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Gates, Oliver W. (1835?-)
First Sergeant
Sixteenth Connecticut Infantry, Company F
1864 April 17-December
8 Items

Three-volume diary kept while a prisoner at Andersonville, enlistment paper, military pass, newspaper clipping regarding Andersonville and name tags to be sewn into clothing. Gates, a mason, enlisted 9 August 1862 and was mustered-in a Sergeant on 24 August 1862. He was promoted First Sergeant on 24 February 1863 and was captured at Plymouth, NC, on 20 April 1864. He was paroled 2 March 1865 (diary claims 28 February) and was mustered-out on 24 June 1865. The diaries contain very detailed descriptions of his term of captivity.
Location: MS 78606


Georgia Infantry
Twenty-Eighth Regiment, Company H
1862 June 30
1 Item

Muster roll signed by Captain W. S. Johnson. A manuscript notation on the muster roll reads, "found at Stafford Court House, Va in 1862 by O. Ellsworth Wood of 1st Conn. Cavalry." Wood, from Guilford, was a Private, Company B, 1st Connecticut Cavalry. He enlisted on 29 July 1862 and was mustered-in on 30 September 1862. He was discharged 9 September 1863 in order to accept a military cadet’s appointment. Following the Civil War, Wood served with the 5th U. S. Artillery.
Location: MS Civil War Box I1, Folder 16


Gerhardt, Karl (1853-1940)
New York City
1885 April 4
1 Item

Letter, 2 pp., to Goodwin Brothers, Elmwood, CT, regarding the creation of a death mask of Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885). Gerhardt writes that that afternoon Colonel Fred Grant had given him permission to take a mask of his father's face after his death, which was expected any day (U. S. Grant died in July 1885).
Location: MS 84966A


ett, Albert B. (b.1846)
Paymaster’s Clerk
U. S. Navy
1863 October 10-1864 November 20
1 Volume

Logbook (Gillett calls it a diary) kept by Gillett while serving aboard the U. S. Steamer Grand Gulf, off Wilmington, NC, as part of the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. Gillett enlisted on 14 November 1863 and resigned 28 November 1864. The steamer was commanded by George M. Ransom from 28 October 1863 to 23 January 1864. On 28 October 1863 Gillett notes the suicide of Gunner’s Mate John Barker, "found dead in the Starbord Sailroom he shot himself with a Navy Pistol The ball passing through his heart killing him instantly," and believes the reason to have been jealousy over his wife. He notes his eighteenth birthday on 9 June 1864 and remarks that on 8 January 1864 "All hands aboard the ship were drunk and fighting." Gillett records the capture of the blockade runner Banshee, with the assistance of the U. S. transport Fulton, on 21 November 1863; the capture of the side-wheel steamer Mary Ann of Nassau on 6 March 1864; and the capture of the steamer Young Republic, of English origin, captained by Frank Harris, on 6 May 1864. Gillett compiled a "List of Officers" serving aboard the Grand Gulf dating from 28 October 1863 to 23 January 1864 as well as an account (and newspaper clippings) of its prizes. The log records the names of many vessels, both Union and Confederate.
Location: MS


Gillette, Francis(1807-1879)
Civilian, Male
1864 April 16
1 Item

Manuscript copy, 4 pp., of Gillette's introduction at Allyn Hall, Hartford, of distinguished African American lecturer, Frederick Douglass. According to the Hartford Courant, 16 and 17 April 1864, Douglass spoke of the position of African Americans in the war, especially as pertaining to their pay, and their rights during and after the war. His lecture was entitled, "The National Crisis." His audience, paying twenty-five cents per person, was described only as "fair." Gillette's introduction reads, in part, ". . . not content with his own personal labors, he has sent forth two brave sons, to battle for liberty under the dear old flag. God keep them! . . . Ladies & gentlemen: I now introduce to you Frederick Douglass 'The slave that was; the man that is.'" See also entry for Anna E. Dickinson.
Location: MS 77890


