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An Introduction To The Paul W. Bean Collection On Digital Commons, August 31, 2015, Edward Andrew Kobylarz Aug 2015

An Introduction To The Paul W. Bean Collection On Digital Commons, August 31, 2015, Edward Andrew Kobylarz

Paul W. Bean Civil War Papers

An Introduction to the Paul W. Bean Collection on Digital Commons, August 31, 2015. This is a short guide to the Paul W. Bean Collection here on Digital Commons. It is included as a reference for researchers to understand the methodology behind the creation of this collection and hopefully aid in the deepest and richest exploration of it.


Thompson Document 05: Henrietta Thompson's Notes On Interviewing Jack Belden, Henrietta Thompson Jan 1972

Thompson Document 05: Henrietta Thompson's Notes On Interviewing Jack Belden, Henrietta Thompson

Henrietta Thompson Papers

Undated notes, written by Henrietta Thompson sometime after she interviewed Jack Belden in October 1972. Her attempts to put down the “essence” of Belden, and the prompt she assigns herself: “What do I know about Jack Belden now?” suggest that these notes were written not long after the interview, or at least were written in an effort to preserve her memories of the interview.


Thompson Document 06: Henrietta Thompson's Summary Of Jack Belden's Activities Before The Walkout, Henrietta Thompson Jan 1972

Thompson Document 06: Henrietta Thompson's Summary Of Jack Belden's Activities Before The Walkout, Henrietta Thompson

Henrietta Thompson Papers

Henrietta Thompson’s attempt to narrate a version of Jack Belden’s account in the third person. Her several thoughtful accounts of her interview with Belden seem to suggest the great importance Thompson attached to her meeting with the writer.


1910 First Maine Cavalry Reunion Post Card, J. P. Cilley Aug 1910

1910 First Maine Cavalry Reunion Post Card, J. P. Cilley

Paul W. Bean Civil War Papers

Post-Card from Corresponding Secretary J.P. Cilley to Almore, Haskell, August 10, 1910. The bulk of the postcard explains the planned events for the reunion including lunch and dinner, automobile rides and other festivities. There is also a request for the names of veterans who died for the purpose of commemoration.

Taken from the Paul W. Bean Collection, Box no. 279, f.59


Medal Of Honor Legion Fourteenth Annual Convention Booklet, Unknown Sep 1904

Medal Of Honor Legion Fourteenth Annual Convention Booklet, Unknown

Paul W. Bean Civil War Papers

This booklet produced as a guide for those attending the 1904 annual banquet and convention for the Medal of Honor Legion is a rich source filled with information about living and deceased members of the society and the events of the weekend.

Taken from the Paul W. Bean Collection, Box no. 278, f.49


Letter From Hiram S. Davis And Hannah Davis To Lieutenant J. L. Ham, April 16, 1880, Hiram S. Davis, Hannah Davis Apr 1880

Letter From Hiram S. Davis And Hannah Davis To Lieutenant J. L. Ham, April 16, 1880, Hiram S. Davis, Hannah Davis

Paul W. Bean Civil War Papers

Letter from Hiram S. and Hannah Davis to Lieutenant J.L. Ham, April 16, 1880. These are two separate letters that were mailed together. Both Hiram and Hannah inquired of Ham if he knew William Davis, Hiram's brother and Hannah's son who was in the same prison camp at Salisbury, North Carolina around the same time and died in January of 1865. They provide unique commentary on Northern reactions to the Confederate treatment of Union prisoners and the bitter attitude still held nearly fifteen years after the war.

Taken from the Paul W. Bean Collection, Box no. 279 ...


Letter From Delphina E. Mendenhall To John L. Ham, February 1, 1879, Delphina E. Mendenhall Feb 1879

Letter From Delphina E. Mendenhall To John L. Ham, February 1, 1879, Delphina E. Mendenhall

Paul W. Bean Civil War Papers

Letter from Delphina E. Mendenhall to John L. Ham, February 1, 1879. Delphina wrote to John Ham as an attempt to rekindle an old friendship made during the bitterest months of the war when he was released with a few other prisoners from the Salisbury, North Carolina prison camp around the time General Sherman made his march through there.Due to the state of affairs both before and during the war she and her husband were one of the few slave owners that attempted to emancipate their slaves before the war, and she mentioned that of those former slaves several ...


Mcclellan's Military Career Reviewed And Exposed, Union Congressional Committee Jan 1864

Mcclellan's Military Career Reviewed And Exposed, Union Congressional Committee

Paul W. Bean Civil War Papers

McClellan's Military Career Reviewed and Exposed: The Military Policy of the Administration Set Forth and Vindicated (1864).

