This collection chiefly contains detailed letters written by Lieutenant Joseph W. Collingwood (1821-1862) of the 18th Infantry
regiment of Massachusetts to his wife in 1861-1862 during
the American Civil War and covering various aspects of the campaigns, battles, and camp life. The collection also includes
records of Company B, 3rd Regiment of Light Infantry of Massachusetts Volunteer Militia
and some papers of the Collingwood family.
Joseph W. Collingwood (1821-1862), second son of William and Eleanor Harlow Collingwood, was born
in 1821 in Nantucket, Massachusetts. Shortly afterwards the family moved to Plymouth. In
1840-1850s, Joseph W. Collingwood owned a fish market and occasionally went out
with a fishing fleet to New Foundland. In September 1848, he became engaged to Rebecca
W. Richardson, a teacher of the Boston Female Asylum. A short marriage notice in The
England Washingtonian, the organ of Sons of Temperance, reported that the couple was
married at the Female Orphan Asylum, Boston, on October 12, by the Rev. F. D.
333 items in 5 boxes and 1 folder
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