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Bonney Family. Correspondence
0.25 linear feet (1 box)
Special Collections Research Center
The Bonney Family Civil War Letters collection is comprised of 48 letters written to their parents by Daniel, James, and Seth Bonney, soldiers in Massachusetts regiments during the Civil War. With the exception of one letter from Seth, written in 1868, the correspondence in the collection falls within the period 1860-1864, and describes the various experiences of the three brothers in camp, field, prison, and hospital.
When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Bonney Family. Correspondence, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library
Daniel, Seth and James Bonney served in Massachusetts regiments during the Civil War. Seth Bonney, who was with the 26th Massachusetts Volunteers, wrote from Ship Island, Mississippi, Savannah, New Orleans, and from Virginia, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania. Daniel Bonney, with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteers, served in Maryland and Virginia, where he was wounded; several of his letters were written from Army hospitals in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. James Bonney, also with the 15th Massachusetts Regiment, was captured in 1861, and spent some time in a prison camp at Richmond, Virginia. After an exchange of prisoners, he spent two years in the Commissary Department of a parole camp at Annapolis. Finally he returned to his regiment in April, 1864, and soon afterwards was reported wounded or killed.
The body of this collection is comprised of 48 letters, totaling some 150 pages, which were written to their parents by Daniel, James, and Seth Bonney, who were soldiers in Massachusetts regiments during the Civil War. With the exception of one letter from Seth, written in 1868, the correspondence in the collection falls within the period 1860-1864, and describes the various experiences of the three brothers in camp, field, prison, and hospital.
The collection includes, in addition to the letters written by the Bonney brothers, a letter to James Bonney from Henry Putnam, written at a camp near Yorktown, Virginia, a letter from Samuel Hogkins, in the Adjutant Generals Office, to John Bonney, about James, who was reported to be both dead and alive but gravely wounded, and a copy of the orders appointing James clerk, and instructing him to report for duty at the parole camp.
The following related resources are located in the Department of Special Collections:
|Box 1 Folder 1|
Letters from Seth Bonney
|Box 1 Folder 2|
Letters from Daniel Bonney
|Box 1 Folder 3|
Letters from James Bonney