A Guide to the Henry L. Gray Letters, 1863-1886 Ms2001-002

A Guide to the Henry L. Gray Letters, 1863-1886

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2001-002


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Processed by: Cort Rushton, Student Assistant and Kira A. Dietz, Archivist, Special Collections

Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Henry L. Gray Letters, 1863-1886 (Bulk, 1863-1865)
Physical Characteristics
0.2 cu. ft. 1 box
Grey, Henry L.
The collection includes correspondence by Henry L. Gray, written primarily between 1863-1865. There are also some official documents from Gray's military activities.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Henry L. Gray Letters must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Henry L. Gray Letters, Ms2001-002, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Henry L. Gray Letters were purchased by Special Collections in 2001.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Henry L. Gray Letters was completed in October 2013. Preliminary processing had been performed during 2001 when collection was acquired.

Biographical Note

Henry L. Gray was a Union soldier enlisted as a private from 1863-1865 in the 14th Maine volunteer infantry Company G. His family lived in Bradley, Penobscot County, Maine. Gray served on the USS Cambridge and traveled to a variety of Union camps including Gosport Navy Yard in Virginia, Beaufort, North Carolina, Camp Coburn in Augusta, Maine, Boston Harbor, and Savannah, Georgia. For further information on the involvement of the 14th Maine infantry in the Civil War reference the National Park Service Civil War database .

Source: National Park Service, Henry L. Gray

Scope and Content

This collection contains letters to Henry L. Gray's family in Bradley, Maine chronicling his time with the USS Cambridge and their activities throughout the Civil War. Included in the correspondence are notes on the locations of the ship, proximity to rebel forces, capture of Charleston by the Union Army, and the rebel blockade in Savannah, Georgia. He also references such historical events as the death of Lincoln and the surrenders of General Lee and General Wheeler as well as a first-hand account of the capture of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and the Confederate Vice President. Gray documents where Davis and the Vice President were sent after their capture and how he was a member of their escort to Washington, D.C in 1865. Along with these historical events, Gray documents eating habits of soldiers, process of requesting furlough, and general life of a soldier during the Civil War from 1863-1865. Included in the collection are Henry Gray's proof of enlistment and request of a pension from the Department of the Interior and Surgeon General as well as a letter from his brother to the pension office explaining Henry's suspension from duty due to an injury.


The correspondence is arranged chronologically with Henry L. Gray's proof of enlistment and personal documents at the end.

Index Terms


  • Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889
  • Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
  • Subjects:

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

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889
  • Grey, Henry L.
  • Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865

Contents List

Box-folder 1-1
December 1, 1863
Box-folder 1-2
January 4, 1964
Box-folder 1-3
[Gosport Navy Yard]
Box-folder 1-4
June 25, 1864
Box-folder 1-5
July 2, 1864
Box-folder 1-6
July 8, 1864
Box-folder 1-7
July 19, 1864
Box-folder 1-8
July 27, 1864
Box-folder 1-9
September 13, 1864
Box-folder 1-10
October 13, 1864
Box-folder 1-11
March 3, 1865
Box-folder 1-12
[Camp Coburn]
Box-folder 1-13
March 16, 1865
Box-folder 1-14
March 24, 1865
Box-folder 1-15
March 31, 1865
Box-folder 1-16
April 11, 1865
Box-folder 1-17
April 19, 1865
Box-folder 1-18
May 1, 1865
Box-folder 1-19
June 25, 1865
Box-folder 1-20
July 25, 1865
Box-folder 1-21
Official documents