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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.


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.


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
Certificate of discharge - Samuel M. Dibble, 1st New York Veteran Cavalry, June 8, 1865.CertificateG2602
Booklet - Roster of the Department, G.A.R, June 1887.BookletH0101
Booklet - Roster of the Department, G.A.R., 1933.BookletH0102
Certificates - Identification for Department Members, G.A.R., June 22-24, 1920 (3 copies).CertificatesH0201
Notebook - Membership list and meeting minutes, G.A.R., 1869-1873.NotebookH0301
Booklets - Roster List for Baldwin Post No. 6, G.A.R.: 1899, 1906, 1909, 1918,1929, 1931.BookletsH0401
Invitation to a Grand Calico Hop for the Anniversary of Lee's Surender sponsored by the Baldwin Post of the G.A.R., Military Hall, April 9, 1869. InvitationH0501
Contract between Rufus I. Mills and the Baldwin Post No. 6, G.A.R., laying out the terms of his service as post Quarter Master, July 1, 1870. DocumentH0502
Program - Decoration day services observed by Baldwin Post No. 6, G.A.R., May 30, 1874.ProgramH0503
Program - Memorial service sponsored by Baldwin Post No. 6 for the funeral of General Ulysses S. Grant, G.A.R., August 8, 1885.ProgramH0504
Program - Memorial services sponsored by Baldwin Post No. 6, G.A.R., May 28, 1893.ProgramH0505
Letter from Robert A. Hall on the record of former member of Baldwin Post No. 6, Moses C. Armstrong, June 11, 1894.LetterH0506
Program - Memorial services sponsored by Baldwin Post No. 6, G.A.R., May 26, 1895.ProgramH0507
Program - Memorial services sponsored by Baldwin Post No. 6, G.A.R., May 24, 1896.ProgramH0508
Letters of recommendation for Samuel Johnson sent to Baldwin Post No. 6, G.A.R., c. 1895-1890 (2 versions).LettersH0509
Program - Memorial services sponsored by Baldwin Post No. 6, G.A.R., May 28, 1899.ProgramH0510
Program - Memorial services sponsored by Baldwin Post No. 6, G.A.R., May 24, 1908.ProgramH0511
Handbill - Dinner for Miss Josephine Isleib at the Rorick's Rustic Restaurant upon her election as Daughter of the Post, Baldwin Post No. 6, G.A.R., August 17, 1908. HandbillH0512
Program - Memorial services sponsored by Baldwin Post No. 6, G.A.R., May 30, 1909.ProgramH0513
Application - Membership to Baldwin Post No.6 for James B. Ells, G.A.R., February 7, 1921.ApplicationH0514
Program - Memorial services sponsored by Baldwin Post No. 6, G.A.R., May 24, 1936.ProgramH0515
Calling Card - M.M. Conklin, Baldwin Post No. 6, G.A.R., aide-de-camp.Calling CardH0516
(4) Military records of officers of the Baldwin Post No. 6 G.A.R., ca. 1890s. DocumentH0516
Notice for the 30th annual reunion of the 179th New York Volunteers at the Baldwin Post, September 24, 1908. PostcardH0517
Magazine - "Spirit of 1861-1865", G.A.R.: June 1897, December 1897.MagazineH0601
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