Waters Whipple Braman
Letters, 1862-1865

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Quantity: 3 boxes (0.50 cubic ft.)
Access: Open to research
Alternative Format: Also available on microfilm: MA/FM,973.781,B821,203-1857
Acquisition: Gift: James L. Braman, July 1953; accretion: letters of Margaret J. Getty to W.W. Braman, gift of James B. Bridge, March 2012
Administrative Note: A document in this collection was recovered in 2008 by the Office of New York State Attorney General. This document has been returned to the collection and noted by an asterisk (*) in the inventory list below.
Processed By: Fred Bassett, Senior Librarian, Manuscripts and Special Collections, August 2011; revised March 2012

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Biographical Note:

Waters Whipple Braman was born in Troy, New York, on April 20, 1840, the son of Horace and Caroline E. (Whipple) Braman. When his mother passed away while he was quite young, he went to live with his uncle, Waters W. Whipple, also of Troy. After completing his education in Troy public schools, he embarked on a career in the lumber business. In 1860, he became a partner in the firm Belknap & Braman. The outbreak of the Civil War led him to close out his business interests in the autumn of 1861 and join the Army. He enlisted for three years’ service on December 7, 1861, and was mustered in January 24, 1862, as first lieutenant, Company C of the 93rd New York Infantry Regiment. This regiment was made up largely of skilled riflemen and sharpshooters. He was promoted in rank to captain, April 4, 1864, of Company H of the 93rd Regiment, which was part of the Third Division of the Second Army Corps, Army of the Potomac.  He mustered out of service January 14, 1865, with the rank of brevet major of New York State Volunteers. Soon after, he returned to West Troy (Watervliet), New York, to resume his career in the lumber business, joining the firm founded by his uncle, W.W. Whipple & Company. Later, he became manager of the Kearslake Flouring Mill. He became involved in politics and government, serving in the New York State Assembly (1874-1875, 1879) and Senate (1880-1881). In 1891, he moved to Québec to manage a lumber mill. He was married, October 26, 1865, to Margaret (“Maggie”) Jane Getty. They had at least 5 children. Waters W. Braman died December 8, 1893 in Trois Rivières, Québec.

Scope and Content Note:

This collection consists chiefly of letters Waters Whipple Braman sent to members of his family and to his fiancée, Margaret (“Maggie”) Jane Getty, describing his experiences in the military service during the Civil War. His military service began in January 1862 at Camp Rathbone (Albany, N.Y.), where the regiment was organized and he received his commission. In February he was stationed on Rikers Island, near New York City, where, he tells his cousin Emma, the troops will be issued Redfield rifles, which he considered to be good quality. His regiment arrived in “Dixie” about March 9, according to the letter he wrote to his uncle from Camp Crocker, near Washington, D.C. By the end of March, the 93rd Infantry had been dispatched to the Hampton Roads region of Virginia, where it was encamped near Yorktown until mid-May. During this time, he wrote about the regiment having been engaged in a number of skirmishes with Confederate troops during the Battle at Williamsburg. Thereafter, Braman was encamped along the James River for much of the summer of 1862 in anticipation the Union Army would make a move on Richmond, which never came to pass.

In early September 1862 he wrote to his uncle from aboard the steamer Nantasket regarding the journey he and his fellow soldiers had taken up Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River to Washington, D.C., where they disembarked with the expectation they would soon be engaged in combat with Confederate troops. Within two weeks, they were encamped near Sharpsburg, Maryland, where Braman witnessed some of the action during the Battle of Antietam. In his letter of September 18, he remarked: “More cripples and widows were made than there were inhabitants in the city of Troy.” He also mentioned that the 93rd Regiment had not been an active participant in the battle, but thought that more fierce combat was imminent and the Union Army would be victorious: “This fight will be a terrible one, and probably be a very decisive one also.”

