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HERBERT E. VALENTINE (1841-1917) PAPERS, 1861-1915


Processing of this collection was funded by a grant from the NHPRC (National Historical Publications and Records Commission).

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:Valentine, Herbert E. (Herbert Eugene), b. 1841.
Title:Herbert E. Valentine Papers
Quantity:8.0 linear feet (14 boxes)
Abstract:The Herbert E. Valentine Papers includes scrapbooks, diaries, correspondence, sketches, photographs, printer's blocks, newspaper clippings, and books created by Valentine both during and after the Civil War.
Identification:MM 7

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Scope and Content Note

The Herbert E. Valentine Papers includes scrapbooks, diaries, correspondence, sketches, photographs, printer's blocks, newspaper clippings, and books created by Valentine both during and after the Civil War. The material has been arranged chronologically to reflect Valentine's creative approach. Diary extracts, letters, sketches, and a sketchbook document Valentine's military service with the 23rd Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. Valentine's personal copy of James Emmerton's publication on the 23rd Regiment includes multiple annotations and sketches added by Valentine. The scrapbook in Box 3 was created by Valentine himself and contains newspaper clippings of veteran affairs; due to preservation concerns, correspondence has been removed from the scrapbook and rehoused in folders, located within Box 3. These letters remain in the order they appeared within the scrapbook. Valentine's personal copy of his publication Story of Co. F., includes additional handwritten notes, photographs, sketches, and appendices. Printer's blocks used in the creation of the book are included in this collection as well.

Valentine's personal involvement with veteran organizations is reflected in his publication 101 Brush Drawings in Sepia & Neutral Tint from Sketches made during the Civil War 1861-1864, a publication based on his earlier sketchbook and dedicated to his fellow members of Company F. Valentine also created a scrapbook to commemorate the dedication of the monument erected in the National Cemetery in New Berne, North Carolina in honor of those soldiers from Massachusetts who fought and died in the Civil War. Finally, from 1911 until 1915, Valentine created nine volumes entitled "War Day by Day" that include clippings from the Salem Gazette and Boston Daily Advertiser, documenting significant Civil War moments.

Biographical Sketch

Herbert Eugene Valentine was born on January 18, 1841 in South Danvers, Massachusetts, now Peabody, Massachusetts, to Elmer and Mary C. (Walker) Valentine. He enlisted on May 10, 1861, at the age of 20, as a private in Company F of the 23rd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. He served with the 23rd Regiment in North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina, until he was mustered out of service on October 13, 1864. After completing his military service, Valentine participated in veteran organizations, including the 23rd Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Association. He contributed to a regiment history, served as association historian, and published his own account of the experiences of Company F in the book Story of Co. F., 23rd Massachusetts Volunteers in the War For The Union 1861-1865. His writings and sketches from his service during the Civil War are included in the Library of Congress. Valentine married and had one son, William E. Valentine, and one daughter. He died on June 17, 1917.

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.

Valentine, Herbert E. (Herbert Eugene), b. 1841
Boston Daily Advertiser
Globe Newspaper Co.
Salem Gazette
United States--Army--Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 23rd--Company F
Drawing, American--19th century
North Carolina--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Soldiers--United States--Diaries
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Maps
Diaries--Civil War, 1861-1865
Scrapbooks--Civil War, 1861-1865


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.

Administrative Information


Request 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

Herbert E. Valentine Papers, MM 7, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.


This material was donated by a variety of sources. Herbert E. Valentine donated the "War Day by Day" volumes and the monument dedication scrapbook over the span of five years, from 1910 until 1915. Mary W. Valentine donated annotated copies of Story of Co. F. and A Record of the Twenty-Third Regiment, on July 14, 1917. William E. Valentine donated a scrapbook and the letters and diaries transcript on May 31, 1932.

Processing Information

Collection processed and cataloged by Halley Grogan, March 2012.

Related Material

Emmerton, James A. A Record of the 23rd Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865. Boston, MA: William Ware & Co. 1886.

Valentine, Herbert E. Story of Co. F, 23d Massachusetts Volunteers in the War for the Union, 1861-1865. Boston: W. B. Clarke & Co., 1896.

23rd Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Association Records, 1861-1917, MM 39

Massachusetts Volunteer Militia Records, 1779-1914, MM 6

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