Peter L. Dumont Papers, 1858-1880; bulk, 1862-1865

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Quantity: 2 boxes (0.50 cubic ft.)
Access: Open to research
Acquisition: Gift: Diana McCarthy, Slingerlands, N.Y., November 2014
Processed By: Fred Bassett, Senior Librarian, Manuscripts and Special Collections, January-April,  2015

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Biographical Note:

Peter L. (Peter Lewis) Dumont was born about 1837, the son of Lewis and Sabrina Dumont, who may have been living in Schoharie County, New York, at the time. Public records indicate the Dumont family had taken up residence in Utica, Oneida County, New York, by 1855. About 1858 Peter married Clarinda Myers, the daughter of Henry and Elisabeth Myers of Whitestown, Oneida County, New York. They lived in Utica and had two children: Ida Elizabeth (b. 1859) and William (b. 1862). Based on inferences found in his letters, Peter appears to have been employed as a molder with the Hart & Dagwell foundry in Utica. An 1861 Utica city directory lists Dumont's occupation as laborer and shows him living at 21 Varick Street.

During the Civil War, Peter Dumont enlisted for three years' service with the 146th New York Regiment of Infantry on August 22, 1862. He was mustered in as a private with Company A on October 10, 1862, and was promoted to sergeant on January 31, 1863, according to his letter of that date. His regiment was involved in the battles at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, Virginia. During the latter, Dumont was taken prisoner and subsequently confined to Libby Prison for several days before being released and paroled, first at Annapolis, Maryland, and later at a convalescence camp at Alexandria, Virginia. He rejoined his regiment about October 5, 1863, according to his letter of October 8, 1863, which was written at a camp near Culpeper, Virginia. In October and November 1863, the 146th Regiment participated in battles and campaigns at Bristoe, Rappahannock Station, and Mine Run, Virginia. The 146th Infantry encamped near Warrenton, Virginia, from late December 1863 until the end of April 1864. On May 5, 1864, the regiment was engaged in the battle at the Wilderness, where Dumont went missing in action and is presumed to have been killed.

Scope and Content Note:

These papers consist chiefly of the letters (about 130) Peter L. Dumont sent to his wife, Clarinda, whom he frequently addressed as Clara, regarding his experiences of military service during the Civil War. Dumont articulately discusses battles and skirmishes, camp life, disease, the horrors of war, picket duty, troop movements, the rigors of marching, and military strategy. Letters of special interest include those written in December 1862, which detail the Battle of Fredericksburg; and those of May 1863, which detail the Battle of Chancellorsville. In particular, the letter of May 17, 1863, indicates he was captured in battle on May 1 and then marched to Richmond, Virginia, where he was confined at Libby Prison from May 8 to 13, before being released. His letters indicate he was detained until early October at special parole camps, first at Annapolis, Maryland, and later, at Camp Convalescent near Alexandria, Virginia.

After Dumont rejoined his regiment in early October 1863, letters written during the following two months detail troop movements and occasional skirmishes with Confederate forces in the vicinity of Culpeper, Warrenton, Kelley's Ford, and Rapidan River in Virginia. In his letter of November 9, 1863, he discusses a battle that appears to have taken place by the Rappahannock River: " the Rebs lost a great Number in killed & wounded & we took about 22 hundred prisoners besides driveing [sic] them into the River & drowning a good many of them & 9 pieces of artillery."

Dumont's letters of December 1863 indicate his unit was camped near Bealeton Station, Virginia, until they moved to a camp near Warrenton Junction, Virginia, just before the end of the year. They remained camped near Warrenton – written as "Warrington" in many letters – until the end of April 1864. The last letter in the collection written by Dumont is dated April 29, 1864; in it he writes that he anticipates being sent into battle but "wherever I may be Placed I Shall try & do my duty as well as I Can. I hope the Lord will Spare us to meet again on earth. I have not much more news to write so I will close hoping to hear from you soon again. Take Good Care of yourself & our little ones. Give my love to all of my Folks & may heaven Protect us all evermore. God be ever with us. From your affectionate husband with love, Sergt. P.L. Dumont."

