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Augustus Bowman Farnham Papers, 1861-1916


0.50 linear feet.

Catalog Number:
M57

Series List:

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Agency History / Biographical Note:
Augustus B. Farnham (1839-1918), a native of Bangor, Maine, began his Civil War military service with the 2nd Maine Regiment. He transferred to the 16th Maine and served until 1865. Farnham also served as inspector general and chief of staff within the Fifth Corps until he was severely wounded at Five Forks. He was breveted colonel for his bravery.

After the war, Farnham was appointed postmaster of Bangor (1869-1885, 1891-1895) and elected sheriff of Penobscot County, Maine (1889-1890). He also served as inspector general (1887) and adjutant general (1901-1911) under three Maine governors.

Farnham was married twice, first to Ardelia B. Clark, then to Laura Wood. He had a daughter by his first marriage and a son by his second.

Scope and Content:
Letters (1861-1916), Civil War journals (1862 and 1864), documents and clippings (1863-1905), and photographs, mostly relating to Farnham's military career.

Cite as: Augustus Bowman Farnham Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library.

Access Restrictions: None.

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