Lucius Thomas Papers, 1862-1863

Manuscript Collection #366

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: Lucius Thomas Papers
    Creator: Thomas, Lucius
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Papers (1862-1863) consisting of correspondence, commentaries, letters, shipping, etc.
    Extent: 0.073 Cubic feet, 33 items , correspondence.
  • Description

    The bulk of the correspondence was addressed from New Bern, NC, to his mother Mary A. Thomas, of Marshfield, Massachusetts.

    Of particular interest is the mention of Confederate preparations against a Union attack in the New Bern area. A letter mentions a battle near New Bern in which Union gunboats shelled the Confederates, and other letters mention battles near Washington and expeditions of Union troops to Pollocksville and Trenton.

    Also of note are commentaries on camp routine, camp facilities,food, it's acquisition and preparations, and descriptions of New Bern. Other topics include General Foster's inspection of Union troops, the Ladies Relief Society, the Union Volunteers Refreshment Saloon in Philadelphia, and trips aboard Union transport vessels the MERRIMACK and EMILIE. Among these letters is a drawing of the floor plan of a tent and the positions of all the occupants and equipment. Several letters relate the problems that arose in the shipping of the Union dead back to their families and the activities of the camp sutler.

  • Biographical / Historical Note

    Lucius Thomas was a member of Co. F, 7th Regiment of the Massachusetts Volunteers. He was stationed in various camps in Massachusetts before being transported to North Carolina for Union occupation duty.

  • Administrative Information
    Accessions Information

    September 8, 1978, 33 items; Correspondence (1862-1863) of a Union soldier. Deposited by Dr. Edwin M. Wolf, Greenville, N.C.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Dr. Edwin M. Wolf

    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

    Lucius Thomas Papers (#366), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processed by R. Browning, October 1978

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

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