Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Russell P. and John A. Rich Papers, 1862-1871

James S. Schoff Civil War Collection

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, October 2011

Summary Information
Title: Russell P. and John A. Rich papers
Creator: Rich, Russell P., b. ca. 1841 and Rich, John A., b. ca. 1838
Inclusive dates: 1862-1871
Bulk dates: 1862-1865
Extent: 12 items
Abstract:
The Russell P. and John A. Rich papers consist primarily of documents related to the brothers' service in the Union Army during the Civil War. The collection also includes two letters from other Civil War soldiers and a copy of Russell P. Rich's 1871 will.

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:

Donated, 2011. M-4864.1.

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:

Russell P. and John A. Rich papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.


Biography

Brothers John A. Rich (b. ca. 1838) and Russell P. Rich (b. ca. 1841) were farmers in Chester, Michigan, prior to the Civil War. John enlisted in Company H of the 13th Michigan Infantry Regiment on November 3, 1862, and served as a corporal throughout the war; during the latter months of 1862, he spent time in Howard Hospital. Russell initially enlisted in the 123rd New York Infantry Regiment, where he attained the rank of corporal in Company D, and later served in the 95th Company of the 2nd Battalion of Veteran Reserve Corps. After the war, John returned to Chester and married Lovina B. Barns on January 19, 1873; they had one son, Ernest. Russell continued to serve in the army and later returned to Chester.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Russell P. and John A. Rich papers contain 9 documents related to the brothers' service in the Union Army during the Civil War, 2 letters by other Civil War soldiers, and a copy of Russell P. Rich's 1871 will.

Documents related to Russell P. Rich are his corporal's commission for the 123rd New York Infantry Regiment (September 15, 1862); a document regarding his permission to travel to Niagara Falls, New York, on furlough (November 2, 1864); his corporal's commission for the 95th Company of the 2nd Battalion of the Veteran Reserve Corps (July 1865); and a document about his assignment at the Hicks General Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland (August 5, 1865). Signed statements from Howard Hospital provide remarks about the condition of John A. Rich's health during the winter of 1862 (November 10, 1862, and November 17, 1862), and copies of military papers contain orders for him to guard convalescent barracks at Nashville, Tennessee (May 8, 1862, and May 21, 1862). An account for John Rich's pay and clothing is also present (July 31, 1862). James E. Barrett, a friend of Russell's, wrote a letter on February 17, 1862, about recent war developments and army life, and a friend of "Seargent E. Rich" requested paperwork for proper regimental reporting (January or June 27, 1863). The final item is a copy of Russell P. Rich's will, dated June 26, 1871.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • United States. Army. Michigan Infantry Regiment, 13th (1861-1865) Company H.
    • United States. Army. New York Infantry Regiment, 123rd (1862-1865)
    • United States. Army. Veteran Reserve Corps. Battalion, 2nd. (1863-1865)
    • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
    Genre Terms:
    • Accounts.
    • Commissions (permissions)
    • Letters (correspondence)
    • Orders (military records)
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Box   94, James S. Schoff Civil War Collection  
    Russell P. and John A. Rich papers [series]:
    Folder   37  
     February 17, 1862-November 10, 1862    [Note: Additional items are housed in Oversize Manuscripts]
    Folder   38  
     November 17, 1862-June 26, 1871