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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Collection of diaries and letters relating to Thomas R. Booth
|Certification of Thomas Booth
|12 December 1864
|Military document; Government document
|Civil War Government and Civics Military History
|The American Civil War; Education
|Papers and Images of the American Civil War
|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."
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945