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E. A. Hall papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MRBC-MS-00053

Scope and Contents

Contains the diaries of E. A. Hall, 1863-1865 when he was in the Union Army. Describes camp life in Maryland, guard duty in Washington, D.C., marches in pursuit of Lee after Gettysburg, the second Wilderness campaign, the attack on Petersburg and a week in Libby Prison. Also letters (some fragmentary), including one from Libby Prison, Richmond, Virginia (with a Confederate postal stamp) and souvenirs. There is a typescript of the diaries (made by Elizabeth Greene, 1964-1965). In addition there are newspaper clippings of articles written by James Marshall Hall and the pocket dictionary he carried in the Civil War.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1863-1900


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials in this collection may be governed by copyright. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. Researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Biographical / Historical

Eben Allen Hall (1839-1900) enlisted in Company F, 39th Regiment of the Massachusetts Volunteers. He married Basheba Lincoln Tisdale in 1861. In 1866 be became an editor (and later owner) of the Greenfield Gazette and Courier.


0.438 linear feet (1 container)

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

A legacy inventory with more detailed information about this collection is available in this downloadable document: inventory to the E. A. Hall papers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by his granddaughter Elizabeth Greene (Class of 1913), September 1965

Finding aid to the E. A. Hall papers
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2019-10-23: Updated legacy finding aid and published.

Repository Details

Part of the Mortimer Rare Book Collection Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063