Finding aid of the Stephen F. Elliot Papers C058841

Finding aid prepared by Alexandria Brown / Michael Lange
Society of California Pioneers
300 Fourth Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107-1272
(415) 959-1849

Title: Elliot, Stephen F. Papers
Identifier/Call Number: C058841
Contributing Institution: Society of California Pioneers
Language of Material: English
Container: B001392
Container: C058841
Physical Description: 4.0 folders (17 letters, 2 items, 2 certificates)
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1862-1864
Date (inclusive): 1862-1879
Abstract: This folder contains four sub-folders. Folder 1: Misc. Personal Items Folder 2: Letters to and from Elliot Folder 3: Fourteen letters (six of which are copies) regarding Elliot’s time as surgeon during the Civil War and the letters detail his exemplary service Folder 4: Certificates
creator: Elliot, Stephen F.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

There are no restrictions on access.

Preferred Citation note

Stephen F. Elliot Papers. The Society of California Pioneers.


Gift of Martha Ijams on 01/10/1939.

Biographical/Historical note

Elliot was a surgeon for the Fourth Regiment of Infantry during the Civil War. He enlisted in San Francisco on 09/05/1861 and resigned 03/11/1862. He also ran a medical practice.

Scope and Contents note

This folder contains four sub-folders. Folder 1: Misc. Personal Items; includes a leather-bound 1875 Physician’s Visiting List with only May-October filled in; published letter (possible in a newspaper) to Elliot thanking him for his service from Lt. Col. Z.H. Robinson, Captain Charles A. Brooks and 1st Lieutenant Billings Brastow from Morris Island, South Carolina, dated 10/12/1863, with a published reply directly undernrath from Elliot to the above named men from Port Royal, South Carolina, dated 10/16/1863. Folder 2: Letters to and from Elliot includes: 05/29/1879 letter from Toby G. Rosenblat (?) about missing Elliot during his visit; 09/02/1863 notecard with a pencil sketch of Fort Sumpter drawn by "Leslie's Artist" on 08/27/1863 on one side and a note about the location sent to Dr. S. R. Harris; two handwritten copies of an 11/10/1863 letter of thanks from Charles A. Jackson, ADC to General Seymour, for Elliot’s care for the wounded after the assault on Fort Wagner on 07/18/1863; and 03/07/1885 letter and envelope from Frederic Hall to Elliot requesting information about the heirs of Thomas H. Blythe, for whom Elliot acted as agent. Folder 3: Fourteen letters (six of which are copies) regarding Elliot’s time as surgeon during the Civil War and the letters detail his exemplary service: two handwritten letters (identical), dated 01/19/1864, from George F. Mayer, Major 9th Marine Volunteer and orderly to Elliot regarding Elliot's service with his regiment during the winter of 1862-1863; 04/10/1862 letter from Senator Milton Latham to the Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton regarding Dr. Elliot; 05/06/1863 from James G. Blaine in Augusta, Maine to a General in Washington D.C. requesting the transfer of Elliot to the North; 01/20/1864 from William H. Shugis (?) or Sturgis (?) and addendum by George F. Mayer regarding Dr. Elliot's treatment of General Strong on the night of 07/18/1863 during the assault of Fort Wagner; 01/30/1864 from Brigadier General Truman Seymour to an unknown party regarding Dr. Elliot's service. The copied letters are: undated from Captain Alfred P. Rockwell to "whom it may concern" regarding the "excellent character" of Dr. Elliot; undated from Captain Melville Sears with addendums added to the bottom by Lt. Col. A.P. Duen (?) and C.A. Burnham to "whom it may concern" regarding Dr. Elliot's service; 03/10/1862 from Ira P. Rankin to the Secretary of War, Edwin McMasters Stanton, regarding Dr. Elliot joining the Medical Staff of the Army as a representative of California; 01/21/1864 from Captain Joseph Noble to Senator Lot Myrick Morrill regarding Elliot's exemplary service on Morris Island; 01/27/1864 from Col. Simeon Sammons to "whom it may concern" regarding Dr. Elliot's volunteering to work with his regiment during an outbreak of "diseases" during June of 1863; 06/21/1862 special order no.24 relieves Elliot of duty at Legaireville and tells him to report for duty at Hilton Head per Brigadier General H. G. Wright; 01/17/1864 letter from Colonel Henry Moore regarding Dr. Elliot's care of his regiment while their surgeon was ill. Folder 4: Certificates includes: 05/26/1877 legation allowing Elliot safe passage to Turkey from Paris, France signed by E.B. Washburne; and 09/29/1861 certificate from the Governor of California John G. Downey appointing Elliot to rank of Surgeon Fourth Infanty California Volunteers, also signed by Secretary of State Johnson Price.

Existence and Location of Originals note

The Society of California Pioneers, 300 Fourth Street, San Francisco, CA, 94107.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Blaine, James Gillespie, 1830-1893
Latham, Milton Slocum, 1827-1882
Morrill, Lot Myrick, 1812-1883
Seymour, Truman, 1824-1891
Stanton, Edwin McMasters, 1814-1869
Washburne, Elihu Benjamin, 1816-1887
Civil War, U. S., 1861-1865
Fort Sumter (Charleston, S.C.)
Fort Wagner (S.C.)
Morris Island, Battle of, S.C., 1863 (July 10-September 7)