After Antietam, the 93rd Regiment slowly made its way to Falmouth, Virginia, by late-November 1862 and remained encamped there until late-May of the following year. During this time most of his letters detail his experience of life in the officers’ quarters, which tended to be somewhat better than that of regular enlistees. On December 13, he wrote to his uncle that he sensed a battle was about to take place across the river at Fredericksburg and that he believed both sides were well armed and fortified.

By June 1863, the 93rd Regiment was on the move through northern Virginia and Maryland to take up position at the beginning of July near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The regiment was held in reserve, so Braman was not actively engaged in combat nor did he witness much of it. However, he did write on July 5: “We had an awful fight here. But thank the Lord, our Army has given the Rebels an everlasting thrashing.” Soon after, the 93rd was on the move again, making its way through Maryland into the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Apart from an occasional skirmish, there was little action for Braman to write about. Winter camp was near Brandy Station, Virginia, from about mid-November 1863 to late-April 1864. 

Braman and his regiment finally were in the thick of battle in early May 1864 at Wilderness, Virginia. On May 7, he wrote: “We have been fighting for three days constantly, on very nearly the same ground the regiment has been engaged with the Rebels five times.” In the same letter he said: “I am not wounded, but have three bullet holes and one shell through my clothing, and one bullet struck my sword and bended it pretty badly, so I have five marks about me to remember the Rebs by.” The 93rd Regiment suffered a number of casualties at the Wilderness, and there were more to come in weeks to follow in battles at Spotsylvania Court House, North Anna, and Cold Harbor. In his letter of May 19 to his fiancée Maggie [Margaret] Getty, he refuted rumors about the possibility of re-enlisting for another tour of duty: “But if at the expiration of my original term, I can honorably leave the service, I shell do so, and see no reason why I cannot.”  Furthermore, Braman seems to have tired of war and was much less optimistic of a quick end, although still hopeful: “If we are to have much fighting of the latest fashion, there will be neither officers [n]or men to retain. In fact it is already found necessary to consolidate regiments. I for one hope to be alive at the close of the season’s campaign, and trust by that time to see the close of this rebellion.”

The 93rd Regiment took up position near Petersburg, Virginia, about mid-June, and was encamped in the vicinity of this city for the remaining months of Braman’s tour of duty.
Serving as the regiment’s provost marshal, it was his duty to carry out orders to execute soldiers charged with desertion, a crime he believed was worthy of death. His disdain of deserters was frequently mentioned in letters he had written throughout his time of service.

Letters written during the summer and fall of 1864 indicate the 93rd regiment was primarily responsible for holding the railroad lines, and was involved in numerous skirmishes with Confederate troops.  The most serious engagements were at Weldon Railroad, Deep Bottom, and Boynton Plank Road.

Braman’s political sentiments became more apparent in the fall of 1864 when he had indicated in a number of letters that he supported the re-election of Lincoln as president and other candidates on the Republican ticket, including Reuben Fenton for governor of New York State, and John A. Griswold for Congress. He also reiterated his intention and desire to come home when his time of service was done. By mid-November, he knew for certain that he could leave service on January 15, 1865.  In his letter of December 15, he told his uncle that he was in good health and counting the days until he was to be discharged. On January 17, 1865, Braman wrote from Kirkwood House in Washington, D.C., that he was awaiting settlement of his account and the issuance of his discharge certificate. It was probably mid-February 1865 before Braman finally arrived home.

In essence this is a fine collection of letters, in terms of their completeness and quality of content. Braman’s propensity to record his experiences in detail and at length is excellent. The letters chronicle the history of the 93rd New York Volunteers since he recounts many details of battles and campaigns in which his regiment participated, which included Antietam, Williamsburg, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Wilderness, Spotsylvania, North Anna River, Cold Harbor, Deep Bottom, and Petersburg Crater. These letters also include many candid observations, comments, and anecdotes about the activities of his fellow officers as well as life in the officers’ quarters.    

Note on Correspondents:

Below is a list of names of the people to whom Waters Braman had most likely addressed his letters.  The full names of these people were rarely if ever stated in the letters, but census records and other sources of genealogical information were used to identify his correspondents.

