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William H. Platt papers

Identifier: MS0037-XX

Scope and Contents

Letters (photocopies) from William H. Platt and his brother Jesse K. Platt, to their father on Long Island, while serving in the 5th, 127th and 146th regiments, New York Volunteers, (Zouave regiments), describe battles, marches, camp life and William's capture by Confederate forces, imprisonment, and eventual release in a prisoner exchange. Also discharge and pension papers, estate papers and miscellaneous documents.


  • 1862 - 1937
  • 1862 - 1865


Physical Description

75 items.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

William H. Platt and his brother Jesse K. Platt left their home on Long Island, and served in the 5th, 127th and 146th regiments, New York Volunteers, (Zouave regiments). William was captured by Confederate forces, imprisoned, and eventually released in a prisoner exchange.


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Photocopies of letters written by William H. Platt of Port Jefferson, N.Y., to members of his family, while he was serving with the 5th and 146th New York regiments, in northern Virginia, 1862-1865; letters from Platt's brother, Jesse K. Platt, serving with the 127th New York Regiment in Virginia and South Carolina, 1862-1864.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Photocopies donated by Esther Platt Osborne and Dr. William Terry Osborne, 1970.

Existence and Location of Originals

Originals believed to be in possession of Esther Platt Osborne's descendants (as of 3/13/2015).

Related Materials

"I Now Take Up My Pen... The Civil War Letters of William H. Platt and Jesse K. Platt / transcribed and notated by Philip Schuler. Special Collections E523.5 5th .P43 2013.

Physical Description

75 items.
William H. Platt papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte 28223 United Stated