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Collection Number: 03678-z

Collection Title: William Henry Cooley Papers, 1861-1864

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Size 48 items
Abstract William Henry Cooley (also spelled Coley) was the son of Zalmon Cooley of Cold Spring, Fairfield County, Conn. He served in Company H, 1st Regiment of Connecticut Volunteers in the summer of 1861 and re-enlisted in the fall in Company G of the 7th Regiment of Connecticut Volunteers. The collection includes Civil War letters written to his family by Cooley serving in northern Virginia and on the coasts of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. The letters contain considerable information on military life, conditions at camp, events around him, rumors, activity of his unit, guesses about the future, and other matters. Also included are a tintype of William Henry Cooley; three letters written by his sister, Eliza Gilbert; and a fragment of a letter by Eliza Gilbert's husband Walter.
Creator Cooley, William Henry, 1840-1864.
Language English.
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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 Henry Cooley Papers #3678-z, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Microfilm copy (filmed October 2003) available.
  • Reel 1: folder 1 of 1
Provenance
Received from Charles Hamilton of New York, N.Y., in April 1964.
Sensitive Materials Statement
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William Henry Cooley (also spelled Coley) was the son of Zalmon Cooley of Cold Spring, Fairfield County, Conn. He served in Company H, 1st Regiment of Connecticut Volunteers in the summer of 1861 and re-enlisted in the fall in Company G of the 7th Regiment of Connecticut Volunteers.

Cooley died on 2 June 1864.

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The collection includes Civil War letters written to his family by William Henry Cooley of Cold Spring, Conn., serving in northern Virginia and on the coasts of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. The letters contain considerable information on military life, conditions at camp, events around him, rumors, activity of his unit, guesses about the future, and other matters. Also included are a tintype of Cooley; three letters written by his sister, Eliza Gilbert; and a fragment of a letter by Eliza Gilbert's husband Walter.

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48 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Civil War letters written to his family by William Henry Cooley serving in northern Virginia and on the coasts of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. The letters contain considerable information on military life, conditions at camp, events around him, rumors, activity of his unit, guesses about the future, and other matters.

The letters are addressed to Cooley's parents and his sister, Susan "Frank" Cooley, at Cold Spring, Conn. They were written from the Washington, D.C., area; from Hilton Head, Beaufort, St. Helena, and Morris Island, S.C.; Tybee Island and Fort Pulaski, Ga.; Fernandina and St. Augustine, Fla.; and Gloucester Point and Hampton, Va.

Also included are three letters written by Eliza A. Gilbert, sister of Cooley, following the death of her husband Walter in 1863 and a fragment of a letter from Walter at a Nashville, Tenn., hospital, probably written about February 1863. Eliza Gilbert lived in Ogle, Ill.

There is also a tintype of William Henry Cooley in uniform.

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Letters and tintype #03678-z, Series: "Papers, 1861-1864." Folder 1 of 1

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Items separated include a tintype (SF-P-3678).

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