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Ambert O. Remington papers

 Collection
Identifier: LaRC-89

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of Civil War letters written between Ambert O. Remington and his parents between December 1861 and June 1863. The collection chronicles Remington’s service from his deployment to his death. For the first half of the collection the soldier is stationed in Florida, defending the recently captured Fort Pickens on Santa Rosa Island. Later, Remington’s company redeploys to New Orleans, which at the time was the largest city in the American South. He stays in the area around the city until his death in a skirmish near Port Hudson. Remington’s letters mostly detail the mundane day-to-day actions in the South and his parents in New York. There is a focus on material goods throughout the collection, almost every letter talks about money (his plans to get more money or his intentions on sending home remittances) or laments about the things he does not have. Additionally, Mrs. Remington is extremely pious, a quality that carried over to her son, resulting in numerous letters between the two that demonize certain vices (specifically alcohol). Folder 11 is of particular use in this collection; it contains the only letters where Ambert reveals his political beliefs and provides the longest anecdotes about the uneasy relationship between the soldiers and Southern civilians. An interesting quality of the correspondences is Ambert’s different tone when writing to his mother versus his father. Whereas the majority of letters to his mother focus on his virtuous behavior and the lighter side of life in camp, his letters to Mr. Remington reveal a growing tendency for violence.

Dates

  • 1861-1863
  • Other: Date acquired: 06/10/1962

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Biographical / Historical

Ambert Remington was born in July 1842 to a farming family near Auburn, New York. He enlisted with the Union army on September 21st 1861 and was placed in the New York 75th Infantry Company. His career in the military took him to Fort Pickens on Santa Rosa Island near Pensacola, Florida and the area surrounding New Orleans. Remington suffered a “severe wound” to his right arm during a skirmish near Port Hudson in June of 1863. The resulting amputation of his arm led to his death three days later on June 17th.

Remington's parents would send him items in the mail (arriving in large boxes that repeatedly gave Ambert so much pleasure) which he would then sell to civilians or other soldiers. Some of the money was sent home, some of it stayed with Remington (perhaps spent on his one admitted vice: cigars). Remington planned on returning home following the war to work with his father and eventually inherit the same farm he grew up on, a plan thwarted by his death in June of 1863.

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Arrangement Note

This collection is arranged chronologically. It consists of one box, and is 0.5 linear foot.

Source of Acquisition

Mrs. George I. Martin.

Other Descriptive Information

OCLC Number: 688621295
Title
Archon Finding Aid Title
Author
Seth Rushton
Date
11/10/2011
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Repository Details

Part of the Tulane University Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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