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MS Am 1377

Hurd, Charles Henry, 1833-1877. Charles Henry Hurd letters to Julia Edwards Hurd: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1377
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Hurd, Charles Henry, 1833-1877.
Title: Charles Henry Hurd letters to Julia Edwards Hurd,
Date(s): 1856-1859.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box (.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters from American lawyer Charles Henry Hurd to his future wife, Julia Edwards.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*42M-972. Gift of Henry C. Hutchins, New Haven, Connecticut; received: 1943.

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Charles Henry Hurd Letters to Julia Edwards Hurd (MS Am 1377). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

The following biographical sketch was taken from the full text written by C.H. Hurd's son, Charles Russell Hurd. The complete text was supplied in 2007 July by Alan Crawford, a Hurd family descendent, and is available in the curatorial file.
Charles Henry Hurd, the son of John Hurd and Persis Hutchins Hurd, was born at Charlestown, Massachusetts, 1833 January 7. After attending schools in Charlestown, he entered the Boston Latin School in 1844, and attended Harvard College receiving his A.B. with the class of 1853. He then passed a year at the Harvard Law School, and continued his legal studies at Dover, New Hampshire, and was admitted to the Suffolk Bar in 1856. He was associated in practice for a short time with G. Washington Warren, and later with his Harvard classmate, Charles Jackson Paine. On 1859 May 26, he married Julia Edwards, daughter of Elisha Edwards and Eunice Lombard Edwards, of Springfield, Massachusetts, and sister of the distinguished General Oliver Edwards.
In 1861, after the outbreak of the Civil War, Hurd's law partner left him to take a commission in a Massachusetts regiment, and in early July of 1862, Hurd also signed his name as a volunteer, declaring his intention to go as a private until he had won the right to a commission. Hurd, however, was not allowed to go to war as a private. He declined the offer of a captaincy and accepted the commission of First Lieutenant in the 32nd Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers by reason only of the urgent need of educated officers. Part of what afterwards constituted that regiment had been sent to the front in May, and had joined the Army of the Potomac at Harrison's Landing after the seven days Peninsular fighting. The battalion of three companies, Hurd's being Company I, joined the others at the end of Pope's campaign on September 3rd. For the rest of the year 1862 he shared the fortunes of the 32nd.
At the beginning of the year 1863, Hurd was transferred from the 32nd to become Assistant Adjutant-General, with the rank of Captain, on the staff of General David Allan Russell, commanding the 3rd Brigade of the First Division of Sedgwick's Sixth Army Corps, whom he joined on January 12. On 1864 May 12, at a battle at the Spottsylvania Court House, Hurd was shot and seriously wounded by a minie ball in the left thigh, which disabled him for the rest of the year. Hurd was sent home to Charlestown and was restored to health and strength, though for the rest of his life he continued to feel the effects of the wound.
After the war, he engaged in business in Boston, but this proving unsatisfactory, he in 1870 or 1871 resumed the practice of law at Boston and continued in it until his death, which occurred, from pleuro-pneumonia after four days' illness, at Dorchester, 1877 April 25.
Charles and Julia had eight children who survived their father's death in 1877:


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Scope and Contents

Consists of 215 letters from Charles Hurd to his future wife, Julia Edwards.

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