COLLECTION GUIDES

1771-1849; bulk: 1776-1779

Guide to the Collection

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Representative digitized documents from this collection:

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 primarily of letters from Lt. Col. Dudley Colman to his wife Mary (Jones) Colman while he served in the Continental Army during the American Revolution.

Biographical Sketch

Dudley Colman (1745-1797) was the son of Deacon Benjamin Colman (1720-1797) and Ann (Brown) Colman (1724-1776). He graduated from Harvard in 1765 and worked as a tavern keeper and town clerk in Newbury, Mass. before serving in the Continental Army during the American Revolution. Colman was stationed at Valley Forge, Pa. in the spring of 1778. He married Mary Jones (1749-1826) in 1770, and they had the following children: Polly (1772-1773), Polly (1774-1774), Bridget (1775-1858), Dudley (1778-1809), Nathaniel (1780-1791), Charles (1782-1849), Henry (1785-1849), and John Jones Colman (1787-1815).

Collection Description

This collection consists primarily of letters from Lt. Col. Dudley Colman of the 12th Regiment of Foot, Continental Army, to his wife Mary (Jones) Colman in Newbury, Mass. relating to personal matters of clothing, provisions, and Army activities and describing encounters with the British at Bennington, Vt.; Boston, Mass.; Newport and Providence, R.I.; New York City, Ticonderoga, and Fort Stanwix, N.Y.; Monmouth Court House, N.J.; Philadelphia and Valley Forge, Pa.; and other places. Material relating to Colman's son, Rev. Henry Colman, includes a sketch of his tomb erected in England by Lady Byron and her 1849 testimonial of him.

Arrangement

Oversize papers in this collection have been removed to an oversize folder (in drawers) but are digitized at their original location.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Henry Lee Shattuck, 1963, and Mrs. Frank Thurber, 1964.

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

Available on microfilm, 1 reel, P-798.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 1Folder 1digitized
digitized1771-Feb. 1776
Box 1Folder 2digitized
digitizedMar.-June 1776
Box 1Folder 3digitized
digitizedJuly-Sep. 1776
Box 1Folder 4digitized
digitizedOct.-Dec. 1776
Box 1Folder 5digitized
digitizedApr.-Sep. 1777
Box 1Folder 6digitized
digitizedOct.-Dec. 1777
Box 1Folder 7digitized
digitizedFeb.-June 1778
Box 1Folder 8digitized
digitizedJuly-Aug. 1778
Box 1Folder 9digitized
digitizedSep.-Oct. 1778
Box 1Folder 10digitized
digitized1779-1798
Box 1Folder 11digitized
digitized1849
OS folder (in drawers)
Oversize papers

NOTE: Oversize papers have been removed to an oversize folder (in drawers) but are digitized at their original location.

Preferred Citation

Dudley Colman 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:

Byron, Anne Isabella Milbanke Byron, Baroness, 1792-1860.
Colman, Henry, 1785-1849.
Colman, Mary Jones, 1749-1826.

Organizations:

United States. Continental Army. Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 12th.

Subjects:

Bennington, Battle of, N.Y., 1777.
Bunker Hill, Battle of, Boston, Mass., 1775.
Fort Stanwix (Rome, N.Y.).
Monmouth, Battle of, Freehold, N.J., 1778.
New York (N.Y.)--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.
Philadelphia Campaign, 1777-1778.
Rhode Island, Battle of, R.I., 1778.
Ticonderoga (N.Y.) |x History |y Revolution, 1775-1783.
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Campaigns.
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Personal narratives.
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Regimental histories--Massachusetts Infantry, 12th.
Valley Forge (Pa.).

Materials Removed from the Collection

A daguerreotype of Henry Colman (Photo. #1.26) has been removed and stored separately by format.