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Papers, 1861-1865.

Author: Edward W Bacon
Edition/Format:   Book : Manuscript   Archival Material : English
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This collection consists of letters of Edward Woolsey Bacon during his Civil War service, 1861-1865. The box contains letters (only a few of which appear also in the letterbook), dated December 1861 to September 1865. These letters were written primarily to his sister, Katherine Wadsworth Bacon (1848- ) and contain descriptions of battles at sea, the trip to Trinidad and Barbados, and beginning in 1864, Bacon's
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Genre/Form: Diaries
Photographs
Named Person: Edward W Bacon; Katherine Wadsworth Bacon; Leonard Bacon; David Glasgow Farragut
Material Type: Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Edward W Bacon
OCLC Number: 207110786
Description: 1 box. 1 v. (145 leaves) ; octavo.

Abstract:

This collection consists of letters of Edward Woolsey Bacon during his Civil War service, 1861-1865. The box contains letters (only a few of which appear also in the letterbook), dated December 1861 to September 1865. These letters were written primarily to his sister, Katherine Wadsworth Bacon (1848- ) and contain descriptions of battles at sea, the trip to Trinidad and Barbados, and beginning in 1864, Bacon's captaincy in the 29th Connecticut Volunteers. He describes their outfitting and leadership, battles in which they fought in South Carolina and Virginia, his opinions of the black soldiers, the reactions of Confederate prisoners and deserters to the troops, and the progress of the war in general. His service with the 117th brought him into Richmond, Va., where he was called upon to suppress a mutiny among his troops.

In June 1865, with Bacon's regiment in Brownsville, his letters describe his dislike of the area, army mismanagement, the sending of black troops into Texas "well-hidden from their friends," and his duty with the General Court Martial.

The collection also contains two photographs of Bacon, an obituary, and genealogical materials, as well as a typescript copy of Bacon's diary for the period July 1861 to March 1863.

The letterbook, for the period 1861 to 1863, contains copies of letters written to his father, other family members, and friends while Bacon served on board the "Iroquois," and on Admiral Farragut's flagship, the "Hartford." He described in detail various sea battles as well as Southern cities (e.g., New Orleans) and scenery. Bacon also referred to his leadership of the first troops that landed in Nashville, Tenn., to supervise the surrender of that city, his political opinions, daily activities, and naval voyage to the Carribean in 1861. The volume contains a list of stores sent to a military hospital in New Haven, Conn., a map depicting a naval encounter with the enemy, and several pages of notes on religion and philosophy apparently entered at a later date.

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