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Willett, mss., 1863-1875

Summary Information

Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Lilly Library
Indiana University
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Willett, George, b. 1816.

Willett, mss., 1863-1875

Collection No.
LMC 2487

25 items

Materials are in English.

The Willett mss., 1863-1875, consist of letters and documents of the George Willett family of Quincy and Walpole, Massachusetts.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

The collection concerns the George Willett family of Quincy and Walpole, Massachusetts. Both George Willett and son William were boot makers and served in the Civil War.


The collection is arranged in chronological order.

Scope and Content Note

Most of the letters in the collection were written by William H. H. Willett (b. 1840), a soldier in Company B of the 60th Massachusetts regiment, to his father George Willett (b. 1816), during August through November 1864. The few earlier and later letters in the collection are from other family members and are also addressed to George. Both George and son William, when not serving in the Civil War, were boot makers.

William's letters begin with his stay in McKim's Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland while receiving treatment for dysentery. Further letters chronicle his journey to Indianapolis, Indiana, where he rejoined his regiment in late August 1864 after convalescence. His letters continue until November 5, 1864 and describe his experiences while serving as a Union prison guard at Camp Carrington through September, then at Camp Burnside where he remained until his discharge in November.

In addition to the letters, there is a promissory note and record of payments of George Willett to Polly Richards for the sum of $800, entered into February 1, 1844 and paid off April 26, 1865; a marriage certificate certifying the union of William H. H. Willett and Martha E. Morse by minister W. B. Smith, May 10, 1868; and two bills in 1875 to George Willett for labor on two lots in the Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy, Massachusetts.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Acquired: 2005
Usage Restrictions
Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.

Preferred Citation
[Item], Willett mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
Processing Information
Processed by Staff.

Completed in 2013

Willett mss., 1863-1875

Folder 1 1863-1864, July [image]View item(s)

Folder 2 1864, Aug. [image]View item(s)

Folder 3 1864, Sept. [image]View item(s)

Folder 4 1864, Oct.-Dec. [image]View item(s)

Folder 5 1865 [image]View item(s)

Folder 6 1868-1875 [image]View item(s)

Folder 7 undated [image]View item(s)

Folder 8 undated envelopes without accompanying letters and lacking postmarks [image]View item(s)