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Richards, Frederick (1837-1921)
Tenth Connecticut Infantry, Company E
1862 -1863
5 Items

Diary, muster-rolls and newspaper clippings of post-war reunions. Richards enlisted and was mustered-in a Private on 1 November 1861. He was promoted Corporal on 1 March 1862 and to Sergeant on 6 June 1862. He was discharged on 31 October 1864. His diary, 1862 January-October, was also used as a roll- and account book and would seem to have been used into 1863. He briefly notes the battle of Roanoke Island on 8 February 1862 and the battle of New Bern, NC, on 14 March 1862. On 11 February he wrote, "I got very drunk I was on guard over some whisky on the steamer Pilot Boy," and on 24 July, "the Lightning struck a tent in the 27 Mass Reg’t and killed one man and wounded 3 others melted guns and bayonets tore the tent to Peaces." The collection also contains: "The Tenth Regiment, C. V. : History of the Gallant Command and Roster of Surviving Members," a newspaper clipping from a New Haven newspaper dated 31 July 1898; "Survivors of the Tenth -- Regimental Roster Prepared by Secretary Whittlesey -- Reunion held on Sept. 1 -- Interesting Exercises will take Place," newspaper clipping ca. 1910; "Tenth Regiment Holds Reunion at West Haven Shore," undated newspaper clipping of the 46th annual reunion; and a Sergeant’s Roll Book for Company, Detail and Squad (100 Names for 6 months), which gives names and service history of various soldiers. Richards was presented this book in 1863 at Seabrook Island, SC, and he used it also as an account book.
Location: MS 75836


Robbins, George (b.1844)
Sixteenth Connecticut Infantry, Company K
1864-1865 February
1 Volume

Photocopy of diary. Robbins, an unmarried machinist, enlisted on 11 August 1862 and was mustered-in on 24 August 1862. He was captured along with the majority of his regiment at Plymouth, NC, on 20 April 1864. The official record claims a parole date of 10 December 1864; however, Robbins himself records the date as 15 February 1865. He was exchanged on 20 March 1865 and was discharged on 1 June 1865. Collection also includes a copy of a photograph of Robbins in uniform, taken in Virginia in 1863 and a copy of a postcard depicting a group of elderly veterans posed in front of an unidentified monument. See following two entries.
Location: MS 84647A
*Restricted Collection. In-library use only*

Robbins, George (b.1844)
Sixteenth Connecticut Infantry, Company K
1 Folder

Letters to his parents and his sister. Collection also includes letters from George’s brother Lewis W. Robbins (also of Farmington and serving in Company K, 16th Connecticut). Typescripts only 1862 September 9-1863 September 5; handwritten manuscripts 1863 September 13-1865 February 2. See previous entry for record of service and also see following entry.
Location: MS 84647B
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Robbins, George (b.1844)
Sixteenth Connecticut Infantry, Company K
1 Item

Typescript photocopy of reminiscences, 57 pp., "Some Recollections of a Private in the War of the Rebellion," written by Robbins in 1918. See previous two entries for more information and for Robbins’s record of service.
Location: MS 84647C
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Roberts, Edward S. (1842-1923)
First Sergeant
Canaan/East Canaan
Second Connecticut Heavy Artillery, Company F
62 Volumes

Diaries (only 1861-1865 were examined). Roberts, an unmarried carriagemaker, enlisted on 20 August 1862 and was mustered-in a Corporal on 11 September 1862. He was promoted Sergeant on 13 February 1864 and First Sergeant on 11 January 1865. He was discharged on 7 July 1865. The Second Connecticut Heavy Artillery was originally formed as the Nineteenth Connecticut Infantry.
Location: MS 78968


Robinson, Benjamin A. (1837?-)
Hartford/Rocky Hill
Third Connecticut Infantry, Rifle Company A , Private
Seventh Connecticut Infantry, Company B , Sergeant
1865 January 29
1 Item

Typescript of a letter to Sarah Johnson of Wallingford regarding the assault on and capture of Fort Fisher (15 January 1865). Contains extensive detail. Roberts was the color bearer during this engagement, perhaps a position of honor earned by his impressive record of service. After previous service with the 3rd Connecticut Infantry, Roberts, an unmarried mason, reenlisted on 2 September 1861 and was mustered-in a Corporal on 7 September 1861. He was wounded on 16 June 1862 at James Island, SC, again on 22 October 1862 at Pocotaligo, SC, and once again on 29 September 1864 at an engagement at Newmarket Road, VA. He was promoted Sergeant on 1 May 1865 and was mustered-out on 20 July 1865.
Location: MS Civil War Box II, Folder 2


Rogers, Horace (b.1838)
Third Connecticut Infantry, Rifle Company D , Private
Seventh Connecticut Infantry, Company H , Private
1861 May 25 and June 3
2 Items

Letters from Washington, DC, to his brother, Dr. Fred Rogers, of Norwich. Rogers enlisted in the 3rd Connecticut Infantry on 25 April 1861 and was mustered-in on 11 May 1861. He was mustered-out on 12 August 1861. He went on to reenlist in the 7th Connecticut Infantry. Rogers writes that on his first night in Washington, Colonel Elmer Ellsworth was killed at the Marshall House in Alexandria, VA. In June he was looking forward to the end of his three-months enlistment and to coming home to Connecticut in August and notes, "Our new Col.’s name is Chatfield..."
Location: MS 93078


Rouse, Charles W. (1816-1891)
Eleventh Connecticut Infantry, Company H
3 Volumes

Diaries. Early in service Rouse, a married weaver, formed a part of the regiment’s color guard. He enlisted on 20 September 1861 and was mustered-in on 25 October 1861. He was discharged on 24 October 1864.
Location: MS 60248


Russell, George D. (
Second Connecticut Infantry, Infantry Company D
1 Folder

Military papers and orderly book. The orderly book, October 1860-April 1861, contains the records of the 2nd Regiment Connecticut Militia, Company C, which became Company D, 2nd Connecticut Infantry (commanded by Colonel Alfred Terry and mustered-into service 7 May 1861 for a term of three months). On 19 April 1861, it was noted, "Resolved that we Telegraph to Brooks Brothers to send a Cutter up to Measure the Company --" Collection also contains the military papers of Captain Russell including his Captain's commission and his discharge; muster roll, relating name of soldier, rank, age, where, when and by whom enlisted, and term of service; returns; discharge of Private James B. Whipple; Mrs. Russell's pass allowing her to visit her husband's camp, dated 15 June 1861; an "At Home" card to Captain Russell from Secretary of State and Mrs. Seward, dated 6 June [1861]; regimental orders; photograph of Captain George Russell; and an 1860 "Roster of the Connecticut Militia." Russell enlisted on 23 April 1861 and was mustered-in on 7 May 1861. He was mustered-out of his three-months unit on 7 August 1861.
Location: Civil War Collection, Box II