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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
An article from the Civil War Times and newspaper articles regarding the Observation Tower at the Prison Camp.DocumentsL13
Articles, book reviews and notes regarding information on Union Officers.DocumentsL14
Notes regarding Official Records regarding the Prison Camp. Included is the Brusnan Letter December 30, 1864.DocumentsL15
Copies of "A History of the City of Elmira, NY", Thesis, Presented to the Faculty of Cornell University for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy by Walter Henry Ottman.ThesisL16
An article on and brochures for Point Lookout in Maryland.DocumentsL17
A newspaper article from the Elmira Gazette and articles from the Confederate Veteran regarding Prisoner Exchange.ArticleL18
Copies of hand written notes by prisoners, notes and articles from the Confederate Veteran regarding Prisoner Experiences.DocumentsL19
Notes, articles from various publications including the Confederate Veteran and the Southern Historical Society Papers regarding prisoner treatment.DocumentsL20
Copy of an article in the Chemung Historical Journal entitled "Erin Day by Day In Civil War Era" by Carol Vaughan. It is a compilation of excerpts from the diaries of Marilla Park from 1850-1875.ArticleL21
Handwritten copies of Special Orders, newspaper articles, notes from the Official Records (Brusnan Letter), letters, articles from the Confederate Veteran, and an articles entitled: "Hardtack and Burned Beans" by Palmer H. Boeger regarding rations during the Civil War.DocumentsL22
Notes, copies of extracts from the Journal of Henry J. Raymond and newspaper articles regarding Henry J. Raymond.DocumentsL23
Notes and an article entitled "The Scourge of Elmira" by James I. Robertson, Jr. regarding James I. Robertson.DocumentsL24
File contains photographs used in the publication of Elmira: Death Camp of the North.DocumentsM01
Notes, articles from the Confederate Veteran, and articles entitled "Rock Island Prison Barracks" by T. R. Walker, and a booklet entitled "A Short History of the Rock Island Prison Barracks" Historical Office, US Army, Armament Materiel Readiness Command, Rock Island, Illinois regarding the Rock Island Prison Camp.DocumentsM02
Notes, articles, newspaper articles, letters, court hearings and biographical information regarding Dr. Eugene F. Sanger.DocumentsM03
Notes, articles, newspaper articles, letters, court hearings and biographical information regarding Dr. Eugene F. Sanger, cont.DocumentsM04
Notes, letters from the Sanitary Commission, copies of newspaper articles, an article entitled "The U.S. Sanitary Commission" by William Y. Thompson, and article entitled "Sanitary Fairs of the Civil War" by William Y. Thompson, and article entitled "The United States Christian Commission in the Civil War" by James O. Henry and a copy of the October 1978 Civil War Times Illustrated.DocumentsM05
The Chemung Historical Journal Vol. 9, No 4 June 1964, notes and copies of newspaper articles regarding the Shohola Train Wreck.DocumentsM06
Handwritten notes, copies of the Gray Papers #2569, copies of the Barringer Papers #1028 and copies of the Forwood Papers # 260 from the Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC and papers from the Thomas Jefferson Green Papers.DocumentsM07
An article from the Alabama Historical Quarterly entitled "Ten Months Experience In Northern Prisons" by J. B. Stamp.DocumentsM08
Notes, newspaper articles and an article from the Confederate Veteran regarding Edwin M. Stanton.DocumentsM09
Copies of original letters written by and notes regarding Dr. Anthony Stocker.DocumentsM10
The Chemung Historical Journal Vol. 42, No 3 March 1997, newspaper articles and letters regarding John Surratt.DocumentsM11
Newspaper articles from the Daily Advertiser regarding Temperance.ArticleM12
Notes and newspaper articles regarding the tension between Elmira and the military.DocumentsN01
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