Besides military matters, Dumont's letters reveal mixed feelings of pride and of a sense of duty in serving his country versus intense fear and loneliness. Homesickness, worries about money, concerns about the health and well-being of his family also were mentioned frequently along with concerns about his own health and the imminent possibility of death. Peter and Clarinda's two children, Ida and William, are frequently mentioned in the letters and addressed as his "little lambs."

Most of Dumont's letters were written in ink. Several were written on stationery with an illustration in the letterhead, some of which are identified as having been created by the firm of Charles Magnus, a print publisher, map dealer, bookseller and stationer working in New York City, and a few feature pen-and-ink or pencil sketches by Dumont that depict scenes of camp, the battle at Fredericksburg, and Libby Prison. Occasionally the letters included short poems and romantic prose written by Dumont. He did not master spelling, but in general his letters are quite legible and well written.

The papers include three letters sent to Clarinda Dumont in 1865 regarding the death of her husband, including a letter from Clara Barton at the Office of Correspondence with the Friends of the Missing Men of the United States Army.

Also included are photographic portraits of Peter L. Dumont, Clarinda, and daughter Ida and a Bible that is significant for the annotations and Peter L. Dumont sketches found on pastedowns and free endpapers.

Provenance Note:

Before the papers of Peter L. Dumont were donated to the New York State Library in November 2014, they were passed down through five generations of descendants beginning with Ida Elizabeth Dumont Cummins, the daughter of Peter L. and Clarinda Dumont.

At the time of the donation, there were six pieces that were described as fragments or undated letters. Upon further review by the curator and the donor of the letters, five of these pieces were paired with other letters that were found to be incomplete. These pairings are noted in the inventory list. Otherwise, the letters have been kept in the same order as received from the donor.

The donation also included an oil painting on canvas depicting two Union army officers on horseback leading troops through mountainous terrain. Although the work is unsigned, it has been attributed to Peter L. Dumont. The painting is housed in the New York State Museum.

Related Sources:

Digital images of the letters and transcriptions of several of them are available at http://www.peterdumontcivilwar.com/ courtesy of Diana and Brian McCarthy, the donors of the letters and artifacts. Biographical, genealogical, and related historical information on the life and career of Peter L. Dumont is also available at the site.

Box and Folder List:

Note: Dumont was not always careful about stating the date correctly on his letters, so the arrangement here is not strictly chronological by the date stated on the letter. Instead the placement of a particular item was determined by its content. For example, several letters that say "1862" were written in 1863. Similarly, undated letters were also interfiled when the content provided sufficient evidence for their placement. All these discrepancies are noted in the inventory list.

Box Folder Description

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Letter: Peter L. Dumont to "My dear wife" [Clarinda Dumont], West Troy, [N.Y.], June 12, 1858. 2(4)p.

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Letters – June-July 1862

  1. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clarinda," Utica, [N.Y.], June 19, 1862. 4p.
  2. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," Utica, [N.Y.], June 29, 1862; paired separate piece that appears to be the conclusion of this letter. 5(6)p.
  3. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clarinda," [n.p.], Sunday, July 6, 1862. 4p.

