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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
- Storage Note:
- Firestone Library (mss): 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
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).
Purchased from William Reese Company in 2020 (AM 2021-21).
- Archival Appraisal Information:
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
- Access Restrictions:
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 Special Collections 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:
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
- Permanent URL:
- Firestone LibraryOne Washington RoadPrinceton, NJ 08544, USA(609) 258-3184
- Subject Terms:
- African American soldiers -- Florida -- 19th century -- Sources
African American soldiers -- Louisiana -- 19th century -- Sources
African Americans -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
- Genre Terms:
- Military records -- 19th century
Muster rolls -- 19th century
- United States. Army. Colored Infantry Regiment (25th : 1864-1865)
United States. Colored Troops
- Fort Barrancas (Fla.) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Participation, African American