This pamphlet is a thirty two page exposé regarding former Union General George B. McClellan's military record and stances during the war used as an attempt to discredit him in his bid for the U.S. Presidency in 1864.

Printed by Lemuel Towers

Taken from the Paul W. Bean Collection, Box no. 278, f.42


Letter From Unknown To Frank L. Lemont, November 1, 1863, Unknown Oct 1863

Letter From Unknown To Frank L. Lemont, November 1, 1863, Unknown

Paul W. Bean Civil War Papers

Letter from Unknown to Frank L. Lemont. In it the writer (most likely one of Frank's sisters) relates the state of the family and laments any wrongdoings or insults given in the previous letter.

Taken from the Paul W. Bean Collection, Box no. 277, f.8


Letter From Achsah Lemont To Frank L. Lemont, October 25, 1863, Achsah Lemont Oct 1863

Letter From Achsah Lemont To Frank L. Lemont, October 25, 1863, Achsah Lemont

Paul W. Bean Civil War Papers

Letter from Achsah Lemont to her brother Frank L. Lemont, October 25, 1863. In it she tells Frank that she is now boarding with a Mr. and Mrs. Russel taking care of their children during their absence and that due to this she feels rather overwhelmed, almost to the point of insanity. Achsah also speaks of the state of the family and other goings on at home. In a rather personal moment she also inquires of his intentions towards Electa Lemont and she warns him to not pursue such intentions, and in regards to her own love life she provided ...


Letter From Achsah Lemont To Frank L. Lemont, September 20, 1863, Achsah Lemont Sep 1863

Letter From Achsah Lemont To Frank L. Lemont, September 20, 1863, Achsah Lemont

Paul W. Bean Civil War Papers

Letter from Achsah and Josie Lemont to their brother Frank L. Lemont, September 20, 1863. In it Achsah tells Frank of a fun excursion to the top of Mount Washington and the excitement of the day including the state of the weather and the difficulty of the trek up the mountain.

Josie also included a short letter to Frank as well, stating that she felt well enough to do so. She expressed her deep desire to get an education for herself and how difficult it was for her to attend, but that she would not stop trying.

Taken from the ...


Letter From E. Haskell Jr. To His Son Almore, September 10, 1862, E. Haskell Jr. Sep 1863

Letter From E. Haskell Jr. To His Son Almore, September 10, 1862, E. Haskell Jr.

Paul W. Bean Civil War Papers

Letter from E. Haskell Jr. to his son Almore, September 10, 1862. In it he urges his son to make it to the upcoming elections.

Taken from the Paul W. Bean Collection, Box no. 279, f.46


Letter From J.S. Lemont To Frank L. Lemont, September 10, 1863, J. S. Lemont Sep 1863

Letter From J.S. Lemont To Frank L. Lemont, September 10, 1863, J. S. Lemont

Paul W. Bean Civil War Papers

Letter from J.S. Lemont to her son Frank L. Lemont, September 10, 1863. In it she tells him mostly of the events of life at home and the financial situation of the family, specifically regarding the loan of money to a family friend for investment in buying a hardware store.

Taken from the Paul W. Bean Collection, Box no. 277, f.8


Letter From Charles Warner To His Mother Mrs. Almon Warner, September 6, 1863, Charles Warner Sep 1863

Letter From Charles Warner To His Mother Mrs. Almon Warner, September 6, 1863, Charles Warner

Paul W. Bean Civil War Papers

Letter from Charles Warner to his mother Mrs. Almon Warner, September 6, 1863. In it he speaks of his practice writing as many letters as possible though apologetic if he had missed sending a note or two back home, and his prospects in the army barring his failure to get a promotion. He also makes note of the practice of dress parade and his negative disposition towards the activity, and that he made a habit out of skipping drill entirely at times.

Taken from the Paul W. Bean Collection, Box no. 277, f.9


Letter From Charles Warner To His Mother Mrs. Almon Warner, September 3, 1863, Charles Warner Sep 1863

Letter From Charles Warner To His Mother Mrs. Almon Warner, September 3, 1863, Charles Warner

Paul W. Bean Civil War Papers

Letter from Charles Warner to his mother Mrs. Almon Warner, September 3, 1863. In it he tells her of the latest developments in camp, namely charges leveled against officers and the latest scuttlebutt among the men. As with some of the other letters he also speaks of the state of food in the army and that soon there will be an officer's mess provided by one of the sutlers, and that in future letters he did not need any more reading material for both lack of time and the fact that he already possessed enough to keep him busy ...