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Letters – October 1862

  1. Marion [?] to "Dear Friend" [Clarinda Dumont], Cohoes, Albany County, N.Y., October 7, 1862. 3(4)p.
  2. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clarinda," [n.p.], Sunday, October 12, 1862. 1p.
  3. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clarinda," Camp Seward, Arlington Heights, [Va.], October 18, 1862. Written on stationery decorated with a red-white-and-blue scene of a Civil War soldier taking leave of his family as he goes to join his regiment. 4p.
  4. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clarinda," Arlington Heights, [Va.], Monday, October 20, 1862; paired with postscript on separate sheet. Written on stationery decorated with a red-white-and-blue scene of a tree whose branches/leaves are made up of U.S. flags; next to the tree is the word "UNION" also in red, white and blue. 6p.
  5. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clarinda," Camp Seward, Arlington Heights, [Va.], October 22, 1862; paired with a separate sheet that appears to be the conclusion of this letter. Written on stationery with a black-and-white image of the United States Capitol; under the image are printed: "Headquarters 146th Reg't., N. York Vols., Col. Garrard" with a line for the letter writer to fill in his Company letter, in this case "A." 6p.
  6. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," Camp Seward, Arlington Heights, [Va.], Monday, October 27, 1862. Written on stationery decorated with a red-white-and-blue scene of a woman pouring water/coffee into a cup for a wounded soldier reclining on the ground; in the background is a battle scene. 4p.
  7. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clarinda," Camp Seward, Arlington Heights, [Va.], October 29, 1862. At the head of the letter: "Letter No. 10." Written on stationery with a black-and-white image of the United States Capitol; under the image are printed: "Headquarters 146th Reg't., N. York Vols., Col. Garrard" with a line for the letter writer to fill in his Company letter, in this case "A." The "Col.  Garrard" is crossed out. 4p.

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Letters – November 1862

  1. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clarinda," Camp Seward, Early Candle Light, Wednesday evening, November 5, 1862. Written on stationery decorated with a red-white-and-blue image of a woman in a pensive pose and of a bird's-eye view of Cleveland. Includes: Buckeye State Soldiers "MOTTO" We live for the Union./We die for the Union./We will uphold the Union. 4p.
  2. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," Camp Seward, November 7, 1862. Written on stationery on which is embossed a shield containing the word UNION. 4p.
  3. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clarinda," Camp at Warington [sic – probably Warrenton, Va.], Thursday, November 13, 1862. Written on stationery on which is embossed a shield containing the word UNION. 10p.
  4. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," Camp at Warington [sic], Sunday, November 16, 1862. 4p.
  5. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clarinda," [n.p.], "Thanksgiving Day" November 27, 1862. Written on stationery on which is embossed a shield containing the word UNION. 4p.
  6. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clarinda," Camp at Fredericksburgh [sic], Va., Sunday, November 30, 1862. Written on stationery on which is embossed a shield containing the word UNION. 4p.
  7. Marion [?] to "Dear Clarinda," Cohoes, [Albany County, N.Y.], November 30, 1862. 3(4)p.

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Letters – December 1862

  1. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clarinda," Camp near Fredericksburgh [sic], Va., Monday, December 8, 1862. Example of crosshatch writing. 4p.
  2. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," Camp at Falmouth, Half a mile from Fredericksburgh [sic], [Va.], December 12, 1862. At end of letter: "P.S. a kiss for all." 4p.
  3. Peter L. Dumont to "My dear Clara," Camp 2 miles from Fredericksburgh [sic], [Va.], Tuesday, December 16, 1862. 4p.
  4. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Wife" [Clarinda Dumont], Camp near Potomac Creek 4 miles from Fredericksburgh [sic], [Va.], Thursday, December 18, 1862. Example of crosshatch writing. 4p.
  5. Peter L. Dumont to "My Dear Wife" [Clarinda Dumont], Camp near Potomac Creek, Va., Friday, December 16, 1862 [sic – probably December 19, 1862]; includes a pencil sketch by Dumont of the bombardment of Fredericksburg. Under the sketch: "I comenced [sic] this sketch of the Bombardment of Frederickburgh [sic] while it was taking Place. I got it so far when we were ordered across the River and I have never finished it Since." 4p.
  6. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Wife" [Clarinda Dumont], Camp on Potomac Creek 4 miles from Fredericksburgh [sic], [Va.], December 20, 1862. Example of crosshatch writing. 4p.
  7. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Wife Clarinda," Camp on Potomac Creek near Fredericksburgh [sic], [Va.], December 23, 1862. 4p.
  8. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clarinda," Christmas after dark by candle light, Camp near Fredericksburgh [sic], Va., December 25, 1862. At end of letter: "I wish you all a merry Christmas." 4p.
  9. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Wife" [Clarinda Dumont], Camp near Potomac Creek, Va., Sunday, December 28, 1862. 4p.

