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Collection Number: 05406-z

Collection Title: James H. Kelly Papers, 1862-1886

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This collection was processed with support from Elizabeth Moore Ruffin.

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Size 10 items
Abstract Sergeant James H. Kelly, who may have been from New York, served in the United States Army Signal Corps from 1861 to 1866. The collection consists of a ten-page manuscript in which James H. Kelly described his service in the United States Signal Corps in 1862, including his account of the Battle of Shiloh, his time spent traveling along the Mississippi and White rivers, and campaigns of which he was a part; his certificate declaring him a sergeant, 1864, signed by William J.L. Nicodemus; Kelly's statement to the pension bureau; a letter written aboard the steamer White Cloud to his brother Ralph and sister Jane that details an attack on the boat in July 1862; and five pins and one medal recognizing his service during the Civil War.
Creator Kelly, James H., fl. 1862-1886.
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 James H. Kelly Papers #5406-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Typed transcriptions are available. See folder 2.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Charles Apfelbaum in December 2008 (Acc. 101035).
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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Sergeant James H. Kelly, who may have been from New York, served in the United States Army Signal Corps from 1861 to 1866. He participated in the Battle of Shiloh in 1862.

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The collection consists of a ten-page manuscript in which James H. Kelly described his service in the United States Signal Corps in 1862, including his account of the Battle of Shiloh, his time spent traveling along the Mississippi and White rivers, and campaigns of which he was a part; his certificate declaring him a sergeant, 1864, signed by William J.L. Nicodemus; Kelly's statement to the pension bureau; a letter written aboard the steamer White Cloud to his brother Ralph and sister Jane that details an attack on the boat in July 1862; and five pins and one medal recognizing his service during the Civil War.

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Contents list

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4 items.

Folder 1

Original papers, 1862-1864 #05406-z, Series: "1. Original Papers and Transcripts, 1862-1864." Folder 1

Folder 2

Typed transcriptions #05406-z, Series: "1. Original Papers and Transcripts, 1862-1864." Folder 2

Included are typed transcriptions of the ten-page manuscript, the statement to the pension bureau, and the 1862 letter. Also inncluded is more detailed information regarding Kelly's locations throughout his service.

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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.

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