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 Harry C. Cushing Papers

 Soldier, of Providence, R.I.

 Letters, 1861-1865

 Size: 0.5 cu. ft.

 Catalog number: MSS 82

 Processed by: Michael J. Costello, March 1988

©Rhode Island Historical Society

Manuscripts Division


Historical note:

            Harry C. Cushing, fourth son of George W. and Sarah S Cushing, was born in Baltimore, Maryland on November 8, 1841. The family soon moved to Providence where he attended school, including Brown University. He enlisted in May, 1861 and was soon promoted to sergeant and then as second lieutenant in the Fourth United States artillery, Battery F. He participated in many Civil War battles, including Antietam, Chattanooga, and Chickamauga.

     He was soon promoted to the rank of major and in February, 1865, he was ordered home for recruiting service, having served in the field continuously from the opening of the war. His military career continued after the end of the war.

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Scope and content:

            The letters are arranged in chronological order. The University of Tennessee in Knoxville also has a large collection of original correspondence. An exchange of copies was arranged in 1987 so that both institutions have complete sets of letters. Original letters are from the collection of the Rhode Island Historical Society, xeroxed letters are from the collection of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Inventories from both collections are included.

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            The original documents in this collection were purchased in 1987 from Charles Apfelbaum.

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