William Frothingham papers

Collection Data

Description
William Walter Frothingham (1830-1885) was a surgeon serving with the 44th Regiment of the New York Volunteers during the U.S. Civil War. He practiced medicine in the Washington Heights section of New York City before and after the war. Collection consists of family correspondence during Frothingham's Civil War service with George B. McClellan's and John Pope's armies in Virginia during the Peninsular Campaign and at the second Battle of Bull Run, describing battles, hardships of camp life, and medical aid on the battlefields and in hospitals; commissions, sick reports, and other military papers; and miscellaneous notes relating to the Frothingham family. Also, a 1935 typewritten volume entitled "Genealogy of the Frothingham Family and Its Connections" by John P. Frothingham.
Names
Frothingham, William Walter (1830-1885) (Creator)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1861 - 1935
Library locations
Manuscripts and Archives Division
Shelf locator: MssCol 1092
Topics
United States. Army. New York Infantry Regiment, 44th (1861-1864)
Genres
military records
Photographs
Notes
Biographical/historical: William Walter Frothingham (1830-1885) was a surgeon serving with the 44th Regiment of the New York Volunteers during the U.S. Civil War. He practiced medicine in the Washington Heights section of New York City before and after the war.
Content: The William Frothingham Papers contain materials on two related but distinct topics: the military/medical career of William Frothingham, and the genealogy of the entire Frothingham family. The Frothingham papers are particularly informative on the medical organization of the Union Army during the early part of the Civil War since they document in considerable detail the responsibilities and actions of an Army surgeon at a time of unprecedented expansion in the US military. John Pierre Frothingham's notes and research demonstrate the social milieu and status of American literary figures in the nineteenth century; for example, Washington Irving was instrumental in having an elder Frothingham brother accepted for admission to West Point.
Acquisition: Gift of Sheldon Potter III (grandson), 1946, 1947
Physical Description
Extent: .25 linear foot (1 box).
Type of Resource
Text
Identifiers
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b16334340
MSS Unit ID: 1092
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 431a4b90-c607-012f-a04d-58d385a7bc34
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