Found 53 collections related to United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives

Sargent, Ransom
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 2678
.1 linear feet (1 folder)
Diary of Ransom Sargent, Musician, Company "F," 11th New Hampshire Regiment, dated January 14, 1864 through May 23, 1865.
Lay, Richard G
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 6093
24 items (1 folder)
Richard Gregory Lay was a lieutenant in the U.S. Regulars at the start of the Civil War. He was promoted to captain in 1862, brevet major in 1863 and lieutenant colonel in 1865. He resigned from the Army in 1870. His family apparently resided in... more
Holmes, Philip W., 1836-1906
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 1425
.31 linear feet (2 volumes)
Diary of Philip W. Holmes, April 9-30, 1861, kept while a member of the 13th New York Regiment, Co. G. Joined regiment in New York, was stationed in Annapolis and Baltimore on a guard duty. Gives minute details of army and camp life including... more
Pollard family
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 2450
7 linear feet (17 boxes)
Richard Pollard (1829-1908) was an insurance agent in Lynchburg, Virginia, and a trader during the 1850s in the Chinese import/export business. He served in the Confederate Army during the U.S. Civil War and was active in the Court St. Methodist... more
Buxton, Otis F
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 446
.21 linear feet (1 volume)
Diary kept by Otis F. Buxton while serving in the U.S. Army. Buxton, along with his cousin Homer A. Buxton and friends Alfred P. Ranney, Walter W. Ranney, and J. Hunt Clark, enlisted in August 1862 from Westminster, VT., and served in Co. "B",... more
Sedgwick family
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 2715
.4 linear feet (1 box and 2 v.)
The Sedgwick family lived in Stockbridge, Mass. Collection consists of letters, writings, photographs, and printed matter. Letters, 1849-1855, are from Theodore Sedgwick to his son, Arthur G. Sedgwick. Writings include album of poetry, 1812-1847,... more
Harris, William Hamilton, 1944-
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 1332
1 box
William Hamilton Harris (d. 1895) was a colonel in the Ordnance Department of the US Army during the Civil War. He was the son of Ira Harris, Republican Senator from New York. The collection comprises letters mostly written at West Point Military... more
Cowtan, Charles W., 1842-1928
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 4257
.1 linear feet (1 folder)
Correspondence, 1861-1916, between Charles W. Cowtan and various military and civilian figures relating to the 10th New York Volunteers during the Civil War. Also includes certificates relating to his military commissions and service, and to his... more
Strückman, William
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 22265
.1 linear feet (1 folder)
Letters, 1858-1862, by and relating to William Strückman (also spelled Strickman and Stickman) of New York City, a bugler with the U.S. Cavalry, 3rd Regiment Mounted Rifles, stationed at the School of Cavalry Practice at Carlisle Barracks,... more
Griswold family
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 6158
.2 linear feet (1 box)
The letters document the military experiences of Charles and Joel Griswold of Guilford, Connecticut with the 15th Connecticut Infantry and Charles' service with the 29th Connecticut Infantry (Colored) during the Civil War. They include accounts of... more
Hubbard, George A
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 6160
.8 linear feet (2 boxes)
George A. Hubbard (1843-1914), a native of Oneida County, New York, served in the 117th New York Infantry during the American Civil War. The collection consists of letters, diaries, notes and carte-de-visite photographs, mainly recording George A.... more
Van Lew, Elizabeth L., 1818-1900
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 3135
.3 linear feet (1 box); 1 microfilm reel
Elizabeth L. Van Lew (1818-1900) was an American abolitionist and federal agent during the U.S. Civil War. She aided the Union cause by providing intelligence reports from Richmond, Virginia, where she lived. She helped Union prisoners escape from... more
Billings, John S. (John Shaw), 1838-1913
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 304
48 linear feet (109 boxes); 53 microfilm reels
John Shaw Billings (1838-1913) was an American surgeon, hospital planner and librarian. He served as a U.S. Army surgeon and was responsible for creating the nation's foremost medical library, now the National Library of Medicine. He served as... more
Gross, Oren.
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 4428
.1 linear feet (1 folder)
Diary kept Jan. 1, 1861 to April 20, 1862 by O. R. Gross (believed to be Oren Gross), a piano teacher from Truro, Massachusetts, living in New York City. Discusses boarding house life and social activities; mentions giving music lessons in part... more
McCarter, William, -1911
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 1936
.21 linear feet (1 volume)
Revised and improved manuscript of William McCarter's Life in the American Army. Originally published as My Life in the Army in 1862, this version dates from 1875
Preston, Noble D.
