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Lucius Thomas Papers, 1862-1863

(Manuscript Collection #366)

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

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

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Accessions Information

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

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.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Dr. Edwin M. Wolf

Processing Information

  • Processed by R. Browning, October 1978

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


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

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.

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

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.

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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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This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Special Collections Division, J.Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University. The materials described here are physically available in our reading room. None of the original documents in this collection are digitally available online at this time.
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