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MS Am 1225

Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874. Papers concerning the 1872 resolution of condemnation against Charles Sumner, 1862-1873: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1225
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874.
Title: Papers concerning the 1872 resolution of condemnation against Charles Sumner,
Date(s): 1862-1873.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box (.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Papers concerning the censure vote against U.S. Senator Charles Sumner.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

50M-396. Gift of James Duncan Phillips Esq., Rowley Bridge Road, Topsfield, Massachusetts: received: 1951 May 24.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Papers Concerning the 1872 Resolution of Condemnation Against Charles Sumner, 1862-1873 (MS Am 1225). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Sumner was a U. S. Senator from Massachusetts. On 2 December 1872, Charles Sumner introduced in the U.S. Senate a bill "to regulate the Army Register and the regimental colors of the United States." This provided that Civil War victories should not be among those commemorated in regimental honors. Rabid Northerners in the Massachusetts House of representatives passed a vote of unqualified censure against Sumner for his act. Willard P. Phillips, John Greenleaf Whittier and others fought to have this resolution rescinded and annulled, which was accomplished early in 1873.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Scope and Contents

Includes letters, primarily from Sumner and Whittier to Phillips, as well as manuscript drafts and printed copies of the censure against Sumner, among other items.

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