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Collection Number: 03725-z

Collection Title: Elias Winans Price Papers, 1823-1868.

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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 115 items
Abstract Elias Winans Price (1829-1897) was the son of Jeremiah Price (1786-1861) and his second wife Maria Gibbs Price (1788-1838) of Elizabeth, Essex County, N.J. Among Elias Winans Price's siblings were Theodore (born 1819) and Henrietta McDowell Price (born 1826). The collection includes papers of the Price family of Essex County, N.J., including eighty-five Civil War letters written home by Elias Winans Price, serving with the 5th New York Regiment in Maryland and West Virginia. Price's letters concern the discomforts of camp life; his activities as a nurse, cook, and prison guard; the dedication of the cemetery at Gettysburg; and his reactions to national news, especially the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Also included are antebellum papers, including records of Price's father, Jeremiah Price, constable of Essex County, N.J., relating to delinquent tax collections; letters from a brother in Michigan; and letters from E. W. Price and a brief account book Price kept while he was apprenticed to a bookbinder in Waterbury, Conn.
Creator Price, Elias Winans, 1829-1897.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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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 Elias Winans Price Papers, #3725-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Loaned by Ruth Price Bryant of Raleigh, N.C., January 1966.
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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Elias Winans Price (1829-1897) was the son of Jeremiah Price (1786-1861) and his second wife Maria Gibbs Price (1788-1838) of Elizabeth, Essex County, N.J. Among Elias Winans Price's siblings were Theodore (born 1819) and Henrietta McDowell Price (born 1826). Elias Winans Price married Phebe Shipman in 1852.

Elias Winans Price learned the bookbinders' trade in 1845, lived at Waterbury, Conn., in the 1850s, and owned a bookbindery in Brooklyn, N.Y., when he enlisted in the United States Army in August 1862. He served in Company A, 5th New York Volunteer Artillery, stationed at Fort Marshall, Baltimore, Md., near Harpers Ferry, W.Va., and in the Shenandoah Valley and Winchester, Va.

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The collection includes papers of an Essex County, N.J., family, including eighty-five Civil War letters written home by Elias Winans Price, serving with the 5th New York Regiment in Maryland and West Virginia. Price's letters concern the discomforts of camp life; his activities as a nurse, cook, and prison guard; the dedication of the cemetery at Gettysburg, Pa.; and his reactions to national news, especially the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Also included are antebellum papers, including records of Price's father, Jeremiah Price, constable of Essex County, N.J., relating to delinquent tax collections; letters from a brother in Michigan; and letters from E. W. Price and a brief account book Price kept while he was apprenticed to a bookbinder in Waterbury, Conn.

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Folder 1

Original finding aid #03725-z, Series: "Elias Winans Price Papers, 1823-1868 and undated." Folder 1

Papers, 1823-1858 #03725-z, Series: "Elias Winans Price Papers, 1823-1868 and undated." Folder 1

The antebellum items are papers of Jeremiah Price, a constable in Essex County, N.J. They include scattered papers relating to his official duties and to his own property, and 20 items addressed to him and his daughter Henrietta from other members of the family. There is one letter from Jeremiah's brother Enoch Price at Avon, Livingston County, N.Y. Seven letters are from Jeremiah's son Theodore at Madison, Wisc., and at Port Huron, Mich. Theodore tells of the trip out of New York in 1851, family news, weather, and mentions lumbering and business conditions. Eleven letters, 1852-1858, are from Jeremiah's son Elias Winans Price, living at Waterbury, Conn., and working there and at New Haven, Conn. These letters tell of the boarding house where he lived before his marriage and later of home and family. He comments on politics, current events from the newspapers, news from friends and relatives at Elizabeth, N.J. Letter, 3 June 1855, mentions balloon ascension and plans for another one at Waterbury.

Folder 2

Papers, 1862-1863 #03725-z, Series: "Elias Winans Price Papers, 1823-1868 and undated." Folder 2

Includes letters written by Elias Winans Price while serving with the 5th New York Volunteer Artillery. The first letter, from Harpers Ferry, W. Va., was written one month after Price enlisted and while he was on his way to Annapolis, Md., as a sick, paroled prisoner. One letter was written from Camp Douglas, Chicago, Ill., where he was doing carpentry work, still a paroled prisoner. The other letters were all written at or near Fort Marshall, Baltimore, Md., where Price did cooking, hospital nursing, guarding of property and prisoners, and drilling. He wrote to his sister Henrietta, wife Phebe, and stepmother about his situation, health and daily discomforts, the incompetence of the officers and administration under which he livied, and his reactions to national news. One letter, 8 September 1863, describes his guard duty at lighthouse and powder magazine on Patapsco Bay, Md. Another, 23 November 1863, describes the cemetery dedication ceremonies at Gettysburg, Pa., which he attended.

Folder 3

Papers, 1864 #03725-z, Series: "Elias Winans Price Papers, 1823-1868 and undated." Folder 3

Includes six letters written by Elias Winans Price at Fort Marshall, Md., the last while he was guarding rebel prisoners at the Post Hospital. In April 1864 he was cooking for a hospital in a Lutheran church at Harpers Ferry, W. Va. There are also six letters written by Price at the United States General Hospital at Parkersburg, W. Va., while a patient and later a convalescent with cooking and nursing responsibilities, describing living conditions and hardships there. Also included are letters written at Harpers Ferry, W.Va., where Price rejoined his company and did guard and picket duty, along with burning and destroying in the vicinity. These letters contain comments on current events, military and political, and on officers, northern and southern; also inquiries about family and relatives in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Elizabeth, N.J. There are also a few letters to Price from his siblings.

Folder 4

Papers, 1865-1868 #03725-z, Series: "Elias Winans Price Papers, 1823-1868 and undated." Folder 4

Includes 19 letters written by Elias Winans Price at Harpers Ferry, W.Va., during which time he did picket duty. He comments on current events and the war; the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Post-war letters were written by Price at Brooklyn, N.Y., and concern family matters.

Folder 5

Papers, undated and miscellaneous #03725-z, Series: "Elias Winans Price Papers, 1823-1868 and undated." Folder 5

Includes some Civil War period items and clippings. There are also two small notebooks. One, 1845-1847, is accounts of Elias Winans Price while an apprentice bookbinder. The other, 1853-1855, contains a tax list kept by Jeremiah Price as constable of Essex County, N.J.

Image Folder PF-3725/1

Photograph of Elias Winans Price #03725-z, Series: "Elias Winans Price Papers, 1823-1868 and undated." PF-3725/1

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, July 2010

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.

Diacritics and other special characters have been omitted from this finding aid to facilitate keyword searching in web browsers.

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