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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.
Notes:

 

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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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Documents - Ordnance and Ordnance Stores, 107th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, c. 1863-1865.DocumentsB0201
Documents - Ordnance and Ordnance Stores, 107th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, October - Decemeber 1864.DocumentsB0301
Documents - Ordnance and Ordnance Stores, 107th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, January - August 1865.DocumentsB0401
Documents - Settlement of Ordinance Stores, 107th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, 1866-1867.DocumentsB0501
Orders - General Orders No. 7 appointing George Humphrey as Lance Corporal, 107th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, July 19, 1862.OrdersB0601
Certificate - George W. Humphrey is promoted to the rank of Sergeant, 107th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, August 13, 1862.CertificateB0602
Certificate - George W. Humphrey is promoted to the rank of First Sergeant, 107th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, April 18, 1863.CertificateB0603
Orders - Special Orders No. 50 asking George W. Humphrey to report to a medical post in Nashville, 107th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, June 2, 1864.OrdersB0604
Orders - Hospital discharge for George W. Humphrey, 107th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, June 27, 1864.OrdersB0605
Receipt - Payment made by George W. Humphrey for hospital stay, 107th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, October 21, 1864.ReceiptB0606
Orders - George W. Humphrey is detailed as Commander, 107th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, October 22, 1864.OrdersB0607
Manuscript - Resolutions formed upon the death of Lieut. and Fireman D.D. Kniffin, 107th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, September 23, 1863.ManuscriptB0701
Correspondence - Emory C. Johnson to his siblings discussing his travels with the regiment, 107th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, October 6, 1863.CorrespondenceB0702
Correspondence - Andrew Brockway to sister discussing war life, 107th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, November 30, 1863.CorrespondenceB0703
Letter - Quartermaster General to the commander discussing the clothing and garrison equipage, 107th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, August 9, 1862.LetterB0801
Certificate - Discharge for William A. Benedict, 107th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, June 6, 1865.CertificateB0802
Ledger - Names and payment dues of those submitting to the 107th N.Y.V. Monument Fund, 107th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, 1878-1881.LedgerB0803
Souvenir - Picture issued by The Telegram depicting the battle flag of the 107th N.Y.V., 107th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, September 17, 1890.SouvenirB0804
Booklet - "The Bronze Soldier" by A.S. Fitch issued by the 107th for Memorial Day, 107th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, c. 1885-1895 (2 copies).BookletB0901
Booklet - "22nd Annual Reunion and Excursion to the Battle Fields of Antietam and Gettysburg", 107th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, September 14-18, 1888 (2 copies).BookletB0902
Booklets - Veteran Rosters, 107th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers: 1893, 1898, 1915 (2 copies).BookletsB0903
Invitation - Annual Reunion Dinners, 107th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers: September 1, 1925 (2 copies), 1927, 1928.InvitationB0904
Letter - William R. Hammond to his daughter discussing his recollections of his experiences as a P.O.W., 107th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, January 23, 1915.LetterB1001
Letter - Frank P. Frost to William H. Arnold about A.S. Fitch's story "The Bronze Soldier", 107th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, May 1, 1925.LetterB1002
Booklet - History of the 107th by an unknown soldier, 107th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, c. 1880-1890 (2 copies).BookletB1101
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