Frederick and Frank Hewitt letters (1863-1865)

James S. Schoff Civil War Collection
Collection processed and finding aid created by Phil Zaret, March 2013, and Meg Hixon, November 2013
Manuscripts Division, William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan

Summary Information

Title: Frederick and Frank Hewitt letters
Creator: Hewitt family
Inclusive dates: 1863-1865
Extent: 16 items
Abstract:
This collection contains 15 letters that Fred Hewitt wrote to his family and friends while serving in the 5th New York Heavy Artillery Regiment during the Civil War, as well as 1 letter written by his brother Frank, who was in the same regiment. Fred Hewitt discussed several aspects of his service in army camps in Maryland and Virginia.
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, Martha F. Kendall and Wayne and Martha Field, 2013. M-4965, M-4976.

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

Frederick and Frank Hewitt Letters, James S. Schoff Civil War Collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan

Arrangement

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

Biography

Horace W. and Huldah Hewitt of Horseheads, New York, had at least four children: Frederick K. ("Fred") (1839-1919), Franklin B. ("Frank") (1844-1914), Marion, and Harriet. Fred and Frank Hewitt served in the 5th New York Heavy Artillery Regiment, Company C, during the Civil War; both spent much of their service in Maryland and in a Union Army encampment near Harper's Ferry, Virginia. Fred was wounded during the Battle of Cool Spring in July 1864 and recuperated in a military hospital in Frederick, Maryland. Both brothers mustered into the army as privates; Fred was promoted to second lieutenant by the end of his service.

Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection contains 15 letters that Frederick K. Hewitt ("Fred") wrote to his family and friends while serving in the 5th New York Heavy Artillery Regiment during the Civil War, as well as 1 undated letter written by his brother Frank, who was in the same regiment. The envelopes are addressed to Marion Hewitt and "Mayne" Hewitt of Horseheads, New York, and to Mrs. Albert Fields of Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Fred Hewitt wrote letters home from March 29, 1863-July 4, 1865. Though he was primarily stationed at Camp Hill in Harper's Ferry, Virginia, he also wrote from several Maryland locations, including Fort McHenry. His letter of August 7, 1864, is dated from a hospital in Frederick, Maryland. Hewitt wrote about other soldiers and officers in his regiment, desertions and soldiers declining to reenlist, a local smallpox epidemic, loneliness in camp, and other aspects of military life. He sometimes provided news of and expressed concern for his younger brother, Frank. Some of his letters mention picket duty and the possibility of being called into battle. One letter recounts the story of his lieutenant, Disosway, who was taken prisoner (November 17, 1864). Hewitt's final letter, dated July 4, 1865, concerns life in New York City. Frank Hewitt's undated letter to his sister also concerns aspects of military life.

Subject Terms

Subjects:
  • Fort McHenry (Baltimore, Md.)
  • Harpers Ferry (W. Va.)
  • United States. Army--Military life.
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Contributors:
  • Hewitt, Frank.
  • Hewitt, Frederick Kingsbury, 1839-1919.
Genre Terms:
  • Letters (correspondence)

Contents List

Container / Location Title
Box   76, Schoff Civil War Collection  
Frederick and Frank Hewitt letters [series]
Folders   21-24  
 March 29, 1863-July 4, 1865, and  undated

Additional Descriptive Data

Bibliography

Documents of the Assembly of the State of New York, One Hundred and Twentieth Session. 1897. Volume 5. No. 16. New York and Albany: Wynkoop Hallenbeck Crawford Co., 1897.