Contents and Arrangement

Plumb, Isaac, Sr., Personal, Miscellaneous Letters from Friends, and Empty Envelopes, circa 1847-1869

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


The Isaac Plumb, Jr. Family Papers, 1767-1929 (bulk 1859-1864), documents the Civil War from the soldier's perspective as well as the home front, detailing the day-to-day life of a Union soldier, with vivid descriptions of camp life, marches, battles, aftermath of battles, upheaval of the ranks, morale issues, and disillusionment; and from the perspective of family and friends not involved in the fighting, but actively offering opinions of politics and military tactics, and expressing their fear and worry about their loved ones.

The collection is arranged in two series, "Captain Isaac Plumb Papers, 1859-1864" and "Plumb Family Papers, 1767-1929." Researchers should be aware that Plumb family material may be found within Captain Plumb's correspondence, as the correspondence has been maintained as a complete set of letters to and from Plumb during his service.

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

No material was separated during 2012 processing.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

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.

Special Requirements for Access:

The three swords require special handling. Please consult with Public Services staff.

Credit this material:

Plumb, Isaac, Sr., Personal, Miscellaneous Letters from Friends, and Empty Envelopes; Isaac Plumb, Jr. Family Papers, C1432, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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