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Joseph A. Goldthwait (1813-1879) Papers

Joseph A. Goldthwait (1813-1879) Papers

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JOSEPH A. GOLDTHWAIT (1813-1879) PAPERS, 1861-1866

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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 161 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Goldthwait, Joseph A., 1813-1879
Title:Joseph A. Goldthwait (1813-1879) Papers
Dates:1861/1866
Quantity:2.75 linear feet (3 boxes)
Abstract:The Joseph A. Goldthwait Papers include correspondence, invoice, and receipt books for subsistence stores, and special and general orders related to Joseph A. Goldthwait's role within the U. S. Army Subsistence Department.
Identification:MM 32

Series List

SERIES I. Records of the U. S. Army Subsistence Department
A. Invoices and Receipts
B. Correspondence and Orders

Scope and Content Note

The Joseph A. Goldthwait Papers include correspondence, invoice, and receipt books for subsistence stores, and special and general orders related to Joseph A. Goldthwait's role within the U. S. Army Subsistence Department. This material has been arranged into one series.

Series I. Records of the U. S. Army Subsistence Department is arranged into two subseries. Subseries A. Invoices and Receipts includes invoices and receipts of provisions provided and received, such as purchases for hospital stores, equipment for troops, pay rolls, and general provisions. Subseries B. Correspondence and Orders includes correspondence, special orders, and general orders sent to Goldthwait, along with a list of officers and employees.


Biographical Sketch

Joseph Alexander Goldthwait was born in Salem, Massachusetts on August 20, 1813 to Ezekiel Goldthwait (1774-1845) and Mary Fuller (1774-1861). He was a member of the Salem Mechanic Light Infantry before becoming the first regimental quartermaster for the 23rd Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. He was appointed Post Commissary on July 7, 1862 and Acting Department Commissary on August 12, 1862. In June 1864, Goldthwait was ordered to Beaufort, South Carolina and was Commissary there when General Howard's IV Corps of Sherman's army passed through. After multiple promotions, the highest of which was brevet major in March 1865, Goldthwait resigned from service on August 15, 1865. He returned to Salem after an unsuccessful business venture in the South and was in charge of the Old Men's Home in Salem. Goldthwait died on September 2, 1879.


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.

Goldthwait, Joseph A., 1813-1879
Military administration
Military--Hospitals
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Beaufort (S. C.)
New Berne (N. C.)
Letters

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

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

Joseph A. Goldthwait Papers, MM 32, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material was found in the collection. Fam. Mss. 375 was incorporated into this collection.

Processing Information

Collection processed and cataloged by Halley Grogan, June 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.


Salem Mechanic Light Infantry Records, 1807-1890, MM 36


Massachusetts Volunteer Militia Records, 1779-1914, MM 6


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