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This collection contains selected manuscripts from the R. Stanton Avery Special Collections related to the American Civil War, 1861-1865. These collections include letters, diaries, military records, photographs, scrapbooks, and other materials produced by soldiers that provide details about their military experiences as they served during this war. There are similar documents produced by civilians from the home front with reports of local events, family news, rumors, and occasionally perceptions about the war, its causes, or consequences. Although most of our collections relate to Union soldiers and sailors, the Charles Carleton Coffin Collection includes material produced by soldiers and citizens of the Confederate States of America.
The collection includes:
- Account book of the 1st Kansan Colored Volunteer Regiment, 1864-1877 (Mss C 4911)
- Letters by soldiers who served during the American Civil War
Additional manuscripts will be added to this digital collection on a regular basis.
The digitization of the following Civil War manuscript collections were funded through a generous grant from the Cabot Family Charitable Trust:
- Civil War Papers of Captain John T. Burgess, 1860-1914 (Mss 1088)
- Chapman Family Correspondence, 1861-1865 (Mss 1070)
- Charles Carleton Coffin Papers, 1861-1890 (Mss 40)
- Howard Family Papers, 1860-1910 (Mss 459)
- Civil War Papers of Captain Leander Gage King, 1861-1933 (Mss 1073)