Henry H. B. Chamberlain Papers, 1863-1898

Collection Number: 4274

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Henry H. B. Chamberlain papers, 1863-1898
Collection Number:
4274
Creator:
Henry H. B. Chamberlain, ca. 1835-1877
Quantity:
.5 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Correspondence, personal papers, documents.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Correspondence with family members with extensive description of Civil War involvement, and other miscellaneous family papers.
Language:
Collection material in English


COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Primarily letters written 1864-1868 by Chamberlain to Mary Jane Field of Bridgeport, Connecticut, whom he married in 1864. Includes detailed letters to her written while he was serving with the New York Volunteers 97th Infantry Regiment and a diary kept from 1863 to 1864 recording his participation in the battles of Pollocks Mill Creek, Va., Petersburg, Va., and Welden Railroad, Va. Also, letters with detailed descriptions of his capture at Gettysburg, his internment at Libby Prison in Richmond, and his subsequent escape and return to action. Letters from after the war, written while he served with Alexander McDowell Cook and the 26th U.S. Infantry on the Texas frontier, include colorful descriptions of military life along the Texas border. Other letters include one written by Chamberlain to his mother; one by Captain Charles F. Dibble to his niece Mary Field (with a postage stamp); and a few to Chamberlain from friends and relatives. Papers include a marriage certificate, commissions - including one signed by Andrew Johnson, discharge and pension papers of Anson B. Field (probably Mary's brother), a quit claim deed, and probate documents.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Chamberlain, Henry H. B., ca. 1835-1877.
Johnson, Andrew.
Chamberlain, Mary Jane Field.
Dibble, Charles F.
Field, Anson B.
United States. Army. New York Infantry Regiment, 97th (1862-1865).
United States. Army. Infantry Regiment, 26th.
Libby Prison.

Subjects:
Gettysburg (Pa.), Battle of, 1863.
Petersburg Crater, Battle of, Va., 1864.
Family--New York (State)

Places:
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Prisoners and prisons.
Texas--History.
Texas--Description and travel.
Virginia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Henry H. B. Chamberlain Papers, #4274. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
SERIES LIST

Series I. Correspondence Box 1
Series II. Family Papers and Correspondence Box 2
Series III. Documents Mapcase

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Series I. Correspondence
Box 1 Folder 1
Correspondence
1863
Box 1 Folder 2
Correspondence
April-May, 1864
Box 1 Folder 3
Correspondence
June, 1864
Box 1 Folder 4
Correspondence
July, 1864
Box 1 Folder 5
Correspondence
August, 1864
Box 1 Folder 6
Correspondence
Sept.-Oct., 1864
Box 1 Folder 7
Correspondence
Nov., 1864
Box 1 Folder 8
Correspondence
Dec. 2-16, 1864
Box 1 Folder 9
Correspondence
Dec. 21-31, 1864
Box 1 Folder 10
Correspondence
Jan., 1865
Box 1 Folder 11
Correspondence
Feb.-March, 1865
Box 1 Folder 12
Correspondence
June-Aug., 1865
Box 1 Folder 13
Correspondence
Sept.-Oct., 1865
Box 1 Folder 14
Correspondence
June, Nov., Dec., 1865
Box 1 Folder 15
Correspondence
Jan., 1868
Box 1 Folder 16
Correspondence
Feb., 1868
Box 1 Folder 17
Correspondence
March, 1868
Box 1 Folder 18
Correspondence
April, 1868
Series II. Family Papers and Correspondence
Box 2 Folder 1
Henry and Mary Chamberlain Papers
1877-1898
Box 2 Folder 2
Charles F. Dibble to Mary J. Field
1864
Box 2 Folder 3
Anson B. Field Papers
1864-1892
Box 2 Folder 4
Miscellaneous Papers and Correspondence
1864-1893
Box 2
Diary of Henry B. Chamberlain
Jan., 1863-Aug., 1864
Series III. Documents
Mapcase Folder 1
Commission: Capt. Henry B. Chamberlain
1863
Mapcase Folder 1
Certificate of Marriage: Henry B. Chamberlain and Mary J. Field
Oct. 11, 1864
Mapcase Folder 1
Commission: Henry B. Chamberlain - 2nd Lt.
1867
Singed by Andrew Johnson
Mapcase Folder 1
Probate document: Mary F. Chamberlain executor of the estate of Henry B. Chamberlain
1877
Mapcase Folder 1
Probate document: Mary F. Chamberlain executor of the estate of Anson B. Field
1895