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Dauchy, John P. (1837-1869)
Sergeant Major
Thirty-Eighth New York Infantry, Company E
1862-1863, 1869
16 Items

Personal and regimental papers, including descriptive lists, returns (by Captain O. A. Tilden, Company E), passes, a recommendation for Dauchy’s 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 Sickles’s farewell address to the 37th and 38th New York previous to their departure from the Army of the Potomac in May 1863.
Location: MS


Davis, Angela Kirkham (1827-1919)
Funkstown, MD
Civilian, Female
1 Item

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]
Location: MS 77681


Deane, James
Canaan/North Canaan
Second Connecticut Heavy Artillery, Companies F and L
1 Item

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 Infantry.
Location: MS


Dickinson, Anna Elizabeth (1842-1932)
Greenfield, MA
Civilian, Female
1865 January 30
1 Item

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.
Location: MS 77890


Douglass, Frederick (1817-1895)
1863 July 13
1 Item

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 Americans.
Location: MS Tracy Collection


Douglass, Roswell S. (1842?-)
First Lieutenant
Lowell, MA
First Connecticut Heavy Artillery, Companies E, F, G and M
1864 October 22-1870 April 18
13 Items

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.
Location: MS 76828


Drake, William H. (1842?-)
Sixteenth Connecticut Infantry, Company B
1862 September 29
1 Item

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."
Location: MS Civil War Box II, Folder 1


Duganne, A. J. H.
Lieutenant Colonel
Unknown Residence
One Hundred Seventy-Sixth New York Infantry
1863 February 28
1 Item

Letter from Carrollton, LA, to Senator Charles Sumner in Washington, DC. Duganne requests the authority to raise a brigade of "emancipated bondsmen" from Louisiana.
Location: MS Tracy Collection


Dunham, Lucien R.
Unknown Residence
Unidentified Regiment
9 Items

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 differants."
Location: MS


Duryée, Abram (1815-1890)
Brigadier General
New York City
8 July 1862
1 Item

Military pass, Second Brigade headquarters, written and signed by the General allowing F. O’Keefe to collect mail in Alexandria, VA.
Location: MS Civil War Box II, Folder 15