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Sidney Brewster Papers - MS 1066

Introduction | Biographical Sketch | Scope and Content | Series Description | Inventory

 Introduction

The Sidney Brewster Papers were loaned for duplication to the Center for Archival Collections by Harold J. “Ted” Emch on 18 July 2007. The collection primarily consists of Civil War era correspondence between Sidney Brewster and his mother, Mrs. Nancy Brewster.

No restrictions exist in the use of this collection. This register was completed by Stephen M. Charter, Reference Archivist.

 Biographical Sketch

Sidney Brewster, born 18 May 1844 in Medina County, Ohio, was the son of Norman and Nancy (Philips) Brewster. Sidney had two older half-brothers George and Darwin Truman; a brother Walter F. Brewster; and a sister Elnora Brewster. His parents evidently divorced, as each remarried in 1864. Sidney served as a private in Company C of the 21st Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. He enlisted on 29 August 1861. He was 17 years of age at the time of his enlistment even though military records indicate that he was 18. He received an 18th Birthday greeting from his mother written on 11 May 1862. His father Norman served in Company C, 3rd O.V.C., while his brother, Walter Brewster, served in Company G, 189th O.V.I. during the Civil War. Sidney was killed during the Battle of Chickamauga on 19 September 1863. The Sydney (Sidney) Brewster Post No. 160, G.A.R., at Lemoyne, Wood County, Ohio was named in his honor.

 Scope and Content

The Sidney Brewster Papers is a collection of Civil War era correspondence, written between 1861 and 1865. Most of the correspondence is between Sidney Brewster and his mother, Mrs. Nancy Brewster. Included are two  letters from his brother George, three letters from Norman Brewster to his wife, two letters from Walter F. Brewster to his mother.

Sidney Brewster served with the 21st Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company C, from 1861 through 1863, when he was killed at the Battle of Chickamauga on September 19. The letters provide a fairly comprehensive view of soldier life including health conditions, camp life, troop movement, and battle. His letter of September 14, 1862 encourages his younger brother Walter to stay home rather than join the army. His letter of January 24, 1863 from Parole Camp, Annapolis, Maryland talks about being captured at the Battle of Stones River and his subsequent travels (about 1000 miles) to Chattanooga, Richmond, Atlanta, and finally to Annapolis by way of Fortress Monroe. His letters of May 18 and May 20, 1863 from Camp Chase discuss his exchange and return to the Regiment. The Company received new revolving rifles, five-shooters, according to his letter of June 8, 1863.

 Series Description

CORRESPONDENCE

SIDNEY BREWSTER CORRESPONDENCE.
1861-1863.
Arranged chronologically.
Letters from Brewster while serving with the 21st Regiment
Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company C, during the Civil War.

NANCY BREWSTER CORRESPONDENCE
1862-1863.
Arranged chronologically.
Letters to Sidney Brewster while he was serving with the 21st Regiment
Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company C, during the Civil War.

MISCELLANEOUS CORRESPONDENCE
1859-1897
Arrange chronologically.
Letters between various family members

PHOTOGRAPHIC MATERIAL

POSITIVE PRINTS
Ca. 1861-1863
Scanned images of Sidney Brewster.

ARTIFACTS

RIBBON
Ca. 1881
Scanned image of ribbon from the Sidney Brewster Post No. 160, G.A.R.

