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Edward Otho Cresap Ord papers, 1840-1887.
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Edward Otho Cresap Ord papers, 1840-1887
E.O.C. Ord papers


Ord, Edward Otho Cresap, 1818-1883, creator, creator.


Ord, Edward Otho Cresap, 1818-1883, correspondent.


Porter, Horace, 1837-1921, correspondent.


Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889, correspondent.


Ord, James, 1786?-1873, correspondent.


Ord, James L., 1820-1898, correspondent.


Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885, correspondent.


Thompson, Jacob, 1810-1885, signer.


Shugert, S. T., signer.


United States, Patent Office.


Contains professional correspondence of E.O.C. Ord with other U.S. military and government officials including U.S. Secretary of War Jefferson Davis, General Horace Porter, and General U.S. Grant. Correspondence covers the gold rush and frontier years, the American Civil War, Reconstruction, Indian Wars, "Negro's" in the military, the Nebraska Grasshopper disaster of the 1870s and the Mexican Railroad construction. Also contains accounts from different assignments including the U.S. Coast Survey in the 1850s. Also contains diagrams and letters pertaining to inventions of E.O.C. Ord, including a "flying machine", and a U.S. Patent award (No. 27,147) for an artillery improvement. Also includes a biographical sketch Ord's life and career, his passport to Mexico, and some personal correspondence with family members including father James Ord, brothers Dr. James L. Ord, Robert "Bob" Ord, and wife Mary "Molly" Ord.
U.S. Patent award, No. 27,147. Washington, D.C., Feb. 4, 1860. Ribbon-bound legal documents volume (6 pages, 52 x 38 cm) consisting of an official printed United States Patent Office award form filled in with manuscript descriptions of the patent and applicant information, two drawings on linen tracing paper, and a manuscript description of the patent written and signed by Ord when he was a captain in the U.S. Artillery. The patent office form is signed by the Secretary of the Interior, Jacob Thompson, and the Acting Commissioner of Patents, S.T. Shugert, and has a green paper embossed seal of the Patent Office affixed. The manuscript text signed by Ord is further signed by two witnesses from the 3rd Artillery, Lieutenant J.W. Patton and Second Lieutenant Alex Piper. The patent is for " ... a new and useful [Application of gunpowder to flat projectiles, giving them rotation] ..."
1847-1858. Handwritten correspondence, reports, notes, and a contract, in Spanish, between Ord and the city of Los Angeles, to survey and create a map of the city of Los Angeles. Accompanying materials include typescript transcriptions of the letters, a typescript English translation of the surveying contract itself, and a reprint of an article from the Southern California Historical Society titled, "Story of Ord's Survey."


1840 (issued)


Generals -- United States -- Archives
Generals -- United States -- Correspondence
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
Indians of North America -- Wars
Railroads -- Mexico -- Design and construction
Généraux -- États-Unis -- Archives
Généraux -- États-Unis -- Correspondance
Indiens d'Amérique -- Guerres -- États-Unis
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
Indians of North America -- Wars
Railroads -- Design and construction
United States -- History -- 1849-1877 -- Sources
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Sources
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Surveys
États-Unis -- Histoire -- 1849-1877 -- Sources
California -- Los Angeles
United States
Ord, Edward Otho Cresap -- 1818-1883 -- Archives
Ord, Edward Otho Cresap -- 1818-1883 -- Correspondence
Porter, Horace -- 1837-1921 -- Correspondence
Davis, Jefferson -- 1808-1889 -- Correspondence
Ord, James -- 1786?-1873 -- Correspondence
Ord, James L -- 1820-1898 -- Correspondence
Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson) -- 1822-1885 -- Correspondence
Davis, Jefferson -- 1808-1889
Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson) -- 1822-1885
Ord, Edward Otho Cresap -- 1818-1883
Porter, Horace -- 1837-1921


Purchase; 2002.
Additions (Box 3), Letters from the library of James S. Copley: Purchase from Ursus Rare Books; 20101026.
Related collection: Edward Otho Cresap Ord papers, 1850-1883 (BANC MSS C-B 479).
Related collection: Edward Otho Cresap Ord II papers, 1869-1945 (BANC MSS 2002/92 cz).
Edward Otho Cresap Ord (October 18, 1818-July 22, 1883) was the designer of Fort Sam Houston, and a United States Army officer who saw action in the Seminole War, the Indian Wars, and the American Civil War. He commanded an army during the final days of the Civil War, and was instrumental in forcing the surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. He retired In 1880 and accepted the position of engineer in the construction of the Mexican Railway. En route from Vera Cruz, Mexico to New York, General Ord contracted yellow fever aboard ship. He was taken ashore in Havana, Cuba, where he died on July 22, 1883. He is buried in Arlington Cemetery.
In English with some Spanish.
Edward Otho Cresap Ord papers, 1840-1887, BANC MSS 2002/93 cz, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.


legal documents.
Personal correspondence.
Brevets d'invention.

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