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MS Am 2332

Noyes, John Buttrick, 1838-1908. John Buttrick Noyes Civil War letters: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 2332
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Noyes, John Buttrick, 1838-1908.
Title: John Buttrick Noyes Civil War letters,
Date(s): 1861-1864.
Quantity: 1 collection (4 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: John Buttrick Noyes' letters to his family.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Four volumes of transcript copies of letters were gift of George R. Noyes (nephew of John B. Noyes); received: 1916 June 10.
Original letters were gift of Annie A. Noyes, 106 Chestnut St., Boston; received: 1921 June 5.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt
Transcript copies of letters recataloged from MS Am 823; original letters recataloged from MS Am 779.
Many of the original letters were pasted into a scrapbook. They have been removed, but kept in the same order.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

John Buttrick Noyes Civil War Letters (MS Am 2332). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

John Buttrick Noyes was born in Petersham, Massachusetts on March 2, 1838, the son of George Rapall Noyes (1798-1868) (Harvard College A.B. 1818) and Eliza Wheeler Buttrick (b.1804). John was a graduate of Harvard College, A.B. 1868. His siblings were:
John Noyes served in the Civil War, enlisting as a private in Company B of the 13th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment in 1861. He was wounded in August and September of 1862. He was commissioned second lieutenant in the 28th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment in April of 1863, became a captain in 1864, and later a major, lieutenant-colonel, then colonel. He was mustered out in Decmeber of 1864.


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Scope and Contents

Noyes sent letters home during the American Civil War, detailing his experiences as a soldier for the Union army. He wrote individually to his father and mother, and to his siblings: George, Stephen, Charles, and Martha, and to a few others.

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