Full Name Salutation / Nickname Notes
Waters W. Whipple “Uncle” Uncle of Waters Whipple Braman; lumber dealer
Hannah Whipple “Aunt” Wife of Waters Whipple
Abigail M.  Whipple “Abby” Cousin of Waters W. Braman
Caroline A. Whipple “Carrie” Cousin of Waters W. Braman
Mary [Elizabeth] Whipple “Libbie” or “Lib” Cousin of Waters W. Braman
Emma Whipple Rousseau “Em” Cousin of Waters W. Braman; married to Achille Rousseau
Achille J. Rousseau “Kill” Husband of Emma Whipple; lumber dealer
Margaret Jane Getty “Maggie” Lived in West Troy, now Watervliet, New York

Box and Folder List:


Box Folder Description
1 0 Guide; Biographical and genealogical information
1 1 Letters, January-March 1862
  1. To Mrs. Waters W. Whipple (aunt), Camp Rathbone, January 31, 1862
  2. To Uncle: H.Q. 93rd Regt. N.Y.S.V., Camp Rathbone, Albany, N.Y., February, 7, 1862
  3. To Aunt, Park Barracks, N.Y., February 16, 1862
  4. To Em, H.Q. 93rd Regt. N.Y.S.V., Camp Bliss, February 19, 1862
  5. To friends, Camp Bliss, Rikers Island, [N.Y.], February 23, 1862
  6. To Uncle, H.Q. 93rd Regt. N.Y.S.V., Camp Crocker, March 9, 1862
  7. To Uncle, Meridian Hill, Washington, D.C., March 18, 1862
  8. To Libbie, H.Q. Co. C, 93rd Regt. N.Y.S.V., March 23, 1862
1 2 Letters, April-May 1862
  1. To Uncle, H.Q. Co. C, 93rd Regt. N.Y.S.V., Camp Cassidy, April 6, 1862
  2. To Em and Kill, H.Q. Co. C, 93rd Regt. N.Y.S.V., Camp Cassidy, Newport News, Va., [ca. April 6, 1862]
  3. To Uncle, Young’s Mills, Va., April 18, 1862
  4. To Cousins Libbie and Abbie, Camp Bolton near Warwick Court House, Va., April 20, 1862
  5. To Aunt, Army of the Potomac before Yorktown, [Va.], H.Q. Co. C, 93rd Regt. N.Y.S.V.,  April 24, 1862
  6. To Uncle, H.Q. Co. C, 93rd Regt. N.Y.S.V., before Yorktown, Va., April 27, 1862
  7. To Kill and Em, Camp Winfield Scott, Va., May 3, 1862
  8. To Libbie, Camp Winfield Scott before Yorktown, Va., May 4, 1862
  9. To Uncle and Cousin Abbie, Camp Winfield Scott, Va., May 8, 1862
  10. To Em, Co. C 93rd N.Y. Vol., New Kent Court House en route for Richmond, Va., [ca. May 1862]
  11. To Uncle, H.Q. Co. C, 93rd Regt. N.Y.S.V., New Kent Court House en route for Richmond, Va. [ca. May 1862]
  12. To Uncle, H.Q. Co. C, 93rd Regt. N.Y.S.V., encamped near Ropers Meeting House, Va., [ca. May 1862?]
  13. To Uncle, White House Landing, Pamunkey River, Va., May 20, 1862
  14. To Cousin Libbie, H.Q. of Guard at White House Landing, Va., May 23, 1862
  15. To Kill, White House, Va., May 29, 1862
  16. To Uncle, H.Q. Co. C, 93rd Regt. N.Y.S.V., White House Landing, May 29, 1862
1 3 Letters, June-July, 1862
  1. To Uncle, Head Quarters of the Guard, White House Landing, Va., June 1, 1862
  2. To Uncle, H.Q. Co. C, 93rd Regt. N.Y.S.V., White House Landing, Va., June 5, 1862
  3. To Uncle, White House Landing, [Va.], June 8, 1862
  4. To Em, White House Landing, Virginia, June 9, 1862
  5. To Libbie, White House Landing, [Va.], June 16, 1862
  6. To Uncle, White House, Va., June 22, 1862
  7. To Kill, Head Quarters Gen. Casey, White House, Va., June 27 1862
  8. To Aunt, Fortress Monroe, Va., June 30, 1862
  9. To Uncle, Fortress Monroe, [Va.], June 30, 1862
  10. To Libbie, Harrison’s Point Landing, Va., James River, July 4, 1862
  11. To Em, Harrison’s Landing, Virginia, July 8, 1862
  12. To Uncle and Cousin, Harrison’s Landing, Virginia, July 10, 1862
  13. To Libbie, Harrison’s Landing, Va., July 13, 1862 (hand drawn map of the camp attached)
  14. To Uncle, Harrison’s Landing, Virginia, July 23, 1862
  15. To Abbie and Libbie, Harrison’s Landing, Virginia,, July 27, 1862
  16. To Em, Harrison’s Landing, Va., July 31, 1862
1 4 Letters, August-September 1862
  1. To Uncle, Harrison’s Landing, Va., August 1, 1862
  2. To Uncle, Harrison’s Landing, Va., August 2, 1862
  3. To Abbie, Harrison’s Landing, Va., August 6, 1862
  4. To Libbie, Harrison’s Landing, Va., August 11, 1862
  5. To Cousin Libbie, Harrison’s Landing, Va., August 19, 1862
  6. To Em, Hampton, Va., August 24, 1862
  7. To Uncle, Hampton, Va., August 28, 1862
  8. To Uncle, Steamer Nantucket, Potomac River, September 3, 1862
  9. To Uncle, Rockville, Maryland, H.Q. Army of  Va., September 9, 1862
