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Joseph H. Webb (1831-1889) Papers

Joseph H. Webb (1831-1889) Papers

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JOSEPH H. WEBB (1831-1889) PAPERS, 1848-1884





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:Webb, Joseph W., 1831-1889
Title:Joseph H. Webb (1831-1889) Papers
Dates:1848/1884
Quantity:0.5 Linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:The Joseph H. Webb Papers consists of the papers of Joseph H. Webb of Salem, Massachusetts, and documents his brief service in the Union Army during the American Civil War as well as his participation in the civic and social affairs of Salem.
Collection Number:MSS 339

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Scope and Content Note

The Joseph H. Webb Papers consists of the papers of Joseph H. Webb of Salem, Massachusetts, and documents his brief service in the Union Army during the American Civil War as well as his participation in the civic and social affairs of Salem.


There are letters from Joseph Webb to his wife, Sarah, during his service as a lieutenant in the 40th regiment of the Massachusetts Volunteers in 1862. These letters give some details of camp life, including description of illnesses endemic in the camps, and the financial problems caused by delays in the soldiers' pay from the federal government. Webb's military papers are in folder 8. There are also letters from Joseph's brother, Frank, who was living in Zanzibar. In addition, there are several letters from acquaintances and friends of Joseph Webb's, many from Salem or who were somehow involved in Joseph's business. Joseph's worked in banking and had a business that did residential construction around Salem and its environs.


Biographical Sketch

Joseph H. Webb was born in Salem, Massachusetts, on July 16, 1831. Information on his parentage and siblings is not readily available; however, he had at least two brothers, Frank and Augustine. The latter died in the Civil War. Joseph graduated Salem English High School in 1844 and became a clerk first at Essex Marine Insurance, then at Salem Falls Manufacturing Company and finally, at the Exchange Bank of Salem. He married Sarah (nee unknown) around 1856. In 1862 he enlisted as a Lieutenant in the 40th Massachusetts Volunteers Regiment but returned home in 1863 due to ill health. Upon his return, he became Cashier of the National Exchange Bank in which he remained employed until his death on July 8, 1889.


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.

Trefren, James
Webb, Joseph W., 1831-1889
Dwellings--Design and construction--Salem (Mass.)
United States. Army. Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 40th (1862-1865)
Nevada--History
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives

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

Joseph H. Webb (1831-1889) Papers, MSS 339, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

The provenance of the collection is not known.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Frances Malamy, May 2004. Updated by Nicholas Long, May 2015.


Related Material


Biographical Clippings at the Phillips Library, Vol. 44, pgs. 17-20, 24, 25.


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