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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
Document - Furlough granted to Guy M. Bosworth of Company F, 8th Regiment N.Y. Artillery, January 26, 1865.DocumentG0205
Orders - Special Orders No. 81 detailing Guy M. Bosworth of Company F for duty at headquarters, 8th Regiment N.Y. Artillery, May 28, 1865.OrdersG0206
Orders - Various military orders, 19th Army Corps, 1863-1865.OrdersG0301
Document - Member roll for regiment, 20th Regiment N.Y. Artillery, c. 1863-1865.DocumentG0401
Record - Time of service for Isaac Samuels of Company D, 52nd Regiment of Infantry N.Y. Volunteers, November 26, 1904.RecordG0501
Document - Muster-in Roll of Company G, 58th Regiment of New York National Guards, August 10, 1864.DocumentG0601
Certificate - Discharge of musician Frederick D. Williams of Company M, 58th Regiment of New York State National Guards, December 2, 1864.CertificateG0602
Report - List of the sick and wounded, 89th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, March 31, 1862.ReportG0701
Letter - James Allen to J.B. Morrison complaining of medical conditions, 89th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, September 19, 1863.LetterG0702
Record - Invoice of hospital and medical supplies, 89th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, April 29, 1864.RecordG0703
Records - Descriptive list and account of pay and clothing of Private Charles Dense of Company A, 100th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, July 1865.RecordsG0801
Booklet - Sick Report of Company I, 103rd Infantry N.Y. Volunteers, November 10, 1863.BookletG0901
Certificate - Pension for the widow of Samuel E. Blanchard of Company C, 132nd Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, February 9, 1895.CertificateG1001
Document - Diary entry with description of Camp "Hathaway", 141st Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, September 28, 1862.DocumentG1101
Letter - To "Friend Fairman" discussing camp life, 141st Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, October 1, 1862.LetterG1102
Letter - From "Mack" decribing the win of the Battle at Fredericksburg, 141st Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, December 11, 1862.LetterG1103
Document - Part of a letter or diary entry discussing the feeling of brotherhood in the regiment, 141st Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, c.1862-1863.DocumentG1104
Document - Unknown soldier attempts a description of the first Sabbath in camp, 141st Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, c. 1862-1863.DocumentG1105
Notebook - Record kept of the careers of the officers, 141st Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, c. 1862-1864.NotebookG1106
Booklet - Commemoration of First Lieutenant Theodore M. Warren of Company H, 141st Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, 1864.BookletG1107
Letter - The Regimental Association to its comrades, 141st Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, c. 1880-1890.LetterG1108
Certificate - Jerimiah Smalley is promoted to Corporal, Company K, 141th N.Y. Volunteers, May 31, 1854.CertificateG1109
Diary - Kept by prisoner of war Joseph F. Hyers, Andersonville Prison, 1863.DiaryG1201
Document - States that Darius Perry has been regularly mustered, Norfolk Brigade Band, January 14, 1864.DocumentG1201
Certificate - Discharge for Darius Perry, Norfolk Brigade Band, July 5, 1865.CertificateG1202
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