Civil War Manuscripts Project
Alphabetical Name List D
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Personal and regimental papers, including
descriptive lists, returns (by Captain O. A. Tilden,
Company E), passes, a recommendation for Dauchys
promotion; pension correspondence; and discharge. Dauchy
was mustered-in as First Sergeant on 7 May 1861. He was
wounded in the arm at the battle of Fredericksburg on 13
December 1862 and was promoted to Sergeant Major that
same day. He was discharged on 28 February 1863.
Collection also includes a copy of Special Orders No. 87,
General Sickless farewell address to the 37th and
38th New York previous to their departure from the Army
of the Potomac in May 1863.
Davis, Angela Kirkham
Reminiscences, 49 pp. typescript, of the Civil
War. Davis was born in Batavia, NY, and is buried in
Boonsboro, MD. Mrs. Davis and her husband (who was born
in Boonsboro) moved to Funkstown, MD, in 1857. At the
time of the Civil War, she recalls the town as being
strongly pro-secession in sentiment and notes that when
the Union Party there raised their flag in front of her
husband's general store, the pole was ruined by
secessionists. Likewise a flag displayed at the front
door of the Davis home was torn to shreds one night.
Apparently Mr. Davis had two pro-Union brothers and one
brother and sister who were pro-secession and Mrs. Davis
reports that some of their dearest friends were Rebels.
Confederate sympathizers threatened to burn Davis's store
and run his "damned Yankee wife" out of town.
Davis mentions Adjutant Trumbull, Chaplain Walker, Lt.
Colonel White and Colonel Woodhouse, some of whom may
have been Connecticut officers. Angela Davis writes,
"General Lee, who was an elegant looking gentleman,
passed through town in a very common ambulance. The
Pametto [sic] flag floating over it and guarded by six
soldiers armed to the teeth. His arm was in a sling,
having been wounded by a stray shot from one of his own
soldiers." [p.30] The Davis home was surrounded by
Rebel encampments and Mrs. Davis notes that the
"Louisiana Tigers" were involved in a fight and
destroyed the street. [p.30] She overhears the
Confederates boasting they were headed to Harrisburg to
eat "Yank soup." [p.32] Pages 40-43 discuss the
wounded and dying men following the battle of Antietam.
Angela Davis notes, "We made history so fast at that
time, we seemed forgetful of details." [p.44]
Reminiscences, 39 pp. typescript, entitled,
"Following the Flag: the Three Years Story of
a Veteran." Deane, a married minister, enlisted 1 August 1862 and was
mustered-in a First Lieutenant, Company F, on 11
September 1862. He was promoted to Captain, Company L, on
10 March 1864 and was wounded in the forehead at Cold
Harbor, VA, 1 June 1864. Deane was promoted Major by
brevet on 6 April 1865 and was discharged 20 July 1865.
In civilian life, Deane was the pastor of the Congregational
Church in North Canaan. This is a very interesting
account of the "Second Heavies," though Deane
was absent from the unit from June 1864 until March 1865,
recovering from the wound he received at Cold Harbor. The
unit was originally formed as the 19th Connecticut
Letter, 8 pp., to Francis (1807-1879) and
Elisabeth Hooker Gillette (1813-1893) of Hartford.
Dickinson writes the Gillettes a letter of condolence
upon the death of their son, Robert Hooker Gillette, age
22, at the capture of Fort Fisher, NC. Robert Gillette,
Acting Assistant Paymaster in the U. S. Navy, enlisted in
1863 and was killed aboard the U. S. S. Gettysburg.
If his death date of 16 January is correct, Gillette was
probably mortally wounded in action on 15 January and
died the next day. This same Robert Gillette may also
have served for a short time (September-December 1862) as
Captain, Company K, 14th Connecticut Infantry. See also
entry for Francis Gillette.
Letter, 1 p., from Philadelphia, PA, to
Secretary of War Edwin McMasters Stanton (1814-1869),
Washington, DC, which recommends George Thomas Downing
(1819-1903) of Newport, RI, for Brigade Quartermaster of
Colored Troops. Douglass believes, "office or no
office, equal or unequal pay, bounty or no bounty, the
place for colored men is in the army of the United
States," and that such an appointment would
strengthen the claims of the country upon African
Primarily records of Company E including
orders, returns, lists of stores, and receipts. Most of
the materials date from the period October through
December 1864. Douglass enlisted and was mustered-in a
Corporal, Company G, on 22 May 1861. He was promoted to
Second Lieutenant, Company F, on 1 March 1862 and to
First Lieutenant, Company M, on 4 May 1862. He was
transferred to Company E on 22 October 1864 and was
discharged on 11 December 1864.
Letter from Maryland Heights, MD, 3 pp.,
possibly to Timothy L. Loomis. Drake, an unmarried mechanic, enlisted on 17
August 1862 and was mustered-in a Private on 24 August
1862. He received a disability discharge on 9 January
1863. Of his experience at the battle of Antietam, 17
September 1862, Drake writes, "...there was some
pretty tall running in the 16th and I guess that I made
myself scarce rather fast."
Letter from Carrollton, LA, to Senator Charles
Sumner in Washington, DC. Duganne requests the authority
to raise a brigade of "emancipated bondsmen"
Dunham, Lucien R.
Letters to his brother Dwight Dunham at
Warehouse Point, CT, and to his sister Ellen. Lucien may
have served in a Massachusetts or New Hampshire regiment;
in February 1863, Dunham's unit was brigaded with the 4th
Rhode Island. On 11 November 1862 from "Farfex
Semernary" Dunham writes, ". . .we are drilling
or doing something all the time we hafter get up at six
o'clock at the roal call and then its poleasing the
streats at seven their breakfast and after that squad
drill for 1 1/2 and at half past fore dreas paraid and
roal call at six and at nine and at half past nine the
taps thats to blow out the lights they keep a fellow
trotten all the time . . . . we have plentey of salt
muell and it smeals like old cheas." Later, on 3
February 1863 from Falmouth, VA, regarding the exchange
of newspapers, tobacco and coffee with
"rebbels" across the river, ". . . it
dident sean like they wear enmeys to us if they would let
the soilders come together they would settel this prutey
quick . . ." On 3 October 1863 near Portsmouth, VA,
in frustration Lucien, who admits to having "the
blues," writes, "a man mint as well try and get
to Richmond on A pig." In the same letter he
addresses the issue of granting furloughs: "they
hafta be on buisness or some one that is sick home that
is allmost dead and some times that will make A
Military pass, Second Brigade headquarters,
written and signed by the General allowing F.
OKeefe to collect mail in Alexandria, VA.