  10. To Em and Kill, Genl. H.Q. , Camp near Middleburgh, Md., September 11, 1862
  11. To Uncle and Aunt, Battlefield near Boonsborough, [Md.], September 16, 1862
  12. To Uncle, H.Q. Army of the Potomac, Camp near Sharpsburg, Md., September 18, 1862
  13. To Libbie, Camp near Sharpsburg, Md., September 25, 1862
  14. To Cousin Abbie, H.Q. 93rd N.Y.V., Camp near Antietam, Md., September 30, 1862
1 5 Letters, October-December 1862
  1. To Aunt, Camp of 93rd Regt. N.Y.S.V., October 5, 1862
  2. To Em, H.Q. 93rd N.Y.S.V., Camp near Knoxville, Md., October 9, 1862
  3. To Libbie, H.Q. N.Y. Vols. 93rd, Camp near Knoxville, [Md.], October 17, 1862
  4. To Uncle, H.Q. 93rd N.Y. Vols., Knoxville, Md., October 19, 1862
  5. To Uncle, Office of American Express Company, Washington, D.C., October 24, 1862
  6. To Cousin Abbie, H.Q. 93rd N.Y.V., Camp near Berlin, Md., October 29, 1862
  7. To Libbie, Camp near Berlin, Md., October 31, 1862
  8. To Libbie, Adjuncts Office, 93rd Regt. N.Y.V., Camp near Warrenton, Va., November 11, 1862 (Enclosed: Farewell address to Army of Potomac by Gen. McClellan, November 7, 1862)
  9. To Em, Adjuncts Office, 93rd Regt. N.Y.V., Camp near Warrenton, Va., November 14, 1862
  10. To Uncle, Adjuncts Office, 93rd Regt. N.Y.V., Camp near Warrenton, Va., November 15, 1862
  11. To Uncle, Camp of the 93rd Regt. N.Y.V., near Falmouth, Va., November 22, 1862
  12. To Libbie, Camp of the 93rd Regt. N.Y.V., near Falmouth, Va., November 27, 1863
  13. To Emma, Camp of the 93rd Regt. N.Y.V., near Falmouth, Va., December 3, 1862
  14. To Uncle, Camp of the 93rd Regt. N.Y.V., near Falmouth, Va., December 6, 1862; debit-credit account, 1862, for Waters Whipple accompanies this letter
  15. To Abbie, Camp of the 93rd Regt. N.Y.V., near Falmouth, Va., December 9, 1862
  16. To Cousin Libbie, Camp of the 93rd Regt. N.Y.V., near Falmouth, Va., December 12, 1862
  17. To Uncle, Camp of 93rd N.Y.V., near Fredericksburg, Va., December 13, 1862.
1 6 Letters, January-February 1863
  1. To Uncle, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols. H.Q. [Guard], near Fredericksburg, [Va.], January 15, 1863
  2. To Cousin Libbie, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Fredericksburg, Va., January 19, 1863
  3. To Cousin Libbie, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., opposite  Fredericksburg, Va., January 23, 1863
  4. To Uncle, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Potomac Creek, Va., January 28, 1863
  5. To Uncle, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Falmouth, Va., January 31, 1863
  6. To Cousins Abbie and Carrie, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Falmouth, Va., January 31, 1863
  7. To Cousin Libbie, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Falmouth, Va., February 4, 1863
  8. To Uncle, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Falmouth, Va., February 10, 1863
  9. To Em, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Falmouth, Va., February 11, 1863
  10. To Kill, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Falmouth, Va., February 15, 1863
  11. To Cousin Libbie, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Falmouth, Va., February 15, 1863
  12. To Libbie, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Falmouth, Va., February 18, 1863
  13. To Aunt, Camp near Falmouth, Va., February 22, 1863
  14. To Abbie, Camp of the 93rd N.Y. H.Q. Guard, Army of Potomac, February 28, 1863
1 7 Letters, March-April 1863
  1. To Uncle, Camp of Gen. H.Q., Army of the Potomac, near Falmouth, Va., March 1, 1863
  2. To Uncle, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Falmouth, Va., March 3, 1863
  3. To Libbie, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Falmouth, Va., March 5, 1863
  4. To Cousin Abbie, Q,M. Office, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Falmouth, Va., March 11, 1863
  5. To Em, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Falmouth, Va., March 15, 1863
  6. To Uncle, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Falmouth, Va., March 17, 1863
  7. To Lib, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Falmouth, Va., March 20, 1863
