Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History

R. H. Kingsbery Collection

Manuscript Collection: MC157

Collection Summary

Creator: Kingsbery, R. H.
Title: R. H. Kingsbery collection
Dates: 1861-1863
Abstract: This collection contains two letters written by Union soldiers during the Civil War.
Identification: MC157
Quantity: 2 items
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History, La Porte, Texas

Creator Sketch

Little is known about R. H. Kingsbery, compiler of the collection.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains two letters collected by R. H. Kingsbery concerning the military life of two soldiers during the Civil War. There is a Christmas day letter in 1861 addressed to all by Union soldier Ralph Chauncey of Company D. The letter is written on stationery with two large United States flags crossed with the words "Our Heaven Born Banner" beneath. The illustration was published by James Gates, Cincinnati. An 1863 letter from Simon of Falmouth, Virginia, to his sister describes standing picket duty on one side of the river and the rebels on the other side, so close they could have talked together. The letter features a red, white and blue illustration of two hands clasped with "The Constitution" seen in the background. Also featured are an embossed United States flag and the word Union below it.


Arrangement is chronological.


Restrictions on Access


Terms Governing Use

Open for research by appointment.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the San Jacinto Museum of History. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Library Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Jacinto Museum of History as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Index Terms

Chauncey, Ralph
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Correspondence
Lithographed papers

Administrative Information


[Identification of Item], R. H. Kingsbery Collection, MC157, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.


Mrs. R. H. Kingsbery, June 1955, 1963.

Processing Information

Processed by Lisa M. Lomas, 2011.


box folder
163.4 1 Correspondence 1861, 1863