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Black Floridians and the Civil War: Pension Records of the 21/33/34 U. S. Colored Infantry Regiments

 Collection — Container: M12-7
Identifier: M12-7

Scope and Contents

The Northeast region of Florida has an extensive and rich military history, from its discovery and settlement by the Spanish and French, its occupation by Union troops four different times during the U.S. Civil War, its important military role during both World Wars, and currently, home to two Naval Stations. During the Civil War, black soliders from Florida played a significant role in the Union Army as part of the Colored Infantry Regiments. The Collection's primary source materials provide historical evidence and documentation of the military service and daily lives of these Civil War veterans and, by extension, military activities in the region. The core of the collection are copies of primary documents from the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) regarding applications for Union army veteran's pensions submitted from veterans of the United States Colored Infantry regiments, their widows, and other relatives. The bulk of the materials are concentrated in the late nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries. The majority of the holdings are copies of legal forms, affidavits, and transcriptions, which were collected and edited by University of North Florida (UNF) history students as supporting materials for the website: Florida History Online.

Dates

  • Created: 1864-1931

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research. For additional information and to make an appointment to view the collection, contact 904-620-1533 or email: lib-special@unf.edu

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to photograph, publish, quote or reproduce items must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder. The reproduction of materials is subject to the discretion of the Library. Materials may be restricted by donor limitations, compliance with copyright law, and the condition of the materials.

Extent

3.00 Linear Feet

Abstract

The Northeast region of Florida has an extensive and rich military history, from its discovery and settlement by the Spanish and French, its occupation by Union troops four different times during the U.S. Civil War, its important military role during both World Wars, and currently, home to two Naval Stations. During the Civil War, black soliders from Florida played a significant role in the Union Army as part of the Colored Infantry Regiments. The Collection's primary source materials provide historical evidence and documentation of the military service and daily lives of these Civil War veterans and, by extension, military activities in the region. The core of the collection are copies of primary documents from the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) regarding applications for Union army veteran's pensions submitted from veterans of the United States Colored Infantry regiments, their widows, and other relatives. The bulk of the materials are concentrated in the late nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries. The majority of the holdings are copies of legal forms, affidavits, and transcriptions, which were collected and edited by University of North Florida (UNF) history students as supporting materials for the website: Florida History Online.

Arrangement Note

Alphabetical by surname of soldier.

Source of Acquisition

Donation of Professor Emeritus of History Dr. Daniel L. Schafer

Related Materials

Collection materials were used as supporting documents and research materials for the website: Florida History Online. General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934. U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. Microfilmed Compiled Military Service Records of Volunteer Soliders who served during the Civil War. U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. CIVIL WAR IN FLORIDA Ash, Stephen V. Firebrand of liberty : the story of two Black regiments that changed the course of the Civil War. New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2008. Higginson, Thomas Wentworth. Army Life in a Black Regiment, and other writings. New York: Penguin Books, 1997. Higginson, Thomas Wentworth. The Complete Civil War Journal and Selected Letters of Thomas Wentworth Higginson. Edited by Christopher Looby. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, c2000. Resources in Special Collections: The Civil War in Northeast Florida. The Guide lists general monographs, maps, theses and dissertations, video recordings and provides links to web resources and sites. Schafer, Daniel L. Thunder on the river : the Civil War in northeast Florida. Gainesville : University Press of Florida, 2010. War-time letters from Seth Rogers, M.D. Surgeon of the First South Carolina afterwards the thirty-third U.S.C.T. 1862-1863. From the website: Florida History Online. A Container List is available for this collection.

Other Descriptive Information

Container list available. Additional information may be found at http://www.unf.edu/library/specialcollections/manuscripts/containers/Black_Floridians_and_the_Civil_War__Pension_Records_of_the_21st,_33rd,_and_34th_United_States_Colored_Infantry_Regiments_.aspx
Title
Black Floridians and the Civil War: Pension Records of the 21/33/34 U. S. Colored Infantry Regiments
Author
Collection Description/Finding Aid prepared by Eileen D. Brady.
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
eng

Repository Details

Part of the UNF Library Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Contact:
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville FL 32224 US
904-620-1533