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Battles (1862) at Kinston and White Hall, N.C., Collection, 1862, 1947

Manuscript Collection #1224

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Title: Battles (1862) at Kinston and White Hall, N.C., Collection
Creator: Adams, Frank Wayland
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: This collection contains four letters (written in diary style) covering the time period of November 25 to December 21, 1862, written by Frank W. Adams, 1st Lieutenant with Co. B of the 51st Massachusetts Infantry, to his sister Elizabeth. Totaling ninety-two pages, the letters tell in great detail of the regiment's embarkation on the Steamer Merrimac in Boston Harbor, arrival in New Bern, North Carolina, and their participation in the Battles of Kinston and White Hall, North Carolina, as part of the Goldsboro Expedition during the Civil War.
Extent: 0.33 Cubic feet, 1 archival container, consisting of handwritten letters and typescripts.

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Accessions Information

February 7, 2014, (unprocessed) 0.33 cubic feet; This collection contains four letters (written in diary style) covering the time period of November 25 to December 21, 1862, written by Frank W. Adams, 1st Lieutenant with Co. B of the 51st Massachusetts Infantry, to his sister Elizabeth. Totaling ninety-two pages, the letters tell in great detail of the regiment's embarkation on the Steamer Merrimac in Boston Harbor, arrival in New Bern, North Carolina, and their participation in the Battles of Kinston and White Hall, North Carolina, as part of the Goldsboro Expedition during the Civil War. Also included is a 50-page typescript of the letters. "Robert W. Adams, Oct. 1, 1947" is stamped inside the cover of the folder containing the typescript and Francis W. Adams's son was named Robert W. Adams. Purchased from Denning House Antiquarian Books & Manuscripts of Lancaster, PA.

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

Preferred Citation

Battles (1862) at Kinston and White Hall, N.C., Collection (#1224), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA

Acquisition Information

  • Purchased from Denning House Antiquarian Books & Manuscripts of Lancaster, PA.

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

Francis Wayland Adams was born in Brookfield, Massachusetts, on February 18, 1840, to Daniel E. and Lucy (Hastings) Adams and he died in 1930. After graduating from Amherst College, he enlisted in the 51st Massachusetts Infantry Regiment on Oct. 20, 1862, obtained the rank of 1st lieutenant with Co. B, and resigned January 25, 1863. After his Civil War service, he was a principal at Lawrence Academy in Falmouth, Mass., for two years and then studied medicine and obtained his medical degree in 1868 from Harvard. He practiced medicine in Hartford, Connecticut, Royalston, Massachusetts, and Fishkill, New York. He also served in the Massachusetts Legislature in 1883. He married Fannie Russell Chanse of Royalston, Massachusetts, on June 26, 1872, and they had two children, Robert W. Adams and Mabel Winifred Adams.

Sources: Amherst College Biographical Record of the Class of 1862; The Catalogue of the Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity (1910); and WikiTree.

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