Gilman, Julius Sheldon (1833-1911)
Twenty-Second Connecticut Infantry
Gilman, George Shepard (1825-1886)
Civilian, Male
11 Boxes

Correspondence and papers. This collection consists of the Gilman Family papers, 1787-1985 (31 boxes, 16.5 linear feet). Only materials pertaining to the Civil War were examined (11 of 31 boxes contained Civil War materials). Julius Gilman's papers (Boxes 6-10) consist of mainly retained copies of official papers relating to his function as regimental quartermaster, 1862-1863, including official correspondence, printed orders and circulars (including the Connecticut Adjutant General's General Orders No. 17 "For Recruiting Colored Volunteers, 23 November 1863), requisitions, returns, receipts and various rolls, etc. Box 13 contains a letter to his brother George Shepard Gilman from Arlington, VA, dated 15 March 1863 as well as a letter to George Gilman from a lieutenant in Company E, 1st Connecticut Cavalry, dated 30 January 1864 from Harper's Ferry. Julius Gilman later became Quartermaster General for the State of Connecticut, ca. 1866-1867. Gilman, an unmarried publisher, enlisted 13 September 1862, was mustered-in as Quartermaster on 20 September 1862 and was mustered-out on 7 July 1863. Box 14 contains a draft exemption certificate for George Shepard Gilman dated 14 July 1863. Box 17 includes materials pertaining to Republican politics in Hartford County, 1860-1864, and the 1864 presidential election including correspondence between George Gilman and Governor William A. Buckingham and Joseph R. Hawley. Box 18 contains George Gilman's diary/account book (1 volume), 1860-1868, which reports various war news and notes Union victories at Gettysburg and Vicksburg, and George Gilman's diary for January 1865 (1 volume), which discusses mainly local and personal matters. Box 19 contains two draft exemption certificates for Horace W. Hills who had purchased a substitute (Cornelius A. Toomey, age 27, of Hartford, who served for nine months in Company B, 22nd Connecticut Infantry) in September 1862, dated 9 November 1864. Box 28 contains the record book of "The Soldiers Family Relief" Society of Hartford which contains the minutes of meetings from November 1864 to April 1865. the CHS was composed of "Loyal Ladies [and Gentlemen] of Hartford." Members of the CHS must "cordially endorse President Lincoln's 'Emancipation Proclamation.'" The record book lists officers and members and takes account of cloth, money and articles distributed to 53 needy families. There is a very good unpublished register to all 31 boxes of the Gilman Family Papers in the Library with folder-level control.
Location: MS 83828, Boxes 6-10, 13-14,17-19 and 28


Goodrich, Loren H.
New Britain
Fourteenth Connecticut Infantry, Company E
1862 January 5-1863 July 17
10 Items

Newspapers clippings and letters to friends, some of which are addressed to Joseph Wells of Wethersfield. Letters were written from Virginia, 1862-1863; Maryland, 1862-1863; and from Armory Square Hospital in Washington, DC, 1865. Goodrich enlisted 2 August 1862 and was mustered-in on 23 August 1862. He received a disability discharge on 28 November 1863. The letters are quite interesting and rich in detail. A part of Goodrich’s letter of 17 July 1863 was published in Charles Hamblen’s Connecticut Yankees at Gettysburg (Kent State University Press, 1993), p.113.
Location: MS 68993


Gracie, James (1821?-)
First Connecticut Heavy Artillery, Company K
1865 September 25; 1882
2 Items

Discharge certificate (1865) and photograph (1882). Gracie enlisted on 25 November 1863 and was mustered-out 25 September 1865. He was a laborer, born in Ireland, and was forty-four years of age at the time of his discharge.
Location: MS 67657


