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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
Documents - Pension reissues awarded to Edmund O. Beers, 50th N.Y. Engineer Corps: June 26, 1884; December 23, 1890; October 12, 1891; October 11, 1892; January 4, 1894.DocumentsF0716
Certificate - Membership for Edmund O. Beers to the Knights Templars, Knights Templars and Masonic Mutual Aid Association, May 20, 1891. CertificateF0717
Letter - N.Y. State Historian requests of Edmund O. Beers an account of his time in the Civil War, 50th N.Y. Engineer Corps, June 14, 1897.LetterF0718
Document - Edmund O. Beers reports as supernumerary officer for the 24th instant, November 26, 1897.DocumentF0719
Document - Edmund O. Beers reports as supernumerary officer for the 18th instant, November 16, 1898.DocumentF0720
Document - Edmund O. Beers reports as supernumerary officer of the 7th instant, November 8, 1899.DocumentF0721
Certificate - Regard and honor for Edmund O. Beers from his comrades, 110th Battalion, July 10, 1900.CertificateF0722
Orders - Special Orders No. 59 retiring Brigadier General Edmund O. Beers, March 8, 1912.OrdersF0723
Orders - Various military orders, 161st Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, 1863-1865.OrdersF0801
Documents - Various military documents pertaining to Company B, 161st Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, 1865.DocumentsF0901
Documents - Various military documents pertaining to Company C, 161st Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, 1862-1863.DocumentsF1001
Documents - Various military documents pertaining to Company D, 161st Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, 1863-1865.DocumentsF1101
Documents - Various military documents pertaining to Company E, 161st Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, October 1863.DocumentsF1201
Documents - Various military documents pertaining to Company F, 161st Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, 1863.DocumentsF1301
Documents - Various military documents pertaining to Company H, 161st Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, 1863-1865.DocumentsF1401
Documents - Various military documents pertaining to Company I, 161st Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, 1862-1865.DocumentsF1501
Documents - Various military documents pertaining to Company K, 161st Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, 1863-1865.DocumentsF1601
Document - Clothing receipt roll of sergeants and corporals, 161st Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, November 1865.DocumentF1701
Document - Muster roll of Company A, 161st Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, October 31, 1865.DocumentF1702
Document - Muster and descriptive roll of Company G, 161st Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, c. 1864.DocumentF1703
Document - Discharge of soldiers from U.S.C. hospital, 161st Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, November 13, 1863.DocumentF1801
Document - Notice that two hospital soldiers have been paid at U.S.C. Hospital, 161st Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, November 19, 1863.DocumentF1802
Document - Hospital payment notice for George M. Beard, 161st Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, November 20, 1863.DocumentF1803
Documents - Sick leave notifications for: Hiram Watson, Charles M. Nealy, and John M. Carson; 161st Regiment N.Y. Volunteers; May 26, 1864.DocumentsF1804
Certificates - Honorable discharges for: 1st Lieut. F. Scott DeWolfe, Sergeant Joseph Conlon, Captain G.E. Biles, 1st Lieut. Myron Powers, Asst. Surgeon C.M. Powers, Private William J. Brown; 161st Regiment N.Y. Volunteers; 1863-1865.CertificatesF1901
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