The Elmer W. Holmes papers is a collection of documents about Elmer Wallace Holmes, a Civil War veteran and leading figure
in the history of Riverside, California. The papers consists of correspondence between Holmes and his family (noteably his
mother and his second wife), a scrapbook, and documents related to Riverside County history. All items contained in this collection
are reproductions of originals.
Elmer Wallace Holmes was born on December 8, 1841, in Brockton, Massachusetts. After his father's death, he left school at
the age of thirteen in order to help support his family. At the beginning of the Civil War (1861-1865), Holmes enlisted in
the army and became part of the 35th Massachusetts Infantry, but was then discharged in 1863. He later returned as an army
recruit for the Second Massachusetts Battery, then transferred to the Sixth Battery in New Orleans.
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