Granby, Connecticut
1 Folder

Civil War records containing the Connecticut Adjutant General's circulars and correspondence relating to conscription and town quotas, 1862 and 1863. Collection also contains the Connecticut Surgeon General's circular regarding draft exemptions and three-year volunteer enlistment contracts for Robert P. Morgan (19 July 1862), Ebenezer S. Emerson (22 July 1862), Jared S. Granger (25 July 1862) and Roswell M. Allen (5 August 1862, at age 17). Contains also an official listing entitled "Changes in the Connecticut Volunteer Force in the Field," which notes David B. Mott (10th Connecticut Infantry, Company E) deserted February 1863; Henry C. Gillette (16th Connecticut Infantry, Company E) was discharged April 1863; Patrick Slamon (10th Connecticut Infantry, Company B) was discharged July 1863; Francis G. Newton (13th Connecticut Infantry, Company E) was discharged September 1863; John O' Brien (2nd Connecticut Light Battery) deserted September 1864; Henry Tallmadge (1st Connecticut Light Battery) was discharged November 1864; Levi Rice (13th Connecticut Infantry, Company E) was discharged January 1865; William H. Clark (1st Connecticut Light Battery) was discharged December 1864; Nelson Spellman (1st Connecticut Heavy Artillery, Company C) was discharged June 1865; Charles F. King (16th Connecticut Infantry, Company E) was discharged June 1865; Mather Case (6th Connecticut Infantry, unassigned recruit) was mustered-out June 1865; Andrew Hayes (15th Connecticut Infantry, Company D) was discharged July 1865; Edward Johnson (7th Connecticut Infantry, Company K) was discharged July 1865; Thomas Gregory (10th Connecticut Infantry, Company A) was discharged August 1865; Michael McGrath (1st Connecticut Heavy Artillery, Company G) deserted July 1865; John S. Bray (1st Connecticut Heavy Artillery, Company E) was discharged September 1865; and Robert Hayes (1st Connecticut Heavy Artillery, Company C) was discharged September 1865. Also includes lists of Granby men in various Connecticut regiments and the list, "State of Ct. to the town of Granby for families," naming Granby soldiers, their service status, and their wives and children for April 1863, July 1863 and October 1864.
Location: MS Civil War Box I, Folder 12


Grand Army of the Republic. Department of Connecticut. Stanley Post No. 11
New Britain
1 Volume

Memorial record book "designed expressly for Grand Army posts throughout the national encampment of the GAR for the purpose of securing and perpetuating the military history of every Grand Army comrade." (Baltimore and Washington: Memorial Record Publishing Co., 1889). The book gives date and place of birth and record of service for approximately 450 Civil War veterans residing in New Britain beginning in 1889 (most being members of GAR Stanley Post No. 11, Dept. of Connecticut). The register also includes names and information on some veterans who had died prior to 1889. Information on deaths continues to about 1900. This volume was presented to Stanley Post No. 11 by John B. Tallcott (1824-1905), et. al. Apparently the book was kept by Robert F. Hill (who also might have designed it). The book contains an index.
Location: MS 92177 (Oversize, Left Aisle 3, Section 3, Shelf Y)


Grant, Ulysses Simpson (1822-1885)
Lieutenant General
1863 February 13
2 Items

Letter from "Before Vicksburg," 4 pp., to David Dixon Porter (1813-1891), and carte-de-visite of Grant. Grant relays his assessment of and intentions in regard to opening a route from Lake Providence through the swamps, lakes and bayous of Louisiana to a point on the Mississippi below Vicksburg.
Location: MS Autographs, A. L. Butler, Volume 2, Number 126

Grant, Ulysses Simpson (1822-1885)
Lieutenant General
1865 January 24
1 Item

Letter, 1 p., from City Point, VA, to Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton (1814-1869) in Washington, DC, recommending Lt. Col. William L. Duff, Acting Inspector General of Grant's staff, for the rank of Colonel in the "new 1st Corps now being raised."
Location: MS Tracy Collection


Greeley, Horace (1811-1872)
Civilian, Male
New York, NY
1863 August 14
1 Item

Letter, 4 pp., to James Dixon (1814-1873) in Hartford, discussing terms for an enduring peace with the South. According to Greeley, slavery must be eliminated; however, there could be compensation for emancipation. A typed transcription of the letter is also available.
Location: MS Welling Collection


