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Charles W. Boothby papers, 1861-1898

Author: Charles W Boothby
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
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Subgroup 1. Personal papers (1861-1898) consists primarily of family correspondence. Boothby's letters document personal experiences, military engagements, and political events of the Civil War and Reconstruction era, primarily in New Orleans. They recount the capture of New Orleans (May 21, 1862) and its occupation; movement of troops; military campaigns including Burnside's Expedition (Jan. 17, 1862), the Red
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Genre/Form: Letters (correspondence)
Cartes-de-visite (card photographs)
Orders (military records)
Named Person: Benjamin F Butler; George Templeton Strong; Nathaniel Prentiss Banks
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Charles W Boothby
OCLC Number: 262346278
Description: 1.3 linear ft. 3 v. 2 microfilm reels.
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Subgroup 1. Personal papers (1861-1898) consists primarily of family correspondence. Boothby's letters document personal experiences, military engagements, and political events of the Civil War and Reconstruction era, primarily in New Orleans. They recount the capture of New Orleans (May 21, 1862) and its occupation; movement of troops; military campaigns including Burnside's Expedition (Jan. 17, 1862), the Red River Campaign (May 21, 1864), an engagement at Ponchatoula under the command of Major George Strong (letter to Lizzi, Sept. 19, 1862), and the surrender of Robert E. Lee (April 18, 1865). Letters also discuss the destruction and pillage by Confederate guerrillas; conscription into the Confederate army; African-American troops (Jan. 15, 1863, Mar. 25, 1866, n.d.); health of soldiers; military pay; Confederate and Union deserters; and prisoners' exchange (Jan. 15, 1863). Boothby relates living conditions on board the CONSTITUTION (1862); transporting wounded on the WHITEHEAD (Aug. 9, 1862); and the destruction of the MISSISSIPPI (April 6, 1865).

Letters describe New Orleans and its vicinity; Ship Island (1862); Fort Monroe (n.d.); and Mardi Gras (Feb. 11, 1864). Boothby makes several references to African-Americans and southerners, and tells of the citizenry's reaction to the Emancipation Proclamation (May 20,1863). He also makes several references to military officers, particularly Generals Nathaniel Banks and Benjamin Butler.

Reconstruction letters reflect the political environment locally and nationally. Boothby gives a detailed account of the Battle of Liberty Place (Sept. 25, 1874) describing the involvement of the White League. He sharply criticizes the policies of President Rutherford Hayes (April 18, 1877). Letters also include several references to spread of yellow fever in New Orleans, including Celia O'Neal's letter detailing Charles Boothby's battle with the disease (Sept. 11, 1867). Letters also relate news of personal, social, and business activities. A carte-de-visite of an unidentified child (n.d.), a poem by Lizzie Boothby (ca. 186?) and an announcement for the GRADED SCHOOL FOR BOYS (1886) comprise the remaining items in this subgroup.

Subgroup 2. Military records (1862-1866) are comprised of published orders and the military records of Company D that were maintained by Charles Boothby. Orders relate to military discipline, court martial, prisoners, prohibition of alcoholic, treatment of civilians, and loyalty oaths. Records of Company D pertain to the disbursement of military supplies, clothing, and equipment. Records consist of correspondence, lists of wounded in New Orleans (Aug. 1, Sept. 1, 1864), lists of clothing and supplies, lists of recruits, and account books. Records also document maritime operations on Lake Pontchartrain during the war.

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