A Guide to the George Q. French Letters, 1861-1863
Born in Cambridge, Vermont, George Quincy French (1838-1862), was one of seven children of Mark French (b. 1808) and Mary Lyon. As a young man, French participated in the Free Soil Movement in Kansas, returning to Vermont in 1860. During the outbreak of the Civil War, he joined the 3rd Vermont Volunteer Infantry of the United States Army, serving as a corporal in Company E. French died in a hospital at Fort McHenry in Baltimore on November 4, 1862, and is interred in the Baltimore National Cemetery.
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Consisting of correspondence and manuscripts, the George Q. French Letters, 1861-1863, document French’s experiences in Company E of the 3rd Vermont Volunteer Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. The letters concern the Potomac Peninsular campaign and other military activities. Additionally, the collection includes genealogical documents pertaining to the French family, as well as letters regarding French’s illness, and his hospitalization and death in Baltimore.
This collection is open for research use.
George Q. French Letters, 1861-1863, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by by Chester V. Kielman, April 1964.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
Detailed Description of the Papers