Guide to the Thomas D. Kimball Papers, 1851-1867

Collection Overview

The papers of Thomas D. Kimball span the period 1851 to 1867 with the majority of the papers dating from 1862 to 1865. They consist primarily of official communications and documents relating to Company A, 2d Massachusetts Heavy Artillery and Company G., 51st Massachusetts Volunteer Militia Infantry, during the period they were occupying New Bern, N.C., after its capture by Union troops. Kimball was Captain first in the 51st Regiment and later in the 2nd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery Regiment. The collection is divided into five series: correspondence; financial papers; orders; regimental reports; and miscellany.

Regimental reports comprise the bulk of the collection and are divided into two subseries, personnel and other monthly and quarterly reports, concerning the companies' supplies. Personnel records include returns (reports indicating changes in company personnel), records of target practice, volunteer enlistment papers, descriptive lists, and discharge papers.

Collection Details

Collection Number
Thomas D. Kimball papers
Kimball, Thomas D.
1.5 Linear Feet, 650 items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library

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[Identification of item], The Papers of Thomas D. Kimball, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Box 1
Various, 1863-1864 Aug.
Box 1
(Volume), 1863 July-Dec.
Box 1
(Volume), 1864 Jan.-Aug.
Box 1
Printed Orders and Circulars 1864 Feb.-1865 June and undated
Box 1
(Volume), 1865 Jan.-Aug.
Box 1


Box 2
Returns, 1862 Dec.-1865 Aug.
Box 2
Records of Target Practice, 1864 June-Sept.
Box 2
Pay Vouchers, 1865
Box 2
Volunteer Enlistments and Final Statements
Box 2
Descriptive lists
(2 folders)
Box 2
Discharge Papers
Box 2
Miscellany, 1863 Apr.-1865 Aug. and undated
Box 2
Monthly Returns of Clothing, 1863 Sept.-1865 July
(4 folders)
Box 3
Quarterly Returns of Clothing, 1862 Sept.-1864 May
Box 3
Quarterly Returns of Ordnance and Ordnance Stores, 1862-1865 and undated
(4 folders)
Box 4
Monthly Returns of Quartermaster's Stores, 1864 May-1865 July
Box 4
Miscellaneous files
Box 4
Company Morning Reports, 1862 Nov.-1863 June
Box 4
Folder 1

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The papers of Thomas D. Kimball, Civil War Army officer of Oxford, Worcester County, Massachusetts, were purchased by the Rubenstein Library in September 1981.

Processing Information

Processed by: Janie C. Morris

Completed December 4, 1987

Encoded by Stephen Douglas Miller