Greenleaf, Charles Henry (1841?-1864)
First Connecticut Infantry, Rifle Company A , Private
Fifth New York Cavalry, Company D , Second Lieutenant
1861 November-1864 August 9
32 Items

Letters home to family. Greenleaf, having seen prior service in the 1st Connecticut Infantry, was mustered-in a Private, Fifth New York Cavalry, on 1 October 1861 and was promoted to Second Lieutenant on 27 July 1863. He was wounded in action at Kearneysville, WV, on 25 August 1864 and died the next day. Also included are two letters notifying his family of his death dated 27 August 1864, a photograph of Greenleaf, and a letter from The New York Public Library discussing its holdings of materials pertaining to the Fifth New York Cavalry. An article regarding this collection was published in the July 1961 (Volume 26, Number 3) issue of The Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin, pp.88-93. Contact our store for ordering information.
Detailed Examination
Location: MS Civil War Box II, Folder 13-15


Grosvenor, Samuel E. (1841?-1865)
Sixteenth Connecticut Infantry, Company B
1 Volume

Diary. Grosvenor, an unmarried farmer, enlisted 23 July 1862 and was mustered-in a Sergeant on 24 August 1862. He was wounded in action during the battle of Antietam on 17 September 1862 and was captured on 20 April 1864, with the majority of his regiment, at Plymouth, NC. He was paroled on 16 December 1864 and subsequently drowned in the Potomac River on 24 April 1865. Grosvenor provides interesting detail of his capture and imprisonment at Andersonville.
Location: MS 81588


Gwillim, Reese B. (1838-1905)
West Hartford/Hartford
Twenty-Second Connecticut Infantry, Company E
1862 October-1863 June
3 Volumes

Journals. Gwillim, an unmarried teacher, enlisted 28 August 1862 and was mustered-in a Private on 20 September 1862. He was promoted to Corporal on 6 November 1862 and was mustered-out on 7 July 1863. Gwillim renders a very articulate and detailed account of his term of service in a nine-months regiment which participated in no major Civil War engagements, speaking frequently of drill, guard duty and camp life in general.
Detailed Examination
Location: MS


Halpine, Charles Graham (1829-1868)
New York City
Civilian, Male
1864 December 30
1 Item

Letter to Major General Winfield Scott Hancock recommending Captain John O'Connell, 71st New York Infantry, for an unspecified military position. Apparently O'Connell enlisted as a Private in April 1861 and "worked his way up. . ." He was severely wounded at Gettysburg. Halpine is perhaps better known as the humorist Private Miles O'Reilly.
Location: MS Tracy Collection


Hamlin, Hannibal (1809-1891)
Bangor, ME
Vice-President of the United States
1863 May 2
1 Item

Letter to Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton in Washington, DC, asking that furlough be extended for thirty days for a Mr. Leete, a German, due to illness.
Location: MS Tracy Collection


Harmount, William Robert (b.1839)
New Haven
Twenty-Seventh Connecticut Infantry, Company C , First Lieutenant
Ninety-Seventh United States Colored Troops, Third Engineers , Quartermaster
2 Items

Record, 2 pp., containing Harmount’s history of military service as part of the registration procedure for the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, dated 23 May 1891, Detroit, MI. Also attached is a note of acknowledgment from Swift Memorial Hall in Washington, DC. Harmount, an unmarried student, enlisted on 16 August 1862 and was mustered-in on 4 October 1862. He was captured at the battle of Chancellorsville on 3 May 1863, along with eight companies of the 27th Connecticut, and was paroled on 23 May 1863. Harmount was mustered-out of his nine-months unit on 27 July 1863. He later enlisted in the 97th U.S.C.T. and was in charge of pontoon training in Louisiana in the Spring of 1864; however, his chief duty seems to have been the reequipping of the regiment following Banks’s Red River Campaign. Harmount resigned after two months to become the Superintendent of the Department of the Gulf’s Freedmen’s Relief Association.
Location: MS 72027


