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[Sylvester Daman, Papers, 1862-1865]

Sylvester Daman, Papers, 1862-1865

Inventory

Prepared by Kyler Andrew Culver, October 15, 2003
1 document case, .33 cubic feet, 11th floor

Biographical Note

Sylvester Daman entered Federal service in 1862 from Granger Township in Medina County, Ohio. He served with compnay I of the 103rd OVI until his discharge at Raleigh, NC on June 12, 1865. The 103rd OVI was composed of men from Cuyahoga, Lorain and Medina counties. It saw major action at Knoxville, the approach to Atlanta, and around Nashville.

Scope and Content

This collection contains around two dozen letters and two diaries that document the war experience of this soldier. The letters are mostly to Daman's wife Almira and son Frank; such is the case with all the letters as listed in the inventory below except where otherwise noted. The diaries, with daily entries, cover the period from October 1862 to June 1864. Some supplementary materials explain the history of the collection and of the regiment in detail.


Box 1

Folder -- Contents
  1. Description of the collection, from a sale catalog [no date]
  2. Index cards (two), handwritten information about Daman and 103rd Regiment OVI
  3. Information about history of 103rd Regiment during the Civil War
  4. Information about history of the 103rd Regiment
  5. Roster of the 103rd Reg't O.V.I. compiled by M.F. Hulet [reproduction]
  6. Letter, September 5, 1862
  7. Letter, September 27, 1862
  8. Letter, October 1, 1862
  9. Letter, October 9, 1862
  10. Letter, October 15, 1862
  11. Letter, October 24, 1862 [verso is draft of an Oct. 12 letter to 'Vety']
  12. Letter, November 30, 1862
  13. Letter, December 14, 1862
  14. Letter, December 25, 1862
  15. Letter, January 1, 1863
  16. Letter, April 30, 1863 [verso is Apr. 19 letter to 'Vety']
  17. Letter, April 30, 1863 [to 'Vety']
  18. Letter, July 21, 1863
  19. Letter, September 25, 1863
  20. Letter, February 5, 1864
  21. Letter, February 5, 1864
  22. Letter, February 18 [1864?]
  23. Letter, February 21, 1864
  24. Letter, March 27, 1864
  25. Letter, May 26, 1864
  26. Letter, June 15, 1864
  27. Letter, June 30, 1864 (NB. to Vety)
  28. Letter, September 5, 1864
  29. Letter, partial, no date; letterhead: United States Christian Commission
  30. Discharge papers [certificate], June 12, 1865
  31. 10 envelopes, some with partial dates in postmark, all to Daman family except one to Lulu Vankirk of Ghent, Ohio
  32. Diary, October 15, 1862-June 7, 1863
  33. Diary, June 14, 1863-June 3, 1864
 
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