Guide to the John Hobart Davis Papers, 1832-1920
The papers of John Hobart Davis span the years 1832-1920, but the bulk of the collection is the Civil War correspondence, 1862-1865. Davis chiefly wrote the letters to his sister, Elisa E. Davis, with a few letters to other family members, such as his brother Frank. Private Davis was stationed at Camp Beaufort, Me. (1861, Dec. - 1862, Feb.); Ship Island, Miss. (1862, Mar. - 1863, Feb.); Fort Jackson, La. (1863, Feb. - Aug.); Pass Manchoc, La. (1863, Aug. -Sept.); Fort Stephens, La. (1863, Oct. - 1864, July); and Washington, D.C. (1864, Aug. - 1865, Apr.).
Topics discussed in the collection include Davis' attitude toward Blacks, especially his prejudice toward Black officers, foraging raids behind enemy lines and the Battle of Blair's Landing, (also known as Pleasant Hill Landing) as well as aspects of camp life, such as guard duty, artillery practice, drills, and practice skirmishes, pay furloughs, sutlers, camp recreation, and breaking up camp. Some letters are illustrated with maps or drawings. Included also are diaries, photographs, and miscellaneous writings.
- John Hobart Davis Papers, 1832-1920
- Davis, John Hobart, 1843-1918
- 1 Linear Foot, 400 Items
- Duke University. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
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John Hobart Davis, a resident of Portland, Maine, volunteered for a three-year term of service with the U.S. Army in 1861. As a private in F Company of the 13th Maine Infantry Regiment, he was variously stationed at locations in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Washington, D.C. Davis was a clerk, and later was in charge of ordnance and then of supplies. In Washington, D.C., he served in a U.S. Army Hospital in the ordnance department and then as paymaster. He was discharged in December, 1864.
After the war, Davis returned to Portland and became an officer in the Casco Bank. In 1869, he married Jennie E. Constable, and they had two sons, Marshall and Raymond. He died on November 11, 1918.
- United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
- United States.--Army.--Maine Infantry Regiment, 13th (1861-1865)
- Louisiana--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
- Mississippi--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
- Washington (D.C.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
- United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns.
- Red River Expedition, 1864.
- United States.--Army--Afro-American Troops.
- Davis, John Hobart, 1843-1918
[Identification of item], The Papers of John Hobart Davis, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
The papers of John Hobart Davis, Civil War soldier and bank officer from Portland, Maine, were a gift to the Rubenstein Library in 1986.
Processed by: Sharon Estes Knapp
Completed March 16, 1987
Encoded by Stephen Douglas Miller
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