James Neuman and Tripp family Civil War correspondence
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James Neuman and Tripp family Civil War correspondence

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040. reference@atlantahistorycenter.com
Creator: Neuman, James, 1844-?
Title: James Neuman and Tripp family Civil War correspondence
Dates: 1863-1864
Quantity: 15.0 Item(s) (14 letters, 1 envelope)
Identification: ahc.MSS679f

Biographical/Historical Note

James Neuman (1844?-) enlisted in Company C, New York, 150th Infantry Regiment as a Private on 11 October 1862 in Stanford, New York. He was promoted to full Corporal on 27 March 1865 and mustered out on 8 June 1865 in Washington, D.C. Hiram Tripp (1814?-) was a farmer in Stanford, New York (Dutchess County). He was married to Elizabeth A. Tripp (1820- ). Additional information about James Neuman and Hiram Tripp has not been determined.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of letter correspondence among friends, James Neuman and Hiram and Elizabeth A. Tripp. The letters indicate that Hiram Tripp was holding money for Neuman for safekeeping and would purchase tobacco and other supplies regularly to send to Neuman. The letters from Neuman describe the daily life of soldiers, his involvement in the battles leading up to the fall of Atlanta, and his desires and quests for finding tobacco. One letter, dated 21 August 1864, explains how he crossed the skirmish line into rebel territory to trade a bag of coffee for tobacco. He wrote about the encounter with a Confederate soldier with whom he traded. Recognizing the human tragedy of war, Neuman noted how the soldier could have been his brother.

Hiram and Elizabeth Tripp express their concern for Neuman in their letters and describe their difficulties in keeping track of his whereabouts for sending letters, money, and supplies.

Index Terms

Atlanta Campaign, 1864
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives
United States. Army. New York Infantry Regiment, 150th (1862-1865)

General Notes

America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia received support from a Digitizing Historical Records grant awarded to the Atlanta History Center, Georgia Historical Society, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Digital Library of Georgia by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

James Neuman and Tripp family Civil War correspondence, MSS 679f, James G. Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Description Control

Collection reprocessed in 2009.


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.

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1Correspondence, 1863-1864 View online.