Summary Information

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

Preferred Citation

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


Biographical/Historical 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.


Administrative Information

Publication Information

 George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011

3000 College Station
Brunswick, Maine, 04011
(207) 725-3288
scaref@bowdoin.edu

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.


Collection Inventory

 M057.1 Correspondence, 1861-1916   0.1 linear feet

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.

Box Folder
1 1

1861 May - Jul 

1 2

1861 Aug - Sep 

1 3

1861 Oct - 1862 Jul 

1 4

1862 Sep - 1863 Aug 

1 5

1863 Sep - Dec 

1 6

1864 Feb - Dec 

1 7

1865 Jan - Feb 

1 8

1865 Mar - Apr 

1 9

1865 May 

1 10

1865 Sep - Nov 

1 11

1870 Dec - 1884 Jan 

1 12

1892 Dec - 1916 Mar 


 M057.2 Documents and Clippings   0.2 linear feet

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.

Box Folder
1 13

Bangor Postmastership 

1 14

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

1 15

Civil War: Ephemera 

1 16

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

1 17

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

1 18

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

1 19

Civil War: Passes 

1 20

Civil War: Personal Journals, 1862 and 1864 

1 21

Civil War: Special and General Orders 

1 22

Clippings 

1 23

Clippings-Images of Men 

1 24

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

1 25

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

1 26

Photographs (listing only) 

1 27

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

1 28

Societies and Associations: Military Societies 

1 29

Ts. ephemera 


 M057.3  Farnham, Augustus Bowman, 1839-1918 Images   0.2 linear feet

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.

Box Folder
1 30

Boutelle, C.A., 1880 Jan 23 

1 30

Boutelle, C.A. [engraving] 

1 30

Camp Tilden [engraving] 

Map-case

Camp Tilden [engraving] 

Ovsz-Box
A

Crest of military service 

A

Civil War encampment 

Box Folder
1 30

Greeley, Horace 

1 31

Skelton, W.B. 

1 31

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

1 31

State House, Augusta, Maine 

Ovsz-Box
A

Sutters Establishment, Maine Volunteers [photoprint of drawing] 

Box Folder
1 31

Unidentified group of men 

1 31

Unidentified man in uniform 

1 31

Unidentified man in uniform 

1 31

Unidentified man in uniform 

Ovsz-Box
A

Unidentified men (2) in military uniform