Hart, Sherman
Unknown Residence
Unidentified Regiment
1862 November 7
1 Item

Letter, 4 pp., from Camp Franklin, to his brother Samuel A. Hart. Hart speaks of Chaplain H. Upson, 13th Connecticut Infantry. There are many Harts in the ranks of the 13th Connecticut; none bear the Christian name Sherman. Too, the 13th was in Louisiana at the time this letter was written and, as Hart writes, "There have been two light snows and a few cold days, but mostly dry and warm.... Most of the men are eager to go south and get into the field.... First drilling was at Fort Dodge," it seems likely this was a unit perhaps temporarily garrisoned in or near Washington, DC. |
Location: MS


Hartford (CT). Committee on the Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial
1 Volume

Records, photograph and newspaper clippings. Contains transcripts of minutes of meetings, correspondence, etc. relating to the construction and dedication of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial. Also includes correspondence with George Keller (1842-1935), William Buell Franklin (1823-1903) and Joseph Roswell Hawley (1826-1905) relating to the design and dedication of the monument. The monument was dedicated 17 September 1886. Also contains the reviews of design proposals submitted by architects (George Keller among them) and sculptors (Samuel Kitson and Casper Buberl among them), ground-plans, appropriations and bids for various aspects of construction. Includes the records of meetings with various city officials and information regarding the preparations for the dedication exercises. Apparently the Memorial Arch was constructed by mostly German labor overseen by Mr. A. Budde. The opening of the Arch is reported as 30 feet wide, spanning the entire width of the bridge, and springs from two towers 67 feet in circumference and over 100 feet wide. Along with the book are four newspapers: Hartford Courant 18 and 20 September 1886; Hartford Evening Post 17 September 1886; and Hartford Times 17 September 1886. Also see entries for Sherman W. Adams and Leslie Colvin.
Location: MS 30213


Hawley, Harriet Ward Foote (1831-1886)
Civilian, Female
1864 May 4; 1886
2 Items

Letter, 4 pp., from Guilford, to Chaplain Jacob Eaton, Seventh Connecticut Infantry. Harriet was the wife of General Joseph R. Hawley. The letter pertains to Private John Rowley, Company D, 7th Connecticut, who confessed to the revenge shooting of a comrade during the battle of Olustee or Ocean Pond, FL (20 February 1864). Mrs. Hawley sends a "testament" to this condemned man who had attended her "little school" at St. Helena for a time. She felt Rowley to be a victim of no education or training. Rowley, a substitute from Ridgefield, was mustered-in a Private on 2 November 1863. He was hung by sentence of General Court Martial on 3 September 1864 at Petersburg, VA. Jacob Eaton, of Meriden, following prior service in the 8th Connecticut, was mustered-in on 20 June 1864 and died 20 March 1865. Also see entry for Doris Cook. Included with this letter are newspaper clippings regarding the funeral of Harriet Hawley in 1886.
Location: MS Hoadley Collection, Box 7, Miscellaneous


Hawley, Joseph Roswell (1826-1905)
First Connecticut Infantry, Rifle Company A , Captain
Seventh Connecticut Infantry , Brevet Major General
300 Items

Papers, correspondence, memorabilia, record books, letter books, clippings, drafts of speeches, biographical materials, and other miscellaneous documents. Hawley, a married editor, following service in the First Connecticut Infantry, enlisted 30 August 1861 and was mustered-in as Lt. Colonel, 7th Connecticut Infantry, on 17 September 1861. He was promoted to Colonel on 20 June 1862, to Brigadier General on 13 September 1864, and was breveted Major General on 28 September 1865. He was discharged on 15 January 1866. This is a very large, interesting collection of materials. Also see following entry.
Location: MS
Detailed Examination

Hawley, Joseph Roswell (1826-1905)
First Connecticut Infantry, Rifle Company A , Captain
Seventh Connecticut Infantry , Brevet Major General
1 Volume

