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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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Document - Index to Edward Kendall letters to home, 107th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, 1862-1865.DocumentC0101
Correspondence - Photocopies and transcripts of Edward Kendall letters to home, 107th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, 1862.CorrespondenceC0201
Correspondence - Photocopies and transcripts of Edward Kendall letters to home, 107th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, January - June 1863.CorrespondenceC0301
Correspondence - Photocopies and transcripts of Edward Kendall letters to home, 107th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, July - December 1863.CorrespondenceC0401
Correspondence - Photocopies and transcripts of Edward Kendall letters to home, 107th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, January - June 1864.CorrespondenceC0501
Correspondence - Photocopies and transcripts of Edward Kendall letters to home, 107th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, July - December 1864.CorrespondenceC0601
Correspondence - Photocopies and transcripts of Edward Kendall letters to home, 107th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, January - June 1865.CorrespondenceC0701
Diary - Edward Kendall on life as a soldier in the war, 107th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, 1862.DiaryD0101
Diary - Edward Kendall on life as a soldier in the war, 107th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, January - July 1863. DiaryD0201
Diary - Edward Kendall on life as a soldier in the war, 107th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, August 1863 - March 1864.DiaryD0301
Diary - Edward Kendall on life as a soldier in the war, 107th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, 1864.DiaryD0401
Diary - Edward Kendall on life as a soldier in the war, 107th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, 1865.DiaryD0501
Diary - Edward Kendall on life as a soldier in the war, 107th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, c. 1864-1865.DiaryD0601
Correspondence - Transcripts of Arthur S. Fitch letters to home, 107th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, August - December 1862.CorrespondenceE0101
Correspondence - Transcripts of Arthur S. Fitch letters to home, 107th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, January - December 1863.CorrespondenceE0201
Correspondence - Transcripts of Arthur S. Fitch letters to home, 107th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, January - December 1864. CorrespondenceE0301
Correspondence - Transcripts of Arthur S. Fitch letters to home, 107th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, January - May 1865.CorrespondenceE0401
Diary - Arthur S. Fitch on life as a soldier in the war, 107th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, July 1862 - February 1865.DiaryE0501
Document - Statement of conditions regarding the parole for prisoner of war Ebenizer L. Martin, 23rd Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, September 12, 1862.DocumentF0101
Letter - War Department regarding a duplicate discharge paper for Guy M. Bosworth, 23rd Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, June 2nd, 1881. LetterF0102
Booklet - 30th Annual Reunion of the 23rd Regimental Association of the New York Volunteers, Watkins Opera House, Watkins Glen, September 18, 1912. BookletF0103
Diary - Unknown Elmira soldier of Company K, 23rd Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, c. 1862-1863.DiaryF0201
Correspondence - Transcript of Hugh Jenkins Baldwin letters to home, 23rd Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, 1860-1864.CorrespondenceF0301
Booklet - Third Annual Reunion, 23rd Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, July 4, 1885.BookletF0401
Invitation - Annual reunion dinner, 23rd Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, July 8, 1886.InvitationF0402
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