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Wallace, James M.
Twenty-Second Connecticut Infantry, Company F
1863 February-July
1 Folder

Papers, including military passes, discharge and tokens. Wallace, an unmarried clerk, enlisted on 29 August 1862 and was mustered-in on 20 September 1862. He was mustered-out of his nine-months unit on 7 July 1863. In May of 1863 he was at Mount Pleasant General Hospital in Washington, DC. Two small cardboard tokens read "Twenty-Second Reg’t Conn. Volunteers 10/Ten Cents./10 Redeemable in Goods Only Until Next Pay Day."
Location: MS Civil War Box II, Folder 23


Wallace, Lewis (1827-1905)
Major General
1862 September 23
1 Item

Letter, 1 p., from Columbus, OH, to Captain W. L. DeBeck thanks the Captain for engineering and artillery service rendered under his (Wallace’s) command in Cincinnati and Covington, OH. Wallace was a Civil War general officer and later author of the novel, Ben Hur.
Location: MS Tracy Collection


Ward, James Harman (1806-1861)
Hartford [?]
U. S. Navy
1861 July 1
1 Item

Testimonial, 2 pp., from the Hartford Court of Common Council in the hand of George Marsh, City Clerk pro-tem, which decrees public observance of the funeral obsequies for Commander Ward. The embossed seal of the City of Hartford is affixed to the left of Marsh’s signature. Ward is thought to have been the first naval officer to be killed during the Civil War. On 27 June 1861, assigned to the command of the Potomac flotilla, Ward, in attempting to attack a Confederate battery at Aquia Creek, landed troops to secure Mathias Point. The party was fired upon by the 40th Virginia Infantry and Ward was hit on board his flagship, Thomas Freeborn, while sighting a gun. For more information on Ward's life see George K. Ward’s Andrew Warde and His Descendants, 1597-1910 (New York, 1910), page 235.
Location: MS 87114


Ward, Minott (1823-1865)
West Haven
U. S. Navy [?]
1865 January 15-20
1 Item

Letter, 8 pp., from off Fort Fisher, NC, to his brother. Ward was Captain of the U. S. S. General Lyon (formerly the Confederate transport DeSoto, a side-wheel steamer) and was lost at sea in April 1865. He vividly describes the attack on and surrender of Fort Fisher as it occurs. A photocopy of a manuscript transcription in a hand other than Ward’s fills two gaps in continuity, the first following page four and the second before page eight. There is a monument to the memory of Captain Ward in the Ward lot at Oak Grove Cemetery in West Haven, the place of his birth, and the Museum of The Connecticut Historical Society owns a portrait of Captain Ward.
Location: MS 87454


Warner, Abraham Joseph (b.1821)
Twelfth Illinois Cavalry
1 Volume

Bound typescript of Warner’s journal, extracted and privately printed by Colonel Herbert B. Enderton in 1973. Warner’s service ended in November 1863 when he "found himself dropped from the rolls." This fact will come as no surprise to readers of the journal for it seems that Warner was rarely with his regiment, spending a great deal of time either searching for or trying to catch up with them. Most of the business he conducted seems to have been of a personal nature. The typescript contains a photograph of the Chaplain in uniform.
Location: MS 75358


Washburn, George A. (1827?-)
First Connecticut Heavy Artillery, Companies B and M , Captain
Sixteenth Connecticut Infantry , Brevert Brigadier General
1889 November 14
1 Item

Letter, 1 p., from Walhalla, SC, to his sister, Mrs. George W. Patterson. Washburn gives an account of his military service which is little more than a listing of dates, events and ranks. Washburn, a married accountant, enlisted on 14 May 1861 and was mustered-in as Quartermaster of the 1st Connecticut Heavy Artillery. He was transferred and promoted to First Lieutenant, Company B, on 23 February 1862 and was promoted to Captain, Company M, on 26 May 1862. He officially resigned on 6 August 1862, but in fact had already reenlisted, on 22 July 1862, in the Sixteenth Connecticut Infantry. He was mustered-in as Major on 24 August 1862 and was wounded, "shot through the body," at the battle of Antietam on 17 September 1862. He received a disability discharge on 17 January 1863 but was breveted Brigadier General on 13 March 1865.
Location: MS 76131


Washburne, Elihu Benjamin (1816-1887)
Congressman from Illinois
1864 January 13
1 Item

Letter, 3 pp., to Captain W. S. Barnes used as a recommendation for a commission in an African American regiment, to be presented to General Lorenzo Thomas in Nashville, TN.
Location: MS Tracy Collection