  8. To Friend Maggie, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Falmouth, Va., March 22, 1863
  9. To Cousin Libbie, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Falmouth, Va., March 30, 1863
  10. To Uncle, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Falmouth, Va., April 4, 1863
  11. To Em, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Falmouth, Va., April 9, 1863
  12. To Lib, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Falmouth, Va., April 12, 1863
  13. To Aunt, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., April 14, 1863
  14. To Cousin Libbie, Camp near Falmouth, Va., April 22, 1863
  15. To Uncle, Camp near Falmouth, Va., April 23, 1863
  16. To Em, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Falmouth, Va., April 29, 1863
1 8 Letters, May-June 1863
  1. To Libbie, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Falmouth, Va., May 1, 1863
  2. To A. J., Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., H.Q. Army of Potomac, May 10, 1863
  3. To Lib, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Falmouth, Va., May 13, 1863
  4. To Cousin Abbie, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., [near Falmouth, Va.], May 15, 1863
  5. To Em, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Falmouth, Va., May 16. 1863
  6. To Lib, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Falmouth, Va., May 24, 1863
  7. To Uncle, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Falmouth, Va., May 27, 1863
  8. To Uncle, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., May 30, 1863
  9. To Lib, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., June 5, 1863
  10. To Cousin Abbie, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., June 13, 1863
  11. To Lib, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., at Fairfax Station, [Va.], June 16, 1863
  12. To Uncle, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Fairfax, C.H., [Va.], June 21, 1863
  13. To Lib, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Frederick City, Md., June 28, 1863
  14. To Friend Kill, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Torrytown, Md., June 30, 1863
2 1 Letters, July-September 1863
  1. To Uncle, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Gettysburg, Pa., July 5, 1863 [*Document recovered in January 2008 by the Office of the New York State Attorney General]
  2. To Cousin Libbie: Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Boonsboro, Md., July 14, 1863
  3. To Cousin Abbie, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Lorettsville, Va., July 19, 1863
  4. To Uncle, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Warrenton, Va., July, 27, 1863
  5. To Cousin Lib, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Warrenton, Va., July 31, 1863
  6. To Em, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Germantown, Va., August 4, 1863
  7. To Uncle, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Germantown, Va., August 6, 1863
  8. To Cousin Abbie, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Germantown, Va., August 11, 1863
  9. To Lib, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Germantown, Pa., August 20, 1863
  10. Dear Cousin Abbie, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., August 29, 1863
  11. To Em, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., August 31, 1863
  12. To Libbie, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Germantown, Va., September 4, 1863
  13. To Uncle, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., September 7, 1863
  14. To Em, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., September 10, 1863
  15. To Cousin Lib, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Culpepper C.H., Va., September 17, 1863
  16. To uncle, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Culpepper C.H., Va., September 21, 1863
2 2 Letters, October- December 1863
  1. To Cousin Em, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Culpepper, Va., October 2, 1863
  2. To Cousins Abbie and Libbie, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Bolton Station, Va., October 12, 1863
