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Civil War
Read a brief introduction that explains the beginning of the Civil War and the Sixth Massachusetts Regiment of Volunteer Militia.

This is a comprehensive history of Christopher Roby and his West Chelmsford sword factory (on the Chelmsford Historical Commission website).

This searchable list, from Waters' "History of Chelmsford Massachusetts," has details on the 251 Chelmsford residents who served in the Army and Navy during the Civil War.

Charles Bartlett Letters
Letters were written by Captain Charles E.A. Bartlett during his military service in the Civil War.
The letters were written during his service in the Nine Months Campaign from September 1862 to May 1863.
Capt. Charles Edwin Adams Bartlett married Harriet Maria Cooper on Sept 6, 1862 just one week after mustering into Company K of the 6th Regiment. His son Charles Edward Bartlett, born April 19, 1868, was to become the first president of the Chelmsford Historical Society.
Charles and William F. Wood recruited men for Company K in the towns of Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Tewksbury and Tyngsboro. This is an actual recruitment broadside published by Bartlett and Wood.
Members of Company K were commissioned on August 30, 1862 and mustered in on August 31, 1862. See the roster.
They were mustered out on June 3, 1863 after which Company K was disbanded. See the actual discharge document for Charles S. Reed.
During their time in the War they were encamped in Suffolk Virginia. There are legends on this plan of the encampment explaining the function of each area.
Thanks go to Lynne D'Errico, Julie Hickey, Harry Taplin and Deb Taverna for transcribing the original hand written letters and Fred Merriam for editing and research. The writer's spelling and punctuation errors were kept intact if they did not detract from readability.

Charles Bartlett letters, 1862 and 1863


Daniel Byam Diary
Photo of Daniel P Byam taken in Charlsetown, MA Daniel Proctor Byam, seen at left, was born in Chelmsford on November 8, 1841, the son of Marcus D. Byam and Mary Proctor (second wife of Marcus).
He signed up for a second tour of duty that included the Civil War's One Hundred Days Campaign and served from March 31, 1864 to March 7, 1865.
He had previously been in Capt. C.E.A. Bartlett's Company K during the Nine Months Campaign in 1862 and 1863.

Daniel Byam Diary, 1864 amd 1865


There are several Civil War publications in our library collection.

This is a 1 hour 28 minute presentation by Bernie Ready on May 3, 2012 at the Chelmsford Public Library abput Chelmsford's role in the Civil War. See the photo, start the streaming audio and follow along with the slide show.

This is a George Parkhurst article about a Roby presentation sword made for Edgar Sewall Parkhurst, First Lieutenant in the Troop F Mass. Volunteer Militia.

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