Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Creator
Coan, Elisha Skinner, 1843-1896
Title
Elisha Coan collection
ID
M036
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1857-1869
Date [inclusive]
1831-1955, undated
Extent
0.75 linear feet
Language
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.


Biographical/Historical Note

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.


Scope and Content

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.


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

 M036.1 Documents and Letters   0.25 linear feet

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.

Box Folder
1 1

Documents, 1831-1864 

1 2

Letters, 1857-1955 

1 3

Letters, n.d. 


 M036.2 Articles and Addresses   0.25 linear feet

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.

Box Folder
1 4

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

1 5

"Garland in the Civil War" 

1 6

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

1 7

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

1 8

"The Grand Review" 

1 9

"In Memoriam" [missing page 14] 

1 10

"The Leaf" and "Forests and Shadetrees" 

1 11

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

1 12

"The Next Picture..." 

1 13

"A Night's March" 

1 13-15

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

1 16

"A Quarter of a Century Ago..." 

1 17

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

1 18-21

"Tom Wright: A Tale of the Late War" 

1 22

Miscellaneous fragments 


 M036.3 Biographical Materials, Clippings, and Miscellany   0.25 linear feet

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.

Box Folder
1 23

Autobiographical sketch 

1 24

Biographical sketches 

1 25

"Elisha S. Coan" (biography) 

1 26

From Medical School scrapbook 

1 27

Clippings: From Medical School scrapbook 

1 28

Clippings: General 

1 29

Braided military hat cord 

1 30

Tintypes and daguerreotypes