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Hartshorn, Newton T. (Newton Timothy), 1842-1922
Newton T. Hartshorn Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1


Consists of thirty-six letters written by Captain Newton T. Hartshorn, U.S. Army, to his brother during the Civil War.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of thirty-six letters by Captain Newton T. Hartshorn, U.S. Army, to Vaola J. Hartshorn, his brother, written while Newton was in service during the Civil War. Accompanying some of the letters are pen-and-ink drawings by Hartshorn, as well as contemporary envelopes and stamps. Included are typed transcripts of the letters.


The letters are arranged chronologically.

Collection Creator Biography:

Hartshorn, Newton T. (Newton Timothy), 1842-1922

Newton Timothy Hartshorn enlisted in the New Hampshire National Guard shortly after the beginning of hostilities. In October 1861, he enlisted in the regular army, joining the U.S. Engineer Corps. Advancing from private to corporal in October, 1862, he saw extensive service and was engaged in the construction of pontoon bridges and fortifications. In April 1864, he was commissioned Captain of Company C, War Department Rifles, and was assigned to duty at the White House, guarding president Lincoln. His brother, Vaola John Hartshorn (1835-1900), was a minister and never married.

Collection History


The letters were a gift of Mrs. Jason Westerfield in 1935. AM 11022.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012. Revised by Hilde Creager '2015 in 2013.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Newton T. Hartshorn Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1