Guide to the Allen Jewett Papers, RG 319

Listed by:   Paul Martin and Michelle Nelson
Date:   April 2001

Date Span:   1862-1863

Size of Collection:  14 items

Biographical Sketch:   Allen Jewett was born 8 Jul 1819 in Bridgewater PA, son of Nathan Jewett and Electa Fox. He married Joanna Passmore 23 Dec 1845. They had two children, Allen Stanley Jewett born 21 may 1847, who moved west, no issue; Elizabeth E. Jewett born 31 Oct 1849, married Random Browning, one child, Elizabeth, born in 1881

Service in Civil War: 

·        Co. K, 56th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry

·        Enrolled 29 Jan 1862 Montrose PA

·        Mustered 27 Feb 1862 Harrisburg PA

·        Enlisted for three years

·        Age 42, height 5 ft 10 in, complexion sandy, eyes blue, hair sandy

·        Occupation, Farmer

·        Died from wounds received in the Battle of Beverly Ford (9 Jun 1863) in the hospital in Alexandria VA 23 Jun 1863.

·        Jewett is buried in the East Bridgewater Cemetery in East Bridgewater, Susquehanna County, PA.

Sources (Lee Jewett Petry, Historian, Jewett Family of America Inc.):

Pennsylvania File Card

Samuel P. Bates, History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865, Vol. 2, p. 244

Frederic Clarke, History and Genealogy of the Jewetts of America, Jewett, 1908, Vol. 2, p. 1031

Scope / Content:   Consists of letters Jewett wrote to his mother from Virginia and a federal hospital in Washington, D.C.

Folder 1 (1862): 9 letters

Mar. 29, 1862.  Camp Curtin, Pa. To mother.  He is very disapproving of the lack of morality, lewd talk, and profanity in the camp. He thinks the captain is kid-hearted, but not moral.  The company is to be combined with another to gain full strength, in order to qualify for dispatch southward for combat.

Sept. 11, 1862.  Cliffburne Hospital, Washington, D.C.  To mother.  He does not know how long he will be at this hospital.  Patients are shipped to other hospitals with little or no prior notice.  He needs money for his back pay has not been given to him yet, but god is still on his side.

Oct. 5, 1862.  Post Hospital near Alexandria, VA.  To mother, He has yellow jaundice, and the doctor recommends he eat fresh fruit.  However no back pay has been made, and money is still needed from his mother.

Oct. 19, 1862.  Camp Convalescent, Near Alexandria.  To mother, He requests towels, handkerchiefs, and suspenders from home.  His tent has a wood floor.  Money is also needed again, along with some butter from home, and fruit if available.

Nov. 4, 1862.  Camp Convalescent.  To mother, The money mentioned by his mother has not yet been received, and may be in someone’s hands.  He is hoping for a discharge, and asks his mother to write more often.  His body is not in good condition, but he thinks God is on his side.

Nov. 15, 1862.  Convalescent Camp.  To mother, He plans to request a discharge, for he believes his health would greatly improve at home. James Ashley brought him five dollars.  He still needs mittens and other clothing.

Nov. 29, 1862.  Convalescent Camp Guards.  To mother, His health is better, and he now stands guard for eight hours of each forty-eight hours.  He now has a cot to sleep on, and would like to receive a box of food.

Dec. 5, 1862.  Convalescent Camp Guards.  To mother.  Her wonderful box of food arrived.  It was really appreciated for he has been losing weight from diarrhea, and now is only 135 pounds.  It is now snowing.  A friend has received a discharge.  He asks for local newspapers from home.

Dec. 1862.  New Convalescent Camp.  To mother.  He has moved three miles upriver.  His health is good, and so is his spiritual health.  He now has access to a library.  His enjoying the dried fruit that she sent.

Folder 2-1863- (3 letters)
Feb. 3, 1863.  To mother.  Camp Convalescent, near Fort Bernard, VA.  He apologizes for not writing sooner.  He wants to get a discharge soon, and thinks his family may have to help his cause.  He asks for postage stamps.

June 2, 1863.  56th Regiment Camp, White Oak Church, VA.  His health is good except for diarrhea, which is blamed on the water in camp.  He says the captain has an ungodly character, uses profanity, and cites two examples of his speaking harshly to Jewett.

June 11, 1863.  Adney H. Whitford, Co. K, 56th Pennsylvania Regt.  To Miss Jewett. Whitford informs Jewetts’s sister that Jewett was wounded in battle, and is not certain of his nature or severity.  He has some of Jewett’s personal items and will send them to her as soon as possible.

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