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Series 1
Joseph Judson Dimock (Sr.) papers, 1839-1862
Boxes 1 - 2, OP1

Scope and Content Note

The material in this series is primarily concerned with the short military career of Joseph Judson Dimock (Sr.), a major in the U.S. Army, 1861-1862. Correspondence (1839-1862) is filed in chronological order. Letters are from Dimock to his family, both prior to the war and after he had become an U.S. Army officer. Two letters concerning Dimock's death and its aftermath complete the correspondence. One letter, from William, Major Dimock's brother, to his wife Sylvia describes Dimock's condition just prior to his death. Another, written to Dora Dimock, is from the officer who handled the disposition of Dimock's belongings.

Throughout his pre-war letters Dimock wrote of daily events: school, work, boarding house life, illness, visits, and of special events: his wedding day, the birth of his children, the 1860 visit of the Japanese to New York (May 25) and his trip to Cuba in 1859 and 1861. Letters written shortly after his 1861 mustering into the army recount camp life, his opinions of fellow officers and of his men, and the marshaling of forces in the Washington, D.C., area. In letters of July 19 and August 6, 1861 he refers to preparations for, and his part in, the First Battle of Bull Run. A letter of November 24, 1861, predicting a difficult winter, reveals Dimock's personal feelings concerning the hardships endured by his men. In it he expresses a dissatisfaction with a government in whose "army operations political favor seems to be the governing power."

Other Civil War related material follows the correspondence. This includes countersigns used by Dimock and some of his uniform insignia. The series is completed with personal writings by Dimock (including a childhood newspaper, poetry, a diary of his 1859 trip to Cuba) and photographs (a daguerreotype brooch, copy prints of an original Brady glass plate negative {which is housed elsewhere} and a Brady carte-de-visite of Dimock and his fellow officers at Camp Powell, near Washington, D.C.). This latter Brady photograph would have been among the earlier of those taken of the Civil War by this photographer, who had received governmental permission to begin this work in about April 1861.

Box Folder Content
1 1-11 Correspondence, 1839-1862
1 12 Letter from William Dimock to Sylvia Dimock re Joseph Judson Dimock's death, June 1862
1 13 Letter to Dora Dimock, 1862
1 14 Resolutions re Dimock's death, 1862
1 15 News accounts of Dimock's death, 1862
1 16 Countersigns used by Dimock, 1861-1862
1 17-19 Photographs, ca. 1861
2 20 Photograph: Glass Negative: 4 x 5 [photograph in box 1, folder 18, ca. 1861]
2 21 Photograph: Daguerreotype brooch, ca. 1850
1 20 U.S. Army epaulettes, buckle, pin, 1861
1 21 "Firefly" - childhood newspaper produced by Dimock, ca. 1835
1 22 Bound book of poetry, 1848-1850
1 23 Two poems to Isadora Dimock, 1851, 1861
1 24 Diary, 1859 (trip to Cuba)
1 25 Printed material, cat 1860-1862
OP1 1 Clippings, 1827-1862