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Edward V. Wratislaw Papers

Identifier: Edward V. Wratislaw papers

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of correspondence, personal papers, manuscripts,and journals. Correspondence span 1861-1865 and deal with Edward V. Wratislaw's experiences during the Civil War as a rifleman for the Union Army. Other personal papers include lists, logs, ledgers, and short manuscripts related to his years spent in the United States during the Civil War and after. Journals span the 1830s through the Revolution of 1848, as well as the U.S. Civil War, and the post-war period through 1880. They recount Wratislaw's experiences in the army, politics, and the places he visited as well as his daily activities and ongoings in later accounts. Collection also contains some print material.

Other print materials include broadsides and newspaper clippings for goods and services in Germany and the United States during the mid 19th century. Clippings appear to be from Philadelphia, Pa. as well as Hamburg, Germany. Topics covered include travel to Central Europe, U.S. politics and the Confederate Army, as well as news in the Hamburg and West German states around the time of the 1848 Revolution.


  • Creation: 1836 - 1880


Language of Materials

Correspondence, journals, and other personal papers and manuscripts are primarily in German. Newspaper clippings and broadsides are in English and German. Some materials are in Hungarian.

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

Edward V. Wratislaw (1820-1886?) was a Hungarian born Civil War Officer who emigrated from Hungary to the United States prior to the outbreak of the Civil War. He served in the 45th regiment of the Union Army during the war; a brigade consisting of German riflemen serving under Colonel George von Amsberg. Wratislaw also served during the 1848 Hungarian Revolution, traveling throughout Central-Eastern European cities including Bratislava, as well as German states. He emigrated to the United States after.


.66 Cubic Feet (2 flat boxes and 1 portfolio containing certificate of service. )


Collection is arranged into the following series: Series I: Personal papers such as correspondence, journals, and manuscripts, and Series II: Print materials such as broadsides and newspaper clippings.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection was donated by Mrs. W. J. Case.

Guide to the Edward V. Wratislaw Papers
In Progress
Michelle C. Sigiel
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Watkinson Library - Archival Collections Repository

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