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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 - William R. Lee, 54th Massachusetts Regiment, to his wife about his time in the hospital, May - September 1863.CorrespondenceG2101
Correspondence - Joseph Woodford to his siblings: March 27, 1862 and March 24, 1864.CorrespondenceG2201
Letter - J.F. Haller discusses the movements of his brigade and general news, Essex County in Virginia, March 29, c. 1861-1865.LetterG2301
Letter - Jason Lusk to Friend Susan discussing army life, Elmira, c. May 20, 1861.LetterG2302
Letter - A. Brunson to his niece Hattie Brunson describing army life and the barracks he resides in, Barracks No. 1 in Elmira, September 4, 1861. LetterG2303
Letter - W. Brown to his friend about what occurred at Munson's Hill, Upton's Hill, October 8, 1861.LetterG2304
Letter - Freman Warren to his mother anticipating a battle, Holly Hill, October 13, 1861.LetterG2305
Letter - George H. Humphrey to A. Ferrell discussing the health of fellow soldiers and awaiting the end of the war, Fredonia, March 14, 1862.LetterG2306
Letter - Partial letter from unknown soldier to his sister expressing gratitude for her correspondence, Aegria Landing, June 7, 1863.LetterG2307
Letter - Richard W. Flourney to his mother discussing the unexpected evacuation of Richmond, Cumberland County, April 7, 1864.LetterG2308
Letter - Ben F. Smith to cousin John F. Smith about the furlough he received after having chronic dystentery, North Carolina, August 10, 1864.LetterG2309
Letter - Lois Wonch to sister about getting a furlough to come home, February 23, 1865.LetterG2310
Letter - Transcript of letter from Samuel Palmer to Susie about the nice weather and sitting around the campfire, War Landing, March 18, 1865.LetterG2311
Letter - W. May to family about the recent fighting near the end of the Petersburg Siege, Petersburg, April 2, 1865.LetterG2312
Letter - Edward to mother about recent fighting, Amelia Springs, April 5, 1865.LetterG2313
Letter - Confederate soldier B. Tucker to his aunt about the burning of Richmond, En route to Farmville, April 7, 1865.LetterG2314
Letter - B.F. Eshlman to his wife about his current march, Curdsville, April 7, 1865.LetterG2315
Letter from Duane Thompson, 23rd New York Volunteers, to his father, Henry Thompson, of Southport, about life in his regiment, Arlington Heights, VA, August 6, 1861. LetterG2316
Correspondence - Reverend C.M.B. to his wife updating her on rumors about the war, Baltimore, c. 1861-1865.CorrespondenceG2401
Letter - Samuel Harris to William explaining the supplies he sent along, New York, April 27, 1861.LetterG2403
Picture - View of campsite sketched by a Union soldier, c. 1862-1865.PictureG2501
Picture - Sketch of the inside of a Union soldier's tent, c. 1862-1865.PictureG2502
Document - Poem written by B.C. Merritt to the memory of Ford Bosworth, c. 1862-1865.DocumentG2503
Booklet - "Review of the Governor's Message" presented by Honorable William H. Gleason, March 1864.BookletG2504
Diary - Samuel M. Dibble, 1st New York Veteran Cavalry, September 1864-April 1865. DiaryG2601
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