A Guide to the Obadiah M. Knapp Papers, 1860-1867
Obadiah M. Knapp (b. 1841), from Wallingford, Connecticut, was a student at Yale College (1860-1863) and a soldier in the U.S. Army during the Civil War and post-war years. After serving as an officer and hospital steward in the 125th U.S. Colored Regiment, Knapp traveled throughout the frontiers of Texas and New Mexico, becoming acquainted with Kit Carson and guarding the U.S. military installations in the region from the Native American populations.
Source:Yale University, and Edwin Rogers Embree. Directory of the living non-graduates of Yale University. Issue of 1914. New Haven: Yale University, 1914.
Comprising of diaries and letters, the Obadiah M. Knapp Papers, 1860-1867, primarily document Knapp’s career as a U.S. soldier in the southwestern U.S. states and territories from 1865 to 1867. The collections include Knapp’s 1860 Yale College acceptance materials, military records, and his 1865 diary about army life in Kentucky, where he notes the daily routines of military drill and inspection along with extraordinary events such as the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. In two diaries (1866-1867) Knapp describes his daily duties and travels throughout New Mexico, Texas, and Kansas. Additionally, 1867 letters to his mother detail the landscape and weather of Kansas, Colorado, and Fort Bliss, Texas, where he served on a court martial overseen by Kit Carson. Knapp’s letters (1860-1867) to friend W.E. Mead chronicle his studies at Yale, his conscription into the Union Army, and post-war service at Fort Bliss, Texas.
This collection is open for research use.
Obadiah M. Knapp Papers, 1860-1867, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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