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T. Ellery Lord Papers
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Coll. No. 352
Scope and Content Note
The T. Ellery Lord Papers consist primarily of material relating to Lord's military service in the Civil War, 1861-1865. The collection is divided into two parts, personal papers, including letters and diaries, and official papers. During his years in the army, Lord wrote to his parents on a weekly basis describing living conditions, social activities, and battles, and stating his opinions about politics, generals, the course of the war, Southerners, and African Americans.
Two diaries, dated 1864 and 1865, contain sporadic entries briefly recording daily activities in camp, and sometimes expressing feelings about women he is interested in. One folder of miscellaneous letters and papers, 1865-1886, contains Lord's honorable discharge from the army on Sept. 18, 1865, a bullet, his marriage contract with Janet Louse Scott, letters of condolence for the death of his father, Theodore S. Lord, and obituary notices for T. Ellery Lord and Theodore S. Lord.
T. Ellery Lord's official papers include papers relating to court martials between September 1, 1861 and March 1863, and papers relating to the distribution of clothing, equipment, provisions, and ordnance, for which Lord was responsible as acting regimental quartermaster. There are also receipts, invoices, vouchers, and returns from a commissary in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, which do not have any clear connection to Lord's responsibilities.
Also in this collection are five letters addressed to members of the Reid family of Virginia, 1853-1859. Three of the letters are addressed to Miss Fanny (or Fannie) Reid, who appears to be in her late teens or early twenties. There is no clear connection between the Reids and T. Ellery Lord revealed in the collection.
T. Ellery (Theodore Ellery) Lord was born on Dec. 18, 1841 to Sarah J. and Theodore S. Lord of Albany, N.Y. He enrolled in the Union Army at Albany on April 20, 1861, mustering in as second lieutenant of Company F of the 3rd Regiment of the New York State Volunteers. He became first lieutenant on Aug. 9, 1861, then Captain of Co. E. on March 21, 1863, and was made a major on June 1, 1865. Lord also received brevets as lieutenant-colonel, colonel, and brigadier general for gallantry, before mustering out in November of 1865. While a first lieutenant, Lord served on court martial numerous times, often acting as judge advocate, as well as being acting regimental quartermaster from June 1862 to March 1863. Lord continued his association with the Army for most of his life, holding a position in the 9th Brigade staff until December 29, 1879, and as commander of the 5th Brigade from January 1, 1880 until November 25, 1882.
After the war, Lord returned to Albany and worked for L. Thomas and Co., a lumber firm. He married twice, but does not appear to have had any children. The name of the first wife and the date of their marriage are not recorded in this collection. His second wife was Janet Louise Scott, of Hull, Quebec. Lord died at the age of 45, on September 10, 1886 of a "protracted illness."
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