Guide to the John M. Sell Civil War Collection, 1861-1865

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Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: John M. Sell Civil War Collection
Dates: 1861-1865
Bulk Dates: 1861-1863
Identification: SC/JMS
Creator: Sell, John M.
Physical Description: 1.25 linear feet
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Special Collections
Abstract: John M. Sell of Erie, Pennsylvania enlisted in the 83rd Regiment of the Pennsylvania Volunteers July 29, 1861. He was commissioned First Lieutenant on August 27 and promoted to Captain on September 4 the following year. Captain Sell was struck in the left leg by a solid shot at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863, and died from effects of amputation the next day.  The collection consists of correspondence between Captain John Sell and his parents, brothers William and Charles, and sister Sarah during his service in the American Civil War, 1861-1863. It also includes family photographs, cartes de visites of military personnel, and a copy of A.M. Judson's History of the Eighty-Third Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers , Erie, PA, B.F.H. Lynn, [1865].

Biographical Information:

John M. Sell of Erie, Pennsylvania enlisted in the 83rd Regiment of the Pennsylvania Volunteers July 29, 1861. He was commissioned First Lieutenant on August 27 and promoted to Captain on September 4 the following year. Captain Sell was struck in the left leg by a solid shot at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863, and died from effects of amputation the next day.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Corporate Name:

United States. Army. Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, 83rd (1861-1865)

Genre/Form of Material:

Paper records
Photographic material
Publications

Geographic Name:

United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information:

Purchased

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is open for research use.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], [date], John M. Sell Civil War Collection , Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge.

Scope and Contents

The John M. Sell Civil War Collection consists primarily of letters written by John Sell to his parents and brother William during his service in the American Civil War. In these letters Sell describes his various locations, including training at Camp Wright in Oakmont, Pennsylvania in June of 1861. He also wrote about the 83rd Regiment of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, with whom he was stationed at Camp Hall’s Hill by Washington D.C. in November and December 1861, and his regiment's movement to Yorktown in April of 1862, the Potomac in March of 1863, and other locations. He tells of his participation in the Battle at Gaine's Mill and the Battle of Antietam, lists the number of deaths experienced in various firefights, comments on the health and morale of his regiment, describes the actions and death of his superior officer Colonel McLane, and relates the various weather conditions which he and his regiment encountered. The collection also includes one letter written to his brother Charles, and correspondence between his sister, Sarah, and William H. Edmont, who details Sell's injury on the battlefield at Gettysburg, the amputation of his leg, and his subsequent death. In addition to correspondence, the collection includes family photographs, cartes de visite of military personnel, a metal canteen, and a copy of A.M. Judson's History of the Eighty-Third Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, Erie, PA, B.F.H. Lynn, [1865].

Collection Contents

 

Box 1

Folder 1

Pension Agency Of Alfred G. Mudge, 1863 April 7

Folder 2

Letter from John Sell to William Sell, 1861 June 8

Folder 3

Letter from John Sell to William Sell, 1861 November 3

Folder 4

Letter from John Sell to William Sell, 1861 December 8

Folder 5

Letter from John Sell to William Sell, 1862 June 6

Folder 6

Letter from John Sell to William Sell, 1862 June 22

Folder 7

Letter from John Sell to William Sell, 1862 July 11

Folder 8

Letter from John Sell to William Sell, 1862 August 3

Folder 9

Letter from John Sell to William Sell, 1862 October 5

Folder 10

Letter from John Sell to William Sell, 1862 November 16

Folder 11

Letter from John Sell to William Sell, 1862 December 7

Folder 12

Letter from John Sell to William Sell, 1863 March 26

Folder 13

Letter from John Sell to William Sell, 1863 April 26

Folder 14

Letter from John Sell to William Sell, 1863 May 22

Folder 15

Letter from John Sell to William Sell, 1863 June 3

Folder 16

Letter from John Sell to His Parents, 1861 October 6

Folder 17

Letter from John Sell to His Parents, 1861 October 13

Folder 18

Letter from John Sell to His Parents, 1861 October 29

Folder 19

Letter from John Sell to His Parents, 1861 November 12

Folder 20

Letter from John Sell to His Parents And William Sell, 1861 December 3

Folder 21

Letter from John Sell to His Parents, 1861 December 7

Folder 22

Letter from John Sell to His Parents, 1861 December 22

Folder 23

Letter from John Sell to His Parents, 1862 January 8

Folder 24

Letter from John Sell to His Parents, 1862 January 19

Folder 25

Letter from John Sell to His Parents, 1862 February 16

Folder 26

Letter from John Sell to his Parents, 1862 February 26

Folder 27

Letter from John Sell to His Parents, 1862 April 17

Folder 28

Letter from John Sell to His Parents, 1862 August 10

Folder 29

Letter from John Sell to His Parents, 1862 May 31

Folder 30

Letter from John Sell to His Parents, 1863 March 29

Folder 31

Letter from John Sell to His Parents, with Porter's Divisional Song, 1863 May 4

Folder 32

Letter from John Sell to His Parents, 1863 June 22

Folder 33

Letter from John Sell to Charles Sell, 1862 February 23

Folder 34

Letter from William H. Edmont to Sarah Sell, 1863 August 13

Folder 35

Letter from William H. Edmont to Sarah Sell, 1863 September 5

Folder 36

Envelopes [3] Without Letters

Folder 37

William. J. Sell, Booksellers [Business Card]

Folder 38

A.M. Judson's History of the Eighty-Third Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers. Erie, PA, B.F.H. Lynn, 1865

Folder 39

Portfolio of Cartes De Visites

Folder 40

Boxed Group of Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, and Tintypes