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Letters – January 1863

  1. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Wife Clarinda," Camp near Falmouth, Va., Sunday, January 4, 1863. 4p.
  2. John W. Breish to "Kind and benevolent friend" [Peter L. Dumont?], Utica, [N.Y.], January 6, 1863. Re: "kindness you have shown to my departed brother." [See letter to "Dear Wife" of January 17.] 3(4)p.
  3. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Wife" [Clarinda Dumont], Camp on Potomac Creek, [Va.], Sunday evening, January 11, 1863. 4p.
  4. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Wife" [Clarinda Dumont], Camp on Potomac Creek, Va., Saturday, January 17, 1862 [sic - should be 1863]. "P.S. … there is no Boards to be got to make a Coffin of the one I made for Jacob Breish … There is a good many burried without coffins." 4p.
  5. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Wife" [Clarinda Dumont], Camp on Potomac Creek, [Va.], Sunday evening, January 25, 1863. 4p.
  6. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Wife" [Clarinda Dumont], Camp near Potomac Creek, Va., Tuesday, January 27, 1862 [sic – should be 1863]. Return address and date rendered by Dumont in pencil in an artistic design. 4p.
  7. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," Camp near Falmouth, Va., Friday, January 30, 1863. 4p.
  8. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Wife" [Clarinda Dumont], Camp near Falmouth, Va., January 31, 1862 [sic – should be 1863]. At end of letter: "Take good care of my little ones and God Bless them." 3(4)p.

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Letters – February 1863

  1. Peter L. Dumont, 4th Sargent [sic] Co. A, to "Dear Clara," Camp near Potomac Creek, Va., Monday, February 2, 1863. Written on stationery decorated with a red-white-and-blue image of an eagle with wings spread atop a shield of stars and stripes. 4p.
  2. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clarinda," Camp near Potomac Creek, Va., Saturday, February 7, 1863. Written on stationery decorated with a red-white-and-blue image of a star burst with a shield in the middle. Signed: "From your fond and Loveing Husband Peter L. Dumont" Example of crosshatch writing. 4p.
  3. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clarinda," Camp near Potomac Creek, Va., Thursday, February 19, 1863. Written on stationery decorated with a red-white-and-blue image of an eagle with wings spread atop a shield of stars and stripes. 4p.
  4. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clarinda," Camp near Potomac Creek, Va., Sunday, February 22, 1863; includes a pen-and-ink sketch by Dumont of a "Scene [of the camp] on Potomac Creek Vra." flanked by scrolls that read "The Army of the Potomac"; above the scene are two partially furled flags behind two cannon behind two drums, all of which are on the wings of an eagle; in the eagle's beak is a ribbon on which is printed "From the 146 Regt N.Y.S.V." Below the scene are two bugles and a patriotic shield on which is lettered "Drawn by Peter Lewis Dumont." In the foreground of the scene are two covered wagons, three army pup tents and a man chopping up a downed tree; in the background are two small buildings. The scene is labeled "Winter." 4p.
  5. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," [n.p.], [February 1863] – content indicates it was probably written sometime during the month of February 1863. 2p.