Waters, Elizur Warren (b.1827)
First Sergeant
Twenty-Second Connecticut Infantry, Company E
1 Volume

Scrapbook including information on the activities of veterans of the 22nd Connecticut Infantry, much of it in verse composed by Waters. Collection also includes genealogy, clippings, photographs, obituaries and military and Masonic documents. Waters, a married mason, enlisted on 25 August 1862 and was mustered-in a Sergeant on 20 September 1862. He was promoted to First Sergeant on 19 February 1863 and was mustered-out of his nine-months unit on 7 July 1863.
Location: MS 30894


Webster, George W.
Unknown Residence
Unidentified Pennsylvania Regiment
1862 December 30
1 Item

Letter to his friend Henry [surname unknown] from New Bern, NC. Webster’s unit was brigaded with the 10th Connecticut Infantry, 5th Rhode Island Infantry, 24th Massachusetts Infantry and the 8th Massachusetts Infantry under Colonel Stevenson. This is an interesting letter describing coastal operations and the occupation of New Bern. Webster writes, "I have got to understand the whistle of rebel bullets and look on wounded & dead men . . . It is hard to see your friends shot down & if there is anything that will make a man fight it is that. . . . The 10 Conn is the best regiment here they are some in a fight and can be depended on --"
Location: MS Civil War Box II, Folder 2


Wetmore, George (1842?-1863)
Twenty-Fourth Connecticut Infantry, Company A
1863 March 9-July 4
5 Items

Letters to Orpha E. Skinner from Baton Rouge and Port Hudson, LA. Wetmore, an unmarried farmer, enlisted for nine months on 30 August 1862 and was mustered-in on 18 November 1862. He was wounded in the hand at Port Hudson, LA, on 14 June 1863 and he died on 31 August 1863. Wetmore writes of the battle of Franklin, [LA?], on 14 April 1863. About the battle of Port Hudson, Wetmore recalls carrying bags of cotton into battle to bridge a Confederate ditch and instead having to use them as portable breastworks.
Location: MS Civil War Box II, Folder 24


White, Frederick W. [?]
Seventh Connecticut Infantry, Company C
1863 March 7
1 Item

Letter, 3 pp., from Camp Starr, Fernandina, FL, to P. W. Newton. The letter is signed only F. W. W.; however, internal clues suggest the 7th Connecticut Infantry, Company C, and the only soldier whose initials match those of the author is Frederick W. White. White enlisted and was mustered-in on 6 August 1862. He was wounded in action at the battle of Olustee on 20 February 1864 and was discharged on 26 June 1865.
Location: MS Civil War Box II, Folder 2


White, James (1839?-1864)
New Britain
Twentieth Connecticut Infantry, Company K
1 Folder

Correspondence with family and friends describing the long marches in pouring rain, the shelters built and the lack of regard for the wounded. White, an unmarried mechanic, enlisted on 19 August 1862 and was mustered-in on 8 September 1862. He was captured at Chancellorsville, VA, on 3 May 1863 and was paroled on 14 May 1863. He was wounded at Peachtree Creek, GA, on 20 July 1864 and died 7 August 1864. Collection also includes a letter from comrade Robert Pyne, also of the 20th Connecticut Infantry, regarding arrangements for sending White’s body home in either a zinc-coated or metal coffin.
Location: MS 89212


Whitney, William F. (1844?-)
Fifteenth Connecticut Infantry, Company B
1865 April 7
2 Items

Letter, 3 pp., from Ward Eight, St. John’s College Hospital, Annapolis, MD, to former schoolmate Jerome B. Baldwin and another undated letter from Washington, DC. Whitney, an unmarried farmer, enlisted on 22 July 1862 and was mustered-in on 25 August 1862. He was captured at Plymouth, NC, on 20 April 1864 and was paroled on 26 March 1865. Whitney was mustered-out on 19 June 1865. The undated letter is unremarkable in content, but was humorously signed by the "...High Private in the rear rank." His letter of 7 April 1865 was written while he was recovering from nearly a year’s captivity at Andersonville.
Location: MS 71018 and MS 71019


Winship, William L. (1844-1915)
Twenty-Fifth Connecticut Infantry, Company K
1862 February 9-1863 July 11
26 Items

Letters to his mother in Farmington from various locations in the south, fragment of a diary (March-May 1863) on paper from "a secesh house," and two discharge papers. Winship, an unmarried farmer, enlisted on 8 September 1862 and was mustered-in on 11 November 1862. He was mustered-out of his nine-months unit on 26 August 1863. According to his 1863 discharge papers, Winship was 19-years-old, had a light complexion, blue eyes and brown hair.
Location: MS 65847


