Edward S. Amidon Civil War papers, 1863-1864 Rauner Manuscript MS-910

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Title:

Edward S. Amidon Civil War papers

Call Number:

Rauner Manuscript MS-910

Collection Dates:

1863-1864

Size of Collection:

0.2 Linear Feet, (1 container)

Abstract:

Edward S. Amidon (1834-1918), sailor. The collection contains two journals and his naval discharge certificate, documenting Amidon's experiences as a sailor aboard the USS Sabine and USS Niagara during the Civil War. Photocopies of his muster rolls and pension documents are also included.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

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Conditions Governing Access

Unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The Edward S. Amidon Civil War papers contains two journals documenting his experiences as a sailor aboard the USS Sabine and USS Niagara. Photocopies of Amidon's muster rolls and pension documents are also included as well as his military discharge certificate. Amidon's Naval enlistment under an alias, Edward Aldrich, to thwart his family knowing details of his enlistment.

Biography

Edward Amidon was born in Johnston, RI on July 13, 1834 to Rufus Amidon. Amidon worked on the New York and New England Railroad as a brakeman and laborer and as a loom repairman in Meredith, NH. He married Hannah Augustus Rowe of Gilford, NH in 1852 and had daughters Iney and Clara. Amidon enlisted in Co. E of the NH 5th Volunteers on Sep 30, 1861. On June 1, 1862 Amidon incurred a bullet wound in his neck and back at the battle of Fair Oaks, VA. After his convalescence Amidon was listed as a deserter when he returned home to Rhode Island to visit his mother. He was captured, imprisoned and sentenced to return to service without pay for 18 months. He returned to service as a Landsman in the Navy on May 12, 1863 under the alias Edward Aldrich. A crewwmate swore in an pension affidavit that Amidon enlisted under an alias so his family would not know his whereabouts. Amidon served on board the U.S.S. Sabine and the Niagara until his May 11, 1864 discharge. He died at Laconia, NH on June 01, 1906.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series: 1, Civil War Papers, 1861-1918

Contains two journals and his discharge certificate documenting his experiences as a sailor aboard the USS Sabine and USS Niagara during the Civil War. Photocopies of his muster rolls and pension documents are also included

Box: 1, 1863-1918

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Edward Amidon Civil War Journal May, 1863-April 1864, 1863-1864
  • Folder: 2, Edward Amidon Civil War Journal September, 1863-March 1864, 1863-1864
  • Folder: 3, Naval Discharge Certificate, May, 1864
  • Folder: 4, Photocopies of pension records, December 1852-December 1918, 1852-1918
  • Folder: 5, Photocopy of New Hampshire Infantry Muster Rolls, October 1861-June 1865, 1861-1865

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