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John Wolcott Phelps papers

Title
John Wolcott Phelps papers, 1833-1884.
Author
Phelps, J. W. (John Wolcott), 1813-1885.
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Description
  • 8 linear feet (6 boxes, 54 v.)
  • 1 microfilm reel.
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Commonplace books.
  • Diaries.
  • Scrapbooks.
Access (note)
  • Restricted access;
Additional Formats (note)
  • available on microfilm;
Source (note)
  • Tuttle, Charles E.
Biography (note)
  • John Wolcott Phelps (1813-1885), American soldier, served in the Mexican War, was made captain in 1850, and resigned in 1859, but returned to the Civil War with a troop of volunteers he raised in Vermont.
Indexes/Finding Aids (note)
  • Finding aid available in repository.
Processing Action (note)
  • Surveyed
  • Cataloging updated
Call Number
MssCol 2399
Author
Phelps, J. W. (John Wolcott), 1813-1885.
Title
John Wolcott Phelps papers, 1833-1884.
Restricted Access
Restricted access; Manuscripts and Archives Division; Permit must be requested at the division indicated.
Summary
Collection consists of Phelps's correspondence, writings and printed matter. Correspondence with friends and family members begins when he was a cadet at West Point and continues into his adult life. Writings include five book-length manuscripts; numerous articles on politics and anti-masonry; and commonplace books from the period of his retirement from active military service which cover his views on national politics, the Civil War, masonry, Indian troubles, legal affairs, and other topics. Of special interest are Phelps's diaries, 1838-1871, recording his experiences in the Seminole War, garrison life in the West during the time of Canadian border troubles, his service in the Mexican War, the expedition to Utah to suppress the Mormons, Civil War service, life in retirement at Brattleboro, Vermont, and his interest in meteorology.
Additional Formats
Selected materials available on microfilm; New York Public Library.
Biography
John Wolcott Phelps (1813-1885), American soldier, served in the Mexican War, was made captain in 1850, and resigned in 1859, but returned to the Civil War with a troop of volunteers he raised in Vermont. He assisted Farragut in the campaign to capture New Orleans and organized the first body of African-American troops in the U.S. Army. After the federal government ordered the troops disbanded, Phelps resigned from the army.
Indexes
Finding aid available in repository.
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Occupation
Soldiers.
Added Author
De Peyster, J. Watts (John Watts), 1821-1907.
Phelps, Helen.
Tower, F. B. (Fayette Bartholomew)
Tower, Lawrence.
Greeley, Horace, 1811-1872.
Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874.
LCCN
ms 79001867
Research Call Number
MssCol 2399
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