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Sarah Leonard Combe Collection

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 25 Jan 2018

Biographical History

Nothing is known of Sarah Leonard Combe other than what can be gleaned from the collection. She resided in Syracuse with her husband Hamilton R. Combe. Hamilton Combe served in the 12th New York as first lieutenant (May 12 to October 22, 1861) and then as captain (October 22, 1861, to October 27, 1862). An"Aunt Hannah" is mentioned but, it's uncertain whether she was Sarah's aunt by blood or by marriage.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Sarah Leonard Combe Collection consists of correspondence, memorabilia, and writings.

Correspondence contains military items connected with Company J of the New York Militia, stationed at Fort Tillinghast (near Washington, D.C.) between 1861 and 1862, and more than one hundred letters from Sarah Leonard Combe of Syracuse, New York, to her husband, Hamilton R. Combe, a lieutenant and then captain of Company J. Transcriptions were donated with the collection and are foldered at the end of each year; these have not been checked for accuracy.

There is also a flash drive containing electronic versions of the transcriptions.

Memorabilia contains a few newspaper clippings from the Syracuse, New York area, a photograph of an unidentified family group, and a printed lottery advertisement.

Writings contains Sarah Combe's diary for 1862, an essay by her on "The Future," and a biographical sketch of her written in 1979. Transcriptions of the diary and essay were donated with the collection and are foldered at the end of each year; these have not been checked for accuracy.

Arrangement of the Collection

Correspondence is arranged chronologically. Other material is arranged alphabetically by type or title.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Subject Headings


Combe, Hamilton R.
Combe, Sarah Leonard.

Corporate Bodies

New York (State). -- Militia. -- Regiment, 12th.


Soldiers -- New York (State)
Women -- Diaries.
Women -- New York (State) -- Social life and customs.


Fort Tillinghast (Arlington, Va.)
Syracuse (N.Y.) -- History.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Military records.
USB flash drives.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Sarah Leonard Combe Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Alicia L. Watson, 2017.

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