Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Cosam T. and William Bartlett Family Papers, 1861-1863

James S. Schoff Civil War Collection

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, November 2011

Summary Information
Title: Cosam T. and William Bartlett family papers
Creator: Bartlett, William, 1796-1867
Inclusive dates: 1861-1863
Extent: 19 items
Abstract:
The Cosam T. and William Bartlett family papers contain correspondence related to the Civil War service of several Bartlett family members, who were in the Union Army and Union Navy.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1995. M-3124.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Cosam T. and William Bartlett Family Papers, James S. Schoff Civil War Collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically, with undated items placed at the end.


Biography

Cosam T. Bartlett (b. 1837), a son of William K. Bartlett of Warsaw, New York, served in the 9th New York Cavalry Regiment during the first year of the Civil War, and left for the Navy in 1862. He served on the gunboat Daylight . After the war, he moved to Attica, New York, with his wife Hettie and worked as a lawyer. His brothers, William M. and York, also served in the military during the Civil War.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Cosam T. and William Bartlett family papers contain correspondence related to the Civil War service of several Bartlett family members, who were in the Union Army and Union Navy. Most of the papers relate to Cosam T. Bartlett, including a document authorizing his leave of absence from the 9th New York Cavalry Regiment in October 1861, and several letters regarding his service onboard the Union gunboat Daylight . On August 21, 1862, he requested specific information about pay rates and enlistment policies for the Navy and Marine Corps, and offered his services as a local recruiter. In other letters, he described life onboard the ship. One undated petition, signed by several crew members of the Daylight and the Princeton , is a protest of unhygienic living conditions. An undated letter concerns the peace movement and the justification for conscription. Other material in the collection relates to Cosam's brothers William and York, who served in the Army and Navy, respectively, and wrote to their family of their own experiences. York served on the Brigantine during the war, and William spent time at a hospital recuperating from a wound. Phila, a cousin of the Bartlett brothers, also wrote a detailed letter about contemporary politics regarding the war and about the military (September 8, 1862).

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • United States. Army. New York Cavalry Regiment, 9th (1861-1865)
    • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Naval operations.
    • United States. Navy--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
    Contributors:
    • Bartlett, Cosam, b. 1837.
    • Bartlett, William M.
    • Bartlett, York.
    Genre Terms:
    • Essays.
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Box   76, Schoff Civil War Collection Folders   17-18
    Cosam T. and William Bartlett family papers,  October 7, 1861-November 16, 1863 [series]
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Related Materials

    The Clements Library also holds the Edwin Wright letters, which include materials by another soldier from the 9th Regiment.

    Bibliography

    Young, Andrew W. History of Warsaw. 1869.