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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
Booklet - "Twenty Army Ballads: Favorites of the Boys Who Wore Blue", G.A.R., 1882.BookletH0701
Booklet - "Old War Songs", G.A.R.: 1891, 1895.BookletH0702
Book - "Proceedings of the Semi-Annual Encampment Held at Troy", G.A.R., 1873-1874.BookH0801
Document - Report of Officers, Delegates & Alternates Elected for 1888 at the William A. Seeley Post No. 554, G.A.R., December 14, 1887.ReportH0802
Ticket - Masquerade Party hosted by L.E. Fitch Post No. 165, Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.), April 23, 1888.TicketH0803
Program - Memorial Service held by the General A.S. Diven Post, Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.), at the First Methodist Episcopal Church, May 26, 1907. ProgramH0804
Program - The Seventy-Fifth Annual Encampment at Lake Placid, Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.), June 16-19, 1941.ProgramH0805
Program - Fellowship Dinner at Lake Placid, Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.), June 17, 1941.ProgramH0806
Booklet - Meeting minutes and membership list, Veterans Association, APril 21, 1888.BookletH0901
Document - Resolutions of condolences passed upon the death of comrade Joel M. Jansen, Veterans Association, January 18, 1898.DocumentH0902
Document - Meeting minutes discussing how to salute the dead, Veterans Association, March 12, 1898.DocumentH0903
Document - Meeting minutes discussing recent elections, Veterans Association, September 16, 1916.DocumentH0904
Handbill - Convention of the Drafted Men of Chemung County, Committee of Drafted Men, December 2, 1871.HandbillH1001
Pamphlet - Laws concerning the welfare of drafted men, Committee of Drafted Men, c. 1892.PamphletH1002
Roster - 18th Regiment, Theo. Roosevelt Department of New York and New Jersey, 1900.RosterH1101
Letter - John B. Bachelder regarding a Congressional Bill on the publication of maps of Gettysburg, May 1, 1878.LetterH1201
Letter - Colonel Arthur Lee to Honorable L.A. Mackey regarding John B. Bachelder's memo, May 11, 1878. LetterH1201
Booklet - Descriptions of Paul Philippoteaux's panorama of the Battle of Gettysburg, c. 1880-1900.BookletH1203
Booklet - A Poetical History of the Battle of Gettysburg by Julius Dexter Rhodes, 1893.BookletH1204
Booklet - The Old Glory Almanac for 1897 published by the L.A. Hazard, Women's Relief Corps #234, Ladies Auxiliary to the G.A.R., Elmira, 1897. BookletH1205
Handbill - 5th Annual Elmira Civil War Living History Weekend, August 22-24, 1986 (2 versions).HandbillH1301
Program - Rededication of the 107th N.Y. Volunteer Regimental Banner, August 23, 1986; A Salute to Our POW/MIA's, August 24, 1986. ProgramH1302
Program - 125th Anniversary of the closing of Elmira Prison Camp, June 1-3, 1990.ProgramH1303
Ledger - Membership and dues of the Wilson Dean Post No. 416 G.A.R., Millport, 1882-1895.LedgerH1401
Handbill - Camp Fire given by Wilson Dean Post No. 416, G.A.R., at the Millport Masonic Hall, April 19, ca. 1883. (2 copies)HandbillH1402
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