Peter L. Dumont
Papers, 1858-1880

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Quantity: 2 boxes (0.50 cubic ft.)
Access: Open to research
Acquisition: Gift: Diana McCarthy, Slingerlands, N.Y., November 2014
Processed By: Fred Bassett, Senior Librarian, Manuscripts and Special Collections, January-April,  2015

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Biographical Note:

Peter Lewis Dumont was born about 1837, the son of Lewis and Sabrina Dumont, who may have been living in Schoharie County at the time. Public records indicate the Dumont family had taken up residence in Utica, New York, by 1855.  Peter L. Dumont was married about 1858 to Clarinda Myers, the daughter of Henry and Elisabeth Myers of Whitestown (Oneida County), New York. They lived in Utica, New York, and had two children: Ida Elizabeth (b. 1859) and William (b. 1862).  Peter appears to have been employed as a molder with the firm Hart and Dagwell based on inferences to the firm found in his letters. A Utica city directory for 1861 lists Dumont’s occupation as laborer and shows him residing at 21 Varick Street.

During the Civil War, Peter Dumont enlisted for three years’ service with the 146th New York Regiment of Infantry on August 22, 1862.  He was mustered in as a private with Company A on October 10, 1862, and was promoted to sergeant on January 31, 1863, according to his letter of that date. His regiment was involved in the battles at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, Virginia.  At the latter, Dumont was taken prisoner and subsequently confined to Libby Prison for several days before being released and paroled, first at Annapolis, Maryland, and later at a convalescence camp at Alexandria, Virginia.  He rejoined his regiment about October 5, 1863, according to information found in his letter of October 8, 1863, which was written at a camp near Culpeper, Virginia.  In October and November 1863 the 146th Regiment participated in battles and campaigns at Bristoe, Rappahannock Station, and Mine Run, Virginia.  The 146th Infantry encamped near Warrenton, Virginia from late December 1863 until the end of April 1864. On May 5, 1864, the regiment was engaged in the battle at the Wilderness, where Dumont went missing in action and is presumed to have been killed.

Scope and Content Note:

These papers consist chiefly of letters Peter L. Dumont sent to his wife, Clarinda, in regards to his experiences of military service during the Civil War.  Dumont articulately discusses battles and skirmishes, camp life, disease, the horrors of war, picket duty, troop movements, the rigors of marching, and military strategy. Letters of special interest include those written around December 1862, which detail the Battle of Fredericksburg; and those of May 1863, which detail the Battle of Chancellorsville. In particular, the letter of May 17, 1863, indicates he was captured in battle on May 1, and then marched to Richmond, where he was confined at Libby Prison from May 8 to 13, before being released.  His letters indicate he was detained until early October at special parole camps, first at Annapolis, Maryland, and later, at Camp Convalescent near Alexandria, Virginia. 

After Dumont rejoined his regiment in early October 1863, letters written during the following two months detail troop movements and occasional skirmishes with Confederate forces in the vicinity of Culpepper, Warrenton, Kelley’s Ford, and Rapidan River in Virginia.  In particular, his letter of November 9, 1863, discusses a battle that appears to have taken place by the Rappahannock River: “ the Rebs lost a great Number in killed & wounded & we took about 22 hundred prisoners besides driveing [sic] them into the River & drowning a good many of them & 9 pieces of artillery.” 

Dumont’s letters of December 1863 indicate they were encamped near Bealeton Station, Virginia, until they moved to a camp near Warrenton Junction, Virginia, just before the end of the year. They remained encamped near Warrenton, which appears as “Warrington” in many letters, until the end of April 1864.  His letters conclude with the letter of April 29, 1864, in which he anticipates being sent into battle, but hopes he would see another day to write again.

Besides military matters, Dumont’s letters reveal mixed feelings of pride and of a sense of duty in serving his country versus intense fear and loneliness. Homesickness, worries about money, concerns about the health and well-being of his family were also mentioned frequently along with concerns about his own health and the imminent possibility of death.

