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Guide to the William B. Fullerton Civil War Letters
MS 183  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Contents Note
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: William B. Fullerton Civil War Letters,
    Date (inclusive): 1862-1865
    Date (bulk): (bulk 1862-1885)
    Collection number: MS 183
    Creator: Fullerton, William B.
    Extent: 36 letters

    .5 linear ft.
    Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library. Special Collections and Archives
    Santa Cruz, California 95064
    Abstract: This collection consists of letters from William Fullerton to and from his family during his term of enlistment in the Union Army from 1862-1865.
    Physical location: Stored in Special Collections & Archives: Advance notice is required for access to the papers.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    William B. Fullerton Civil War Letters. MS 183. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    Acquisition Information


    Biographical Note

    William B. Fullerton was born in 1823 in Wolfboro, New Hampshire and died there at the age of 84 in 1906. He enlisted in the 12th New Hampshire Infantry August 12, 1862. He served for three years in the Union Army, spending most of the time sick in a hospital, and then working for the Quarter Master's office in Albany, New York. After discharge, he went home to Wolfboro, New Hampshire to take over the family farm. There he married and had two children.

    Scope and Contents Note

    This collection of letters covers Fullerton's enlistment in August 1862 to his final days with the Quarter-Master in Albany, New York. The correspondence is mostly to and from his three sisters, Susan, Lydia and Mary-Ann. The letters detail his life in the Infantry, and the illnesses that kept him from serving on the front lines.


    The letters are arranged chronologically.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Fullerton, William B.--Correspondence
    United States--Army--New Hampshire Infantry Regiment, 12th (1862-1865)
    Soldiers--New Hampshire--Correspondence