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Edward Griffin Beckwith and John Laurence Fox Papers
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Papers belonging to military officers Edward Griffin Beckwith and John Laurence Fox.
Edward Griffin Beckwith (1818-1881 was a United States Army officer. From 1849 to 1855 he served in the New Mexico Territory. In 1853, following the death of John Williams Gunnison, he was assigned to complete the Central Pacific Railroad survey. During the American Civil War, he served as chief of Commissariat for the Department of Pennsylvania, of the Shenandoah, of the 5th Army Corps, of the Army of Virginia, Banks' Red River Expedition, and of the Gulf. He was promoted to Major and brevetted Brigadier-General. After the war he remained in the Army and served in the Subsistence Department. In 1850, Beckwith married Cornelia Williamson. Their only daughter Nelly married Rear Admiral Charles Eben Fox (1851-1916), son of John Laurence Fox. John Laurence Fox (1811-1864) was a Surgeon of the U.S. Navy, graduated from Amherst College in 1831, and received his M.D. from Harvard in 1835. He was appointed assistant surgeon of the U.S. Navy in 1837 and promoted to Surgeon in 1847; he served on the Porpoise and the Vincennes of the U.S. Exploring Expedition from 1838 to 1842, the USS Cumberland during its voyage to the Mediterranean from 1843 to 1845, the USS Yorktown, part of the African Squadron deployed to Western Africa to curtail the slave trade, from 1847 to 1850, and USS Mississippi, the flagship of Matthew C. Perry's voyage to the Far East from 1857 to 1859. Since 1843, Fox also worked at Chelsea Marine hospital where he spent the first two years of the Civil War. In September 1863, he was assigned to the USS Niagara and remained there until his appointment to the post of the Fleet Surgeon with the North Atlantic Blockade Squadron. He died in Roxbury, Massachusetts in December 1864.
8 Linear Feet (11 boxes, 7 volumes, 4 oversize folders)
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