from the War Department dated July 18, 1864 stating" The depot for drafted men at Buffalo is given up; Men and Stores are ordered to Elmira instead". From the National Archives.TelegramJ0306
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