02/08. Small Collections and Vertical Files
Record Group Term
Record subgroup for the ALPLM Manuscripts Department for collections and vertical files. Small collections include personal and family papers, corporate records, county records, and military records. Vertical files include small collections of unknown or varied provenance used predominantly as ready reference files, documenting Illinois counties and cities, individuals, businesses, organizations, and events.
Found in 10 Collections and/or Records:
Collection — Box 65
Scope and Contents Typed transcript of diary kept during the last months of the war discusses travels through Mississippi and back to Tennessee where they remain for the duration of the war, his activities and those of his company. Mentions numerous others in the regiment giving tidbits of information about them. After the war talks of work done with Lieutenant Clad to finish up the work of the regiment. Speaks of his wife and family often.
Dates: Created: January 1 - June 22, 1865
Collection — Box 65
Scope and Contents Four letters to Helen and one to Auntie discuss his activities, occurrences and the cost of items at Nashville, his feelings about the war and the Confederacy. Mentions those from home who are doing well, sick or dead. Describes a deserter being discharged and the music played.
Dates: Created: 1862 - 1863
Collection — Box 67
Scope and Contents Official copy of a letter to Gen. W.T. Sherman requesting that the Navy Yard and all shops and buildings in that area be turned over to Lt. Bishop for Navy use. Note by General S.A. Hurlbut, Dec. 20, 1862, at Memphis, Tenn., complying with request.
Dates: Created: December 19, 1862
Collection — Box 59
Scope and Contents Letter written to Henry Yates from Fort Henry, Tennessee. Describes traveling per ship to Fort Henry, marching through the mud, witnessing the dead killed by the shelling from their boat and coming into Fort Henry.
Dates: Created: February 26, 1862
Collection — Box 59
Scope and Contents Mechling's diary gives account of each day for the 126th Illinois, including camp life, different regiments they come in contact with, rumors heard, generals who pass through, the sick, the dead, sights he sees, and war activities. In the back has recipes for several puddings and cakes.
Dates: Created: January 1 - November 9, 1863
Collection — Box 63
Scope and Contents 3 diaries (1864, 1865, 1866); official correspondence (1862-1876); family photos (189-?). The 1864 and 1865 diaries contain detailed accounts of the activities of Norton and the troops he served, observations of camp life, and news from home. Also in the 1864 diary: expenditures, inventories, and patient morbidity and mortality statistics. The 1866 diary includes brief and intermittent entries that cover Norton's professional and social activities in Rockford, inventories of books and other...
Dates: Created: 1862 - 1899; Majority of material found within 1862 - 1866
Collection — Box 62
Scope and Contents The majority of letters are to his sister and brother-in-law, some to "my friends back home". He details his life in camp, many references to sickness and death. Describes his commanding officers and their different styles and his clerical work. Describes the battles and skirmishes and his discouragement at the way the war is going. References to people back home and often speaks of his desire to be back there and married. Three letters from prison at Danville, Va.
Dates: Created: 1861 - 1864
Collection — Box 66
Scope and Contents Letters of Samuel, William and Emma from March 1861-June 1865. Samuel and William write of camp life and William writes a detailed letter of the battle where his brother died and his death. He writes from Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and of Forrest's guerrillas, and his experience as a clerk in the General Court Martial in Columbus, Ky. in 1864. Emma's letters to Jane begin before the war and tell family news and the events of the brothers enlistment. After the war her letters to Jane and to...
Dates: Created: 1861 - 1865
Collection — Box 60
Scope and Contents One letter gives a list of resolutions he believes the Park County girls should abide by and include "tender services as clerks, mechanics and tillers of the soil" while the men are serving, and "withhold friendship and love from every able bodied young man who will not enlist". He gives his account of the battles at Fort Henry and Donelson, Pittsburgh Landing and Corinth. In the beginning his letters tell how happy he is to be a soldier and that he could lead that life with no problem. After...
Dates: Created: 1861 - 1863
Collection — Box 1
Scope and Contents Collection contains the letters of William A. Allen (1830-1891) written to his wife, Millicent Blanchard Allen (1838-1922), during his service during the American Civil War in the 9th Illinois Infantry Regiment in Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. An assistant surgeon, Allen described camp life and medical care. Includes newsclippings, military papers and two musical scores.
Dates: Created: 1863 - 1864