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Chamberlain Family Papers

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CHAMBERLAIN FAMILY PAPERS, 1861-1865, 1911





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Chamberlain family
Title:Chamberlain Family Papers
Dates:1861-1865, 1911
Quantity:.25 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:This collection consists of correspondence by brothers Alfred Otis Chamberlain and LeRoy S. Chamberlain written while enlisted during the Civil War, to family members in Lynn and Boston, Massachusetts.
Collection Number:MSS 14

Series List

SERIES I. Alfred Otis Chamberlain (1842-1932) Papers
SERIES II. LeRoy S. Chamberlain (1833-1867) Papers

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of correspondence by brothers Alfred Otis Chamberlain and LeRoy S. Chamberlain written while enlisted during the Civil War, to family members in Lynn and Boston, Massachusetts. The collection is divided into two series.


Series I. Alfred Otis Chamberlain (1842-1932) Papers contains letters written to his mother and father. Topics include daily activities in the army, marching South, taking rebels prisoner, fighting, pay, Drewry's Bluff, and inquiries about news from home. He requests items from home such as food, pens, paper, "mother's good cake"; discusses his female correspondents; seeing his brother Roy (LeRoy); hearing of General Lee surrendering. Also included is an order to report for extra duty in the commissary department, dated July 31, 1864, and a poem that Alfred Otis read at a Roanoke dinner on February 8, 1911.


Series II. LeRoy S. Chamberlain (1833-1867) Papers contains correspondence to family members. Topics include: waiting at the camp in Annapolis, spending time in the hospital for a sore ankle, guarding prisoners, Major General Burnside shooting a rebel, participating in the fighting, the lack of pay, the emancipation proclamation prolonging the war, how he feels about fighting alongside blacks, Fort Darling (Drewry's Bluff), his everyday activities, and inquiries about news from home. There is a hand drawn map of New Berne battlefield. Of interest are the different letterheads on the various stationary that LeRoy used.


Biographical Sketches

Alfred Otis Chamberlain was born in about 1842 in Lynn, Massachusetts, the son of Alfred N. and Mary C. Chamberlain. He worked as a painter until he enlisted in Company B, Massachusetts 23rd Infantry Regiment, in July 1862, during the American Civil War. He was a private during his time in the army. Alfred survived the war, and on December 18, 1867 he married Martha J. Woodard, of Lowell, Massachusetts, the daughter of James and Mersilvia Woodard. He died May 12, 1932.


LeRoy S. Chamberlain was born in 1833 to Alfred N. and Mary C. Chamberlain. He worked as a tinplate worker until he enlisted in Company B, Massachusetts 23rd Infantry Regiment, in November or December 1861, during the Civil War. He was a private during the war. LeRoy died in 1867.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Chamberlain, Alfred Otis, 1842-1932
Chamberlain, LeRoy S., 1833-1867
United States. Army. Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 23rd (1861-1865). Company B.
Soldiers
New Bern (N.C.)
United States--History, Military
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Preferred Citation

Chamberlain Family Papers, MSS 14, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material was purchased on June 18, 1981.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Hilary Streifer, September 2014.


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