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Special Collections: Guide to the Francis A. Ireland Letters

Collection title: Francis A. Ireland Letters
Collection number: MS 261
Dates of collection: 1862-1865
Size of collection: 1 box
Restrictions on access and use: This collection is kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice is required for retrieval.

Biography

Francis Ashbury Ireland, the son of John P. and Martha M. Ireland, was born in Dexter, Maine, on July 27, 1843. He was educated in the public schools there and was a member of the class of 1889 of the Maine Central Institute. During the Civil War, he was a private in the 22nd Maine Regiment, Company E, serving in Virginia and Louisiana, where his regiment took part in the siege of Port Hudson.

After the war he was employed by the Pomeroy Woolen Company in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and later served as a messenger in the Massachusetts Senate for 23 years. Ireland died in Pittsfield on April 28, 1928.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains letters written by Francis A. Ireland to his family between September 1862 and July 1863 while he was serving in the 22nd Maine Regiment, Company E. The letters were primarily written from Bangor, Maine; Washington, D.C.; Alexandria and Newport News, Virginia; and Baton Rouge, St. Martinsville, and Port Hudson, Louisiana. They provide detailed descriptions of the daily life of a soldier and give insight into the psychological state of the men in the company.

A few letters to Francis Ireland from his father and brother are also included in the collection.

Contents of Box

Box 1

F1: Francis from "Brother," 25 Feb. 1862, 2 pgs.

F2: Francis to "Father," from Bangor, 27 Sept. 1862, 4 pgs.

F3: Francis to "Father," from Bangor, 29 Sept. 1862, 3 pgs.

F4: Francis to "Father," from Bangor, 5 Oct. 1862, 4 pgs.

F5: Francis to "Father," from Bangor, 19 Oct. 1862, 3 pgs.

F6: Francis to "Father," from Washington, D.C., 25 Oct. 1862, 3 pgs.

F7: Francis from "Father," 31 Oct. 1862, 3 pgs.

F8: Francis to "Father," from Alexandria, VA, 4 Nov. 1862, 4 pgs.

F9: Francis to "Father and Mother," from Newport News, VA, 14 Nov. 1862, 4 pgs.

F10: Francis to family, from Newport News, VA, 15 Nov. 1862, 3 pgs.

F11: Francis to "Father and Mother," from Newport News, VA, 24 Nov. 1862, 4 pgs.

F12: Francis to "Father and Mother," from Newport News, VA, 27 Nov. 1862, 3 pgs.

F13: Francis from "Father," 27 Nov. 1862, 3 pgs.

F14: Francis to "Father," from onboard steamship S.R. Spaulding, 3 Dec. 1862, 4 pgs.

F15: Francis from "Father," 7 Dec. 1862, 4 pgs.

F16: Francis to family, from Gulf of Mexico, LA, 18 Dec. 1862, 12 pgs., missing first 4 pgs.

F17: Francis to "Father and Mother," from Baton Rouge, LA, 24 Dec. 1862, 6 pgs.

F18: Francis to "Father and Mother," from Baton Rouge, LA, 28 Dec. 1862, 4 pgs.

F19: Francis to "Father and Mother," from Baton Rouge, LA, 5 Jan. 1863, 4 pgs.

F20: Francis to family, from Baton Rouge, LA, 6 Jan. 1863, 4 pgs.

F21: Francis to "Parents," from Baton Rouge, LA, 24 Jan. 1863, 4 pgs.

F22: Francis to "Parents," from Baton Rouge, LA, 7 Feb. 1863, 8 pgs.

F23: Francis to "Father," from Baton Rouge, LA, 10 Feb. 1863, 2 pgs.

F24: Francis to "Father," from Baton Rouge, LA, 13 Feb. 1863, 4 pgs.

F25: Francis to the mill girls, from Baton Rouge, LA, 16 Feb. 1863, 3 pgs.

F26: Father to Francis, 25 Feb. 1863, 3 pgs.

F27: Francis to "Father," from Baton Rouge, LA, 9 Mar. 1863, 3 pgs.

F28: Francis to "Father," from north of Baton Rouge, 19 Mar. 1863, 4 pgs.

F29: Father to Francis, 28 Mar. 1863, 3 pgs.

F30: Francis to "Father," from Bayou camp, LA, 4 Apr. 1863, 4 pgs.

F31: Francis to "Father," from Franklin, LA, 17 Apr. 1863, 4 pgs.

F32: Francis to "Father," from St. Martinsville, LA, 27 Apr. 1863, 4 pgs.

F33: Francis from Father and Mother, 30 Apr. 1863, 3 pgs.

F34: Francis to "Father," from St. Martinsville, LA, 4 May 1863, 2 pgs.

F35: Francis to "Father," from Washington, LA, 10 May 1863, 2 pgs.

F36: Francis from Father, 17 May 1863, 3 pgs.

F37: Francis from Father, 24 May 1863, 3 pgs.

F38: Francis to "Father," from Algiers, LA, 28 May 1863, 4 pgs.

F39: Francis to "Father," from Port Hudson, LA, 25 June 1863, 4 pgs.

F40: Francis to "Father," from Port Hudson, LA, 23 July 1863, 4 pgs.

F41: Francis from Father, 10 Mar. 1865, 2 pgs.

F42: Newspaper clippings and envelopes.

F43: Photocopies of letters in collection.


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