Altogether, there are approximately 120 letters; most were written in ink and a few written in pencil.  Several were written on illustrated stationery and a few feature pen-and-ink sketches by Dumont that depict scenes of camp, battles, and Libby Prison. Occasionally the letters included short poems and romantic prose written by Dumont.  He did not master spelling, but in general Dumont’s letters are quite legible and well written.

The papers also include three letters sent to Clarinda Dumont in 1865 regarding the circumstances of her husband’s death, including a letter from the Office of Correspondence with the Friends of the Missing Men of the United States Army that was signed by Clara Barton.

Also included are photographic portraits of Peter L. Dumont, Clarinda, and daughter Ida, taken about 1860; a Bible that is significant for the annotations and sketches found on pastedowns and free endpapers. The sketches, drawn by Peter Dumont, depict the exterior of the Libby Prison building and soldiers lounging inside a prison cell. 

Provenance Note:

Before the papers of Peter L. Dumont were donated to this repository in November 2014, they were passed down through five generations of descendants beginning with Ida Elizabeth Dumont Cummins, the daughter of Peter L. and Clarinda Dumont. 

At the time of the donation, there were six pieces that were described as fragments or undated letters. Upon further review by the curator and the donor of the letters, five of these pieces were paired with other letters that were found to be incomplete.  These pairings are noted in the inventory list.  Otherwise, the letters have been kept in the same order as received from the donor.

The donation also included an oil painting on canvas depicting two Union army officers on horseback leading troops through mountainous terrain. Although the work is unsigned, it has been attributed to Peter L. Dumont.  This item is housed in the New York State Museum

Related Sources:

Transcriptions and digital scans of the letters are available online courtesy of Diana and Brian McCarthy, the donors of the letters and ancillary artifacts.  Biographical, genealogical, and related historical information on the life and career of Peter L. Dumont is also available on their website: http://www.peterdumontcivilwar.com/external link

Box and Folder List:

Note: Dumont was not always careful about stating the date correctly on his letters, so the arrangement here is not strictly chronological by the date stated on the letter.  Instead the placement of a particular item was determined by its content. For example a number of letters that say “1862” were actually written in 1863.  Similarly, undated letters were also interfiled when the content provided sufficient evidence for its placement. All of these discrepancies are noted in the inventory list.