Bound typescript of letters from Joseph and Harriet Foote Hawley mainly to Charles Dudley Warner, compiled and edited by Everett C. Willson in 1929. The original letters at that time were the property of Arthur L. Shipman and present ownership is unknown. See previous entry for Hawley’s record of service and for other materials pertaining to Hawley. This collection also includes brief biographies of Hawley and Warner.
Location: MS 82194
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Detailed Examination


Hewins & Burr
1863 August 27
1 Item

Document, 1 p. Receipt to Aaron D. Pease for $325.00 payment to Hewins & Burr, Substitute Brokers, for a substitute "this day sworn into the U. S. service."
Location: MS Civil War Box II, Folder 25


Hicks, Sidney S. (1837?-)
First Lieutenant
New Britain
Sixth Connecticut Infantry, Companies B, G, and K
1863 April 7-8
1 Item

Letter to Ellen Elizabeth Judd from on board the steamer "Belvadier," Stono Inlet, SC, off James Island, within seven miles of Charleston. This letter, though cataloged to an anonymous author, is distinctly signed "Hicks." Other internal evidence regarding Jacksonville, FL, and coastal maneuvers, leads to the identification of the author. Hicks, a married painter, enlisted on 23 August 1861 as a Musician, Company B, and was mustered-in as Principal Musician on 12 September 1861. He was transferred back to Musician, Company B, on 27 November 1862 and was promoted to First Sergeant on 13 February 1863. On 4 March 1864, Hicks was promoted to Second Lieutenant, Company G, and to First Lieutenant, Company K, on 5 June 1864. He was mustered-out on 21 August 1865. This is an interesting letter which mentions three ironclads, Montauk, Naugatuck and a third which is illegible.
Location: MS 74244


Hill, Benjamin A. (1842?-)
First Lieutenant
Seventh Connecticut Infantry, Company A
1862, 1864
8 Items

Letters to friends and family from Hilton Head and Beaufort, SC, and Petersburg, VA. Topics include his former Captain’s misuse of the Company fund; Chaplain Jacob Eaton; the general health of the regiment and the impact of malaria upon the men; fleas; having a "likeness" taken; and a speech by Colonel Joseph R. Hawley. On 19 July 1864, Hill notes, "I am quite deaf today. The effects of Quinine taken yesterday." Later, on 10 September 1864, while before Petersburg, Hill writes, "The term of the old men has expired in many companies (ours). They must stay until the 12th and do duty.... This makes for hard feelings among the men for to loose [sic] a limb or receive a wound after all obligation is virtually not quite the thing for old soldiers who have faithfully served for three long years in the field." Despite this observation, Hill had reenlisted on 22 December 1863. Hill, an unmarried farmer, originally enlisted 19 August 1861 and was mustered in a Corporal on 5 September 1861. He was promoted to Sergeant on 1 February 1863 and was captured 11 July 1863 at Fort Wagner, SC. He was paroled on 21 August 1863 and was promoted First Sergeant on 13 September 1864. He was promoted to First Lieutenant on 18 November 1864 and was mustered-out on 20 July 1865.
Location: MS Filley Papers, Box 3, Folder X


Holbrook, A. J.
Boston, MA
1895 November 20
1 Item

Letter, 2 pp., to Goodwin Brothers in Elmwood stating that Holbrook had received one of the first busts of Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885) cast by Karl Gerhardt (1853-1940; also see entry for Gerhardt) and he requests the death mask of General Grant for a part he was playing in a tableau. Holbrook writes, "You see I am the G. A. R. boy to whom General Grant committed his last message to be given to all the Boys in Blue whoever served in our Army, and tha [sic] message was as follows: " 'Tell them I love them as my children, and they are engraven on my heart.'"
Location: MS 84966B


Holwell, John C. (1821?-1862)
Eleventh Connecticut Infantry, Company H
1861 December 2-1862 July 27
17 Items

