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Preliminary Guide to the William H. Hartwell Papers
Wyles Mss 37  
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Description
The collection contains handwritten reminiscences of the Civil War, and the period following it, by William H. Hartwell, New Hampshire Infantry, 9th Regiment (Vol), Co. I. Also included is some commentary by his daughter, Ruth Hartwell Nordhoff, who donated the collection.
Background
William Herman Hartwell was born in Keene, New Hampshire on August 28, 1844. He was the seventh of eight children, though only four would live past early childhood. His parents had both died by the time he graduated from school in 1862, when he decided to enlist in the Union Army to fight in the Civil War. He was mustered into Company I of the 9th Regiment of the New Hampshire Infantry on August 15, 1862. He fought in numerous battles, including Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Cemetery Hill, rising through the ranks to sergeant by the spring of 1863. He was captured by Confederate forces on September 30, 1864 and held as a prisoner-of-war for five months. With the conclusion of the war, he received an Honorable Discharge in June 1865.
Extent
.2 linear feet (1 half-size document box)
Restrictions
Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.
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