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Oliver, Paul Ambrose, 1830-1912
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Paul Ambrose Oliver Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.4 linear feet
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Firestone Library (mss): Box 1


Consists mainly of letters by Civil War Army officer Paul Ambrose Oliver.

Collection Description & Creator Information


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 Resaca, Ga.


Letters by Oliver precede letters to him.

Collection Creator Biography:

Oliver, Paul Ambrose, 1830-1912

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.

Collection History


Gift of Samuel Bonnell (AM 17327).

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information:

Folder Inventory added by Jameson Creager (2015) in 2012. Revised in 2013.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

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. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Paul Ambrose Oliver Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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