Box Folder Description
1 1 Letter: Peter L. Dumont to [Clarinda Dumont], West Troy, N.Y., June 12, 1858
1 2 Letters – June-July 1862
  1. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Utica, [N.Y.], June 19, 1862
  2. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Utica, [N.Y.], June 29, 1862; paired separate piece that appears to be the conclusion of this letter
  3. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], [n.p.], Sunday, July 6, 1862
2 3 Letters – October 1862
  1. Marion [?] to Clarinda [Dumont], Cohoes, [N.Y.], October 7, 1862
  2. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], [n.p.], Sunday, October 12, 1862
  3. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp Seward, Arlington Heights, [Va.], October 18, 1862
  4. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Arlington Heights, [Va.], Monday, October 20, 1862; paired with postscript on separate sheet
  5. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp Seward, Arlington Heights, [Va.], October 22, 1862; paired with a separate sheet that appears to be the conclusion of this letter
  6. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp Seward, Arlington Heights, [Va.], Monday, October 27, 1862
  7. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp Seward, Arlington Heights, [Va.], October 29, 1862
2 4 Letters – November 1862
  1. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp Seward, Wednesday evening, November 5, 1862
  2. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp Seward, November 7, 1862
  3. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp at Warington [sic – probably Warrenton, Va.], Thursday, November 13, 1862
  4. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp at Warington [sic], Sunday, November 16, 1862
  5. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], [n.p.], “Thanksgiving Day” November 27, 1862
  6. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp at Fredericksburgh [sic], Va., Sunday, November 30, 1862
  7. Marion [?] to Clarinda [Dumont], Cohoes, [N.Y.], November 30, 1862
2 5 Letters – December 1862
  1. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp near Fredericksburgh [sic], Va., Monday, December 8, 1862
  2. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp at Falmouth, Half a mile from Fredericksburgh [sic], [Va.], December 12, 1862
  3. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp 2 miles from Fredericksburgh [sic], [Va.], Tuesday, December 16, 1862
  4. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp near Potomac Creek 4 miles from Fredericksburgh [sic], [Va.], Thursday, December 18, 1862
  5. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp near Potomac Creek, Va., Friday, December 16, 1862 [sic – probably December 19, 1862]; includes a sketch of the bombardment of Fredericksburg
  6. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp on Potomac Creek 4 miles from Fredericksburgh [sic], [Va.], December 20, 1862
  7. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp on Potomac Creek near Fredericksburgh [sic], [Va.], December 23, 1862
  8. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Christmas after dark by candle light, Camp near Fredericksburgh [sic], Va., December 25, 1862
  9. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp near Potomac Creek, Va., Sunday, December 28, 1862
1 6 Letters – January 1863
  1. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp near Falmouth, Va., Sunday, January 4, 1863
  2. John W. Breish to [Peter L. Dumont?], Utica, [N.Y.], January 6, 1863
  3. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp on Potomac Creek, [Va.], Sunday evening, January 11, 1863
  4. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp on Potomac Creek, Va., Saturday, January 17, 1862 [sic  - should be 1863]
  5. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp on Potomac Creek, [Va.], Sunday evening, January 25, 1863
  6. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp near Potomac Creek, Va., Tuesday, January 27, 1862 [sic – should be 1863]
  7. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp near Falmouth, Va., Friday, January 30, 1863
  8. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp near Falmouth, Va., January 31, 1862 [sic – should be 1863]
1 7 Letters – February 1863
  1. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp near Potomac Creek, Va., Monday, February 2, 1863
  2. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp near Potomac Creek, Va., Saturday, February 7, 1863
  3. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp near Potomac Creek, Va., Thursday, February 19, 1863
  4. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp near Potomac Creek, Va., Sunday, February 22, 1863; includes a sketch of scene along Potomac Creek
  5. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], [n.p.], [February 1863] – content indicates it was probably written sometime during the month of February 1863
1 8 Letters – March 1863
  1. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp near Potomac Creek, Va., Sunday, March 1, 1862 [sic – should be 1863]
  2. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp near Potomac Creek, Va., March 4, 1863
  3. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp near Potomac Creek, Va., Tuesday, March 10, 1863; includes hand drawn sketch of the camp of 146th New York Volunteers
  4. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp near Potomac Creek, Va., Friday, March 13, 1862 [sic – should be 1863]
  5. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp near Potomac Creek, Va., Saturday, March 21, 1863
  6. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp near Potomac Creek, Va., Monday, March 23, 1863
  7. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp near Potomac Creek, Va., Wednesday, March 25, 1863
  8. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp near Falmouth, Va., Saturday, March 28, 1863
1 9 Letters – April 1863
  1. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp near Potomac Creek, Va., Saturday, April 4, 1863; with enclosed sketch of Duryea Zouaves on picket
  2. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp near Potomac Creek, Va., Monday, April 6, 1863
  3. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp near Potomac Creek, Va., Thursday, April 9, 1863
  4. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp near Potomac Creek, Va., Monday, April [13?], 1863
  5. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp near Potomac Creek, Va., Tuesday, April 14, 1863
  6. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp near Potomac Creek, Va., Friday, April 17, 1863
  7. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp near Potomac Creek, Va., Sunday, April 19, 1863
  8. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp near Potomac Creek, Va., Friday, April 24, 1863
  9. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp near Potomac Creek, Va., Sunday, April 26, 1863
1 10 Letters – May 1863
  1. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Parole Camp, Annapolis, Maryland, Sunday, May 17, 1863; includes sketch of a tent scene at Libby Prison
  2. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Parole Camp, [Annapolis, Md.]. May 19, 1863
  3. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], New Convalesant [sic] Camp near Fort Barnard, [Va.], May 22, 1863
  4. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], New Convalesint [sic] Camp near Fort Barnard, [Va.], Sunday, May 24, 1863
  5. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Convalesint [sic] Camp, Elaxandria [sic], Va., Sunday, May 31, 1864
1 11 Letters – June 1863
  1. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp Convalisent [sic] near Fort Barnard, Va., June 3, 1863
  2. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp Convalisent [sic] near Fort Barnard, Va., Sunday, June 7, 1863
  3. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp Convalisent [sic], Alexandria, Va., June 18, 1863; paired with loose piece that appears to be the closing for this letter
  4. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp Convalisent [sic], Alexandria, Va., June 20, 1863
  5. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp Convalisent [sic], [Alexandria, Va.], June 24, 1863
