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Higgins (Adam C.) Papers
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  • Conditions Governing Access
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  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
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  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: Adam C. Higgins papers
    Creator: Higgins, Adam C., 1827-
    Identifier/Call Number: mssHiggins
    Physical Description: 1 Linear Feet (1 expansion folder)
    Date (inclusive): 1857-1889
    Date (bulk): 1862-1865
    Abstract: Papers belonging to American Civil War Union soldier Adam C. Higgins.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact Reader Services at the Huntington Library for more information.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Adam C. Higgins papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Purchased from Fred Lockley, July 1952.

    Biographical / Historical

    Adam C. Higgins, native of Virginia, moved to Monmouth, Illinois, before the American Civil War. In August 1862 he became chaplain of in the 83rd Regiment of Illinois Infantry, with the rank of Captain. After he was discharged from the service in 1865, he returned to the ministry. In 1896 he practiced law in Chicago.

    Scope and Contents

    Collection is comprised of letters and documents mostly relating to Adam C. Higgins' chaplain's duties in his regiment. Some letters contain discussion of camp life and military operations, including the Battle of Fort Donelson; there are two letters addressed to General William S. Rosecrans. Among the manuscripts, there is a poem by Adam C. Higgins entitled "The Dead of Fort Donelson."

    Processing Information

    Processed by Huntington Library staff. In 2021, Brooke M. Black created a finding aid.


    Former call number: mssHiggins papers.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Fort Donelson, Battle of, Tenn., 1862 -- Personal narratives
    United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives
    Letters (correspondence) -- United States -- Civil War, 1861-1865
    Military records -- United States -- Civil War, 1861-1865
    Poems -- United States -- 19th century
    Rosecrans, William S. (William Starke), 1819-1898
    United States. Army -- Chaplains -- Civil War, 1861-1865
    United States. Army. Illinois Infantry Regiment, 83rd (1862-1865)