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Collection Number: 04280-z

Collection Title: Joseph Fernald Papers, 1863-1865.

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the World Wide Web. See the section for more information.


This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 10 items
Abstract Joseph Fernald (b. 1830) served in the United States Navy during the Civil War. In August 1863, he was appointed second assistant engineer on the U.S.S. "Britannia." The collection includes letters written by Fernald to his wife during the siege, battle, and occupation of Fort Fisher, N.C., December 1864-January 1865. The letters describe the conflict at Fort Fisher and a run by Fernald's ship to the Charleston bar with military dispatches, 13-18 January 1865. Also included are a letter fragment from this period on the back of which is a sketch of the scene around Fort Caswell, N.C.; a letter, August 1864, written on board one of the ships in the federal blockade of the North Carolina coast; and a letter, 1863, from Joseph Fernald's brother William, who was with Company G, 2nd New Hampshire Regiment.
Creator Fernald, Joseph, b. 1830.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
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 Joseph Fernald Papers, #4280-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Typed transcriptions available.
Acquisitions Information
Purchase from Americana Mail Auction, Allentown, Pa., October 1980.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1.
Sensitive Materials Statement
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, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Joseph Fernald (born 1830) served in the United States Navy during the Civil War and was involved in the federal blockade of the North Carolina Coast and also in seige, battle, and occupation of Fort Fisher, N.C. In August 1863, he was appointed second assistant engineer on the U.S.S. "Britannia."

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The collection includes letters written by Joseph Fernald to his wife during the siege, battle, and occupation of Fort Fisher, N.C., December 1864-January 1865. The letters describe the conflict at Fort Fisher and a run by Fernald's ship to the Charleston bar with military dispatches, 13-18 January 1865. Also included are a letter fragment from this period on the back of which is a sketch of the scene around Fort Caswell, N.C.; a letter, August 1864, written on board one of the ships in the federal blockade of the North Carolina coast; and a letter, 1863, from Joseph Fernald's brother William, who was with Company G, 2nd New Hampshire Regiment. There are also typed transcription of the letters and photocopies of some documents pertaining to Fernald's military service.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1863-1865.

7 items.

Letters written by Joseph Fernald to his wife during the siege, battle, and occupation of Fort Fisher, N.C., December 1864-January 1865. The letters describe the conflict at Fort Fisher and a run by Fernald's ship to the Charleston bar with military dispatches, 13-18 January 1865. Also included are a letter fragment from this period on the back of which is a sketch of the scene around Fort Caswell, N.C.; a letter, August 1864, written on board one of the ships in the federal blockade of the North Carolina coast; and a letter, 1863, from Joseph Fernald's brother William, who was with Company G, 2nd New Hampshire Regiment.

Folder 1

Original finding aid #04280-z, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1863-1865." Folder 1

Original letters #04280-z, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1863-1865." Folder 1

Folder 2

Typed transcriptions #04280-z, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1863-1865." Folder 2

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3 items.

Photocopies of documents concerning Joseph Fernald's naval appointment, discharge, and pension.

Folder 3

Other material #04280-z, Series: "2. Other Material, 1863, 1890, 1894." Folder 3

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, January 2009

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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