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mssHM 28943-29056  
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  • Overview of the Collection
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  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Henry I. Colyer Correspondence
    Dates (inclusive): 1862-1865
    Collection Number: mssHM 28943-29056
    Creator: Colyer, Henry I. (Henry Isaac), approximately 1841-
    Extent: 146 pieces in 2 boxes + copies and transcripts in 2 binders and 1 box.
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2129
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This collection contains the Civil War correspondence of Union soldier Henry I. Colyer, consisting chiefly of letters to his parents, siblings, and friends in Chittenango, New York.
    Language: English.


    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    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]. Henry I. Colyer Correspondence, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Purchased from Clifford Couch Colyer, 1966-1970.

    Biographical Note

    Henry Isaac Colyer (also spelled Collier), a Civil War Union soldier. Resident of Chittenango, Madison Co., New York, he enlisted in 157th N.Y. Volunteers in 1862. Until Nov. 1, 1862, the Regiment was assigned to the defenses of Washington, D.C., and then moved to Centreville, Virginia, and took part in the advance to Fredericksburg, Virginia, (Dec. 8-17). In late December, Colyer was hospitalized with a heart and lung condition, and remained in King St. Hospital in Alexandria, Virginia, until Aug. 1863. After that he served in the Veteran Reserve Corps for remainder of the war. Until March 1864, he was on guard duty at United States Draft Rendezvous (known as the Conscript Camp) at New Haven, Conn., and then served in Alexandria, Fairfax, Fort Williams, Va. and Washington, D.C. He was discharged in July 1865 and returned home.

    Scope and Content

    The Colyer Collection contains the Civil War correspondence of Union soldier Henry I. Colyer, consisting chiefly of letters to his parents, siblings, and friends in Chittenango, New York. The letters discuss war, political, and family news and contain detailed factual accounts of the camp life -- rations, barracks, soldiers' finances, conscripts and substitutes, desertions, drinking, courts martial, hospital, prisons, demobilization, etc.


    Original letters arranged chronologically in 2 boxes, followed by transcriptions of letters and envelopes in 1 box and 2 binders.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  


    Colyer, Henry I, (Henry Isaac), approxiamtely 1841 -- Correspondence.
    United States. Army -- Recruiting, enlistment, etc. -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
    United States. Army. New York Infantry Regiment, 157th (1862-1865)
    New Haven (Conn.) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
    New York (State) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Regimental histories -- Sources.
    United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives.
    United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Sources.
    United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Hospitals -- Personal narratives.
    Virginia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Sources.
    Washington (D.C.) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Sources.


    Letters (correspondence) -- United States - Civil War, 1861-1865.
    Personal papers -- New York (State) -- 19th century.