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MS Am 800.26

Abbott family. Abbott family Civil War letters: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 800.26
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Abbott family.
Title: Abbott family Civil War letters,
Date(s): 1856-1864.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 linear foot (2 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters from three brothers of the Abbott family, sent to members of their family primarily during the American Civil War.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Deposited as permanent loan from Dr. John Adams Abbott of Concord, Massachusetts, and Mrs. Helen F. Abbott Washburn of East Greenwich, Rhode Island; received: 1939 October 11.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Charlotte Gray, with assistance from Bonnie B. Salt

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Abbott Family Civil War Letters (MS Am 800.26). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Josiah Gardner Abbott (1814-1891) was born in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, was graduated at Harvard in 1832, was admitted to the bar in 1835, and received an LL.D. from Williams College in 1862. Abbott served in the Massachusetts legislature as state senator, was a delegate-at-large to every national Democratic convention, and was a judge of the superior court of Suffolk County, Massachusetts. He also served as a representative to the U.S. Congress and was an overseer of Harvard University from 1859-1865. Abbott married Caroline Livermore (ca.1816-1887) of Boston and together they had eleven children. The Abbotts were a wealthy and politically minded family, first of Lowell Massachusetts, and in 1861 of Boston.
This set of papers comprise letters from three sons of Josiah and Caroline Abbott:
Other children of Caroline and Josiah Abbott were:



Organized into the following five series:

Scope and Contents

Letters from the Abbott brothers include details of their school days at St. Paul's School (Concord, New Hampshire) and at Harvard College, included in their early letters home. The Civil War letters concern camp life, battle engagments of each military unit, news of family and friends and those killed in battle, and also include comment on the historical times. There are battlefield sketches in a few letters. Also included are a few letters from their parents, letters from others, and letters to their parents from other concerning the Abbott boys' military service.

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