Civil War Manuscripts Project
Alphabetical Name list Q - R
A-B || C || D || E-F || G-H || I-J || K-L || M-N || O-P || Q-R || S-T || U-V || W-X || Y-Z
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 Regt 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 Sergeants
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
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.
Letters to his parents and his sister.
Collection also includes letters from Georges
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.
Robbins, George (b.1844)
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 Robbinss
record of service.
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.
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.
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..."
Diaries. Early in service Rouse, a married weaver, formed a
part of the regiments color guard. He enlisted on
20 September 1861 and was mustered-in on 25 October 1861.
He was discharged on 24 October 1864.
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 ; 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.