THE PAPERS OF BREVET MAJOR GENERAL JOHN GROSS BARNARD (1815-1882), Chief Engineer of the Army of the Potomac, then Chief Engineer...
A remarkable, career-spanning group of papers chronicling each phase of Barnard's professional and personal life. Comprising several hundred personal and private letters received by Barnard and copious drafts of his letters, diaries and copybooks, signed photographs, manuscript and printed maps, drawings, books, military appointments, documents, newspaper scrapbooks and more all chronologically organized at an early date and housed in several old file and newer archival boxes. Sizes vary from large folding maps to carte-de-visite sized photographs, the correspondence on a variety of stationery and found paper, many original stamped envelopes present. Usual folds and wear commensurate from age, use and handling, occasional stains, tears or small losses, very few letters with clipped signatures or disbound from albums, in sound condition overall with most items in fine condition. A chronological inventory and descriptive essay available by request.
Highlights of the collection include: approximately forty pre- and post-War autograph letters from Barnard's close friend the Confederate Major General Pierre Beauregard; approximately fifty autograph letters from William Tecumseh Sherman; many letters from Civil War Generals and major figures with much on the defenses of Washington, the Peninsula Campaign, the first battle at Bull Run, the siege of Petersburg, the U.S.S. Merrimack, and much else; a fine signed CDV of General Grant; a diary describing the surrender at Appomattox at which Barnard was present; much relating to Barnard's 1833 class at West Point and as Superintendent including two letters from Robert E. Lee, letters from Secretary of War Jefferson Davis, and much correspondence with many men associated with both the Academy and the Civil War including Richard Delafield, George Washington Cullum, John Gardner Swift, and fellow engineers Barton S. Alexander, Alexander Bache, and Barnard's mentor, the redoubtable and long-serving Chief Engineer Joseph G. Totten from whom there are about thirty signed items; before the War present are items relating to the Mexican War, engineering projects in Louisiana, San Francisco, New York, Key West, and much else of interest. Provenance: by descent in the family. A superb group of mostly unpublished papers.
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