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 2492
.21 linear feet (1 volume)
Noble D. Preston was a Captain in the 10th New York Cavalry. This manuscript volume includes reminiscences of his service in the Civil War, biographical sketches of Lieutenant Philip D. Mason and others, military medals, cavalry bugle calls, war... more
Collier, Albert V. D
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 6091
1 folder
Albert V. D. Collier was a lieutenant in the 15th New York Engineers during the American Civil War. He graduated from Albany Medical College in 1866. The diary reflects the writer's clerical and guard duties as a military surgeon's clerk in... more
Tower, A. W
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 3012
.21 linear feet (1 volume)
Diary kept by A. W. Tower, a private in the 56th Regiment, (Brooklyn) New York Volunteers, from June 18-July 15 1863. Describes a 30-day campaign in Pennsylvania. Brooklyn to Philadelphia and Harrisburg. Cost of and difficulties obtaining food,... more
Beach family
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 232
1 linear foot (2 boxes)
The Beach family included Joseph Wickliff Beach (1822-1891), his wife Mary A. Walkley Beach (1824-1897), and their children David Nelson Beach, Lucy W. Beach, Harlan Page Beach, and Anna S. Beach. Collection consists of correspondence and other... more
Russell, Cabot Jackson, 1844-1863
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 2647
.15 linear feet (1 v.)
Cabot Jackson Russell (1844-1863), Captain of Company H of the 54th Regiment of the Massachusetts Colored Volunteers, was killed in action at Fort Wagner, S.C. Collection consists of letters from Russell to his father, William C. Russell,... more
Boardman, H. Lansdale
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 4843
56 items
H. Lansdale Boardman served as a private in Company G, 22nd Regiment New York Volunteers, during the Civil War. The collection consists of letters written by Private Boardman to his mother while he was serving in the commissary department of... more
Brown family
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 412
.4 linear feet (1 box)
Collection consists of correspondence of the Brown family of Columbus, Ohio. Chiefly letters of Lucius Franklin Brown (1839-1863) to his father, Bradford B. Brown, to his sisters Olive and Virginia (Mrs. Charles T. Flowers), to his brother-in-law... more
Scott, Daniel Hubbard
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 6092
1 v. (132 pp.), 10 cm; 1 v. (132 pp.), 10 cm
Daniel Hubbard Scott was a corporal, later private, in Company A, 35th New York Infantry. He was discharged for disability in July, 1862. Scott's pocket diary mentions his daily activities, marches in Virginia, weather, war news, personal... more
Ely family
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 6159
.4 linear feet (1 box)
The Ely Family letters consist of fifty-seven letters to Elizabeth Ely Fowler (1834-1887) from her brothers Edgar and Charles, and her sister Emilie. The letters chiefly document the military experiences of Edgar and Charles Ely as Union soldiers... more
Kellersberger, Getulius, 1821-1900
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 4118
.1 linear feet (1 folder)
Stone, George G
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 2893
.1 linear feet (1 folder)
Diary of Stone's service in Company H, 16th Massachusetts Infantry, Apr. 1861-June 1864. From North Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Baltimore and Washington, to campaign in Virginia, to convalescent camp. Also includes an account of action between... more
Howard, George T.
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 18356
.25 linear feet (1 box)
Civil War diary of George T. Howard, Company D., 9th Iowa Volunteer Regiment. A resident of Scotch Grove, IA, Howard enlisted on November 20, 1861 and traveled to Camp Warren in Pacific City, MO. Howard was twenty-four when he enlisted. He was... more
Rockafellar, Harry, 1840-1875
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 17944
.2 linear feet (1 box)
Harry Rockafellar (1840-1875) was an American merchant, Civil War veteran, and commanding Colonel of the 71st Regiment, New York State National Guard, from 1869 to 1872. Harry Rockafellar was the son of Mary M. and Asa J. Rockafellar of... more
Adams, Henry Sylvanus, 1842-1883
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 13
.21 linear feet (1 volume)
This diary was kept by Henry Sylvanus Adams, adjutant of the 41st Regiment of the Massachusetts Infantry and later lieutenant of the 3rd Regiment of the Massachusetts Cavalry, from November 21, 1862 through November 14, 1863. Entries cover the... more
Canning, Joseph C
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 467
.13 linear feet (1 volume)
Journal of Joseph C. Canning covers his period of service as Acting Assistant Paymaster, United States Navy, aboard the U.S.S. Cambridge on blockade duty off the Virginia and Carolina coasts and on duty off the New England coast, 1861-1864; aboard... more