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Collection Reference Number GLC03347.67
From Archive Folder Collection of diaries and letters relating to Thomas R. Booth 
Title Certification of Thomas Booth
Date 12 December 1864
Document Type Military document; Government document
Subjects Civil War  Government and Civics  Military History  
Place written Washington, D.C.
Theme The American Civil War; Education
Sub-collection Papers and Images of the American Civil War
Additional Information Folder Information: Thomas Rogers Booth served as Civil Engineer, Clerk in the office of the Adjutant General (1863-1864) and Captain of Commissary of Subsistence of Volunteers (1864-1865). He was a railroad engineer from New Castle, Delaware. The wartime diaries were written from Washington, D.C., and include that city's reactions to wartime news. The 32 letters include one concerning Zachary Taylor's election, written while a cadet at West Point. Booth left the Academy in 1851 (his resignation was accepted by future General Seth Williams). The letters also include correspondence with wartime acquaintances and a business associate who was a former Confederate soldier. A group of letters from 1908 concern his request for a pension. His 1865 diary includes, for the day after Lee's surrender on 11 April, the notice "Orders from War Dept. to cease work."
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945