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Letters – March 1863

  1. Peter L. Dumont to "Dearest Clarinda," Camp near Potomac Creek, Va., Sunday, March 1, 1862 [sic – should be 1863]. 4p.
  2. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Wife" [Clarinda Dumont], Camp near Potomac Creek, Va., March 4, 1863. Written on stationery decorated with a red-white-and-blue image of an eagle with wings spread atop a shield of stars and stripes. 4p.
  3. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Wife" [Clarinda Dumont], Camp near Potomac Creek, Va., Tuesday, March 10, 1863; includes pen-and-ink sketch by Dumont of the camp of  Company A of the 146th New York Volunteers showing soldiers and tents behind an elaborate trellis-like arched entryway. 4p.
  4. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clarinda," Camp near Potomac Creek, Va., Friday, March 13, 1862 [sic – should be 1863]. 4p.
  5. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clarinda," Camp near Potomac Creek, Va., Saturday, March 21, 1863. 4p.
  6. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clarinda," Camp near Potomac Creek, Va., Monday, March 23, 1863. Includes pen-and-ink sketch of eagle by Dumont with wings spread holding a ribbon in its beak on which is inscribed "Camp near Potomac Creek Va." 2p.
  7. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," Camp near Potomac Creek, Va., Wednesday, March 25, 1863. 4 p.
  8. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clarinda," Camp near Falmouth, Va., Saturday, March 28, 1863. Written on stationery decorated with a red-white-and-blue image of an eagle with wings spread atop a shield of stars and stripes. 4p.

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Letters – April 1863

  1. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clarinda," Camp near Potomac Creek, Va., Saturday, April 4, 1863; with enclosed pen-and-ink sketch by Dumont of Duryea Zouaves on picket on the road outside a fenced yard; labeled "young contrabands [little Black children] and Sesesh House" 4p.
  2. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," Camp near Potomac Creek, Va., Monday, April 6, 1863. 4p.
  3. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clarinda," Camp near Potomac Creek, Va., Thursday, April 9, 1863. [signed] Sergeant Peter L. Dumont, Co A. 146 Regt., N.Y.S.V. 4p.
  4. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clarinda," Camp near Potomac Creek, Va., Monday, April [13?], 1863. 4p.
  5. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Wife" [Clarinda Dumont], Camp near Potomac Creek, Va., Tuesday, April 14, 1863. 3(4)p.
  6. Peter L. Dumont to "Dearest Clara," Camp near Potomac Creek, Va., Friday, April 17, 1863. 2p.
  7. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clarinda," Camp near Potomac Creek, Va., Sunday, April 19, 1863. 4p.
  8. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clarinda," Camp near Potomac Creek, Va., Friday, April 24, 1863. 4p.
  9. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clarinda," Camp near Potomac Creek, Va., Sunday, April 26, 1863. At end of letter: "a kiss" [written in a hand-drawn circle] "the best one that I can give you now" 4p.

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Letters – May 1863

  1. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear and Beloved wife" [Clarinda Dumont], Parole Camp, Anapalis [sic], Maryland, Sunday, May 17, 1863; includes a pen-and-ink sketch by Dumont of a soldier sitting in a tent; a coat is draped over the peak of the tent and there is a pan, a kettle and an ax next to a log outside the tent; an eagle with spread wings stands on a perch above a free-floating shield of stars and stripes; the eagle holds a ribbon in its beak that reads "Libby Prison Richmond, May 1863." The caption reads: "made in Libby prison Richmond May the 9th 1863 by P.L. Dumont, 146 Regt. N.Y. Vols." 8p.
  2. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clarinda," Parole Camp, [Annapolis, Md.]. May 19, 1863. 1p.
  3. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clarinda," New Convalesant [sic] Camp near Fort Barnard, [Va.], May 22, 1863. 4p.
  4. Peter L. Dumont to "Dearest & Beloved wife & Children," New Convalesint [sic] Camp near Fort Barnard, [Va.], Sunday, May 24, 1863. 2p.
  5. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clarinda," Convalesint [sic] Camp, Elaxandria [sic], Va., Sunday, May 31, 1864. 3(4)p.

