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A. S. Williams III Americana Manuscript Collections

Guide to the Benjamin Franklin Whittemore record book W.0077

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

February 2014

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-02-21T12:01-0600

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Benjamin Franklin Whittemore record book and photographs

Unit ID:

W.0077

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.2 Linear feet

Dates:

1863-1887

Location:

The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Abstract:

Record book of Chaplain Benjamin Franklin Whittemore of the Fifty-Third Massachusetts, describing the military service of its members

creator

Whittemore, Benjamin Franklin, 1824-1894

creator

Williams, A. S., III

Acquisition Information:

Gift of A. S. Williams III, 2010

General note

Title on phase box spine: Confederate Alabama: Documents and Letters

Processing Information:

Processed by

Haley Aaron and Martha Bace, 2013

Preferred Citation:

Benjamin Franklin Whittemore record book, The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Scope and Contents note

This collection contains a 165-page record book documenting the history of the Fifty-third Massachusetts Volunteer Militia and the post-war lives of militia members compiled by Benjamin Franklin Whittemore. A regimental roster lists the names, age at enlistment, and post-war occupations of members of the Fifty-third Massachusetts Companies A through K. The book also includes lists of officers, desertions, and deaths. Newspaper clippings describing regiment reunions. The collection includes Civil War cartes-de-visite of Whittemore and Henry A. Willis.

Access Restrictions:

None

Biographical/Historical note

A Union chaplain and congressman, Benjamin Franklin Whittemore was born in Malden, Massachusetts, on May 18, 1824. Whittemore attended Amherst College and became a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1859. During the Civil War, Whittemore served as a chaplain in the Fifty-Third Massachusetts Volunteer Militia. After the war, Whittemore moved to Darlington, South Carolina, and was elected to Congress, where he served from July 1868 to February 1870, when he resigned the seat. After several unsuccessful attempts to regain his congressional seat in South Carolina, Whittemore returned to Massachusetts and became a publisher. He died in Montvale, Massachusetts, on January 25, 1894.

Source: Biographical Dictionary of the United States Congress

Source(s)

Williams, A. S., III (local)

Cartes de visite (gmgpc)

Manuscripts for publication (aat)

Military records (aat)

United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Regimental histories (lcsh)

Record book Box W0077.01 Folder 1

Photographs Box W0077.01 Folder 2