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    Union Brigadier General Charles Tilden Archive, including numerous letters, manuscripts, and documents (war-dated and post-war); part of the apple tree under which Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox Court House; a bullet-struck wooden gavel; a drafting set; a lithograph of Camp Tilden; and several photographs. This archive has been well preserved and deserves much further research.

    Charles W. Tilden (1832-1914) was twenty-nine years old when he enlisted as a 1st lieutenant in Co. "B", 2nd Maine Infantry. The Castine, Maine, native was captured by Rebels at Gettysburg on July 1, 1863, and escaped Libby Prison on February 9, 1864. He was commissioned into Field & Staff of the 16th Maine Infantry in June 1865. In March 1865, he was promoted to brigadier general.

    This archive includes numerous letters and documents, most are war-dated, though many are pre- or post-war. Letters are written to Tilden (mostly from family members) and by Tilden. Many letters and manuscripts are about Libby Prison, including typed accounts of Libby Prison escapes. Some post-war letters and documents concern Tilden's widow, Emma's, pension claim. Other documents are comprised of muster rolls, Tilden's discharge, etc.

    A 6.5" piece of an apple branch is included. Affixed to the branch is a slip of paper which reads, "A piece of the Apple Tree under which Gen. Lee surrendered."

    The bullet-struck wooden gavel contains lead embedded over .25" into the head of the gavel.

    The drafting set is housed in a sharkskin case. The set appears to include all of the tools. The case is worn and has loosened along a seam.

    The lithograph is entitled Camp Tilden. Winter Quarters of 16th Maine Regiment, Near Mitchels Station, Va. Mar. 5th 1864 and measures 30.5" x 20.25". Age toned with some soiling and dampstaining. Several nicks and tears occur along the edges (some tears have produced paper loss). One horizontal tear is near complete.

    The photographs include a Tilden carte de visite signed (featuring the young officer in uniform); two images of a Gettysburg reunion; Libby Prison; two CDVs of Camp Tilden, one signed by Lt. Atwood Fitch of the 16th Maine Vols.; Tilden's home in Maine; two tintypes; and more.

    Many other items are also included, such as a post-Civil War (circa 1886) map of the Gettysburg battlefield; calling cards; an 1894 newspaper, the Libby Prison Chronicle; newspapers (including a Salem Gazette dated August 14, 1863); expense accounts; receipts; a soldier's hymn book; and more.

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    December, 2014
    13th Saturday
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