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Preliminary Guide to the Isaac F. Shepard Papers
Wyles Mss 74  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access Restrictions
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Materials

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Isaac F. Shepard Papers
    Dates: ca. 1830s-1880s
    Collection number: Wyles Mss 74
    Creator: Shepard, Isaac F. (Isaac Fitzgerald), 1816-1889
    Collection Size: 3.0 linear feet (5 document boxes and 1 metal box).
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, CA 93106
    Abstract: Commander of the 52nd U.S. Infantry, Colored, from 1863 onwards, making him ranking regimental officer (initially as Colonel, later as Brigadier General) of all colored troops in the Union. Includes an 1863 diary, Court of Inquiry Papers, and related correspondence, which document a seminal incident in which Shepard defended his troops against hostile treatment by white Union troops, was arrested, but subsequently had all charges dismissed by Gen. Grant and was restored to his command.
    Physical location: Del Sur (Boxes 1-5); Annex 2 (box 6).
    Languages: English

    Access Restrictions

    None. Some materials stored off-site, advance notice required for retrieval.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    Isaac F. Shepard Papers. Wyles Mss 74. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Purchase from multiple sources, 1996, 1997, 2000.

    Biography

    Born July 7, 1816. Harvard University graduate, class of 1842. Served with various Civil War regiments, including command of the 52nd U.S. Infantry, Colored, from 1863 onwards, which made him ranking regimental officer (initially as Colonel, later as Brigadier General) of all colored troops in the Union.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Of special note are an 1863 diary, Court of Inquiry Papers, and related correspondence, which document a seminal incident in which Shepard defended his troops against hostile treatment by white Union troops, was arrested, but subsequently had all charges dismissed by Gen. Grant and was restored to his command.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Shepard, Isaac F. (Isaac Fitzgerald), 1816-1889
    United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--African Americans.

    Related Materials

    A book of poetry by Isaac Shepard, Poetry of Feeling and Spiritual Melodies (Boston: Lewis and Sampson, 1844) has been cataloged separately and may be searched in Pegasus, the UCSB Libraries online catalog.