  3. To Aunt and Uncle, Camp near Centerville, Va., H.Q. Army of the Potomac, Sunday, October 18, 1863
  4. To Coz [sic] Em, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Groveton, Va., October 19, 1863
  5. To Coz Libbie, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Warrenton, Va., October 22, 1863.
  6. To Uncle, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Auburn, Va., October 29, 1863
  7. To Cousin Libbie, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Three Mile Station, Va., November 5, 1863
  8. To Coz Em, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Brandy Station, Va., November 9, 1863
  9. To Uncle, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Brandy Station, Va., November 10, 1863
  10. To Cousin Lib, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Brandy Station, Va., November 19, 1863
  11. To Em, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Brandy Station, Va., November 22, 1863
  12. To Uncle, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Brandy Station, Va., November 23, 1863
  13. To Cousin Libbie, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Brandy Station, Va., December 4, 1863
  14. To Friend Kill, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vol. Infantry, near Brandy Station, Va., December 6, 1863
  15. To Cousin Abbie, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Brandy Station, Va., December 13, 1863
  16. To Uncle, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Brandy Station, Va., December 22, 1863
  17. To Cousin Libbie, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Brandy Station, Va., December 26, 1863
2 3 Letters, January-April 1864
  1. To Cousin Libbie, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Brandy Station, Va., February 10, 1864
  2. To Cousin Libbie, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Brandy Station, Va., February 20, 1864
  3. To Uncle, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Brandy Station, Va., February 23, 1864
  4. To friend Maggie, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Brandy Station, Va., February 23, 1864
  5. To Uncle, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Brandy Station, Va., February 29, 1864
  6. To Friend Maggie, Camp near Brandy Station, Va., March 19, 1864
  7. To Uncle, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., H.Q. Army of the Potomac, March 21, 1864
  8. To Cousins Libbie and Abbie, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Brandy Station, Va., March [21], 1864
  9. To Uncle, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Brandy Station, Va., March 25, 1864
  10. To Cousin Libbie, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Brandy Station, Va., March 28, 1864
  11. To Em, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Brandy Station, Va., March 31, 1864
  12. To Uncle, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Brandy Station, Va., April 4, 1864
  13. To friend Maggie, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Brandy Station, Va., April 5, 1864
  14. To Cousin Libbie, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Brandy Station, Va., April 18, 1864
  15. To friend Kill, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Brandy Station, Va., April 18, 1864
  16. To Friend Maggie Jane, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Brandy Station, Va., April 21, 1864
  17. To Cousin Abbie, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., near Brandy Station, Va., April 26, 1864
2 4 Letters, May-June 1864
  1. To Cousin Libbie, Camp of 93rd N.Y. Vols., 2nd Brigade, 3rd Div. 2nd Corps, May 1, 1864 (no transcript)
  2. To Uncle, Camp in field, Chancellorsville & Gordonsville, [Va.], May 7, 1864
  3. To Uncle, [unidentified camp], May 9, 1864
  4. To Col. Crocker, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd Corps, May 9, 1864
  5. To Uncle, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd Corps, May 11, 1864
  6. To Uncle and Aunt, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd Corps, near Spotsylvania, C.H., [Va.], May 16,1864
  7. To Friend Maggie, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd Corps, near Spotsylvania, C.H., Va., May 19, 1864
