COLLECTION GUIDES

1861-1868

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Restrictions on Access

Use of the originals is restricted. This collection is available as color digital facsimiles (see links below). Black and white microfilm is also available for use in the library.


Collection Summary

Abstract

This collection consists of papers of artist Francis William Loring of Boston, Mass., including letters written during his Civil War service, other correspondence, commendations and orders, and military maps.

Biographical Sketch

Francis William Loring was born in Boston, Mass. on 26 May 1838, the son of William Joseph Loring and Anna (Thorndike) Loring. He graduated from Harvard in 1859. On 2 Sep. 1861, he enlisted and served as sergeant major in the 24th Massachusetts Infantry. On 9 Aug. 1862, he was commissioned first lieutenant and adjutant in the 38th Massachusetts Infantry and later, on 27 Jan. 1863, appointed aide-de-camp for Gen. William H. Emory of the 19th Corps. After the war, Loring worked as a cotton broker and agent in Boston, writing a book with his partner Charles F. Atkinson entitled Cotton Culture and the South Considered With Reference to Emigration (Boston: A Williams & Co., 1869). Loring then became an artist and lived in Europe after 1875, particularly in Florence, Italy. On 30 Dec. 1896, he married Caroline Lyttelton Pole-Carew. He died at Merano, Italy (then Meran, Austria), on 29 Oct. 1905.

Collection Description

This collection consists of papers of Francis "Frank" William Loring of Boston, Mass., primarily letters written to his mother Anna (Thorndike) Loring and sister Mary "Mollie" Greely Loring, as well as his uncle Charles Greely Loring, brother William Joseph Loring, and others, during his Civil War service in the 24th and 38th Regiments, Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, and as aide-de-camp of Gen. William H. Emory. Many of the letters include drawings. The collection also contains some letters to Loring from Gen. Emory, Peter French, and others; letters from Mary to her mother on a trip South, May 1865; letters of recommendation written to Massachusetts Governor John A. Andrew, on behalf of Loring, by his uncle Charles and other prominent family members and friends; commendations and military orders; and printed and manuscript military maps.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Martins Bank, London, England, Nov. 1962.

Restrictions on Access

Use of the originals is restricted. This collection is available as color digital facsimiles (see links below). Black and white microfilm is also available for use in the library.

Other Formats

The collection is also available on microfilm, P-802 (2 reels). See the Microfilm Reel List below.

Organization of the Collection

The bulk of this collection is organized chronologically.

Microfilm Reel List

Reel 1
Papers, 1861-1862
Reel 2
Papers, 1863-1868
Reel 2
Notebook, 1861-1863
Reel 2
Maps
Reel 2
Commendations
Reel 2
Tintype photographs

Preferred Citation

Francis William Loring papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in ABIGAIL, the online catalog of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Researchers desiring materials about related persons, organizations, or subjects should search the catalog using these headings.

Persons:

Andrew, John A. (John Albion), 1818-1867.
Emory, William H. (William Hemsley), 1811-1887.
French, Peter, 1838-1912.
Loring, Anna Thorndike, 1804-1872.
Loring, Charles G. (Charles Greely), 1794-1867.
Loring, Mary Greely, 1831-1913.
Loring, William Joseph, 1828-1864.

Organizations:

United States. Army. Corps, 19th.
United States. Army. Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 24th (1861-1866).
United States. Army. Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 38th (1861-1865).

Subjects:

Artists.
Drawings.
Family history--1850-1899.
Maps, Manuscript.
Maps, Military.
Soldiers.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Maps.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Maps, Manuscript.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Regimental histories--19th Corps.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Regimental histories--Massachusetts Infantry, 24th Volunteers.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Regimental histories--Massachusetts Infantry, 38th Volunteers.

Materials Removed from the Collection

The following tintypes of Newbern Tomb and an unidentified man, both Loring family servants, were removed to the MHS Photo Archives (Photo Coll. 500.49). There are six tintypes of Newbern Tomb: Photo. 500.49.1; Photo. 500.49.2; Photo. 500.49.3; Photo. 500.49.4; Photo. 500.49.5; Photo. 500.49.6; and two of the unidentified man: Photo. 500.49.7 and Photo. 500.49.8. (The envelope containing the photographs can be viewed here.) An ambrotype of the 38th Mass. Volunteer Infantry Regiment, taken while camped at Ship Island, Miss. in 1862, has also been removed and cataloged separately (Photo. 2.97).