Franklin H. Bailey papers [microform]: 1861-1912
Franklin H. Bailey papers [microform]
Bailey, Franklin H., 1845-1914
85694 mf 284c-285c
The material is in English
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The collection was the gift of Mrs. J.R. Inman (donor no. 1207).
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[item], folder, box, Franklin H. Bailey papers [microform], Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan
Franklin H. Bailey was a soldier from Adrian, Michigan who served in Company D, 12th Michigan Infantry, and Company E, 4th Michigan Cavalry during the Civil War. He later was an astronomer, lecturer, and teacher at Hillsdale College. He then moved to Boston, Massachusetts where he invented the Astral Lantern and the large Cosmosphere, a forerunner of the planetarium. He was married to Minerva Bailey, whose previous husband Levi Greenfield, a sergeant in Company C, 18th Michigan Infantry, was reported missing in action at Athens, Ala. and was killed in the explosion of the steamer Sultana in April of 1865.
Collection Scope and Content Note
The Franklin H. Bailey collection contains correspondence, diaries, a scrapbook, photographs, and other materials (including military discharge papers, Civil War songbooks, and scientific papers). 56 letters written to his parents in Adrian, Michigan from 1861-1865 detail his time in the military, with references to camp life, religion, sickness, concern over money matters, and skirmishes in which he was engaged, including a graphic account of the battle of Pittsburg Landing. An additional undated Civil War letter from Minerva Bailey's first husband, Levi Greenfield, reports on rumors of victories at Richmond and Vicksburg. Later correspondence includes letters he wrote to his wife while on a trip abroad in 1873 and a scrapbook of letters, 1880-1901, primarily concerning educational matters. Diaries (1865-1883) at least partially written in Pitman shorthand provide additional information on his war service, student life at Hillsdale College, finances, and teaching and scientific interests. A poem titled "Big Yank" refers to the Peninsula Campaign in 1862.
This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.
- Adrian (Mich.)
- Shiloh, Battle of, Tenn., 1862.
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
- Bailey, Franklin H., 1845-1914.
- Hillsdale College.
- United States. Army. Michigan Cavalry Regiment, 4th (1862-1865). Company C.
- United States. Army. Michigan Infantry Regiment, 18th (1862-1865). Company C.
- Bailey, Franklin H., 1845-1914.
- Greenfield, Levi, 1836-1865.