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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
Correspondence - Benjamin F. Manning to his wife Electa Manning, 161st Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, February - December 1864.CorrespondenceF2001
Letter - Electa Manning to her child on her health, Electa Manning, December 15, c. 1865-1870.LetterF2002
Diary - Entry concerning the death of B.F. Manning in the Civil War, Electa Manning, c.1865.DiaryF2003
Receipts - Payments of ten dollars made on sewing machine lease, Electa Manning: December 24, 1874; September 22, 1875.ReceiptsF2004
Letter - Notice of move to Elmira from Wheeler & Wilson's Sewing Machines, Electa Manning, January 1, 1876.LetterF2005
Receipt - Payment of five dollars made on sewing machine lease, Electa Manning, March 18, 1876.ReceiptF2006
Certificate - Membership for Levia A. Manning to the abstinence society Legion of Honor, Electa Manning, December 30, 1876.CertificateF2007
Receipt - Blank receipt for payment on sewing machine lease, Electa Manning, c. 1870s.ReceiptF2008
Booklet - Roster of all known surviving members prepared for the Forty-third Annual Reunion, 161st Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, September 12, 1923.BookletF2101
Letter - Judge M.S. Sayre to William Kimball expressing his regret at not being able to attend the annual reunion, 161st Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, July 31, 1925.LetterF2102
Document - Contract promising to pay rent for using the concert hall as a drill room, 161st Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, c. 1862.DocumentF2201
Document - Muster-in roll nulled due to irregularities found in the roster, 161st Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, October 2, 1863.DocumentF2202
Document - Removal of the pay stoppage, 161st Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, October 17, 1863.DocumentF2203
Document - Request that certain mustered officers be certified by the Commanding Officer, 161st Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, October 19, 1863.DocumentF2204
Document - Request that the forms regarding desertees be filled out and sent, 161st Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, November 11, 1863.DocumentF2205
Document - Muster-in roll suspended due to irregularities found in the roster, 161st Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, November 11, 1863.DocumentF2206
Letterhead - Blank letterhead for the regiment listing battles they participated in, 161st Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, 1865.LetterheadF2207
Diary - Pliny F. Gridley, Company F, 50th New York Engineers, August 15, 1864-July 2, 1865. (transcription)DiaryF2301
Document - "Hancock: The Pride of the Bold 2nd Corps" lyrics, 2nd Army Corps, c. 1863-1864.DocumentG0101
Orders - Military orders issued commending the gallantry of the division, 2nd Army Corps, 1863-1864.OrdersG0102
Document - Major General Winfield S. Hancock's Farewell Address, 2nd Army Corps, November 25, 1864.DocumentG0103
Certificate - Guy M. Bosworth is promoted to the rank of Quartermaster Sergeant in Company F, 8th Regiment N.Y. Artillery, November 6, 1864.CertificateG0201
Letter - Praise from Brigadier General Egan on the conduct of the regiment in their operations before Petersburg, 8th Regiment N.Y. Artillery, November 15, 1864.LetterG0202
Certificate - Guy M. Bosworth is promoted to the rank of Sergeant in Company F, 8th Regiment N.Y. Artillery, December 3, 1864.CertificateG0203
Orders - General Orders No. 53 promoting Corporal Guy M. Bosworth to Sergeant, Joseph Clapsaddle to 2nd Lieut., Private Alexander Gould to Corporal; 8th Regiment N.Y. Artillery; December 3, 1864.OrdersG0204
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