Finding Aid for the Ezra G. Blazo Civil War correspondence and photographs 2020.116.w.r

Wendy Gonaver
Center for American War Letters Archives
Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange, CA 92866

Contributing Institution: Center for American War Letters Archives
Title: Ezra G. Blazo Civil War correspondence and photographs
Creator: Blazo, Ezra G., Private, 1833-1863
Identifier/Call Number: 2020.116.w.r
Physical Description: .6 Linear Feet (14 folders)
Date (inclusive): 1825 - 1887
Abstract: This collection contains 25 letters from Pvt. Ezra G. Blazo, USA during the Civil War, as well as 46 photographs and 28 legal documents.
Language of Material: English .
Container: Civil War 7
Container: 11-24
Container: 1-14

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Rachel Howard


This collection is organized chronologically and by material type.

Biographical / Historical

Private Ezra G. Blazo, United States Army (1833 - 1863) of the 20th Regiment of Illinois Volunteers (Company A) was born in Maine to parents Ebenezer and Elizabeth Gibbs Blazo. He had a younger brother, Amos. He married Emily W. Nickerson in Lowell, Massachusetts in November of 1854. The couple had one child the following year, a son named William W. Blazo. Ezra enlisted in 1861 under the alias Charles G. Blazo, and died in a hospital in St. Louis in September 1863.

Preferred Citation

[Item title / description; Box "n" / Folder "n"], Ezra G. Blazo Civil War correspondence (2020.116.w.r), Center for American War Letters Archives, Chapman University, CA.
For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

Content Description

This collection contains 25 letters from Pvt. Ezra G. Blazo, USA to his father and younger brother, Ebenzer and Amos, while serving with the Union Army during the Civil War. There are also three letters sent to Ebenezer from a hospital nurse in St. Louis regarding Pvt. Blazo's illness and subsequent death. The collection contains one photograph and 45 cartes de visite of unidentified (with one exception) individuals. The majority of these images were produced by a studio in Belfast, Maine. There are 28 legal documents; mostly deeds in which Ebenezer Blazo was an interested party.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Correspondence -- American Civil War