Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Francis H. Webster Letters, 1863

James S. Schoff Civil War Collection

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, August 2011

Summary Information
Title: Francis H. Webster letters
Creator: Webster family
Inclusive dates: 1863
Extent: 2 items
Abstract:
This collection contains two letters Francis H. Webster wrote to his siblings while serving with the 1st Massachusetts Heavy Artillery Regiment in 1863. Webster described several aspects of camp life and provided his opinions about the conduct of the war.

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:

2009. M-4761.3.

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:

Francis H. Webster letters, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.


Biography

Francis H. Webster, a shoemaker from Methuen, Massachusetts, served in Company B of the 1st Massachusetts Artillery Regiment during the Civil War. In the summer of 1863, his regiment was stationed at Maryland Heights, near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, and moved to Frederick, Maryland, in early July. The regiment continued to serve throughout Maryland and northern Virginia throughout the war, and Francis mustered out shortly after the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House. Webster's wife Susan joined his regiment near Harpers Ferry, where she cooked for the soldiers. The couple had a single daughter named Clara. After his service, Francis returned to Methuen, where he died on September 20, 1883.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection contains two letters Francis H. Webster wrote to his siblings while serving with the 1st Massachusetts Heavy Artillery Regiment in 1863. Webster described several aspects of camp life and provided his opinions about the conduct of the war. When his wife Susan joined the regiment near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, Webster remarked about the impact that female assistance had on the troops. He also related rumors about the Confederate Army, then heading into Pennsylvania, while both armies prepared for the engagement at Gettysburg, July 1-3. He offered his opinions on a variety of subjects; for example, on military leadership, he wrote: "No wonder this war is not settled…way it car[ri]ed on, drunken Genrals & so on" (July 26, 1863).

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • United States. Army. Massachusetts Heavy Artillery Regiment, 1st (1862-1865)
    • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Participation, Female.
    Contributors:
    • Webster, Francis H., d. 1883.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Box   77, Schoff Civil War Collection  
    Francis H. Webster letters [series]:
    Folder   22  
      June 25, 1863
     
      July 26, 1863