Guide to the Charles F. Muller Papers

Processed by D. Tambo and T. Lewis
Department of Special Collections
Davidson Library
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
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Fax: (805) 893-5749
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Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Charles F. Muller Papers, ca. 1783-1892

Collection number: Wyles Mss 42

Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara

Contact Information:

  • Department of Special Collections
  • Davidson Library
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93106
  • Phone: (805) 893-3062
  • Fax: (805) 893-5749
  • Email: special@library.ucsb.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucsb.edu/speccoll/speccoll.html
    Processed by:
    D. Tambo and T. Lewis
    Date Completed:
    10 October 2003
    Encoded by:
    David C. Gartrell
© 2003 Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Charles F. Muller Papers,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1783-1892
Date (bulk): (bulk 1861-1865)
Collection Number: Wyles Mss 42
Creator: Muller (Charles F.)
Extent: .8 linear feet (2 document boxes)
Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Department of Special Collections
Santa Barbara, California 93106-9010
Physical Location: Del Sur
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

None.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

Preferred Citation

Charles F. Muller Papers. Wyles Mss 42. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Acquisition Information

Undetermined.

Biography

Charles F. Muller was born on January 11, 1844. At the age of 17, he left his home in Philadelphia to join the Union Army to fight in the Civil War. He enlisted in Company B of the 29th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers as a private, being mustered into service on July 5, 1861. After several months of training, his regiment began to see some fighting in late February of 1862. In December of 1863, his regiment became the first in the country to become a veteran organization, as Muller joined his fellow soldiers in re-enlisting at the end of their initial term of service. Several weeks later, Muller was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant. In April of 1864, Muller's regiment joined "Sherman's Army," led by General William Tecumseh Sherman, for the famous "March to the Sea" through Georgia. Muller was wounded at Pine Knob, Georgia on June 15, 1864. He recovered, however, and was mustered out with his company in July of 1865.
After the war, Charles Muller traveled throughout the South trying to make a living in agricultural sales. He had a difficult time of it, and by 1869 he decided to return to Philadelphia and make a fresh start. He eventually married and had children, and by 1891 was living in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It was here that he began to write his memoirs.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection contains an autograph book, correspondence, diary, documents, reminiscences, and ephemera of Charles F. Muller, a Civil War Union soldier, Pennsylvania Infantry, 29th Regiment (Vol), Co. B, as well as some other items apparently not directly pertaining to Muller.

Collection Contents

Box 1: 1

Autograph Book belonging to Gertrude Muller, ca. 1872 - 1881

Abstract: [Incl. Hamilton Fish, James A. Garfield, and other government officials and political figures]
Box 1: 2 - 5

1861-1863, 1861 - 1863

Box 1: 2 - 2: 7

Correspondence, n.d.

Abstract: [Mainly to family]
Box 2: 1 - 2

1864-1865, 1864 - 1865

Box 2: 3

To his mother, from Georgia, Kentucky, and Illinois, 1869

Box 2: 4

No date, n.d.

Box 2: 5

Envelopes, ca. 1860s

Abstract: [Incl. some addressed to Muller, letters not attached]
Box 2: 6

Diary, 1864 - 1865

Box 2: 7

Documents, 1861 - 1867

Abstract: [Incl. mustering in, orders, and service for appearing at court martial of another soldier]
Box 2: 8

Ephemera, ca. 1860s-1892

Abstract: [Incl. piece of white silk flag flown by the 29th, lock of Muller's hair, Register of the Department of Tennessee with Muller as Department Commander, and letter from Benjamin Harrison responding to Muller's invitation for him to attend the annual meeting of the Society of the Army of the Cumberland]
Box 2: 9

Newspaper Clippings, ca. 1865

Box 2: 10

Photographs, 1861

Abstract: [Incl. 1 image of Muller in uniform, 1861, and 1 portrait, later in life]
Box 2: 11 - 12

Reminiscences re Civil War experiences, n.d.

Abstract: [Original and copy]
Box 2: 13

Miscellany, ca. 1783-1860s

Abstract: [Correspondence, documents, and other items not directly relating to Muller]