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Letters – June 1863

  1. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clarinda," Camp Convalisent [sic] near Fort Barnard, Va., June 3, 1863. "P.S. I picked ripe strawberries here last week. I wish I could send Ida [their daughter] some …" 4p.
  2. Peter L. Dumont to "Dearest Clara," Camp Convalisent [sic] near Fort Barnard, Va., Sunday, June 7, 1863. 3(4)p.
  3. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clarinda," Camp Convalisent [sic], Alexandria, Va., June 18, 1863; paired with loose piece that appears to be the closing for this letter. 6p.
  4. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clarinda," Camp Convalisent [sic], Alexandria, Va., June 20, 1863. 2p.
  5. Peter L. Dumont to "Dearest Wife" [Clarinda Dumont], Camp Convalisent [sic], [Alexandria, Va.], June 24, 1863. 4p.
  6. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Wife" [Clarinda Dumont], Camp Convalisent [sic], Alexandria, Va., June 28, 1863. 4p.
  7. Peter L. Dumont to 'Dear Brother" [George Dumont], Camp Convalisent [sic], Alexandria, Va., June 28, 1863. 3(4)p.

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Letters – July 1863

  1. Peter L. Dumont to "Dearest Clara," Camp Convalisent [sic], [Alexandria, Va.], July 4, 1863. 3(4)p.
    1. Sarah M. Graff to "Dar [sic] friend" [Clarinda Dumont?], Houckinsville, N.Y. [Hawkinsville, Oneida County, N.Y.?], Monday, July 6, 1863. 3(4)p.
  2. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," Camp Convalisent [sic], Va., July 8, 1863. 4p.
  3. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clarinda," Camp Convalisent [sic], Va., July 12, 1863. 4p.
  4. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clarinda," Camp Convalisent [sic], Va., July 16, 1863. 4p.
  5. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," Camp Convalisent [sic], Va., Sunday, July 19, [1863] 3(4)p.
  6. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clarinda," Camp Convalisent [sic], Va., Friday, July 24, 1863. 4p.
  7. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clarinda," Camp Convalisent [sic], Va., Sunday, July 26, 1863. 4p.
  8. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clarinda," Camp Convalisent [sic], Va., Friday, July 31, 1863. 4p.

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Letters – August 1863

  1. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clarinda," Camp Convalisent [sic], Va., Sunday, August 2, 1862 [sic – should be 1863]. 4p.
  2. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," Camp Parole, Va., August 7, 1863. 4p.
  3. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," Camp Parole, Va., August 10, 1863; with poem, "Selling Heaven," in different handwriting on different paper. 4p.; 2p.
  4. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clarinda," Parole Camp near Alexandria, Va., August 15, 1863. 4p.
  5. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," Camp Parole near Alexandria, Va., Sunday, August 16, 1863. 4p.
  6. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," Camp Parole, Va., August 20, 1863. 4p.
  7. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," Camp Parole near Alexandria, Va., Sunday, August 23, [1863]. 4p.
  8. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," Camp Parole near Alexandria, Va., Friday, August 28, 1863. 4p.
  9. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," Camp Parole, Va., Sunday, August 29, 1863. 4p.

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Letters – September 1863

  1. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clarinda," Camp Parole, Va., Thursday, September 3, 1863. Written on stationery decorated with a red-white-and-blue image of an allegorical figure of Columbia [?] standing next to a U.S. flag and a shield decorated in stars and stripes. 4p.
  2. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," Camp Parole, [Va.], September 8, 1863. 4p.
  3. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," Camp Parole, Va., Wednesday, September 16, 1863. 4p.
  4. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," Camp Parole, Va., Sunday, September 20, 1863. Written on stationery that includes full-color images of (1) a Revolutionary War soldier charging into battle and (2) the exterior of the [U.S.] War Department, [Washington, D.C.]. 4p.
  5. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," Camp Parole, Va., September 25, 1863. 2p.
  6. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," Camp Parole, Va., Sunday, September 27, 1863; card with images of Admiral [David] Farragut and Commodore [David Dixon] Porter was originally enclosed with this letter (Moved to Box 2: Item 5)

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Letters – October 1863

  1. Peter L. Dumont to [Clarinda Dumont], Camp Parole, Va., October 2, 1863. 4p.
  2. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clarinda," Camp near Culpeper, Va., October 8, 1863. 3(4)p.
  3. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clarinda," Camp at New Baltimore, Va. Five miles from Washington, [D.C.], October 22, 1863; paired with separate sheet that appears to be the conclusion of this letter. 5(6)p.
  4. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clarinda," "New Camp, No name," October 26, 1863. 2p.
  5. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," Camp near Warrington Junction, [sic – Warrenton Junction, Va.], October 31, 1863. 4p.