  8. To Cousin Libbie, H.Q. Birney’s Division, Second Army Corps, May 20, 1864
  9. To Cousin Libbie, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd Corps, near Hanover Junction, [Va.], May 25, 1864
  10. To Cousin Libbie, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd Army Corps, near Hanover Junction, [Va.], May 29, 1864
  11. To Uncle, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd A. Corps, near Cold Harbor, Va., June 3, 1864
  12. To Friend Maggie, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd Corps, near Cold Harbor, Va., June 4, 1864
  13. To Cousins Abbie and Libbie, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd Corps, near Gains Hill, Va., June 9, 1864
  14. To Uncle, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd Corps, near Petersburgh, Va., June 17, 1864
  15. To Kill and Em, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd Corps, near Petersburgh, Va., June 19, 1864
  16. To Kill, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd Corps, near Petersburg, Va., June 24, 1864
  17. To Friend Maggie, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd Corps, near Petersburg, Va., June 29, 1864
  18. To Cousin Libbie, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd Corps, near Petersburg, Va., June 29, 1864
2 5 Letters, July-August 1864
  1. To Cousin Abby, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd [Army] Corps, near Petersburg, Va., July 3, 1864
  2. To Uncle, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd Corps, [near Petersburg, Va.], July 4, 1864
  3. To Cousin Libbie, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd Corps, near Petersburg, Va., July 15, 1864
  4. To Friend Maggie, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd Corps, near Petersburg, Va., July 19, 1864
  5. To Kill and Em, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd A. Corps, near Petersburg, Va., July 31, 1864
  6. To Friend Maggie, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd Corps, near Petersburg, Va., August 3, 1864
  7. To Uncle, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd Corps, near Petersburg, Va., August 4, 1864
  8. To Cousin Libbie, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd Corps, near Petersburg, Va., August 8, 1864
  9. To Cousin Abbie, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd Corps, City Point, Va., August 14, 1864
  10. To Uncle, near Petersburg, Va., H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd Corps, Office Provost Marshall, August 19, 1864
  11. To friend Maggie,  H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd Corps, near Petersburg, Va., August 21, 1864
  12. To Cousin Libbie, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd Corps, near Petersburg, Va., August 24, 1864
  13. To Kill, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd Corps, near Petersburg, Va., August 28, 1864
2 6 Letters, September- October 1864
  1. To Cousin Libbie, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd Corps, near Petersburg, Va., September 6. 1864
  2. To Cousin Abbie, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd Corps, near Petersburg, Va., September 6. 1864
  3. To Uncle, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd Corps, near Petersburg, Va., September 9, 1864
  4. To Friend Maggie, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd Corps, September 11, 1864
  5. To Cousins Abbie and Libbie, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd A.C., September 21, 1864
  6. To Uncle, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd Corps, September 28, 1864
  7. To Cousin Libbie, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd A.C. [Army Corps], October 3, 1864
  8. To friend Maggie, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd A.C., October 3, 1864
  9. To Cousin Abbie, H.Q. [3rd Div. 2nd Army Corps], October 10,1864
  10. To Uncle, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd A.C., near Petersburg, Va., October 18, 1864
  11. To Uncle, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd A.C., October 19, 1864; with express receipt for $390.00, October 10, 1864
