A Guide to the John McJellison Papers, 1861-1862 McJellison, John, Papers Ms2010-059

A Guide to the John McJellison Papers, 1861-1862

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2010-059


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Processed by: Kira A. Dietz, Acquisitions and Processing Archivist, Special Collections

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2010-059
Title
John McJellison Papers, 1861-1862
Physical Characteristics
1 folder; 0.1 cu. ft.
Language
English
Abstract
This collection contains John McJellison's commission papers to serve as Second Lieutenant in Company K, 27th Regiment, Maine Infantry, as well as a letter to McJellison from his nephew.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from the John McJellison Papers must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: John McJellison Papers, Ms2010-059, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The John McJellison Papers were purchased by Special Collections in March 2010. They were found mixed in with the John W. Jellison Papers, Ms2010-057.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the John McJellison Papers commenced and was completed in July 2010.

Biographical/Historical Information

John McJellison was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in Company K, 27th Regiment, Maine Infantry, on September 17, 1862. He mustered out with the regiment in June 1863.

The 27th Maine was notable for soldiers voluntarily staying beyond their original enlistment period in 1863 to guard Washington D.C. against Lee's offensive into Pennsylvania. However, these volunteers only remained in defense of the capitol for four days and returned to Maine in time to muster out with the rest of the regiment. Still, Congress awarded the entire regiment of more than 850 men the Medal of Honor. The awards were purged by Congress in 1917 as the "actions of the regiment did not meet the criteria for receiving such a medal." Although the medals were not taken away, the names of the recipients were stricken from the roll.

Scope and Content

The collection contains two items. McJellison's commission papers are signed by the Secretary of State for Maine, Joseph B. Hall, and the Maine Adjutant General, John L. Hodsdon. The other item is a letter from McJellison's nephew, Horatio E. Goodwin, a private in the 2nd Regiment, Massachusetts Infantry. Stationed in Maryland, Goodwin writes of war news he has heard, and picket and camp duties.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in chronological order.

Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Civil War
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

Contents List

Letter and commission, 1861-1862.
Folder 1