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William F. Morgan Civil War Papers

Identifier: Mss. 99 M82

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Scope and Contents

Correspondence (and typescripts of originals); 1861-1865, of William Foster Morgan (born 1828), Sergeant in the 2nd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Company A. USA, to his wife Eliza Morgan, of Lynn, Massachusetts, mostly concerning camp conditions. The letter dated May 12, 1863 describes the infantry's participation in the Battle of Chancellorsville. Morgan's letters are written near Harper's Ferry, Fairfax Station and Stafford Courthouse, Virginia, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Baltimore, Maryland, Nashville and Tullahoma, Tennessee, as well as Marietta and Atlanta, Georgia. Seven letters of this collection were written to Eliza and William from relatives and friends (typescripts of these not included). Also includes City of Lynn Statistics for Military Record, undated, for Morgan.


  • Creation: 1861-1865


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use

Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from the Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical / Historical

William Foster Morgan (born 1828) of Lynn, Massachusetts was a Sergeant in the 2nd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Company A, USA.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase from Ralph Poriss, Acc. 1999-47 on 10/26/99; Acc. 1999-50 on 11/2/99.

Guide to the William F. Morgan Civil War Papers
Processed by Ellen Strong in 1999.
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Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository