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Fletcher Ward Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Ward, Fletcher.
Title: Fletcher Ward Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1840-1864
Quantity: 7 items (SC)
Abstract: Letters, essays, poetry, diary, and commission of a delegate in the U.S. Christian Commission during the Civil War. Diary describes duties as an aide in Union Army camps, letters describe army life.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

The United States Christian Commission was created in 1861 by the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) for the purpose of bringing supplies and religious comfort to soldiers serving in the Civil War. The USCC delegates served as volunteers on the field, in the hospitals and on the battlefields. Little is known about Fletcher Ward apart from his service for the USCC as a delegate from Albany, New York.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Fletcher Ward Papers consist of Correspondence (two letters), Miscellany (Ward's official commission papers from the USCC) and Writings, which are comprised of a diary, two essays, lists of the dead, and a composition notebook. The diary details his experiences with and reception from Union soldiers in the army camps and hospitals, while the composition book is filled with poetry and two love letters to Harriet Dorman (dated 1840).

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is arranged by item type.

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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.

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Subject Headings


Ward, Fletcher.

Corporate Bodies

United States Christian Commission.
United States. -- Army -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Sources.
Young Men's Christian Association (Albany, N.Y.)


United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives.

Genres and Forms


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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Fletcher Ward Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Finding Aid Information

Created by: [Summit record]
Date: 2001-01-01
Revision history: 31 Mar 2009 - converted to EAD (AM)

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SC 302, Folder 1 From Ward to unknown 22 Sep 1864, 29 Sep 1864
SC 302, Folder 2 Miscellaneous 1840-1842, 1864 - includes diary and list of casualties
SC 302, Folder 3 U.S. Christian Commission papers 10 Sep 1864 - no. 3362

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