Hospital Transports, A Memoir – 1862

a Brief Overview of

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Source: Title Page of book, 167 pages long including Appendix; Potter Collection.

No illustrations; no Table of Contents; no name index  The chapters are according to transport, ie Chapter 1 is about the transports on the ship Daniel Webster, another about transports on a train that arrived May 31, etc.

“a quantity of letters and other papers, containing observations made at the time, and on the spot, by  those in its service who assisted in the embarkation and care of the sick and wounded, from the peninsula of Virginia in 1862.”


“Prisoner of State” – 1863

by D. A. Mahoney, Carleton Publisher, New York, 1863.

From the Potter Collection [Andrew Morrill Potter] of books about the Civil War.

Overview:  the book is about violations to the Constitution of the United States regarding:

Power of the President, suspension of habeas corpus, power to arrest a citizen, conflict with Missouri, Usurpation of Legislative powers by the President, Orders of the War Department on which American freemen were kidnapped and imprisoned, suspension of the Maryland legislature, 1861, and more.

Richmond Prisons 1861 – 1862 – Potter Collection

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Source: Richmond Prisons 1861 – 1862 Compiled from The Original Records Kept by the Confederate Government.  Journals Kept by Union Prisoners of War, Together, with the name , rank, company, regiment and state of the four thousand who were confined there by William H. Jeffrey. Illustrated.  The Republican Press, St. Johnsbury, Copyright 1893 by Charles T. Walter.  Potter Collection. R973.77 J37

Part 1 is the story/history of the prison and men. Part 2 is a list of each man, rank, company, regiment and state: who lived, who died, who was sent to a different prison or to County Jail, who was released, who was in prisoner exchange and so on.

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Major J. T. W. Hairston

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Honorable Alfred Ely

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[From a pen and pencil sketch made in prison by W.A. Abbott.]

Liggon and Company’s Tobacco Warehouse, Richmond, Virginia, 1861.  The first building used as a prison for Union officers and soldiers.

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Lyrics to “The Prisoner’s Song”

Book has many other illustrations.



“My Story of the War…of the Rebellion” – Mary A. Livermore

700 pages, published by A. D. Worthington and Co., 1890, numerous black and white engravings and also color plates of unit flags, Battle Flags, and more.   Potter Collection in Local History; books must be read in Local History and cannot be checked out.

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Cover Spine, above

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Author Mary A. Livermore, engraving from photograph

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Famous Union Battle Flags, 1. Eleventh Regt. Connecticut Volunteers, 2. Headquarters Guidon Old Vermont Brigade, 3. Gen. Sedgwick’s 6th Corps Headquarters Flag

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“Prayer Meeting in a Contraband Camp – Washington, 1862”   painting by W. P. Sheppard, engraving from painting by J.J. Cade, New York

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Type style / Font

Source:  “My Story of the War: A Woman’s Narrative of Four Years of Personal Experience As Nurse in the Union Army, and in Relief Work at Home, in Hospitals, Camps, and at the Front, During the War of the Rebellion. With Anecdotes, Pathetic Incidents, and Thrilling Reminiscences Portraying the Light and Shadows of Hospital Life and the Sanitary Service of the War,” by Mary A. Livermore, A.D. Worthington and Co., Hartford, Conn., 1890

List of Battle Flags, pp 15-16

Potter Collection, Local History, Rockford Public Library







Potter Collection of Civil War Library – 1900

Potter verticle   13 shelves of the Potter Collection in Local History

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Source:  Rockford Daily Register-Gazette August 23, 1900

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Source:  Rockford Register-Republic  May 2, 1961