Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Creator
Buchanan, Alexander Simms
Title
Alexander Simms Buchanan Civil War collection
ID
M209
Date [inclusive]
1861-1928
Extent
1.0 linear feet
Language
English

Preferred Citation

Alexander Simms Buchanan Civil War Collection, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library.


Biographical/Historical Note

Alexander Simms Buchanan was born February 19, 1840, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He moved to St. Louis, Missouri, where he enlisted as a private in Company K of the 3rd U.S. Reserve Corps in 1861. When his three months of duty ended, Buchanan re-enlisted in Company C, of the 10th Missouri Volunteers, and was made 2nd lieutenant; he was later promoted to 1st lieutenant. In July, 1862, he was appointed aide-de-camp to Brig. General J.C. Sullivan, commanding the 3rd Division of the Army of the Mississippi. He participated in various Civil War battles, including Vicksburg, Harper's Ferry, and the Battle of Iuka, during which his horse was shot dead from under him and the tip of his scabbard was shot away. Throughout his military career, Buchanan frequently associated with Generals Grant, Sherman, and McPherson. Buchanan died in 1918.


Scope and Content

Contains documents and realia pertaining to the Civil War, including an album containing a signed photograph of Abraham Lincoln, original military documents, clippings, and ephemera. Also included in the collection is a signed photograph of General Ulysses S. Grant and a whiskey glass used by Grant, and Buchanan's buttons and spurs.


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

Collection Inventory

Box
1

Album 

1

Buchanan, A.S.: framed image 

1

"Crisis, The:" correspondence concerning 

2

Buttons from Civil War vest 

2

Spurs 

2

Whiskey glass used by General Grant 

Vault
M209

Grant, Ulysses S.: signed photograph [framed]