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Augustus Bowman Farnham Papers M057

Title:
Augustus Bowman Farnham papers
Creator:
Farnham, Augustus Bowman, 1839-1918
ID:
M057
Date [bulk]:
Bulk, 1861-1891
Date [inclusive]:
1861-1916 (bulk 1861-1891)
Extent:
0.5 linear feet
Language:
English
Repository:
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Abstract:
Letters (1861-1916), Civil War journals (1862 and 1864), documents and clippings (1863-1905), and photographs, mostly relating to Farnham's military career.
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Preferred Citation:

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

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.

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

Series Description:

The majority of the letters are between Farnham and members of his family during his service in the Civil War. Included are several letters issuing orders to him. Later correspondence touches on his appointment as deputy-postmaster, then postmaster, of Bangor.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

1861 May - Jul

Box 1 Folder 1

1861 Aug - Sep

Box 1 Folder 2

1861 Oct - 1862 Jul

Box 1 Folder 3

1862 Sep - 1863 Aug

Box 1 Folder 4

1863 Sep - Dec

Box 1 Folder 5

1864 Feb - Dec

Box 1 Folder 6

1865 Jan - Feb

Box 1 Folder 7

1865 Mar - Apr

Box 1 Folder 8

1865 May

Box 1 Folder 9

1865 Sep - Nov

Box 1 Folder 10

1870 Dec - 1884 Jan

Box 1 Folder 11

1892 Dec - 1916 Mar

Box 1 Folder 12

Series Description:

Contains Civil War journals, documents, and clippings, mostly relating to Farnham's military career, including lists of casualties, wounded and missing soldiers, as well as a docket of General Courts Marshal presided over by Lieutenant Colonel Farnham in 1864.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Bangor Postmastership

Box 1 Folder 13

Civil War: Docket of General Court Martial, presided over by ABF

Box 1 Folder 14

Civil War: Ephemera

Box 1 Folder 15

Civil War: Extract from the Monthly Inspection Report of the 3rd Division, 5th Army Corps

Box 1 Folder 16

Civil War: Inventory and Inspection reports of Camp and Garrison Equipage, 121st PA volunteers

Box 1 Folder 17

Civil War: Lists of Casualties (including killed, wounded, missing and prisoners)

Box 1 Folder 18

Civil War: Passes

Box 1 Folder 19

Civil War: Personal Journals, 1862 and 1864

Box 1 Folder 20

Civil War: Special and General Orders

Box 1 Folder 21

Clippings

Box 1 Folder 22

Clippings-Images of Men

Box 1 Folder 23

Documents: Deed of Sale for horses, buggies, pelts and household goods

Box 1 Folder 24

Maine Volunteer Militia: Appointemnt and discharge of ABF as Brig. Gen. and Insp. Gen.

Box 1 Folder 25

Photographs (listing only)

Box 1 Folder 26

Societies and Associations: Masons (including ABF's masonic history)

Box 1 Folder 27

Societies and Associations: Military Societies

Box 1 Folder 28

Ts. ephemera

Box 1 Folder 29

Series Description:

Consists primarily of images from after the Civil War, though there are some Civil War-era images, including a photograph of an encampment.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Boutelle, C.A., 1880 Jan 23

Box 1 Folder 30

Boutelle, C.A. [engraving]

Box 1 Folder 30

Camp Tilden [engraving]

Box 1 Folder 30

Camp Tilden [engraving]

Map-case

Crest of military service

Ovsz-Box A

Civil War encampment

Ovsz-Box A

Greeley, Horace

Box 1 Folder 30

Skelton, W.B.

Box 1 Folder 31

Soldiers and officers: Col. Kendall; Major Peterson; Major Bradbury; First Lieut. Elliott; First Lieut. Dooley; Color Sgt. Smith

Box 1 Folder 31

State House, Augusta, Maine

Box 1 Folder 31

Sutters Establishment, Maine Volunteers [photoprint of drawing]

Ovsz-Box A

Unidentified group of men

Box 1 Folder 31

Unidentified man in uniform

Box 1 Folder 31

Unidentified man in uniform

Box 1 Folder 31

Unidentified man in uniform

Box 1 Folder 31

Unidentified men (2) in military uniform

Ovsz-Box A
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