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Elisha Coan Collection M036

Title:
Elisha Coan collection
Creator:
Coan, Elisha Skinner, 1843-1896
ID:
M036
Date [bulk]:
Bulk, 1857-1869
Date [inclusive]:
1831-1955, undated
Extent:
0.75 linear feet
Language:
English
Repository:
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Abstract:
Letters, documents, articles, clippings, photographs and other material relating to Coan and his career, particularly during the Civil War.
Preferred Citation:

Elisha Coan Collection, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library.

Elisha Coan (1843-1896), a native of Exeter, Maine, served in the Civil War in the 20th Maine Infantry Regiment (1862) and with the U.S. Army Signal Corps (1863-1865). After the war he returned to Maine and received his M.D. from the Medical School of Maine in 1870. He practiced medicine in Bradford (1870-1875), Garland (1875-1887), and Auburn, Maine (1887-1896), and served a year in the Maine Legislature (1885-1886). Coan married Mary Abbie Swett in 1871; they had two sons and two daughters. He died in Auburn in 1896.

Letters, documents, articles, clippings, photographs and other material (1831-1955, n.d.) relating to Coan and his career. Most of the collection relates to the Civil War, including a few Civil War era letters from Coan to his family, articles and reminiscences of the war years, and separate accounts of the action at Gettysburg written by Elisha Coan and Col. William C. Oates of the 15th Alabama. The collection also includes three letters and an article by Marion Coan, Elisha's daughter.

Series Description:

This series contains legal documents, primarily land deeds, and correspondence. Correspondence includes eight dated letters written by Elisha Coan during the Civil War. Other correspondence concerns family matters before and after the Civil War. Several letters written during the 1950s by Marion Coan, daughter of Elisha, are included.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronogically within category.

Documents, 1831-1864

Box 1 Folder 1

Letters, 1857-1955

Box 1 Folder 2

Letters, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 3

Series Description:

This series contains articles and addresses; most relate to the Civil War. The notable exception is a printed copy of "A Revolutionary Prison Diary," written by Marion S. Coan, daughter of Elisha Coan. Elisha Coan's 24-page manuscript detailing the 20th Maine's engagement at Gettysburg is also included.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

"Account of the part played by the 20th Maine in the Battle of Gettysburg" [with typescript copy]

Box 1 Folder 4

"Garland in the Civil War"

Box 1 Folder 5

["Gettysburg"], by William C. Oates [missing page 1]

Box 1 Folder 6

"The Grand Army of the Republic: Past, Present and Future"

Box 1 Folder 7

"The Grand Review"

Box 1 Folder 8

"In Memoriam" [missing page 14]

Box 1 Folder 9

"The Leaf" and "Forests and Shadetrees"

Box 1 Folder 10

"The Military and the Naval Situation..." by William Swinton [printed]

Box 1 Folder 11

"The Next Picture..."

Box 1 Folder 12

"A Night's March"

Box 1 Folder 13

"Pen Picture of the Army in Spring of '62"

Box 1 Folder 13-15

"A Quarter of a Century Ago..."

Box 1 Folder 16

"A Revolutionary Prison Diary..." by Marion S. Coan [printed]

Box 1 Folder 17

"Tom Wright: A Tale of the Late War"

Box 1 Folder 18-21

Miscellaneous fragments

Box 1 Folder 22

Series Description:

This series contains biographical materials, clippings, a braided military hat band and three portraits: a tintype of Elisha Coan in uniform; a tintype of an unidentified youth; and a daguerreotype of "Capt. Swett, Hampden, Me."

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Autobiographical sketch

Box 1 Folder 23

Biographical sketches

Box 1 Folder 24

"Elisha S. Coan" (biography)

Box 1 Folder 25

From Medical School scrapbook

Box 1 Folder 26

Clippings: From Medical School scrapbook

Box 1 Folder 27

Clippings: General

Box 1 Folder 28

Braided military hat cord

Box 1 Folder 29

Tintypes and daguerreotypes

Box 1 Folder 30
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