  6. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp Convalisent [sic], Alexandria, Va., June 28, 1863
  7. Peter L. Dumont to brother [George Dumont], Camp Convalisent [sic], Alexandria, Va., June 28, 1863
1 12 Letters – July 1863
  1. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp Convalisent [sic], [Alexandria, Va.], July 4, 1863
  2. Sarah M. Graff to [Clarinda Dumont?], Houckinsville, N.Y., Monday, July 6, 1863
  3. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp Convalisent [sic], Va., July 8, 1863
  4. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp Convalisent [sic], Va., July 12, 1863
  5. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp Convalisent [sic], Va., July 16, 1863
  6. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp Convalisent [sic], Va., Sunday, July 19, [1863]
  7. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp Convalisent [sic], Va., Friday, July 24, 1863
  8. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp Convalisent [sic], Va., Sunday, July 26, 1863
  9. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp Convalisent [sic], Va., Friday, July 31, 1863
1 13 Letters – August 1863
  1. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp Convalisent [sic], Va., Sunday, August 2, 1862 [sic – should be 1863]
  2. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp Parole, Va., August 7, 1863
  3. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp Parole, Va., August 10, 1863; with enclosed poem in different handwriting on different paper
  4. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Parole Camp near Alexandria, Va., August 15, 1863
  5. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp Parole near Alexandria , Va., Sunday, August 16, 1863
  6. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp Parole, Va., August 20, 1863
  7. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp Parole near Alexandria, Va., Sunday, August 23, [1863]
  8. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp Parole near Alexandria, Va., Friday, August 28, 1863
  9. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp Parole, Va., Sunday, August 29, 1863
1 14 Letters – September 1863
  1. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp Parole, Va., Thursday, September 3, 1863
  2. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp Parole, [Va.], September 8, 1863
  3. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp Parole, Va., Wednesday, September  16, 1863
  4. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp Parole, Va., Sunday, September 20, 1863
  5. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp Parole, Va., September 25, 1863
  6. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp Parole, Va., Sunday, September 27, 1863; picture of Admiral Farragut was originally enclosed  with this letter (in Box 2: Item 5)
1 15 Letters – October 1863
  1. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp Parole, Va., October 2, 1863
  2. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp near Culpeper, Va., October 8, 1863
  3. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp at New Baltimore, Va. Five mile from Washington, [D.C.], October 22, 1863; paired with separate sheet that appears to be the conclusion of this letter
  4. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], “New Camp, No name,”  October 26, 1863
  5. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp near Warrington Junction, [sic – Warrenton Junction, Va.], October 31, 1863
1 16 Letters – November 1863
  1. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp beyond Kelly’s Ford, [Va.], Monday, November 9, 1863
  2. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp near Kelly’s Ford, [Va.], November 13, 1863
  3. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp near Kelly’s Ford, [Va.], Friday, November 20, 1863
  4. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp near Paolia Mills, [Va.], Tuesday, November 24, 1863
1 17 Letters – December 1863
  1. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp at Bealton Station, [Va.], [undated – ca. mid-December 1863]
  2. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], [n.p.], Sunday, December 20, 1863
  3. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp at Bealton Station, [Va.], Christmas Morning, December 25, 1863
  4. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp at Warrington Junction [sic – Warrenton Junction, Va.], Wednesday, December 30, 1863
1 18 Letters – January 1864
  1. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp at Warrington Junction [sic], Va., Sunday, January 3, 1864
  2. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp at Warrington Junction [sic], Va., Monday, December 11, 1864 [sic – content and location indicate that it was probably written on January 11, 1864]
  3. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp at Warrington Junction [sic], Va., Friday, January 15, 1864, and page with heading “Later”
  4. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp at Warrington Junction [sic], Va., Friday, January 22. 1864
  5. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp at Warrington Junction [sic], Va., Thursday, January 28, 1864
1 19 Letters – February 1864
  1. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp at Warrenton Junction, Va., Saturday, February 6, 1864
  2. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp at Warrington Junction [sic], [Va.], February 8, 1864
  3. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp at Warranton Junction [sic], Va., Friday, February 11, 1864
  4. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], [location and date not given – ca. February 14, 1864]
  5. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp at Warrenton Junction, Va., February 20, 1864
  6. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Warrington Junction [sic], Va., Thursday, February 25, 1864
  7. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp at Warrington [sic], Va., February 26, 1864
  8. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp at Warrenton Junction, Va., Sunday, February 28, 1864
1 20 Letters – March 1864
  1. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp at Warrington Junction [sic], Va., Saturday, March 4, 1864
  2. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp at Warrenton, Va., Tuesday, March 5, 1863 [sic – content indicates 1864]
  3. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp at Warrington Junction [sic], Va., March 8, 1864
  4. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp at Warrenton Junction, [Va.], Friday, March 11, 1864
  5. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp at Warrenton Junction, Va., March 16, 1864
  6. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp at Warrenton, Va., Monday, March 21, 1864; enclosed clipping from Daily Chronicle, March 17, 1864, of poem “Soldiers’ Letters”
  7. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp at Warrenton Junction, Va., March 22, 1864
  8. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp at Warrenton, Va., Friday, March 25, 1864
1 21 Letters – April 1864
  1. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp at Warrington Junction [sic], Va., April 1, 1864
  2. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp at Warrenton Junction, Va., Thursday, [April] 14, 1864
  3. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp at Warrenton Junction, Va., April 19, 1864
  4. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp at Warrenton Junction, Va., Saturday, April 23, 1864
  5. Peter L. Dumont to Clarinda [Dumont], Camp at Warrenton Junction, Va., Friday, April 29, 1864
1 22 Letters – undated
  1. Peter L. Dumont to Clara [Dumont], [ca. April 1863]
1 23 Letters regarding Peter L. Dumont’s status as missing in action, 1865
  1. George C. Carter to [Clarinda] Dumont, Utica, N.Y., June 19, 1865
  2. George C. Carter to [Clarinda] Dumont, Utica, N.Y., June 20, 1865
  3. Clara Barton, Office of Correspondence with the friends of the Missing Men of the United States Army, Washington, D.C., July 3, 1865; L.S. (form letter)
1 24 Family Letters
  1. William [Dumont] to siblings, [Utica, N.Y.], [ca. September 1880]
  2. William [Dumont] to sister, Utica, [N.Y.], September 21, 1880

