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Townsend (Edward Davis) Papers
mssHM 41567-41724  
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Papers belonging to American Civil War soldier Edward Davis Townsend.
Edward Davis Townsend (1817-1893) was the son of David S. Townsend and Eliza Gerry Townsend and grandson of Elbridge Gerry. A West Point graduate in 1837, he served in the 2nd Seminole War and in 1846 was transferred to the Adjutant General's department. In 1851, he was assigned to the Pacific Division and served on the Pacific Coast until February 1856. During the Civil War, Townsend was Adjutant General to Winfield Scott, and in 1862 became U. S. Adjutant-General. After the war, Townsend supervised the compilation of the documents published as the War of the Rebellion : Official Records; he retired in 1880.
5 Linear Feet (3 boxes, 7 volumes)
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