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-- Manuscript Group 251, Gabriel Grant (1826-1907)

MG 251

GABRIEL GRANT (1826-1912)

Papers, 1854-1907

   0.5 linear ft. (46 items)

 

Processed by:   Erika Gorder

                        New Jersey Historical Society

                        Manuscript Collection

September, 1997

 

 

Introduction

 

The papers of Gabriel Grant date from 1854 to 1907 and total 0.25 linear feet.  The collection was processed as part of  a National Historical Publications and Records Commission grant project (1997-1998) to process, describe and catalogue

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Biographical Sketch

 

 

Gabriel Grant (1826-1912) was a Newark, N.J. physician with degrees from Williams College (1846) and the College of Physicians and Surgeons (1851).  In 1854, he served on a special health commission to combat the cholera epidemic in Newark. During the Civil War, Grant was surgeon of the Second Infantry Regiment of New Jersey Volunteers (June-Oct. 1861) and French’s Brigade, and was later designated Surgeon of United States Volunteers by Congress.  Named medical director of hospitals at Evansville, Indiana, he was placed in command of the United States Army Hospital at Madison, Indiana.  He served in the battles of Bull Run, Fair Oaks, Gaines’ Mills, Peach Orchard Station, White Oak Swamp, Malvern Hill, Antietam, Fredericksburg and Vicksburg.

 

 

 

Scope and Contents

 

Grant’s papers,1854-1907, consist of correspondence, casualty lists, newspaper clippings, and printed materials that primarily document his duties as a Civil War surgeon.  Bulk of the collection dates from 1862-1865.  The papers include a casebook, kept by surgeon Dr. W.H. Sheets at Madison General Hospital (Indiana), that contains entries describing the medical conditions of soldiers at the hospital, focusing on cases of gangrene.  Also of note are military orders, a regimental history of the Fifth Wisconsin Division, a petition to the Secretary of War recommending Major General Brooke for the Medal of Honor (with a narrative description of the Battle of Fair Oaks), an account of engagements from Tennessee to Atlanta, and several letters from Henry Oberkerck to Rachel Ann Oberkerck (1863) and A.C. Yeoman (?) to a pastor in Pittsburgh (1864).

 

 

 


 

MG 251

GABRIEL GRANT

Papers, 1854-1907

 

Container List

 

BOX 1

 

 

Folder 1:                      List of Mortalities Due to Cholera or Like-Diseases, 

July 1-October 28, 1854.  [1 item]

Newark, N.J.  See exhibition caption in data file.

 

Folder 2:                      Correspondence and Documents,  1862 and n.d. [13 items]

Includes:  order to set up hospital at Harpers Ferry; list of wounded and prisoners of rebel forces, Battle of Sharpsburg (Sept.);  list of killed and wounded in French’s Brigade; description of Memphis Brigade; lists of wounded and killed; petition to Secretary of War with account of Battle of Fair Oaks recommending Maj. Gen. Brooke for the Medal of Honor.

 

Folder 3:                      Correspondence and Documents, 1863-1865. [13 items]

                                    Includes: military orders (1863); letter, Henry Oberkerck to Rachel

Ann Oberkerck (husband and wife) re pains of war (April 1863);  A.C. Yeoman’s (?) letters to a pastor in Pittsburgh (July 1864); lists of wounded  (n.d.); and Grant’s official resignation, printed (Feb. 1865).

 

Folder 4:                      Correspondence and Documents, 1884, 1900-1907.

[7 items]

Includes: military documents re Records & Pensions, Medal of Honor.

 

Folder 5:                      Casebook,  November, 13 1863-September 12, 1864.  

[1 volume] 

Kept by Dr. W.H. Sheets, head surgeon at Madison (Ind.) General Hospital, focusing on cases of gangrene.  Entries on the medical condition of various soldiers from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio,  and Iowa Volunteers and others.  Battles include:  Chickamauga, Charlestown, Mission Ridge, Knoxville, Resaca, Buzzard’s Roost, and others.

 

Folder 6:                      Clippings, 1862-1865.  [5 items]

 

Folder 7:                      Certificate:  June 28, 1881.  [1 item]

Grant as representative of Medical Society of the County of New York at an international medical conference.

 

Folder 8:                      Genealogical Notes and Tombstone Inscription.  [1 item]

                                    New Jersey and Pennsylvania subjects; typescript with annotation.

 

Folder 9                       Typescripts.  [2 items]

Account of fighting from Tennessee to Atlanta (1864); account of Llewellyn G. Estes, Brevet Brigadier General U.S. Volunteer.

 

Folder 10                     Regimental History of the Fifth Wisconsin Division, n.d.

[1 item]

 

 

 

BOX 2             Scrapbook, 1862-1865, 1904-1907.  [1 item]

Civil War-related clippings pasted into book; broadsides re Madison General Hospital (Ind.); two letters (1904-1905) concerning history/recollections of Civil War and C.H. Howard Colonel U.S. Volunteers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MG 251

GABRIEL GRANT (1826-1912), physician.

Papers, 1861-1907.  0.5 linear ft. (46 items)

 

 

Gabriel Grant (1826-1912) was a Newark, N.J. physician with degrees from Williams College (1846) and the College of Physicians and Surgeons (1851).  In 1854, he served on a special health commission to combat the cholera epidemic in Newark. During the Civil War, Grant served as surgeon of the 2nd Infantry Regiment of New Jersey Volunteers (June-Oct. 1861), advanced to Brigade Surgeon and was later designated Surgeon of United States Volunteers by Congress.  Named medical director of hospitals at Evansville, Ind., he was placed in command of the Madison United States Army Government Hospital at Madison, Ind.  He served in the battles of Bull Run, Fair Oaks, Gaines’ Mills, Peach Orchard Station, White Oak Swamp, Malvern Hill, Antietam, Fredericksburg and Vicksburg.

 

Grant’s papers (1861-1907) consist of correspondence, casualty lists, clippings, and printed material that document his duties as a Civil War surgeon. The papers include a casebook kept by surgeon Dr. W.H. Sheets at Madison General Hospital (Ind.), which contains entries on the medical conditions of soldiers at the hospital, focusing on gangrene.  Also of note are military orders, a regimental history of the 5th Wisconsin Division, a petition to the Secretary of War (with a narrative description of the Battle of Fair Oaks) recommending Maj. Gen. Brooke for the Medal of Honor, and several letters from Henry Oberkerck to Rachel Ann Oberkerck (1863) and A.C. Yeoman (?) to a pastor in Pittsburgh (1864).

 

 

 

 

 

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