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Charles Raymond Sheaff papers, 1861-1942 (bulk 1861-1898).
BANC MSS 2008/256 box 1
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Charles Raymond Sheaff papers, 1861-1942 (bulk 1861-1898)


Sheaff, Charles Raymond, 1867-1942, creator


Dewey, George, 1837-1917


Sheaff, Peter, 1829-1887, correspondent.


Fox, John, 1821-1863, correspondent.


Fox, Charity Brewer, d. 1865, correspondent.


Fox, Libby, correspondent.


Fox, Gertrude, correspondent.


Sheaff, Kate Fox, 1848-1928, correspondent.


Sheaff, Carolyn.


Peterson, Arthur.


Apperson, Mary Katherine Sheaff.


United States, Consulate (Kanagawa-machi, Kanagawa-ken, Japan)


United States, Auditor for Navy Department.


Military documents (two signed by Rear Admiral George Dewey), union membership documents, personal and official U.S. government correspondence, certificate of continuous service, California National Guard certificate, Christmas and New Year card, lithographs of several U.S. Navy ships with descriptive captions, a printed account of the Battle of Manila Bay in English and Spanish, and a Japanese annexed passport [visa] for a sailor working as a paymaster for the U.S. Navy. Includes personal diary (typewritten transcript in folder) for 1896, written aboard the U.S.S. Olympia on a trip to Japan, a genealogy and naval career history written by descendant Carolyn Sheaff, and a genealogy time line by daughter, Mary Katherine Sheaff Apperson.
Correspondence (11 letters, 32 p.) from two Civil War soldiers, Peter Sheaff and John Fox, written from various field locations in Tenn., Miss., La., and a military hospital in Gallatin, Tenn. Peter Sheaff (10 letters. 28 p.) describes his involvement in military actions such the Battle of Shiloh (also known as the Battle of Pittsburg Landing), the Siege of Vicksburg, the capture of Fort Henry, battles of Davis Bridge on the Hattie River, Port Gibson, and Black River Bridge, among others. One letter written on pictorial lettersheet with color illustration of a general on horseback reviewing Union troops holding American flags. The illustration is titled "The War for the Union" with a caption "Stand by me, and I'll stand by you. Gen. McClellan." John Fox writes his letter (1 letter, 4 p.) containing 3 letters in sequence addressed separately to his wife and children from Hospital #3 in Gallatin, Tenn. after he was admitted by the Surgeon. Includes typescript transcriptions of all correspondence and manuscript summaries of key events contained in diary entries. Also includes annotated modern maps of Civil War battlefield sites corresponding to the locations specified in the letters. Also includes genealogical information on Peter Sheaff and Kate Fox Sheaff.


1861 (issued)


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Sheaff, Charles Raymond -- 1867-1942 -- Archives
Sheaff, Peter -- 1829-1887 -- Correspondence
Fox John -- 1821-1863 -- Correspondence
Oglesby, Richard J. (Richard James) -- 1824-1899
United States. -- Army of the Tennessee.
Army & Navy Union, U.S.A.
Baltimore (Cruiser) -- Pictorial works
Olympia (Cruiser) -- Pictorial works
Charleston (Cruiser) -- Pictorial works
Detroit (Cruiser) -- Pictorial works
Philadelphia (Cruiser) -- Pictorial works
Philadelphia Naval Shipyard (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Marblehead (Protected cruiser) -- Pictorial works
Raleigh (Cruiser) -- Pictorial works
United States. -- Pension Bureau.
United States. -- Veterans Administration.
United States. -- Navy Department. -- Bureau of Navigation.
California. -- National Guard.
United States. -- Army. -- Illinois Cavalry Regiment, 2nd (1861-1865). -- Company A.
Shiloh, Battle of, Tenn., 1862 -- Personal narratives
Corinth, Battle of, Corinth, Miss., 1862 -- Personal narratives
Sailors -- California
Soldiers -- Correspondence
Spanish-American War, 1898
Visas -- Japan
Military hospitals -- Tennessee -- Gallatin -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
Vicksburg (Miss.) -- History -- Siege, 1863 -- Personal narratives
Vicksburg (Miss.) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
Mississippi -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
Pittsburg Landing (Tenn.) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
Fort Henry (Tenn.) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
Tennessee -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
Corinth (Miss.) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
New Orleans (La.) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
Baton Rouge (La.) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
Louisiana -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Correspondence
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Campaigns
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Health aspects
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Hospitals
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Military life
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Regimental histories


Charles Raymond Sheaff papers, BANC MSS 2008/256, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Gift; of Carolyn and Peter Sheaff; 20080303; 20100520
Printed materials transferred to the Bancroft Library Book Collections.
Photographs transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library (BANC PIC 2008.103--PIC).
Objects transferred to the Objects Collections of The Bancroft Library.
Charles Raymond Sheaff (October 9, 1867-May 22, 1942) was born in Holcomb, Illinois. In 1892, he enlisted in the National Guard of California and served in the U.S. Navy until March 1900. In 1903, he married Ellen Grinsell in Bakersfield, California.
Peter Sheaff, father of Charles Raymond Sheaff, served as a Union soldier with the Army of Tennessee during the Civil War in Company A, Second Illinois Calvary Regiment.
John Fox, father of Kate Fox Sheaff (mother of Charles Raymond Sheaff) enlisted in the Union Army on Aug.13, 1862 to serve three years. He was mustered in Sept. 2, 1862 from Franklin, Ill. He was taken to a hospital in Gallatin, Tenn. on Feb. 19, 1863 by order of the Surgeon. Found to be incapable of performing the duties of a soldier because of Phthiois Pulmonalis and declared not eligible for a pension on March 16, 1863. Discharged on Surgeon's Certificate of Disability at Hospital No. 3, Gallatin, Tenn. on March 17, 1863 by order of General Rosencrans. Died at Cherry Valley, Ill. on April 6, 1863 of chronic diarrhea leaving widow and 7 children, ages 8 months to 17 years.
In English.
Container list for additions available in the library.


Maritime journals.
Pictorial lettersheets.

Physical Description:

1 box (0.4 linear feet)




BANC MSS 2008/256 box 1