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Plumb family correspondence

Identifier: 1975-50-0

Scope and Contents

The Plumb family correspondence (1975-50-0, .43 linear feet) consists primarily of letters written by brothers Seth F. Plumb and William H. Plumb during the American Civil War to each other and their sister, brothers, and friends. There are also two letters, one dated 1866 and one dated 1876, written by their brother Charles E. Plumb. Seth and William's letters provide extensive documentation of soldiers' lives and thoughts. Some of the letters have been transcribed. Click the On-line Images/Records link below to see a preliminary inventory of the collection.


  • Created: 1861-1876
  • Other: Date acquired: 07/11/1975


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Biographical or Historical Information

Frederick W. Plumb (1801-1877) and Huldah Seymour Landon Plumb (1806-1854) of Litchfield, Conn. had five children: John L. Plumb (1831-1906), Seth F. Plumb (1836-1864), Lemira E. Plumb (1838-1909), William H. Plumb (1840-1916), and Charles E. Plumb (1845-1913). Seth and William both served during the American Civil War. Seth was a member of the Eighth Regiment Infantry, Co. E. He enlisted in 1861, mustered as a sergeant, and reenlisted in January, 1864. He was promoted to 1st sergeant in May 1864 and 2nd lieutenant in July 1864 (not mustered). He was killed Sep. 29, 1864, at Fort Harrison, Va. His body was later returned for burial in Litchfield. The Litchfield post of the Grand Army of the Republic was named in his honor. William served in the Second Regiment Connecticut Volunteers Heavy Artillery, Co. A. He enlisted in 1862, was mustered as a private, and discharged in 1865. After the war, he was a farmer in Litchfield. He married first Emma T. Buell (1847-1882) and second Ellen A. Peck (1845-1916). Charles did not serve during the Civil War and became a travelling salesman, living for a period of years in Philadelphia and eventually settling in Harwich, Mass. He married first Emma L. Camp (1849-1914) and second Almira B. Underwood (1860-1905).

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0.43 Linear Feet

1 document box other_unmapped

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Source of Acquisition

Bequest of Mrs. David M. Harlow (Anne Plumb Harlow)

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This collection was processed with support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).
Plumb family correspondence
Leith Johnson
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Repository Details

Part of the Litchfield Historical Society Repository

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