 Inventory

Box 1

Folder

  1. Sidney Brewster to Mrs. Nancy Brewster November 26, 1861
  2. Sidney Brewster to Mrs. Nancy Brewster December 8, 1861
  3. Sidney Brewster to Mrs. Nancy Brewster December 13, 1861
  4. Sidney Brewster to Mrs. Nancy Brewster January 5, 1862
  5. Sidney Brewster to Mrs. Nancy Brewster February 5, 1862
  6. Sidney Brewster to Mrs. Nancy Brewster February 15, 1862
  7. Sidney Brewster to Mrs. Nancy Brewster March 4, 1862
  8. Sidney Brewster to Mrs. Nancy Brewster March 7, 1862
  9. Sidney Brewster to Mrs. Nancy Brewster March 26, 1862
  10. Sidney Brewster to Mrs. Nancy Brewster April 3, 1862
  11. Sidney Brewster to Mrs. Nancy Brewster June 2, 1862
  12. Sidney Brewster to Mrs. Nancy Brewster June 7, 1862
  13. Sidney Brewster to Mrs. Nancy Brewster June 21, 1862
  14. Sidney Brewster to Mrs. Nancy Brewster August 10, 1862
  15. Sidney Brewster to Mrs. Nancy Brewster September 5, 1862
  16. Sidney Brewster to Mrs. Nancy Brewster September 14, 1862
  17. Sidney Brewster to Mrs. Nancy Brewster October 17, 1862
  18. Sidney Brewster to Mrs. Nancy Brewster November 15, 1862
  19. Sidney Brewster to Mrs. Nancy Brewster November 25, 1862
  20. Sidney Brewster to Mrs. Nancy Brewster January 24, 1863
  21. Sidney Brewster to Mrs. Nancy Brewster May 20, 1863
  22. Sidney Brewster to Mrs. Nancy Brewster June 8, 1863
  23. Sidney Brewster to Mrs. Nancy Brewster June 28, 1863
  24. Sidney Brewster to Mrs. Nancy Brewster July 24, 1863
  25. Sidney Brewster to brother, George Truman August 2, 1862
  26. Sidney Brewster to his brother October 13, 1862
  27. Sidney Brewster to his brother, George Truman May 18, 1863
  28. George Truman to Sidney Brewster July 24, 1862
  29. Abram V. Smith to Sidney Brewster March 17, 1863
  30. Mrs. Nancy Brewster to Sidney Brewster January 21, 1862
  31. Mrs. Nancy Brewster to Sidney Brewster April 2, 1862
  32. Mrs. Nancy Brewster to Sidney Brewster April 7, 1862
  33. Mrs. Nancy Brewster to Sidney Brewster April 16, 1862 (his of April 3, 1862)
  34. Mrs. Nancy Brewster to Sidney Brewster May 11, 1862
  35. Mrs. Nancy Brewster to Sidney Brewster May 25, 1862
  36. Mrs. Nancy Brewster to Sidney Brewster June 7, 1862
  37. Mrs. Nancy Brewster to Sidney Brewster June 16, 1862
  38. Mrs. Nancy Brewster to Sidney Brewster June 25, 1862
  39. Mrs. Nancy Brewster to Sidney Brewster August 1, 1862
  40. Mrs. Nancy Brewster to Sidney Brewster August 18, 1862
  41. Mrs. Nancy Brewster to Sidney Brewster August 21, 1862
  42. Mrs. Nancy Brewster to Sidney Brewster October 11, 1862
  43. Mrs. Nancy Brewster to Sidney Brewster November 1, 1862
  44. N. Brewster to Mrs. Nancy Truman April 21, 1862
  45. N. Brewster to Mrs. Nancy Brewster February 13, 1863
  46. N. Brewster to Mrs. Nancy Brewster June 22, 1863
  47. Walter Brewster to Mrs. Nancy Brewster May 28, 1865
  48. Walter F. Brewster to Mrs. Nancy Brewster August 7, 1865
  49. Benj. E. Low to Mrs, Nancy Brewster June 22, 1862
  50. J. W. Phillips to Sister, Mrs. Nancy Truman July 26, 1897
  51. Mary Dailey to Aunt Nancy Brewster May 3, ____
  52. A. Himes to George Truman Feb 9, 1862
  53. James A. Ambler to George Truman July 18, 1859
  54. Walter Brewster to Brother Darwin n.d.
  55. Letter transcripts
  56. Photographs, Sidney Brewster, c. 1861-1863
  57. Photographs, Darwin J. & Mary Truman, n.d.
  58. Photographs and scans on CD, n.d.
  59. Ribbon, G.A.R. Post 166 (Sidney Brewster), 1881

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