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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
Invitation - Annual reunion to be held on the battle field of Antietam in conjunction with the 107th, 23rd Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, August 27, 1888.InvitationF0403
Booklet - Twenty-ninth Annual Reunion, 23rd Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, September 19, 1911.BookletF0404
Certificate - Death of Private Egbert H. Luthrop of Company H, 50th N.Y. Engineer Corps, December 31, 1864.CertificateF0501
Document - Furlough granted to Private Charles F. MacKinson of Company H, 50th N.Y. Engineer Corps, March 10, 1865.DocumentF0502
Document - Sworn testimony from First Lieutenant William D. Cameron regarding ordnance stores, 50th N.Y. Engineer Corps, June 9, 1865.DocumentF0503
Certificate - Discharge for Sergeant Daniel B. Lynch of Company H, 50th N.Y. Engineer Corps, June 13, 1865.CertificateF0504
Certificate - Elnathan Personius is promoted to corporal, Company G, 50th N.Y. Engineers, November 15, 1861. CertificateF0505
Certificate - Elnathan Personius is promoted to sergeant, Company G, 50th N.Y. Engineers, June 10, 1864. CertificateF0506
Certificates - Honorable discharge for Elnathan Personius, Company G, 50th N.Y. Engineers, January 4, 1864 and June 13, 1865.CertificatesF0507
Correspondence - Private Rankin B. Rose letters to family about life as a soldier, 50th N.Y. Engineers, 1862-1864.CorrespondenceF0601
Document - Muster-in roll for Edmund O. Beers as major, 50th N.Y. Engineer Corps, June 1, 1863.DocumentF0701
Document - Muster-out Roll for Edmund O. Beers as Captain, 50th N.Y. Engineer Corps, November 18, 1863.DocumentF0702
Document - Muster-in Roll for Edmund O. Beers as Major, 50th N.Y. Engineer Corps, November 18, 1863.DocumentF0703
Orders - Special Orders No. 317 granting a leave of absence to Major Edmund O. Beers, 50th N.Y. Engineer Corps, December 12, 1863.OrdersF0704
Letter - War Dept. authorizes the muster-in of Edmund Beers as major, 50th N.Y. Engineer Corps, March 5, 1864.LetterF0705
Letter - War Dept. informs Major Edmund O. Beers his pay is suspended, 50th N.Y. Engineer Corps, June 17, 1864.LetterF0706
Letter - B.S Alexander recommends that Major Edmund O. Beers gets an extra five days of leave, 50th N.Y. Engineer Corps, September 5, 1864.LetterF0707
Letter - War Dept. relieves Major Edmund O. Beers from accountability on the ordnance stores, 50th N.Y. Engineer Corps, September 7, 1864.LetterF0708
Certificate - Discharge of Edmund O. Beers as Major, 50th N.Y. Engineer Corps, November 22, 1864.CertificateF0709
Letters - Quartermaster General has examined Edmund O. Beers' clothing and garrison returns, 50th N.Y. Engineer Corps, November 22, 1864 (3).LettersF0710
Document - Sworn affidavit dating Edmund O. Beers' time of captaincy, 50th N.Y. Engineer Corps, June 30, 1866.DocumentF0711
Letter - The Second Auditor's Office at the Treasury Dept. suspends Edmund O. Beers' application on evidence of remuster, 50th N.Y. Engineer Corps, November 13, 1866.LetterF0712
Document - War Dept. grants Edmund O. Beers commission as Brevet Lieutenant Colonel, 50th N.Y. Engineer Corps, March 7, 1867.DocumentF0713
Letter - Edmund O. Beers has received commission but wishes to correct the misspelling of his name, 50th N.Y. Engineer Corps, March 14, 1867.LetterF0714
Document - Transfer card allowing Edmund O. Beers to enter any post of the G.A.R., G.A.R., January 5, 1876.DocumentF0715
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