Winthrop, Theodore (1828-1861)
New Haven
Seventh New York Militia, Company I
1978 September 24
1 Item

Photocopy of Section B, Page 5, of the New Haven Register, which contains six articles (vignettes and photographs) about Winthrop collected by Bernard Heinz. Winthrop was mustered-in on 26 April 1861 and was mustered-out on 3 June 1861. He was appointed Major and Aide-de-Camp to General Benjamin Butler in June 1861 and was killed 10 June 1861 at Big Bethel, VA. Winthrop wrote the account "March to Washington" for the June 1861 edition of Atlantic Monthly. Winthrop was a writer of some renown and much promise. Some claim that Winthrop was the first Union officer killed in battle in the Civil War though it is unclear whether Winthrop’s rank of Major was anything other than a courtesy title. Winthrop is buried in the Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven.
Location: MS 82809


Woodford, Milton Mozart (1834-1887)
Seventh Connecticut Infantry, Company A
1 Box

Large Churchill-Woodford family correspondence; also a journal, 52 pp., 1863 January 1-February 24, kept while at Camp Parole, Annapolis, MD. Woodford, a married clockmaker, enlisted on 4 September 1861 and was mustered-in a Private the next day. He was captured on James Island, SC, on 7 June 1862 and was paroled on 12 October 1862. He was promoted to Corporal on 20 May 1864 and was discharged on 12 September 1864. A three-page handwritten "Summary of Events" for the period 1861 September - 1864 September is included with the collection.
Location: MS 78279


Woodward, Ashbel (1804-1885)
Twenty-Sixth Connecticut Infantry
17th to 20th Century
2 Boxes and 6 Envelopes

Family papers, correspondence and essays. Collection includes three essays by Woodward, "Gideon Welles" (14 pp.; incomplete); "Commodore Foote" (11 pp.; incomplete); and "Gen. Nathaniel Lyon" (21 pp.). Also includes a biography, 55 pp., of Abraham Lincoln from birth to 1 January 1863. A photocopy of this latter article is available. Also in a separate envelope is a lithograph of Woodward along with a brief biographical clipping. The Civil War papers begin in April of 1862 until July of 1863 and includes Special Orders from the Connecticut Adjutant General's Office and correspondence from Woodward's family while he was away at war and from various parties regarding his recently published Life of Gen. Nathaniel Lyon (Hartford, 1862). Letters from his family and friends discuss domestic and financial matters as well as local, state and national politics. On 9 June 1863, E. B. Woodward (Ashbel's wife) writes, "almost every thing connected with war is sad to think [of] . . ." The collection also contains autographs from the Doctor's collection (Jefferson Davis, P. G. T. Beauregard, Alexander Stephens, U. S. Grant, etc.) Woodward enlisted on 5 September 1862 and was mustered-in on 10 November 1862. He was mustered-out of his nine-month unit on 17 August 1863. Woodward was, previous to his enlistment, sent to Yorktown in April 1862 by Governor Buckingham in response to a request from the Secretary of War. Filed next to this collection is a 34 pp. typescript by Charles G. Woodward (relation to Ashbel Woodward unclear) regarding the South-Western Railroad Company entitled, "A Common Carrier at the South Before and During the War," in which is discussed the effect of the blockade upon the railroad, the use (and abuse) of slave labor, the destruction of southern property, annual tonnage of materials and number of passengers (a number that swelled later in the war due to the presence of the Andersonville stockade near the line), and charts regarding locomotive performance and costs. This essay also contains a list of commissioners, officers and directors. Ashbel Woodward's son Patrick Henry Woodward, an attorney, went south following the war, and his diary, 1870-1885, is also filed near the Woodward Family papers. This collection has sustained moderate water-damage. Also see following entry.
Location: MS and MS Lincoln, Abraham


Wool, John Ellis (1784-1869)
Major General
1862 November 18
1 Item

Letter, 1 p., from Baltimore, MD, to Colonel R. G. Johnston [?] at Elliott's Mills [?]. Wool had received complaints regarding Johnston's regiment which was reportedly destroying fences on Mr. Elliott's property at Elliott's Mills, and asks that the matter be "properly investigated" and reported to headquarters. Wool, at this time, was commander of the Middle Department and the VIII Corps.
Location: MS Tracy Collection


Woolsey, Theodore Dwight (1801-1889)
New Haven
Civilian, Male
1863 July 31
1 Item

Letter, 1 p., from Yale College to an unknown party recommending Thomas Young, a Yale graduate, for a commission in an African American regiment. Woolsey was the President of Yale College at this time.
Location: MS Tracy Collection