Letters to his wife, Rebecca, and two sons, Henry and Eddie, from Camp Lincoln, Hartford; Annapolis, MD; Hatteras Island and New Bern, NC; and Newport News, VA. Holwell, a ropemaker, enlisted on 21 November 1861 and was mustered-in a Private on 23 November 1861. He was promoted Corporal on 14 June 1862 and was killed in action at the battle of Antietam on 17 September 1862. Holwell had previously served in the Mexican War. Topics discussed include a pledge to his wife to avoid liquor and his expressed belief that "after the fall of Yorktown peace will soon be declared."
Location: MS Civil War Box II, Folder 16


Hooker, Frederick
Second Connecticut Heavy Artillery, Company L
30 Items

Letters to his mother and sister Nancy from Fort Trumbull in New London; Fort Ellsworth, VA, and from near Petersburg, VA. Hooker enlisted and was mustered-in on 27 January 1864. He died 1 December 1864 and is buried at Antietam National Cemetery. It took Hooker three "examinations" in both New Haven and New London to be accepted into military service. Hooker was illiterate and several letters to his family were written for him by a comrade; however, by 3 March 1864, Hooker writes, "I have got so I do my own writing & my own reading." Some of his letters clearly illustrate his efforts to master the art of penmanship. Hooker fought at Cold Harbor where, "Our Col. was shot dead at the first of the charge." The letters bear frequent mention of "node;" probably Nodiah Hooker, Sixteenth Connecticut Infantry, who had deserted in September 1862 and who may have been his brother.
Location: MS


House, Leroy D. (1832?-)
Sixteenth Connecticut Infantry, Company K , Sergeant
One Hundred Eighth United States Colored Troops, Company I , Captain
1864 September 24-1865 June 8
4 Items

Letters from Rock Island, IL, to Enos Burton Ives (1827-1901). The 108th USCT were guarding Confederate prisoners at Rock Island, having come from Maysville, KY, and House writes that his African American soldiers made excellent guards. He believes he has a good relationship with his men, two of whom had given him likenesses of themselves. House, a married mechanic, enlisted in the 16th Connecticut on 23 July 1862 and was mustered-in a Sergeant on 24 August 1862. Due to illness he was reduced to the ranks on 2 April 1863 and was transferred to the 3rd Veteran Reserve Corps, Company F, on 14 July 1863. He was promoted Corporal on 24 July 1863 and to Captain, Company I, 108th USCT, on 14 July 1864. House was discharged on 21 March 1866. On 26 September 1864 House writes, "The Rebel prisoners here swear that they will not submit to be guarded by the d----d niggers." On 8 June 1865 House was busy with Court Martial duties, "We have two murder cases to dispose of..."
Location: MS 86770, Folder F


Howard, Squire E.
Jamaica, VT
Eighth Vermont Infantry, Companies C and H
1 Item

Typescript, "A Story of the Morning at Cedar Creek, Oct. 19, 1864," a talk delivered to the Massachusetts chapter of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Howard notes the 8th Vermont lost more than two-thirds of its fighting force and that 13 of 16 officers had been killed or wounded. At the time of the battle of Cedar Creek the 8th Vermont was brigaded with the 12th Connecticut, the 160th New York and the 47th Pennsylvania Infantry, Brigadier General Stephen Thomas, 8th Vermont, commanding. See Revised Roster of Vermont Volunteers... (Montpelier, Vt.: Watchman Publishing Co., 1892, pp. 299, 302, 312, 327, 328) for Howard’s record of service.
Location: MS Civil War Box II, Folder 16


Hubbard, Nathaniel N. (1842?-)
Twenty-First Connecticut Infantry, Company I , Private
Sixth United States Colored Troops, Company B , First Lieutenant
3 Items