Letter From Charles Warner To His Mother Mrs. Almon Warner, August 28, 1863, Charles Warner Aug 1863

Letter From Charles Warner To His Mother Mrs. Almon Warner, August 28, 1863, Charles Warner

Paul W. Bean Civil War Papers

Letter from Charles Warner to his mother Mrs. Almon Warner, August 28, 1863. In this partial letter to his mother, he tells her a bit of his troubles with his superiors because of sleeping through roll call due to late guard duty. Through the rest of the letter he turns to the poor food offered by the regimental sutlers and the state of his finances since he was last paid.

Taken from the Paul W. Bean Collection, Box no. 277, f.9


Letter From Charles Warner To His Mother Mrs. Almon Warner, August 23, 1863, Charles Warner Aug 1863

Letter From Charles Warner To His Mother Mrs. Almon Warner, August 23, 1863, Charles Warner

Paul W. Bean Civil War Papers

Letter from Charles Warner to his mother Mrs. Almon Warner, August 23, 1863. In it he waxes philosophical about the nature around him and how the nights often remind him of New England, thus turning his thoughts back to home. He also asks her about potentially being introduced to some young lady upon his return. Turning from pleasantries he intimates that officers in his unit have made arrangements to level charges against their commanding officer (Col. Price) for a host of reasons ranging from insubordination to harshness of command.

Taken from the Paul W. Bean Collection, Box no. 277, f ...


Letter From Charles Warner To His Mother Mrs. Almon Warner, August 20, 1863, Charles Warner Aug 1863

Letter From Charles Warner To His Mother Mrs. Almon Warner, August 20, 1863, Charles Warner

Paul W. Bean Civil War Papers

Letter from Charles Warner to his mother Mrs. Almon Warner, August 20, 1863. In it he discusses life in camp at Kelly's ford and the general nature of army culture. He also makes a direct reference to the part of army culture engaged in gambling as a means of passing time, along with the delicate subject of court martial and execution.

Taken from the Paul W. Bean Collection, Box no. 277, f.9


Letter From J.S. Lemont To Frank L. Lemont, June 28, 1863, J. S. Lemont Jun 1863

Letter From J.S. Lemont To Frank L. Lemont, June 28, 1863, J. S. Lemont

Paul W. Bean Civil War Papers

Letter from J.S. Lemont to her son Frank L. Lemont, June 28, 1863. In it she congratulates him on his promotion and speaks of a great desire to see him. She also wishes him good will in this new position and that he continues to stay safe in the midst of the war.

Taken from the Paul W. Bean Collection, Box no. 277, f.8


Letter From J.S. Lemont To Frank L. Lemont, April 11, 1863, J. S. Lemont Apr 1863

Letter From J.S. Lemont To Frank L. Lemont, April 11, 1863, J. S. Lemont

Paul W. Bean Civil War Papers

Letter from J.S. Lemont to her son Frank L. Lemont, April 11, 1863. In it she discusses the details of their move back to the farm in Greene, ME and the family life now that they resettled, including a cold she got in the process.

Taken from the Paul W. Bean Collection, Box no. 277, f.8


Letter From Harriet N. Merriam To Frank L. Lemont, March 8, 1863, Harriet N. Merriam Mar 1863

Letter From Harriet N. Merriam To Frank L. Lemont, March 8, 1863, Harriet N. Merriam

Paul W. Bean Civil War Papers

Letter from Harriet N. Merriam to her nephew Frank L. Lemont, March 8, 1863. In it she tells her nephew of the recent move to a larger plot of land and her feelings on the matter, especially being in a new environment. She also speaks of the war and how sickness spread to some of their mutual relatives and friends in the field.

Taken from the Paul W. Bean Collection, Box no. 277, f.8


Letter From J.S. Lemont To Frank L. Lemont, February 26, 1863, J. S. Lemont Feb 1863

Letter From J.S. Lemont To Frank L. Lemont, February 26, 1863, J. S. Lemont

Paul W. Bean Civil War Papers

Letter from J.S. Lemont to her son Frank L. Lemont, February 26th, 1863. In it she speaks of the difficulty of the distance between them and the rising financial troubles at home, especially with the strain on the family without him being there to help on the farm. She also mentions a rumor about soldiers being granted furloughs to go home.

Taken from the Paul W. Bean Collection, Box no. 277, f.8


Letter From Achsah Lemont To Frank L. Lemont, February 15, 1863, Achsah Lemont Feb 1863

Letter From Achsah Lemont To Frank L. Lemont, February 15, 1863, Achsah Lemont

Paul W. Bean Civil War Papers

Letter from Achsah Lemont to her brother Frank L. Lemont, February 15, 1863. In it she relates most of the goings on back home in Lewiston especially the pleasant company of many young ladies. She also speaks of the state of the family and the words they received regarding the rumored changes in command of Union troops and her hopes that this will be a welcome change for her brother.

