Eben P. Wolcott Correspondence
Scope and Content
This collection contains correspondence addressed to Eben P. Wolcott of Company E, 28th Connecticut Infantry during the American Civil War. Written by family members in Connecticut, the letters focus on family and local matters but also discuss war-time news. The 41 letters, dated between September 1862 and July 1863, were written largely by Wolcott's mother, Susan H. Peck Wolcott, and his sister, Josephine Darling Wolcott (1850-1937) from Lakeville, Connecticut. Other letters were writtne by Wolcott's father, William A. Wolcott; with a few written by cousins Ettie Wolcott, Nellie Everts, and D. C. F. Curtis of Clinton, Connecticut; his uncle L. B. W. Landon; and aunt Nancy B. Hill of Blackstone [Massachusetts]. Other letters were written by Eliza F. Butter of Somerville [Massachusetts], Milton J. Warner of Williams College, Massachusetts, and Abbie W. Peck of Millville. The letters focus on local and family matters but also discuss such national and war-time events as the Battle of Fredericksburg (December 1862), the death of Stonewall Jackson (May 1863), and inflation caused by the war.
- 1862 - 1863
- Wolcott, Eben P. (Person)
Language of Materials
The materials in the collection are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open to research.
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Eben P. Wolcott, son of William A. and Susan H. Peck Wolcott, was born ca. 1844. The 1860 federal census lists 15-year-old Eben living in the Salisbury (Litchfield County), Connecticut home of his parents. On September 2, 1862, he enlisted as a private in Company E, 28th Connecticut Infantry. He was promoted to corporal on January 1, 1863. Eben Wolcott died on August 28, 1863, from disease contracted during the siege of Port Hudson, Louisiana and was buried in Town Hill Cemetery, Salisbury.
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Letters addressed to Eben P. Wolcott, of Company E, 28th Connecticut Infantry, during the American Civil War, written from family members at home and discussing personal news and such war-time events as the Battle of Fredericksburg (December 1862), the death of Stonewall Jackson (May 1863), and the inflation caused by the war.
Source of Acquisition
The Eben P. Wolcott Correspondence was donated to Special Collections and University Archives in 1989.
Rights Statement for Archival Description
The guide to the Eben P. Wolcott Correspondence by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).
The processing and description of the Eben P. Wolcott Correspondence commenced and was completed in January 2022.
- Eben P. Wolcott Correspondence, 1862-1863
- John M. Jackson
- 2022 (CC0 1.0)
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- 2020-08-28: Finding aid notes updated to new department standards. juliags
- 2021-04-28: LM Rozema added missing notes for an unprocessed collection (abstract, source, processing, bio note), added FA title, added FA date from EAD, and added component with instances previously attached to collection level.
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