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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
Hand written notes regarding Draft Rendezvous, Elmira, NY Letter Book #3, National Archives Record Group 110, Entry 2341.DocumentsJ0602
Letter Book Vol. 1, National Archives Record Group 110 Entry 2341, 1 of 3 vols. covering August 7, 1863 to May 29, 1864, Hand written by the authorDocumentsJ0603
Letter Book 1, National Archives Record Group 110 Entry 2341, letters sent between August 1863 to May 29, 1864. Also includes information on Draft Rendezvous, Elmira, NY. Handwritten by the author.DocumentsJ0604
Letter Book 2, National Archives Record Group 110, entry 2341 regarding Draft Rendezvous, Elmira, NY from January 17, 1865 to March 11, 1865. Handwritten by author.DocumentsJ0605
Letter Book 3, National Archives Record Group 110 Entry 2341. Draft Rendezvous, Elmira, NY. February 9, 1866. Handwritten by author with a note "The last message from Elmira".DocumentsJ0606
Telegrams sent 1864-1865 National Archives Record Group 110 Entry 2349 and Special Orders 1863-1866 National Archives Record Group 110 entry 2353, regarding review of troops, General Rendezvous and provisions.DocumentsJ07
Letters sent between October 1863 and August 1864, from the Records of the Commissary General of Prisoners, National Archives Record Group 249. Included is the August 1864 Response to Sanger's scurvy report. Handwritten by author.LetterJ08
Letters and telegrams received 1864 from January through December, National Archives Record Group 110 Box 43 Entry 2343.LetterJ09
Telegrams sent 1864-1865, National Archives Record Group 110 Box 43 Entry 2349.TelegramJ10
"Reminiscences of Walter D. Addison" prisoner at Elmira Prison Camp. From the Thomas Jefferson Green Papers #289, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC.DocumentsJ11
Handwritten notes, General Orders No. 58, letters and a forward from the Alabama Department of Archives and History Historical Reference File 1861-1865 [File W-44].DocumentsJ12
An article from the Southern Historical Society Papers, excerpts from newspapers, and excerpts from the Congressional Record 1876 dealing with the Amnesty Debate.DocumentsJ13
A Chemung Historical Journal "Elmira and Andersonville", articles from Blue and Gray, "Death Before Dishonor, A Story of Prison Life, Diary of Charles C. Mosher, Company B 85th Regiment, New York Veteran Volunteers", and articles from the Confederate Veteran regarding Andersonville Prison Camp it's commander, Capt. Wirz.DocumentsJ14
Recollections and papers from the Barry Benson Papers #2636 in the Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina Library, Chapel Hill, NC. Barry Benson was a prisoner at Elmira.DocumentsJ15
The Chemung Historical Journal Vol. 9 No. 4 June 1964, The Chemung Historical Journal (reprint of Sept. 1964) Aug 1990, The Chemung Historical Journal Vol. 30 No. 3 March 1985, all containing articles written by the former Chemung County Historian Thomas E. Byrne.DocumentsJ16
A photocopy of: History of the DeWitt Guard, Company A, 50th Regiment National Guard, State of New York". Included is Surgeon Alexander's report from July 14, 1864, Guard Detail and Alexander ordered to inspect Elmira July 9, 1864.DocumentsK01
Letters regarding the Camp Proposal also known as Code: Eastman.DocumentsK02
Letters, articles, The Chemung Historical Journal Vol. 14 No. 1 Sept 1968, notes and a listing of the Confederate Dead at Woodlawn National Cemetery, all regarding the cemetery and John W. Jones.DocumentsK03
Handwritten notes from the Elmira Republican Oct 19, 1833, notes, The Chemung Historical Journal Vol. 1 No. 4 June 1956 and an article from The Chemung Historical Journal Vo. 5 No. 3 March 1960 all regarding the Chemung Canal.DocumentsK04
Articles, letters and notes all regarding clothing.DocumentsK05
Photocopies from Registers and Sketches of Organizations regarding Henry Colt.DocumentsK06
Articles and notes from the Confederate Veteran from 1896 to 1905.DocumentsK07
Photocopies from the book: Jefferson Davis: Constitutionalist, His Letters, Papers and Speeches", collected and edited by Dunbar Rowland, LL.D. Director of the Department of Archives and History of the State of Mississippi, Secretary Mississippi Historical Society.DocumentsK08
Newspaper articles from the Elmira Gazette regarding Alexander Diven.DocumentsK09
Newspaper articles from the New York Times and the Elmira Telegram regarding R. R. R. Dumars an officer at Elmira Prison Camp.DocumentsK10
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