Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Creator
Hunt, Charles O., (Charles Oliver)
Title
Charles O. Hunt letters and personal recollections
ID
M241
Date [inclusive]
1861-1898
Extent
2.0 volumes
Language
Abstract
Holograph transcriptions of correspondence and memoirs of Charles O. Hunt documenting his service in the Civil War, including the second battle of Manasass, the Wilderness Campaign, and Gettysburg, as well his internment as a prisoner of war.

Preferred Citation

Charles O. Hunt Letters and Personal Recollections, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine.


Biographical/Historical Note

Charles Oliver Hunt was born April 6 1839 in Gorham, Maine. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Bowdoin College in 1861, where he was a member of the Peucinian Society and Alpha Delta Phi. He joined the Union Army upon his graduation in 1861, serving as a sergeant in the 5th Maine Battery. Hunt was made lieutenant in 1863. After the war, he graduated from the Bowdoin Medical School (1867) and received his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1868. Hunt was superintendant of the Maine General Hospital from 1874 to 1902. He was a physician in Gorham from 1868 to 1869, and then in Portland from 1869 until his death in 1909. Hunt received a masters degree from Bowdoin in 1887. He was president of the Maine Medical Association in 1899. Hunt died July 24, 1909, in Scarborough, Maine.


Scope and Content

Comprised of holograph transcriptions of correspondence and memoirs of Charles O. Hunt documenting his service in the Civil War, including the second battle of Manasass, the Wilderness Campaign, and Gettysburg, as well his internment as a prisoner of war at Hilton Head, South Carolina and Danville, Virginia.

Hunt mentions numerous aquaintances throughout the two volumes, including those made during his Bowdoin College years (such as Samuel Fessenden). Correspondents include his mother, his brother, Henry Hastings Hunt, and other Maine acquaintances; and also General Johnson Hagood with whom Hunt carried on a post-bellum correspondence concerning his internment under Hagood's command. Also includes photographs, currency notes, signed orders and other documents, and brochures concerning a memorial at Gettysburg battle-field.

Please see Henry Hastings Hunt Material for related materials.


Administrative Information

Publication Information

 George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011 2011

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

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.


Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Bowdoin College -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
  • United States. -- Army. -- Maine Light Artillery Battery, 5th.

Geographic Name(s)

  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Campaigns.
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives.
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Prisoners and prisons.

Personal Name(s)

  • Hagood, Johnson, -- 1829-1898 -- Correspondence.
  • Hagood, Johnson, -- 1829-1898.
  • Hunt family.
  • Hunt, Charles O. -- (Charles Oliver) -- Archives.
  • Hunt, Henry H. -- (Henry Hastings), -- 1842-1894 -- Correspondence.
  • Hunt, Henry H., (Henry Hastings), 1842-1894

Subject(s)

  • Gettysburg, Battle of, Gettysburg, Pa., 1863 -- Personal narratives.
  • Military and War

Collection Inventory

Volume
1

Letters and personal recollections, Vol. I. 

    2

    Letters and personal recollections, Vol. II.