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Massachusetts Volunteer Militia Records, 1861

(Manuscript Collection #165)

Descriptive Summary Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Title: Massachusetts Volunteer Militia Records
Creator: Massachusetts Volunteer Militia
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Records (1861) consisting of militia records of organizing committee, recruiting reports, commissary reports, list of companies, contributions, lessons to soldiers.
Extent: 0.11 Cubic feet, 1 item , militia records

Administrative Information Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Accessions Information

April 7, 1971, 1 volume; Record (1861) of the 12th Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteer Militia. Purchased by the J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

Massachusetts Volunteer Militia Records (#165), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Purchased by the J. Y. Joyner Library

Processing Information

  • Processed by R. Weaver, March 1972

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

By April 26, 1861, ten companies had been accepted into the regiment: five from Boston, one from North Bridgewater, one from Abington, one from Weymouth, one from Stoughton, and one from Gloucester. After organization was completed, the regiment was ordered to Fort Warren in Boston Harbor. Three months later it was sent to Harper's Ferry, Virginia, where it guarded the upper Potomac as part of Bank's division.

Description Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

The Massachusetts Volunteer Militia Record (April 20-May 9, 1861) consists of a volume of material pertaining to the formation and organization of the 12th Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, organized and commanded by Fletcher Webster, the son of Daniel Webster.

Items of interest include lists of organizing committees, recruiting reports, commissary records, lists of prospective companies, lists of contributions, and outlines of lessons on marching and drill that were to be taught to the soldiers. Throughout the collection a great sense of patriotic duty to the Union is exhibited. This is evident in a sermon delivered to the soldiers by the regimental chaplain, in a letter sent to the regiment by the mother of one of the soldiers, and in a letter sent to Webster from John Clark. Of particular interest is a clipping from the Massachusetts Register which describes the activities of the regiment from April to July 1861. Also of interest is a letter from Henry Wilson, Senator from Massachusetts, to Abraham Lincoln urging him to accept the 12th Regiment as one of the six regiments from Massachusetts. There is no information in the collection as to the activities of the 12th Regiment after July 7, 1861.

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Card Catalog Entries Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Reading Room's card catalog. This system is no longer maintained, but it is left in place to help on-site researchers locate particular topics in the collection.

Geographic Entry :

  • Massachusetts, Boston

Autograph Entry :

  • Wilson, H[enry] 1861

Subject Entries :

  • MASSACHUSETTS--Civil War--Homefront
  • MASSACHUSETTS--Civil War--Units
  • WAR--CIVIL--Homefront
  • WAR--CIVIL--Units--Massachusetts
  • WAR--CIVIL--West Virginia--Harper's Ferry

Date Entry :

  • 1861

Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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