  12. To Cousin Em, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd A.C., near Petersburg, Va., October 21, 1864
  13. To Friend Maggie, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd A.C., near Petersburg, Va., October 24, 1864
  14. To Uncle, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd A.C., October 28, 1864
2 7 Letters, November-December 1864
  1. To Maggie, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd A.C., November 3, 1864
  2. To Cousin Abbie, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd A.C., November 8, 1864
  3. To Uncle, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd A.C., near Petersburg, Va., November 12, 1864
  4. To Cousin Lib, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd A.C., November 16, 1864
  5. To Friend Maggie, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd A.C., November 17, 1864
  6. To Kill, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd A.C., November 30, 1864
  7. To Maggie, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd A.C., December 2, 1864
  8. To Cousin Libbie, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd A.C., December 3, 1864
  9. To Uncle, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd Corps, Office, Assistant Commissary of Musters, December 12, 1864
  10. To Cousin Libbie, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd Corps, Office, Assistant Commissary of Musters, December 13, 1864
  11. To Cousin Abbie, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd A.C., December 21, 1864
  12. To Friend Maggie, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd A.C., December 24, 1864
  13. To Cousin Libbie, H.Q. 3rd Div. 2nd A.C., December 24, 1864
2 8 Letters, 1865
  1. To Uncle, Kirkwood House, Washington, D.C., January 16, 1865
  2. To Friend Maggie, Kirkwood House, Washington, D.C., January 17, 1865
  3. To Uncle, Kirkwood House, Washington, D.C., January 19, 1865
  4. To Friend Maggie, Kirkwood House, Washington, D.C., [January 1865?]
  5. To Friend Maggie, Union Village, February 6, 1865
  6. To W.W. Braymon [sic], Troy, N.Y.; from Samuel H. Jones, Jones House, Prince George, April 8, 1865
  7. To Lib, West Troy, [N.Y.], September 26, 1865
  8. To Cousin Lib, West Troy, N.Y., October 2, 1865
2 9 Letters of Margaret (“Maggie”) Jane Getty to Waters W. Braman, 1864-1865 (the original mailing envelope accompanies a number of these letters)
  1. Undated note
  2. West Troy, February 18, 1864
  3. West Troy, N.Y., March 7, 1864
  4. [West Troy, N.Y.], March 31, 1864
  5. West Troy, N.Y., April 13, 1864
  6. West Troy, N.Y., April 31, 1864
  7. [West Troy, N.Y.], May 7, 1864
  8. Steamer Columbia, June 20, 1864
  9. [West Troy, N.Y.], July 14, 1864
  10. [West Troy, N.Y.], July 28, 1864
  11. West Troy, N.Y., August 7, 1864
  12. [West Troy, N.Y.], September [7], 1864
  13. [West Troy, N.Y.], September 28, 1864
  14. [West Troy, N.Y.], October 19, 1864
  15. [West Troy, N.Y.], October 31, 1864
  16. [West Troy, N.Y.], November 13, 1864
  17. [West Troy, N.Y.], November 27, 1864
  18. [West Troy, N.Y.], [December 19, 1864]
  19. [West Troy, N.Y.], January 10, 1865
    Typewritten transcripts of the original letters; also available in bound format: N,973.761,qB815
3 1 Transcripts of letters, January-June 1862
3 2 Transcripts of letters, July-December 1862
3 3 Transcripts of letters, January-June 1863
3 4 Transcripts of letters, July-December 1863
3 5 Transcripts of letters, January-June 1864
3 6 Transcripts of letters, July 1864-1865
3 7 Index to letters (personal name, battles and campaigns)
3 8 Photographs (copies of originals which are not held by this repository)
  1. Waters W. Braman, ca. 1860s (private collection)
  2. Waters W. Braman, ca, 1870s (private collection)
  3. Margaret Jane Getty, ca. 1860s (private collection)
  4. Waters W. Whipple, ca. 1860s (private collection)
  5. Lydia Braman Morse, ca. 1870s; sister of Waters Whipple Braman (private collection)
  6. William W. Braman, ca. 1860s; brother of Waters Whipple Braman (private collection)
  7. Bealeton, Virginia, Officers of the 93rd New York Infantry (Library of Congress, LC-B817-7515)
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