Charles Curtis Brown Papers

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Charles Curtis Brown papers
Creator: Brown, Charles Curtis, 1827-1871
Call Number: D.88
Dates: 1861-1916
Physical Description: 2 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Series I: Correspondence, May 1861-August 1865
Series II: Military papers
Collection Overview
Title: Charles Curtis Brown papers
Creator: Brown, Charles Curtis, 1827-1871
Call Number: D.88
Dates: 1861-1916
Physical Description: 2 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Charles Curtis Brown (born in New York City, January 4, 1827 - died in Rochester, N.Y., November 12, 1871) was the only son of Briant Curtis (1794-1879) and Catherine (Hyne?, Hayn?) Brown (1791-1872). He moved to Rochester with his parents in 1835 and later became a silversmith by trade.

In April 1861, Charles C. Brown enlisted as a private in the 13th N.Y. Volunteers. He was promoted twice in 1862, first to Second Lieutenant in January, then to Captain in November. In May 1863, he left the army for six months but then rejoined as a Major in the 22nd N.Y. Cavalry serving until the end of the war. His final appointment as deputy inspector and collector of customs at the Port of Rochester came in 1869. He held this post until shortly before his death.

Scope and Content
The collection contains about 200 letters written while Charles C. Brown was with the 13th N.Y. Volunteers (1861-1863) and the 22nd N.Y. Cavalry (1864-1865). The letters represent a long and detailed record of Brown's thoughts, observations, and actions while engaged in the War for Union. Most of the letters were written to his sister Caroline (Mrs. William Van Kleek Lansing of Rochester) or to Sarah Pierrepont Brown of New York City, whom he married in June 1863. Among those frequently mentioned in the letters were William (Caroline's husband) and Charlie and Frances (Mr. and Mrs. Charles Pelletreau of Brooklyn). She was Sarah's half-sister.

Also included are 63 supporting documents, including letters, vouchers, returns, and inventories, generated through Brown's role as an officer.

Subject(s):
American Civil War (1861-1865)
Correspondence
Brown, Charles Curtis, 1827-1871
United States. Army. New York Infantry Regiment, 13th (1861-1863)
United States. Army. New York Cavalry Regiment, 22nd (1863-1865)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Mrs. E. H. Smith, November 1976. In June 1997, Mrs. Smith's daughter, Katharine McPherson of Albany, OR, gave a transcription of the letters (which has been catalogued as a monograph, call number E523.5 13th .B86) and a transcription of Charles Curtis Brown's 1861/62 diary (which has been placed in box 2, folder 8).Access
The Charles Curtis Brown papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Charles Curtis Brown papers, D.88, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Address:
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Rochester, NY 14627-0055
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Content List
Series I: Correspondence, May 1861-August 1865
Box 1, Folder 1Correspondence, May- July 1861
Box 1, Folder 2Correspondence, August - October 1861
Box 1, Folder 3Correspondence, November - December 1861
Box 1, Folder 4Correspondence, January - March 1862
Box 1, Folder 5Correspondence, April-July 1862
Box 1, Folder 6Correspondence, August-December 1862
Box 1, Folder 7Correspondence, 1863
Box 1, Folder 8Correspondence, January - March 1864
Box 1, Folder 9Correspondence, April - May 1864
Box 1, Folder 10Correspondence, June- August 1864
Box 1, Folder 11Correspondence, September - October 1864
Box 1, Folder 12Correspondence, November - December 1864
Box 1, Folder 13Correspondence, January - February 1865
Box 1, Folder 14Correspondence, March - April 1865
Box 1, Folder 15Correspondence, May - August 1865
Series II: Military papers
Box 2, Folder 3Appointments and discharge notices and certificates, 1863-1870
Box 2, Folder 4Pension certificate for Sarah L. Brown, May 15, 1877
Box 2, Folder 5Vouchers and inventory reports, 1862-1865
Box 2, Folder 6Military orders, 1864-1865
Box 2, Folder 7"Looking back" articles, advertisement for B. C. Brown, November 11-14, 1916
Box 2, Folder 8Transcription of Brown's diary, 1861/62


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