Newton Thorne Kirk papers
Scope and Contents
This collection includes the Civil War reminiscences of Newton Thorne Kirk (1836-1909). Written between 1907 and 1909, this account was based on a war diary of Kirk's service with Company E, 26th Michigan Infantry. Wounded and made prisoner at the Battle of Spottsylvania Court House, he describes his experiences while in Confederate hands. He also comments on the inauguration of President Lincoln and on Michigan Governor Austin Blair.
Kirk's papers also include a certificate (1864) commissioning him Captain in the 127th U.S. Colored Infantry; two letters (1896,1897) describing a trip to India; a certificate of membership in the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, Commander of the State of California; and a memorial pamphlet containing biographical information on Kirk.
Folders 1-3 have been added to the http://civilwar.archives.msu.edu/collection/7-1C-32/kirk website. Folder 4 is partially available on this website.
- 1864 - 1909
- Kirk, Newton Thorne (Person)
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Collection is open for research.
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Newton Thorne Kirk was born April 15, 1836 in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Newton Thorne Kirk enlisted in Company E of the Michigan 26th Infantry Regiment in August 1862. He was promoted to Full Sergeant in July 1863. He was commissioned Captain in the 127th U.S. Colored Troops in September 1864 and then transferred to Company K, U.S. Colored Troops 118th Infantry Regiment in February 1865. Kirk mustered out in February 1866 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
He married Mary E. Wolcott.
He died In Los Angeles, California on September 19, 1909.
0.1 Cubic Feet (, 4 folders)
Language of Materials
Gift of Tom Armstrong, 1960-06-03. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum
Copyright: Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply.
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- Blair, Austin, 1818-1894
- Egypt -- Description and travel
- India -- Description and travel
- Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
- Spotsylvania Court House, Battle of, Va., 1864
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
- United States. Army. Colored Infantry Regiment, 127th (1864)
- United States. Army. Michigan Infantry Regiment, 26th (1862-1865)
- Newton Thorne Kirk Papers
- 4 Published And Cataloged
- July 1967
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.