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Charles Cummings papers, 1857-1873.
Cummings, Charles, 1821-1864.
Library Call Number Copy Material Location
Vermont Historical Society Library  MSA 28  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Personal Author : Cummings, Charles, 1821-1864.
Title : Charles Cummings papers, 1857-1873.
Physical Description : .5 linear ft. (1 box).
General Note : Continued in: MS Size D
Summary :

The bulk of the Charles Cummings papers consists of letters he wrote to his wife during his service in the Civil War. The dates of these letters are from October 28, 1862 to his last letter dated September 30, 1864. One letter by Lt. Cummings written to his daughter Lizzie on May 2, 1864, survives. One exceptionally interesting letter dated October 2, 1864, sent to Mrs. Cummings reports him as wounded and captured by the enemy. Although reported to have been "killed in action" there is no official notice of his death in this collection.

The collection also includes a prenuptial agreement between Charles Cummings and his future wife, Elizabeth B. Reynolds, written on January 26, 1857; an account book kept by Mrs. Cummings while her husband was away, including a list of the dates she sent letters to him; two modern photographs of the slave quarters at "Eschol," Greenville Sound, Wilmington, North Carolina; an art educational drawing book from 1873; and genealogical notes on the Reynolds, Littlefield, Joy, Sprague, and Warren families.

Biographical or historical data :

Charles Cummings was born at Royalston, Massachusetts, February 6, 1821. He studied medicine, and in 1847 received a medical diploma from the Vermont Medical College in Woodstock, Vermont. He practiced his profession in Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire, for three years. Cummings moved to Brattleboro in 1850 and found work as an accountant. In 1852 he became co-publisher of The Semi-Weekly Eagle. In 1853 and 1854 he was co-publisher of The Brattleboro Eagle. Cummings founded The Vermont Phoenix in 1855. The same year he was appointed Clerk of the Vermont State Agricultural Society, a position he held until 1861. In 1858, Cummings was elected Clerk of the Vermont House of Representatives and was re-elected three more times to the post. Cummings married Elizabeth Reynolds of Boston, Massachusetts, on June 27, 1857. The union produced two children, a boy, Charles, and a girl, Lizzie.

Charles Cummings of Brattleboro, Vermont, was commissioned 1st lieutenant of the 11th Vermont Regiment, Co. E, August 14, 1862, and promoted to lieutenant colonel of the 16th Vermont Regiment, September 27, 1862. He served as lieutenant colonel of the 17th Vermont Regiment from February 9, 1864 until he was killed in action on September 30, 1864.

Related Collections : The Vermont Historical Society museum’s collection includes an oil portrait of Charles Cummings (A-131) and his Civil War field desk (72.15.1).
Personal Subject : Cummings, Elizabeth B.
Reynolds family.
Littlefield family.
Joy family.
Sprague family.
Warren family.
Corporate Subject : United States. Army. Vermont Infantry Regiment, 16th 1862-1863.
United States. Army. Vermont Infantry Regiment, 17th 1864-1865.
Subject Term : Prenuptial agreements Vermont.
Geographic Term : United States History Civil War, 1861-1865.
Vermont History Civil War, 1861-1865.
Brattleboro (Vt.) History Sources.
Genre/Form : Correspondence.
Account books.
Local Subject : Prenuptial contracts Vermont.
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