Guide to the Papers of Leander Harris, 1861 - 1865Manuscript MS-922

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Guide to the Papers of Leander Harris, 1861 - 1865

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-922

Collection Dates:

1861 - 1865

Size of Collection:

1 box (.25 linear ft.)


The Letters of Leander Harris document Harris' service in the 4th New Hampshire regiment of the Union Army during the Civil War, and include letters and letter fragments between Harris and his wife, Emily.

Access to Collection:

There are no general access restrictions on this collection. However, there may be access restrictions on specific items within the collection.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Access to Collection

There are no general access restrictions on this collection. However, there may be access restrictions on specific items within the collection.

Publication & Use

These materials may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.).

Introduction to the Collection

The Letters of Leander Harris are comprised of letters and letter fragments written primarily during Harris' service in the Union Army during the Civil War, mostly between Harris and his wife Emily (Emmy), as well as assorted correspondence with friends and family. The letters document genuine sentiment between husband and wife, as well as regular correspondence during the Civil War. The majority of the letters contained within fall between the years of 1861 and 1865.


Leander Harris was born March 12, 1833, in Fairlee Township, VT. In 1861, he was elected to the office of Town Clerk in Hampstead, NH. Later in the year, at the beginning of the Civil War, Harris enlisted in the Union Army. On September 18, 1861, Harris was a private in Company I of the Fourth NH Volunteer Infantry Regiment, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Louis Bell. Harris also served with the Tenth Army Corps Hospital, where he worked as an aid and briefly as hospital steward, and was later sent to the battle front to bring water to the soldiers. Towards the end of the war, he was assigned the duty of mail messenger. Following the war, Harris and family moved to Bradford, MA and he eventually became foreman in a shoe factory in Hampstead, NH. His wife, Emily, died of diphtheria in February 1866. Around the year 1875, Harris married his cousin, Elizabeth Colby. Leander Harris died on August 25, 1912 in Hampton Falls, NH.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, Dates: 1849-1865, undated

Contains letters to and from Leander Harris and wife Emily, as well as assorted correspondence with friends and family of said persons

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Leander Harris (LH) to wife "Emmy", 30 September 1861-23 April 1865
  • Folder: 2, LH to Emmy (letter fragment), 7 March 1862
  • Folder: 3, Emmy to LH, 1 January 1862-9 July 1865
  • Folder: 4, Emmy to LH (includes fragments), undated
  • Folder: 5, Elmer Harris to brother LH, 9 September 1861-8 October 1863
  • Folder: 6, Margarette to brother LH, 8 March 1862-13 September 1863
  • Folder: 7, Henry Harris to LH, 11 May 1862-18 January 186?
  • Folder: 8, LH to/from "Mother", 9 February 1861-24 April 1863
  • Folder: 9, Pett to Emily, 1 March 1863
  • Folder: 10, Addie R. Page to Emily, 26 April 1863
  • Folder: 11, Pett to Emma, 24 January 1864
  • Folder: 12, S.E. Smith to cousin Emily, 23 April 1864
  • Folder: 13, Emmy's personal correspondence, 14 December 1851-7 November 1858
  • Folder: 14, Elizabeth Griffen to Sister, 16 August 1849
  • Folder: 15, J.W. Hudson to H.D.P. Esq., 13 January 1861
  • Folder: 16, G.M. Harris to Brother, 13 April 1862
  • Folder: 17, L.D. Howe/L. Harris to Brother Harris, 16 April 1862
  • Folder: 18, [Unknown] to friends Harris and Wood, 10 June 1862
  • Folder: 19, William C. Little to Brother Leander, 7 June 1863
  • Folder: 20, L. Harris/L.D. Lowe to Absent Fellow Soldiers, 9 July 1863
  • Folder: 21, Frederick Robir to Gen. J. Marshall Brown (telegraph), 6 January 1885
  • Folder: 22, L. Harris/A. Woods/L.D. Howe to [unknown], 9 June 1862(?)
  • Folder: 23, H.N. Colston to Harris, 22 June [no year]
  • Folder: 24, V.C. to E, 2 September [no year]
  • Folder: 25, J.E. Haynes to Mrs. Harris, undated

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