Many of the Small Manuscripts collections contain Civil War-related documents. These collections, often family papers, may include diaries and correspondence of soldiers at the front and their families at home.

RG 9200.B04 Bell Collection
Several lengthy letters written by James A. Bell while in Washington D. C. regarding various aspects of the war, including a detailed account of his capture and imprisonment in Richmond.

RG 9200.B07 Burton-Wooten Papers
Several letters between Judge Edward Wooten and Governor William Burton regarding Home Guards, commissions, and raising troops, 1861-1862.

RG 9200.B16 Ballard Collection
Four letters from John Wells, 2nd Delaware Regiment, to his family in Delaware. Provides limited description of his military life.

RG 9200.C04 Carter, Philemon C.
Papers and correspondence regarding Philemon Carter’s involvement as Captain of Co. H, 6th Delaware Home Guards, and paymaster and pension agent.

RG 9200.D12 Downes, Townsend
Two volumes of diaries of Townsend Downes, a sergeant in the 1st Del. Cavalry, Co. C. The diaries date from Jan. 1, 1864 to Dec. 31, 1864, and from Jan. 1, 1865 to June 10, 1865.

RG 9200.E03 Eccles, William
Discharge certificate of William Eccles, 1864.

RG 9200.F01 Fairbanks, William H.
Three volumes of diaries, from 1861, 1863, and 1865; entries focus on daily farm life in Delaware during those years.

RG 9200.H07 Harrington Papers
Collection of letters between John Harrington, Sgt. in the 3rd Del., Co. H., and John Vickers, 1862-1864. One folder of original letters and one folder of typescript copies of the originals in the other folder.

RG 9200.H12 Hitch Collection
1864 diary of Sgt. Spencer Hitch, stationed near Washington, D. C.

RG 9200.L02 La Motte (Lammot)
Collection of letters from Charles E. La Motte, mostly at H. Q., 2nd Div., 5th Army Corps, to his family in Wilmington. Folder includes cards with a summarization of letters.

RG 9200.M05 Moor-Naudain Collection
Letters to and from Robert Moor, a Union soldier.

RG 9200.M06 Moore, Archibald
Selected pages from his military log, April 1, 1864-April 17, 1867. Moore was a Navy sailor on board the Union ship “Brooklyn,” and saw action at Mobile Bay and other engagements.

RG 9200.M07 Murphy Papers
Letters from camps where T. G. Murphy of Dover served as chaplain.

RG 9200.P05 Purnell Collection (MS 9344, 9406)
Several well-written letters from a soldier in a New York regiment to friends in Cooperstown, NY. In the oversized box, there is a copy of a muster and descriptive roll of Consolidated Co. B, 1st Del. Cavalry, and a copy of a muster-out roll of Co. B, 1st Del. Cavalry.

RG 9200-S19 Smith, John B.
Discharge certificate and certificate of promotion for John B. Smith who served in Company F, 1st Delaware Volunteers, 1865. Also included are photocopies of his service records from the National Archives, 1861-1865.

RG 9200.S11 Smyth, General Thomas
Three diaries (1864-1865) of Brigadier General Smyth who served with the 1st Delaware Regiment and the Irish Brigade. Also included are copies of pension records of the General’s wife (1865-1918) and a copy of The Life and Military Services of the Late Brigadier General Thomas A. Smyth by Maull, 1870.

RG 9200.W10 Wilson, James Harrison
Typescript copy of diaries of General J. H. Wilson, 1861-1865. As an Army engineer, Wilson played an active role at the highest level of Union command. (For other Wilson papers, see Reference Reels R31 and R50).

RG 9200.W06 Woodall, Daniel
1863 field diary of Col. Woodall, 1st Delaware Regiment. Also typescript copies of Woodall correspondence and papers.