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Letters – November 1863

  1. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," Camp beyond Kelly's Ford, [Va.], Monday, November 9, 1863. 4p.
  2. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," Camp near Kelly's Ford, [Va.], November 13, 1863. 4p.
  3. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," Camp near Kelly's Ford, [Va.], Friday, November 20, 1863. 4p.
  4. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," Camp near Paolia Mills, [Va.], Tuesday, November 24, 1863. 4p.

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Letters – December 1863

  1. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," Camp at Bealton Station, [Va.], [undated – ca. mid-December 1863]. 4p.
  2. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clarinda," [n.p.], Sunday, December 20, 1863. 2p.
  3. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clarinda," Camp at Bealton Station, [Va.], Christmas Morning, December 25, 1863. 4p.
  4. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," Camp at Warrington Junction [sic – Warrenton Junction, Va.], Wednesday, December 30, 1863. Written on paper embossed with an image of the Capitol underneath which is the phrase "Shepherd & Riley" [a shop in Washington, D.C., that sold books and stationery]. 4p.

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Letters – January 1864

  1. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clarinda," Camp at Warrington Junction [sic], Va., Sunday, January 3, 1864. Written on paper embossed with an image of the Capitol underneath which is the phrase "Shepherd & Riley" [a shop in Washington, D.C., that sold books and stationery]. 4p.
  2. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," Camp at Warrington Junction [sic], Va., Monday, December 11, 1864 [sic – content and location indicate that it was probably written on January 11, 1864]. Written on paper embossed with an image of the Capitol underneath which is the phrase "Shepherd & Riley" [a shop in Washington, D.C., that sold books and stationery]. 4p.
  3. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Wife," Camp at Warrington Junction [sic], Va., Friday, January 15, 1864, and page with heading "Later." Written on paper embossed with an image of the Capitol underneath which is the phrase "Shepherd & Riley" [a shop in Washington, D.C., that sold books and stationery]. 6p.
  4. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," Camp at Warrington Junction [sic], Va., Friday, January 22. 1864. Written on paper embossed with an image of the Capitol underneath which is the phrase "Shepherd & Riley" [a shop in Washington, D.C., that sold books and stationery]. Example of crosshatch writing. 4p.
  5. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," Camp at Warrington Junction [sic], Va., Thursday, January 28, 1864. 2p.

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Letters – February 1864

  1. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," Camp at Warrenton Junction, Va., Saturday, February 6, 1864. Includes a small pen-and-ink sketch by Dumont of a Zouave with bayonet fixed heading into battle. 4p.
  2. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," Camp at Warrington Junction [sic], [Va.], February 8, 1864. 2p.
  3. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," Camp at Warranton Junction [sic], Va., Friday, February 11, 1864. Example of crosshatch writing. 4p.
  4. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Wife" [Clarinda Dumont], [location and date not given – ca. February 14, 1864]. 2p.
  5. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," Camp at Warrenton Junction, Va., February 20, 1864. 4p.
  6. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Wife" [Clarinda Dumont], Warrington Junction [sic], Va., Thursday, February 25, 1864. 4p.
  7. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," Camp at Warrington [sic], Va., February 26, 1864. 2p.
  8. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Wife," Camp at Warrenton Junction, Va., Sunday, February 28, 1864. 3(4)p.

