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U. S. Civil War Collection

Identifier: U. S. Civil War Collection

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of correspondence, court-martial papers, newspaper clippings, printed congressional speeches, photographs, military documents, bound manuscripts, and other miscellaneous documents from the Civil War era. The topics covered in this collection include the court martial of Major General Fitz-John Porter, discussions of army life, camp conditions, and battles in the American South. Also includes forms and documents related to the Dakota Territory and infantry there.


  • Creation: 1860 - 1889


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the John M.K. Davis Reading Room of the Watkinson Library, Trinity College Library, Hartford, Connecticut. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws when using this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with the duplication policy of the Watkinson Library.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information (e.g. social security numbers) in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Biographical / Historical

Several collections with U.S. Civil War era soldiers make up this collection, including Brigadier General Henry S. Briggs (1824-1887), Major General Fitz-John Porter (1822-1901); a Union Army General educated at West Point who later became famous for his court martial after the Second Battle of Bull Run (1862) for retreating, along with the records of John Eugene Smith (1816-1897) who served as a General with an Illinois regiment during the Civil War. Smith later went on to become the commander of Fort Kearney, Dakota Territory.


2 Cubic Feet (6 flat boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by creator and material type.

Guide to the U. S. Civil War Collection
In Progress
Michelle C. Sigiel
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Watkinson Library - Archival Collections Repository

Trinity College Library
300 Summit St.
Hartford Connecticut 06106