Letters to his cousin Kate. On 31 August 1864 Hubbard noted that his regiment was working on a canal. A month later, on 27 September 1864, he had been hospitalized with "fever." Hubbard, an unmarried student, enlisted on 13 August 1862 and was mustered-in a Private, Company I, 21st Connecticut Infantry, on 5 September 1862. He was promoted to First Lieutenant, Company B, 6th USCT, on 24 September 1864. He was wounded at New Market Heights, VA, on 29 September 1864. A letter written 6 October 1864 noted his wound and Hubbard would later resign on 3 March 1865.
Location: MS 79651, Hubbard-Pelton Family Papers


Huntington, William H. (1839-1918)
First Sergeant
Eighth Connecticut Infantry, Company D
55 Volumes

Pocket diaries; only those diaries pertaining to Huntington’s Civil War service were examined. Huntington, an unmarried farmer, enlisted 3 September 1861 and was mustered-in a Private on 21 September 1861. He was promoted to Sergeant on 10 February 1862 and was wounded at the battle of Antietam on 17 September 1862. On 9 January 1863 Huntington was promoted to First Sergeant and was again wounded at Walthall Junction, VA, on 7 May 1864. On 20 February 1865 he was transferred to the 37th Company, 2nd Battalion Veteran Reserve Corps (VRC) and was discharged a Private from the 36th Company, 2nd Battalion, VRC, on 5 September 1866.
Location: MS 74023


Hurlburt, Thomas Edward (1842-1913)
Quartermaster Sergeant
First Connecticut Cavalry, Company B
1862 August 16
1 Item

Letter, 3 pp., from camp near the Rapidan River, VA, to Mary Hurlburt in Seymour. Hurlburt reports news of the Seymour soldiers in the 5th Connecticut Infantry who were involved in the battle of Cedar Mountain, VA (9 August 1862). Hurlburt’s brigade (Julius Stahel’s) arrived on the battlefield after the battle. Apparently none of the Seymour boys were among the casualties; however, he reports that George Smith was missing and that the toll was heavy on the 5th Connecticut’s line officers. The original, on patriotic stationery, is barely legible; a typed transcription is available. Hurlburt enlisted on 7 October 1861 and was mustered-in a Private on 19 November 1861. He was promoted Corporal on 1 March 1863 and was captured at Old Church, VA, on 10 June 1864. Released on 19 November 1864, Hurlburt was promoted Q. M. Sergeant on 1 May 1865 and was mustered-out on 2 August 1865.
Location: MS 92721


Hyde, Albert A. (b.1842)
Sixth Connecticut Infantry, Company D
1 Item

Typescript, 7 pp., "A short account of my prison life during the Civil War, 1861-1865," written in North Haven in 1909. Hyde, an unmarried bookbinder, enlisted on 2 September 1861 and was mustered-in a Private on 5 September 1861. He was promoted on 27 April 1864 and was captured at Drewry’s Bluff, VA, on 16 May 1864 along with about 50 comrades from Company D. Hyde was paroled on 11 December 1864 and was mustered-out on 21 August 1865. Initially taken to Libby prison for about a week, the men spent the majority of their captivity at Andersonville. Hyde writes of "old men" and "women and children" standing guard in the sentry boxes. He also records this fatal case of homesickness: "The only case of home-sickness that I ever saw which resulted in death was one evening when we boys were sitting down together and the subject of conversation was home. By way of a joke one said to another, ‘Say, Ed, how would you like to be home this evening and take Emma to the theatre?’ Tears came into his eyes and through the night he cried considerably. When morning came we noticed a change in him, and he died shortly afterward. His last word was ‘Emma.’"[p. 4] Hyde also notes the hanging of the Raiders.[p. 4] Later, Hyde was moved to Birkshire, GA (stay of one month), then to Millen, GA (again, a stay of one month), back to Andersonville, then to Florence, SC. On the way to Florence, the prisoners were involved in a train wreck. Upon his parole, Hyde was held in the hospital at Annapolis for two months. He was very ill and reported having no idea where he was. Apparently Hyde was exchanged on 16 December 1864, five days after his parole.[pp. 4-6]
Location: MS 81062