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Collection Number: 05011-z

Collection Title: Horace K. Ford Papers, 1862-1863 and undated

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Funding from the Watson-Brown Foundation, Inc., supported the microfilming of this collection.

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Size 11 items
Abstract Horace K. Ford was an enlisted Union soldier from New Hampshire, stationed from 19 October 1862 to 15 April 1863 at New Bern, N.C. By 17 June 1863, Ford was at Hammond Hospital in Beaufort, N.C., where he was a patient and served as a nurse. Ford's wife and daughter Celia lived at Strafford Corner or Rye, N.H., during the war. Though he complained of bad health, Horace K. Ford survived the Civil War into old age. The collection consists of seven letters, 19 October 1862-17 June 1863, written by Horace K. Ford from either New Bern or Beaufort, N.C., to his wife and daughter in either Strafford Corner or Rye, N.H. In the letters, Ford detailed his daily life as an enlisted soldier in the Union army. He commented on camp life and on his stay at Hammond Hospital in Beaufort, both as a patient and as a nurse. The collection includes a group photograph of four elderly men, apparently Ford and his brothers, all of whom were Civil War veterans. Also included are a black silk sash with "C. W. Sawyer Post, No. 17, Dover, New Hampshire" printed in silver; a metal Grand Army of the Republic pin; and small cream-colored card with an engraving labeled "General MacClellan."
Creator Ford, Horace K.
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 Horace K. Ford Papers #5011-z, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Microfilm copy (filmed July 2005) available.
  • Reel 1: Entire collection
Acquisitions Information
Received from Charles Apfelbaum of Watchung, N.J., in January 2000 (Acc. 98546).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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According to his letters, Horace K. Ford was an enlisted Union soldier from New Hampshire, stationed from 19 October 1862 to 15 April 1863 at New Bern, N.C. By 17 June 1863, Ford was at Hammond Hospital in Beaufort, N.C., where he was a patient and served as a nurse. During this time, he addressed letters to his wife and daughter Celia either at Strafford Corner or Rye, N.H. Ford recorded that his health suffered constantly from exposure to the unfamiliar, damp climate of lowland North Carolina, and the generally poor health of his fellow soldiers. From the group photograph of four elderly men taken some time after the war, inscribed as "William Henry, Jacob, Noah, Horace Kimball Ford, all Civil War Veterans. Brothers," it appears that bad health notwithstanding, Horace K. Ford survived the Civil War into white-haired old age.

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The collection consists of seven letters, 19 October 1862-17 June 1863, written by Horace K. Ford from either New Bern, N.C., or Beaufort, N.C., to his wife and daughter Celia in either Strafford Corner, N.H., or Rye, N.H. In the letters, Ford detailed his daily life as an enlisted soldier in the Union army. He commented on camp life, variations in uniforms, conduct during drills and parades, performing picket duty and guard duty, and and on his stay at Hammond Hospital in Beaufort, both as a patient and as a nurse. Ford recorded that his health suffered constantly from exposure to the damp climate of lowland North Carolina and the generally poor health of his fellow soldiers. He discussed the difficulties in obtaining a discharge or furlough and problems of traveling home and mailing food packages. Also included is a group photograph of four elderly men, apparently Ford and his brothers, all of whom were Civil War veterans; a black silk sash with "C. W. Sawyer Post, No. 17, Dover, New Hampshire" printed in silver; a metal Grand Army of the Republic pin; and small cream-colored card with an engraving labeled "General MacClellan."

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Contents list

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Processing Information

Processed by: Aletha Andrew, July 2000

Encoded by: Aletha Andrew, July 2000

Revisions: Finding aid updated in May 2005 by Nancy Kaiser.

Funding from the Watson-Brown Foundation, Inc., supported the microfilming of this collection.

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