NEHEMIAH PHILLIPS, CIVIL WAR ARCHIVE AND FAMILY HISTORY IN CDV CARDS AND LETTERS, C1861 - 1950, 50+ PCS.
This archive chronicles the life of Nehemiah Phillips during his time in the Union Army in the civil war starting with a letter to his sister just after he joined the Union Army informing her and his brothers that their mother had passed away in 1861 and subsequent letters describing various battles and exploits during his time serving with the Union Army as the bugler for the 2nd Ohio Artillery Battery command. This position gave him insight into what was unfolding during the battles as he was constantly at the side of the commanding general sending bugle commands out to the field of battle. The Primary photo displayed with this lot is a CDV card of Phillps and his two brothers with Nehemiah Phillips sitting in the center with brother Elvington on his right side and the other brother on the left (unknown name). The collection includes 21 CDV cards and photos. The cards include the three Phillips brothers previously mentioned, and two of brother Elvington Phillips, one of General George Meade, plain back; Jefferson Davis, plain back; Abraham Lincoln, plain back; General William T. Sherman, plain back; General U.S. Grant, plain back; John Wilkes Booth, plain back; Honorable Schuyler Colfax (V.P. under President Grant and Speaker of the House of Representatives). Also, a photo of Colfax's wife Ellen Wade; Agustus Beach, Captain 2nd. Ohio Ind. Light Battery; Russ. B. Davis, 3 cent stamp Kenton, Ohio photo; T.S. Young, 2 cent stamp, New Orleans photo; Two unknown soldiers, plain backs; Unknown Union Officer, plain back; Robert Caulder, plain back. The letters in chronological order are as follows by Nehemiah Phillips, Dated December 23, 1861, Rolla, Phelps Co., Mo; March 27, 1862, near Keytesville, Mo; By David Phillips, April 16, 1862, Ohio; by Nehemiah Phillips July 20, 1862, Rienzi, Mississippi; May 31, 1863, Blackriver Bridge, Vicksburg (He talks of many battles they fought, Port Gibson, Magnolia Hill, Champion Hill, Vicksburg, and more, running a land blockade); August 4, 1863 Vicksburg (Confederate surrender); December 12, 1863, Plaquemine, Lousiana; September 29, 1864, Ashtabula County, Ohio (He is now discharged from the army, but there are many items he talks about that still connects with the war). All the letters have their accompanying envelopes with dates and postmarks and addresses. Includes a sketch of trench art depicting a sarcastic entry of the opposing Confederate General Sterling Price. All the letters have a typed transcription of their content. All are mounted in clear sleeves in a 3-ring binder. There are additional photos and items of the extended family from the late 19th century and through the middle of the 20th century to approximately 1950. A typed written history of the family is included in the supporting papers. The consigner is a direct descendent of Phillips. News articles in the Gladwin County Record & Beaverton Clarion by the Gladwin County Genealogical Society Inc., Gladwin, Michigan, starting in May 2019, document the discovery of the "Shoe Box" in which all the artifacts were discovered.