Photographs and Artifacts

Box Item Description
2 1 Case containing 2 daguerreotype (ambrotype?) images
  1. Left: Peter L. Dumont and daughter, Ida
  2. Right: Clarinda Dumont and daughter, Ida
2 2 Case containing daguerreotype portrait of Melvina Dumont(?)
2   Carte de visite photographs
2 3 Peter L. Dumont (Mundy & Williams Photographic Studio, over 77 and 79 Genesee street, Utica, N.Y.)
2 4 Gen. Joseph Hooker
2 5 Admiral Farragut and Commodore Porter (G. Myers, 12 Frankfort St., New York)
2 6 Gen. Robert E. Lee
2 7 Fragment of letterhead depicting the American Flag
2 8 Bible (Holy Bible) presented to Sgt. Peter L. Dumont by Robert Bright of the 14th U.S. Infantry;  inscription indicates it had been taken at Fredericksburg, December 10, 1862; C.S.A revenue stamp affixed to the page.  (This version contains only the books of Samuel, Kings, Chronicles, and Job). Contains hand drawn sketches by Peter L. Dumont
  1. Exterior of Libby Prison
  2. Scene depicting life inside a cell at Libby Prison
  3. Duryea Zouaves and Gen. Hooker on horseback
Last Updated: March 21, 2017