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Prickitt, William Augustus, 1839-1929
William A. Prickitt Papers Related to Company G of the 25th United States Colored Infantry Regiment
Manuscripts Division
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0.4 linear feet and 1 box
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  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box B-001556


Consists of a group of military records collected by Captain William A. Prickitt (1839-1929) documenting the daily operations of African American soldiers in Company G of the United States Colored Infantry's 25th Regiment during the final year of the American Civil War.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This collection documents the daily operations of African American soldiers in Company G of the 25th Infantry Regiment, United States Colored Troops (USCT), during the final year of the American Civil War. Created and assembled by William A. Prickitt (1839-1929), the company's white captain, these materials detail recruitment, arming, payments, and casualties within the company. The majority consist of retained copies of inventories, returns, accounts of equipment, troop muster rolls, invoices, and other financial and personnel records, mostly centered on the company's garrison duties at Fort Barrancas, Florida. Prickitt arranged the records into envelopes grouped by record type or function, and he often reused or created his own forms when the official documents were not available. The troops whose service is documented in these records were organized in early 1864 at Camp William Penn, near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and they served in New Orleans, Louisiana, before arriving in Florida.


Materials are arranged in the order in which they were received.

Collection Creator Biography:


William Augustus Prickitt (1839-1929) was born in Monmouth County, New Jersey, and served in the Union Army during the American Civil War. He enlisted as a private with the 14th New Jersey Regiment on August 9, 1862, was promoted to sergeant, and finally to captain of Company G, 25th Regiment, United States Colored Troops. After the war he became an attorney, and later a banker and member of the New York Stock Exchange. Prickitt was appointed American Consul at Rheims, France (1897-1905), and later Consul General in Auckland, New Zealand (1905-1914).

Collection History


Purchased from William Reese Company in 2020 (AM 2021-21).


No materials were separated during 2021 processing.


Processing of this collection was sponsored by the Delafield Fund.

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Kelly Bolding in January 2021. Finding aid written by Kelly Bolding in January 2021.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

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:

William A. Prickitt Papers Related to Company G of the 25th United States Colored Infantry Regiment; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box B-001556