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23rd Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Association Records, 1861-1936

 Collection
Identifier: MM 39

  • Staff Only

Scope and Content Note

The 23rd Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Association records include meeting minutes, correspondence, reunion programs and invitations, scrapbooks, photographs, and newspaper clippings created and collected by elected officers and members of the 23rd Regiment Association. The collection has been arranged into three series.

Series I. Association Records includes record books, correspondence, maps, reunion programs and invitations, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, and photographs created by officers and members of the 23rd Regiment Association.

Series II. Company F Records includes record books, correspondence, journals, and photographs created by members of Company F of the 23rd Regiment Association. The record books and correspondence detail member reunions that were specific to Company F and document a history of the regiment from the Company F point of view. Herbert E. Valentine and Luis F. Emilio were members of Company F and have correspondence, journals, and photographs included in this series.

Series III. Roanoke Association Records includes correspondence, programs and invitations, scrapbooks, maps, and newspaper clippings. Luis F. Emilio, a member of Company F and the 23rd Regiment Association, created or collected the majority of the material within this series.

Dates

  • 1861-1917

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use. Box 4 folder 2, box 8 folder 6, and box 9 folder 2 are restricted due to fragility. Photocopies are available.

Historical Sketch

The 23rd Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Association was established at a regimental reunion in 1871. The association had an elected president, vice president, adjutant, treasurer, chaplain, and secretary. The association's History Committee maintained the regimental history and appointed members of each company to collect information related to specific company histories. The association continued to arrange annual regimental reunions and published a regiment history in 1886. Company F of the 23rd Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry was especially proactive in collecting and maintaining records of their company's service during the Civil War and afterwards. Company F held their own reunions, meetings, and published a history of the company in 1896.

The Roanoke Association was an organization that celebrated the capture of Roanoke Island under General Ambrose E. Burnside as a part of the Burnside Expedition in 1862. The 23rd Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry participated in this expedition along with twenty other Union regiments. Every individual who took part in the Burnside expedition was eligible for membership in the Roanoke Association. Many members of the 23rd Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Association were also actively involved in the Roanoke Association.

Extent

5.5 linear feet (9 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The 23rd Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Association records include meeting minutes, correspondence, reunion programs and invitations, scrapbooks, photographs, and newspaper clippings created and collected by elected officers and members of the 23rd Regiment Association. The collection has been arranged into three series.

Series List

SERIES I. Association Records

  • A. Record Books
  • B. Correspondence
  • C. Personal Accounts
  • D. Photographs
SERIES II. Company F Records

  • A. Record Books
  • B. Correspondence
  • C. Photographs
SERIES III. Roanoke Association Records

Physical Location

Phillips Library Stacks

Provenance

This material was donated by multiple sources. Arthur L. Swasey donated a record book and scrapbook of letters on August 27, 1925. The 23rd Regiment Association donated a record book on October 30, 1909. And Herbert E. Valentine donated scrapbooks on September 19, 1911, February 17, 1912, and June 2, 1913.

Bibliography and Related Material

Emmerton, James A. A Record of the 23rd Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865. Boston, MA: William Ware & Co. 1886.

Valentine, Herbert E. Story of Co. F, 23d Massachusetts Volunteers in the War for the Union, 1861-1865. Boston: W. B. Clarke & Co., 1896.

Massachusetts Volunteer Militia Records, 1775-1908, MM 6

Union Drill Club of Salem Records, 1861, MM 37

Herbert E. Valentine Papers, 1861-1915, MM 7

Processing Information

Collection processed and cataloged by Halley Grogan, March 2012.

Title
23rd REGIMENT MASSACHUSETTS VOLUNTEER INFANTRY ASSOCIATION RECORDS, 1861-1917
Author
Inventory prepared by Halley Grogan.
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Sponsor
Processing of this collection was funded by a grant from the NHPRC (National Historical Publications and Records Commission).

Repository Details

Part of the Phillips Library Repository

Contact:
Peabody Essex Museum
306 Newburyport Turnpike
Rowley MA 01969 USA