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Conrad (Archelus M.) Papers

(Mss. 4126)



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Size. ca. 100 items

Geographic locations. New York, Louisiana, Washington, D.C.

Dates. 1861-1890 (bulk 1863-1865)

Summary. Correspondence, vouchers, military orders, charges and specifications for military crimes, and papers relating to enlistment, commission and honorable discharge, as well as personal items. Most cover the service of Conrad with the Corps d'Afrique from 1863 to 1865.

Copyright. Physical rights are retained by the LSU Libraries. Copyright of the original materials is retained by the descendants of the creators of the materials in accordance with U.S. Copyright law.

Citation. Archelus M. Conrad Papers, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Stack designation. Range E:41, OS:C

Biographical Note

Archelus M. Conrad was a carpenter from Tompkins County, New York. He enrolled in "D" Company 75th New York Volunteers in Sept. 1861 and was mustered in as a private in Nov. 1861. His military service was performed in south and central Louisiana under direction of the Office of the Chief Engineer, Dept. of the Gulf, U.S. Army. He was commissioned in Sept. 1863 and served with Co. "B", 3rd Regiment of Engineers Corps d'Afrique. In Sept. 1865, he was honorably discharged as commanding officer of the 1st Co. Pontonniers, 97th Engineers Corps d'Afrique with the rank of 1st Lieutenant. He married Helen M. Lee Sept. 1865 in Lansing, N Y. By 1886, they had moved to Kansas where he died sometime between 1886 and 1890.

Scope and Content Note


Military papers (1861-1865) include muster in and muster out forms (some oversized), commission, general orders and special orders regarding troop movements, inventories and invoices of equipment, auditors' reports from Ordinance and Treasury departments and Quartermaster General, a company roster, and charges and specifications of crimes by men in his company.

Other papers include marriage license (1865), a letter from Phoenix Mutual Life Insurance (1890) concerning a pension for veteran's widow for Helen Conrad, an affidavit from A. M. Conrad and a reply from the Dept. of the Interior (1884) regarding George G. Woodfill. Correspondence between Hon. Lewis Hanback and the Treasury Dept. regards a bounty for A.M. Conrad, Carte-de-visite of A. M. Conrad taken in New Orleans (186?) and newspaper clippings (n.d.) are included.

Index Terms

Conrad, Archelus M.
Conrad, Helen Lee
Bowman, Desman
Woodfill, George G.
United States--History-Civil War, 1861-1865--African American troops
Louisiana--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
United States. Army--African American troops--History--19th century
United States. Army-- 97th Engineer Regiment
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Participation, African American
United States. Army--Crimes and misdemeanors