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

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
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)
Homan family
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 1427
Edward (Ned) Cranch Homans (1843-1894), stock broker and founder of Homans & Company, married Catherine Frances (Fannie or Frankie) Eells (1845- ) in 1864. Correspondence of the Homans family spans the years 1850 to 1938 and is of interest not... 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
Leggett, James H
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 4119
.1 linear feet (1 folder)
Letters written by James H. Leggett to his family in Saratoga County, New York from California (1852-1853), and from the South during his service in the Union Army (1861-1863). Also included is a letter from David Howland of Northampton, dated... more
Williams, James S
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 3334
.1 linear feet (1 folder)
James S. Williams was a sergeant of the 114th Infantry Regiment, Company F, Volunteers during the American Civil War. He kept this diary from January 1-December 31, 1864. Entries describe maneuvers in Louisiana; being taken prisoner (April 9);... 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
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
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
Whiting, John C
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 3316
1 linear foot (1 box, 1 oversize folder)
Diaries recollect the personal experiences of John C. Whiting and his daughter Betty Whiting. John C. Whiting diaries, 1861-1863, cover his enlistment and daily military activities, many of which took place in eastern Virginia. Diaries, 1924-1969,... more
Hendrickson, John, 1832-1854
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 1380
.21 linear feet (1 volume)
Diary kept by Maj. John Hendrickson (later, maj.-gen.), January 1-December 12, 1862 while on campaign with the 83rd New York Voluntary Infantry, 9th New York Militia, in the Shenandoah Valley. Hendrickson took part in the 2nd Battle of Bull Run... 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
Galloway, Joseph D.
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 1104
.21 linear feet (1 volume)
Diary belonging to Joseph D. Galloway, U.S. Army, Co. M, 3rd Pennsylvania cavalry. Diary was maintained 15 March 1861-24 August 1864 during his service with the Army of the Potomac though the campaigns in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.... more
Isaacs, Joseph
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 1525
.21 linear feet (1 volume)
Diary of Joseph Isaacs, [Corporal?] U.S. Army Co. A, 9th New York Volunteers (Hawkins Zouaves), kept from May 1, 1861-Feb 4. 1862. Mustered in New York City, thence to Newport News, VA.; covered retreat after engagement at Big Bethel; mutiny of... more
Elder, Samuel S., d. 1885
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 911
.1 linear feet (1 volume)
Twenty-six letters from Samuel S. Elder, Major, 1st Artillery Regiment, U. S. Army, to Mrs. Katherine K. Peebles (Mrs. Robert H.), dated January 1861-November 1864 and 1867 and sent to Peebles in New Castle, Pennsylvania. Letters discuss matters... more
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Tracy, Albert, 1818-1893
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 3020
.5 linear feet (2 boxes); 1 microfilm reel
Papers contain letters received by Tracy, 1843-1888; an 1876 transcript of his diaries, 1858-1862; sketches; military papers including commissions, an annotated promotions and brevet book, 1847-1848, and copies of his annual reports as Adjutant... 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
Fry, Varian, 1907-1967
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol NYGB 18088
6 linear feet (16 boxes)
Varian Fry, born in New York City in 1907, was known as "the American Schindler" for his work in aiding over 2,000 endangered people from Nazi-occupied France until he was ousted by the Vichy government in 1941. In the final years of his life, Fry... 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
Jackson, William Henry, 1843-1942
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 1541
William Henry Jackson was an American photographer, artist and writer best known for his landscapes of the American West. He acted as photographer for the U.S. Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories in 1870-1879, producing some of... more
Frothingham, William Walter, 1830-1885
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 1092
.25 linear feet (1 box)
William Walter Frothingham (1830-1885) was a surgeon serving with the 44th Regiment of the New York Volunteers during the U.S. Civil War. He practiced medicine in the Washington Heights section of New York City before and after the war. Collection... more
Wharton, Thomas Kelah, 1814-1862
Manuscripts and Archives Division | MssCol 3306
1 linear foot (8 v.)
Thomas Kelah Wharton (1814-1862), architect, was superintendent of construction of the Customs House in New Orleans, La. Collection consists of seven volumes of diaries describing Wharton's activities in the social, educational, literary, and... more
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