Further in the letter she speaks of the changes in the weather and how the sleighing was rather good though the recent thaw affected such outings. As to her personal ...


Letter From Zeb Knight To Almore Haskell, February 14, 1863, Zeb Knight Feb 1863

Letter From Zeb Knight To Almore Haskell, February 14, 1863, Zeb Knight

Paul W. Bean Civil War Papers

Letter from Zeb Knight to Almore Haskell, February 14, 1863. In it he tells of his situation in hospital due to wounds received in the field. Knight also tells Haskell of the military situation of his cavalry regiment and the orders from Union command not to talk or trade with Confederate soldiers.

Taken from the Paul W. Bean Collection, Box no. 279, f.49


Letter From J.S. Lemont To Frank L. Lemont, January 28, 1863, J. S. Lemont Jan 1863

Letter From J.S. Lemont To Frank L. Lemont, January 28, 1863, J. S. Lemont

Paul W. Bean Civil War Papers

Letter from J.S. Lemont to her son Frank L. Lemont, January 28, 1863. In it she relates the latest goings on at home and the state of the family, mostly that she longs to have her son home and wonders what should be done about the farm, proposing that perhaps renting the house in Lewiston might provide some supplemental income for them to live on while they prepare for beginning planting again in the summer.

Taken from the Paul W. Bean Collection, Box no. 277, f.8


Letter From J.S. Lemont To Frank L. Lemont, January 3, 1863, J. S. Lemont Jan 1863

Letter From J.S. Lemont To Frank L. Lemont, January 3, 1863, J. S. Lemont

Paul W. Bean Civil War Papers

Letter from J.S. Lemont to her son Frank L. Lemont, January 3, 1863. In it she imparts rather depressing news from home and about the war especially about death and sickness plaguing their community. She desperately wishes the war would end so her son might come home and be with them but she knows that he has to make those decisions for himself.

Taken from the Paul W. Bean Collection, Box no. 277, f.8


Letter From Achsah Lemont To Frank L. Lemont, December 21, 1862, Achsah Lemont Dec 1862

Letter From Achsah Lemont To Frank L. Lemont, December 21, 1862, Achsah Lemont

Paul W. Bean Civil War Papers

Letter from Augusta Lemont to her brother Frank L. Lemont, December 21, 1862. In it she expresses her relief that he was not wounded or killed at Fredericksburg but laments that the war seemingly has come to no real conclusion and that all the life lost on the battlefield was a terrible waste. Turning from such grim statements she remarks on the weather and life in Lewiston especially the happy times spent with her friends marveling over some fashion presented by a friend in town.

Taken from the Paul W. Bean Collection, Box no. 277, f.8


Letter From Frank L. Lemont To J.S. Lemont, December 15, 1862, Frank L. Lemont Dec 1862

Letter From Frank L. Lemont To J.S. Lemont, December 15, 1862, Frank L. Lemont

Paul W. Bean Civil War Papers

Letter from Frank L. Lemont to his mother J.S. Lemont, December 15, 1862. In it he tells of his experience fighting at Fredericksburg and how the regiment during that time failed to take any casualties but yet it still made a deep impression on him and his fellow soldiers forced to take shelter from the enemy cannon fire. Frank also remarks that he cared little for Achsah constantly telling him of marriages and engagements.

Taken from the Paul W. Bean Collection, Box no. 277, f.5


Letter From Frank L. Lemont To J.S. Lemont, December 9, 1862, Frank L. Lemont Dec 1862

Letter From Frank L. Lemont To J.S. Lemont, December 9, 1862, Frank L. Lemont

Paul W. Bean Civil War Papers

Letter from Frank L. Lemont to his mother J.S. Lemont, December 9, 1862. Frank writes his mother wishing her well and hoping to find out more about life in Maine and the status of the family, regretting not being able to be home at such a trying time in his mother's life.

Taken from the Paul W. Bean Collection, Box no. 277, f.5


Letter From Achsah And J.S. Lemont To Frank L. Lemont, December 7, 1862, Achsah Lemont, J. S. Lemont Dec 1862

Letter From Achsah And J.S. Lemont To Frank L. Lemont, December 7, 1862, Achsah Lemont, J. S. Lemont

Paul W. Bean Civil War Papers

Letter from Acsah Lemont and J.S. Lemont to Frank L. Lemont, December 7, 1862. The bulk of both entries deals mostly with their new life in Lewiston and the culture there. They also discuss the state of the family and the weather, specifically the health of J.S. Lemont regarding a sore on her arm that as yet had not healed by the time they sent this correspondence.

Taken from the Paul W. Bean Collection, Box no. 277, f.8