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George B. Terry papers, M2015

Identifier: M2015

Scope and Contents

Includes letters written home by Terry during his time in the service. The letters are mainly to his uncle, aunt, and cousin, and describe his wartime experiences. The collection also includes twentieth century material relating to the custodial history of the collection itself.


  • Creation: 1861-1976
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1861-1862

Access to Collection

Collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

George Brownell Terry was the son of Jerome and Lucy Richmond Brownell Terry. Terry spent most of his childhood and early adulthood with his uncle in Hubbardsville, New York. As was the custom of the Brownell family, George was known as “Dod” and most of his family members called him “Little Dod.” Terry was an engaging person who was well liked by the older members of his family. He was also patriotic and determined to help preserve the union. He was a soldier in the Union Army during the Civil War. He enlisted in what was known as New York’s “Fighting Fourteenth” regiment right after Fort Sumter was fired upon. He was stationed in Albany, New York, and then later in Arlington Heights, Virginia. Terry saw no actual service because he contracted small pox while on leave in Washington and died in February 1862 before his regiment ever went to battle.


1 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials


Guide to the George B. Terry papers
Sarah Keen, Kathleen Trychta, and Lora J. Davis
October 25, 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries Repository

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Case Library and Geyer Center for Information Technology
Colgate University
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