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William Tell Cobb Papers, 1802-1965

William Tell Cobb Papers, 1802-1965
Mss. 98 C63
0.5 Cubic Feet
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188 items
Scope and Contents
Letters of William Tell Cobb (1840-1913), of Mauricetown, New Jersey, and his brother, Edwin Cobb (b. 1838), also of Mauricetown, New Jersey. William Cobb participated in the battles of Fair Oaks and 2nd Manassas while in the Army, and the battle of Fort Fisher while in the Navy; he describes these battles in his letters. Edwin Cobb provides an eyewitness account of the battle between the "Monitor" and the "Merrimac". Other topics dealt with in the letters are camp conditions and everyday life in the Army and Navy, interaction between Union and Confederate soldiers, and the financial difficulties faced by William Tell Cobb and his family during the war. The collection also includes a photo of William Tell Cobb, his copy of "The Soldier's Guide" and a collection of typescripts of the letters
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Organization: This collection is organized into 3 series. Series 1 contains letters and typescripts; Series 2 contains miscellaneous material; and Series 3 contains transcripts. Arrangement: This collection is arranged into series by item description and then by chronologically by date.
Cobb, William Tell (1840-1913)
Bull Run, 2nd Battle of, Va.,1862
Charleston (S.C.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Fair Oaks (Henrico County, Va.), Battle of, 1862
Merrimack (Frigate)
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
United States. Army. New Jersey Infantry Regiment, 5th
United States. Army. Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, 20th
United States. Navy

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Acquisition Note
 Source: Ralph Poriss.
Acc. No. 1993.45A; Purchased: 188 items, 7/01/1993.  (Same as 98 C63).
Related Publications
Ludwick, Michael P. "Your most obedient son,": The Civil War Letters Of William Tell Cobb." 1995. Master Thesis, Swem Library, College of William and Mary. Call Number: LD6051 .W5m Hist., 1995, L83.
Preferred Citation
William Tell Cobb Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
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