The collection consists mainly of letters by Oliver but includes some letters by
other correspondents. The collection contains letters by him to family members,
especially to his brother Samuel, while he was an officer in the Union Army
(1862-1865) during the Civil War. In addition, there is a history of the 12th
Regiment of the New York National Guard, of which Oliver was a member, and the
Congressional Medal of Honor awarded to him for valor during a battle (1864) at
Paul Ambrose Oliver worked in the shipping business prior to the start of the Civil
War. In 1861, Oliver joined the 12th Regiment of the New York National Guard as a
second lieutenant. During the war, Oliver was present at the battles of 2nd Bull
Run, Antietam, Fredricksburg, and Chancellorsville. Oliver left the army in 1865,
having been brevetted to the rank of brigadier general of volunteers for his actions
at Resaca, Ga. In 1892, Oliver was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his
conduct at Resaca. Following the war, Oliver established and operated an explosives
factory in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication
of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University
Library does not own the original. Permission to publish material from the
collection must be requested from the Associate University Librarian for Rare
Books and Special Collections. The library has no information on the status of
literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for
determining any questions of copyright.
Paul Ambrose Oliver Collection; 1862-1912, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.