Civil War Memorabilia Collection

William H. Hannon Library
Loyola Marymount University
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Los Angeles, CA 90045-8200
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Civil War Memorabilia Collection

Collection number: 056

William H. Hannon Library

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, California
Date Completed:
circa 1995?
Encoded by:
Clay Stalls
© 2013 Loyola Marymount University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Civil War Memorabilia Collection
Dates: 1861-1913
Collection number: 056
Collection Size: 1 archival document box; 1 oversize box
Repository: Loyola Marymount University. Library. Department of Archives and Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90045-2659
Abstract: This collection consists of ribbons, medals, and correspondence related to the Civil War and the post-Civil War organizations the Woman's Relief Corps and the Grand Army of the Republic.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

Collection is open to research under the terms of use of the Department of Archives and Special Collections, Loyola Marymount University.

Publication Rights

Materials in the Department of Archives and Special Collections may be subject to copyright. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, Loyola Marymount University does not claim ownership of the copyright of any materials in its collections. The user or publisher must secure permission to publish from the copyright owner. Loyola Marymount University does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or of publication rights held by the original author or artists or his/her heirs, assigns, or executors.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Series number, Box and Folder number, Civil War Memorabilia Collection, 056, Department of Archives and Special Collections, William H. Hannon Library, Loyola Marymount University.

Acquisition Information

Accession number: 1995.34

Processing Information

An unknown library staff member, perhaps circa 1995, processed this collection. Clay Stalls re-worked the description of the collection, and then encoded it, in 2013, for inclusion in the OAC.

Collection Descrption

This collection consists of correspondence, a certificate, and medals and ribbons related to the Civil War and the post-war era. The correspondence consists of a letter from one Addison C. Walker to Riana Stowell in 1861 describing his life in the 23rd New York Infantry Regiment, a volunteer regiment. IWalker write of a military foray against the Confederates, and regimental rations and living conditions. In addition there is is a certificate from the State of New York verifying his enrollment in that regiment. A check of the roster of the 23rd  digitized by the New York State Archives, and accessible through the New York State Military Musuem, reveals that Addicson C. Walker enlisted at the age of 18 in 1861 and was mustered out in 1863 when the regiment was disbanded.
Besides these items, there are a number of ribbons and medal related to the Woman's Relief Corps (W.R.C.) and the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.). The W.R.C., founded in 1883, was a woman's auxiliary organization that supported the Grand Army of the Republic, a national veterans' organization of Union soldiers and sailors. The medals and ribbons come from organizations in such towns as Des Moines, Tama, and Marshalltown, all located in Iowa, suggesting that the original owners were from that state. This is the best that can be determined about the creators of this collection. The medals and ribbons have been stored in small boxes and then stored in a larger, flat oversize archival document bos.

Arrangement

With no original order discernible, this small collection is arranged by item, eg, Des Moines Woman's Relief Corps ribbon, and described at that level.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Civil War
Medals -- Grand Army of the Republic
Medals -- Woman's Relief Corps
Ribbons -- Woman's Relief Corps


Box and Folder List

Box 1, Folder 1

Letter from Union soldier Addison C. Walker to Raina Stowell. With envelope in which it was possibly mailed. 6 December 1861

Box 1, Folder 2

Certificate of Bureau of the Records of the War of Rebellion, Adjutant-General's Office, New York, verifying that Addison G. Walker served in the 23rd New York Infantry Regiment from 1 May 1861 to 22 May 1863. The latter date was when this volunteer regiment was mustered out. undated

Box 1, Folder 3

Ribbon. W.R.C. (Woman's Relief Corps) Des Moines, Iowa, reception. undated

Box 1, Folder 4

Ribbon. 12th District Convention, W.R.C. (Woman's Relief Corps), Newton. 21 October 1913

Box 1, Folder 5

Ribbon. Marshalltown, Eighth District Convention, W.R.C. (Woman's Relief Corps). 16 November 1911

Box 1, Folder 6

Ribbon. Tama, Iowa, Eight District Convention, W.R.C. (Woman's Relief Corps). 21 October 1912

Box 1, Folder 7

Envelope: "Grand Army Badge of CAPTURED CANNON METAL. Patented May 4th, 1886, and June 22nd, 1886. undated

Box 1ov : 1

Medal. Grand Army of the Republic. 1861 - Veteran - 1866. Separated from envelope in Box 1, Folder 7. undated

Box 1ov : 2

Medal. Grand Army of the Republic. Crocker Post No. 12. Des Moines Iowa. undated

Box 1ov : 3

Medal. Delegate. Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic. Department of Iowa. 21st Annual Convention. 8-10 June 1910

Box 1ov : 4

Medal. Woman's Relief Corps. 1883

Box 1ov : 5

Metal (bronze?) figurine. undated