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Collection Number: 05346-z

Collection Title: William H. Broughton Letters and Other Materials, 1862-1865, 1935

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This collection was processed with support from Elizabeth Moore Ruffin.

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Size About 60 items
Abstract William H. Broughton mustered into the Union Army on 4 August 1862 and was later made captain of Company D, 16th Maine Infantry Regiment. He was captured at Weldon Railroad, Va., circa August 1864, and mustered out on 5 June 1865. The collection consists of letters from William H. Broughton to his father and other family members, written chiefly from camps in Maine, Maryland, and Virginia, describing Broughton's service with Company D of the 16th Maine Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. The letters describe Broughton's experiences in the army, including his entry into the Union Army, training, duties, movements, promotions, and general camp life, among other topics. The letters also contain requests for food, money, supplies, and assistance in obtaining a commission and promotions. Some letters mention games and sports, including baseball, ice skating, chess, and checkers. The letters include discussion of the war's general progress, as well as several specific events. In one letter, dated 20 January 1865, Broughton wrote to his father describing his enthusiasm over the capture of Fort Fisher, N.C., and his sadness over the deaths of two officers, Lieutenant B.H. Porter and Lieutenant Preston, who were killed during the assault. Also included are two newspapers noting his military promotions, the cover of a volume that originally enclosed the letters, a 1935 note describing the contents of the volume, and a drawing of William H. Broughton.
Creator Broughton, William H., 1846-1882.
Language English
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Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the William H. Broughton Letters and Other Materials #5346-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Historical Collectible Auctions in January 2008 (Acc. 100842) and April 2008 (Acc. 100901).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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William H. Broughton mustered into the Union Army on 4 August 1862 and was later made captain of Company D, 16th Maine Infantry Regiment. He was captured at Weldon Railroad, Va, circa August 1864, and mustered out on 5 June 1865.

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The collection consists of letters from William H. Broughton to his father and other family members, written chiefly from camps in Maine, Maryland, and Virginia, describing Broughton's service with Company D of the 16th Maine Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. The letters describe Broughton's experiences in the army, including his entry into the Union Army, training, duties, movements, promotions, and general camp life, among other topics. The letters also contain requests for food, money, supplies, and assistance in obtaining a commission and promotions. Some letters mention games and sports, including baseball, ice skating, chess, and checkers. The letters include discussion of the war's general progress, as well as several specific events. In one letter, dated 20 January 1865, Broughton wrote to his father describing his enthusiasm over the capture of Fort Fisher, N.C., and his sadness over the deaths of two officers, Lieutenant B.H. Porter and Lieutenant Preston, who were killed during the assault. Also included are two newspapers noting his military promotions, the cover of a volume that originally enclosed the letters, a 1935 note describing the contents of the volume, and a drawing of William H. Broughton.

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60 items.
Folder 1-3

Folder 1

Folder 2

Folder 3

Letters, 1862-1865 #05346-z, Series: "William H. Broughton Letters and Other Materials, 1862-1865, 1935." Folder 1-3

The collection consists of letters from William H. Broughton to his father and other family members, written chiefly from camps in Maine, Maryland, and Virginia, describing Broughton's service with Company D, 16th Maine Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. The letters describe Broughton's experiences in the army, including his entry into the Union Army, training, duties, movements, promotions, and general camp life, among other topics. The letters also contain requests for food, money, supplies, and assistance in obtaining a commission and promotions. Some letters mention games and sports, including baseball, ice skating, chess, and checkers. The letters include discussion of the war's general progress, as well as several specific events. In one letter, dated 20 January 1865, Broughton wrote to his father describing his enthusiasm over the capture of Fort Fisher, N.C., and his sadness over the deaths of two officers, Lieutenant B.H. Porter and Lieutenant Preston, who were killed during the assault.

Folder 4

Other papers, 1862 and 1935 #05346-z, Series: "William H. Broughton Letters and Other Materials, 1862-1865, 1935." Folder 4

Two Maine newspapers dated December 1862 noting Broughton's military promotions, the cover of a volume that originally held all of the letters, and a note dated 1935 and written by one of Broughton's descendants describing the volume's contents.

Oversize Paper OP-5346/1

Drawing of William H. Broughton. #05346-z, Series: "William H. Broughton Letters and Other Materials, 1862-1865, 1935." OP-5346/1

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Processing Information

Processed by: Kiley Orchard, May 2010

Encoded by: Kiley Orchard, May 2010

This collection was processed with support from Elizabeth Moore Ruffin.

Finding aid updated in February 2012 by Anna Kephart because of addition.

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