University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Obadiah M. Knapp Papers, 1860-1867



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Knapp, Obadiah M.
Title: Obadiah M. Knapp Papers
Dates: 1860-1867
Abstract: 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.
Accession No.: 1934
Extent: 1.5 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

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.


Scope and Contents

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.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Carson, Kit, 1809-1868
Knapp, Obadiah M., b. 1841--Archives
Mead, W.E.
Subjects (Organizations)
United States. Army. Colored Infantry Regiment, 128th (1865)
Subjects
Yale University--History--19th century.
Frontier & pioneer life--1860-1870.
Places
New Mexico--History--19th century.
Texas--History--19th century.
Kentucky--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Bowling Green (Ky.)--History--19th century.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Obadiah M. Knapp Papers, 1860-1867, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

box
2E294 Diaries, 1865-1867
Yale College acceptance, 1860-1861
Military records, 1865-1866
Letter from Knapp to W.E. Mead, 1860-1867
Letter from Knapp to mother, 1867