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Letters – March 1864

  1. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," Camp at Warrington Junction [sic], Va., Saturday, March 4, 1864. 4p.
  2. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Wife" [Clarinda Dumont], Camp at Warrenton, Va., Tuesday, March 5, 1863 [sic – content indicates 1864]. 4p.
  3. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," Camp at Warrington Junction [sic], Va., March 8, 1864. 4p.
  4. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," Camp at Warrenton Junction, [Va.], Friday, March 11, 1864. 4p.
  5. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Wife" [Clarinda Dumont], Camp at Warrenton Junction, Va., March 19, 1864. Includes pen-and-ink sketch by Dumont of a Civil War soldier with a very long mustache and a goatee; labeled: "Captain Durkee of our Company wounded at Chancelorsville [sic]. One arm gone." 4p.
  6. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," Camp at Warrenton, Va., Monday, March 21, 1864; enclosed clipping from [Washington, D.C.] Daily Chronicle, March 17, 1864, of poem "Soldiers' Letters." 4p.
  7. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," Camp at Warrenton Junction, Va., March 22, 1864. 3(4)p.
  8. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," Camp at Warrenton, Va., Friday, March 25, 1864. [Lace for Ida mentioned in the letter is not present.] 4p.

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Letters – April 1864

  1. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," Camp at Warrington Junction [sic], Va., April 1, 1864. 4p.
  2. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," Camp at Warrenton Junction, Va., Thursday, [April] 14, 1864. 4p.
  3. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clar," [sic], Camp at Warrenton Junction, Va., April 19, 1864. Includes note to his father. 4p.
  4. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," Camp at Warrenton Junction, Va., Saturday, April 23, 1864. 4p.
  5. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," Camp at Warrenton Junction, Va., Friday, April 29, 1864. 4p.

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Letter – undated

  1. Peter L. Dumont to "Dear Clara," [ca. April 1863?]. 2p.

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Letters regarding Peter L. Dumont's status as missing in action, 1865

  1. George C. Carter to Mrs. [Clarinda] Dumont, Utica, N.Y., June 19, 1865. 1p.
  2. George C. Carter to Mrs. [Clarinda] Dumont, Utica, N.Y., June 20, 1865. 2p.
  3. Clara Barton, Office of Correspondence with the Friends of the Missing Men of the United States Army, Washington, D.C., July 3, 1865 (form letter) 1p.

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Family Letters

  1. Will[iam Dumont] to "Dear Brother & Sis," [Utica, N.Y.], [ca. September 1880]. 1(4)p.
  2. Will[iam Dumont] to "Dear Sister," Utica, [N.Y.], September 21, 1880. 2(4)p.
Box Item Description

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Case containing 2 daguerreotype (ambrotype?) images

  1. Left: Peter L. Dumont and daughter, Ida
  2. Right: Clarinda Dumont and daughter, Ida

Ida is a little older in the image of her with her father than in the image of her with her mother.

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Case containing daguerreotype portrait of Melvina Dumont(?)

 

 

Carte de visite photographs

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Peter L. Dumont (Mundy & Williams Photographic Studio, over 77 and 79 Genesee street, Utica, N.Y.)

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Gen. Joseph Hooker

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Admiral [David] Farragut and Commodore [David Dixon] Porter (G. Myers, 12 Frankfort St., New York)

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Gen. Robert E. Lee

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Fragment of letterhead depicting the American flag

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Bible (Holy Bible) presented to Sgt. Peter L. Dumont by Robert Bright of the 14th U.S. Infantry; inscription indicates it had been taken at Fredericksburg, December 10, 1862; C.S.A revenue stamp affixed to the page.  (This version contains only the books of Samuel, Kings, Chronicles, and Job). Contains five pencil sketches by Peter L. Dumont:

  1. Exterior of Libby Prison; sign on building and on post in front of building: "Libby & Son"
  2. Scene depicting life inside a cell at Libby Prison
  3. Three sketches on one page: Two of members of the 5th Regt. N.Y. Vols. Duryees [Duryea's] Zouaves and one of Gen. Joe Hooker on horseback
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