Civil War Officer. Second lieutenant in the 64th
Regiment (known as "Cattaraugus" Regiment), commissioned in
November 1861. He was promoted to captain in July 1863. The Pettit
family was from Versailles, New York, where they operated the Thomas
Asylum for Orphans and Destitute Indian Children on the Cattaraugus
Reservation. Pettit and his family were abolitionists.
Primarily Civil War correspondence from Pettit to his
family and friends describing daily life in the Union Army, as well as
battles (including Bull Run, Antietam, Chancellorsville, and
Gettysburg), troop movements, his experiences in the field hospital at
Fredericksburg after he was wounded at Gettysburg, and political
developments both at home and abroad. Letters are sent from camps in
Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Also included are a few
letters, 1880-1882, on the stationery of the Thomas Asylum for Orphan
and Destitute Indian Children in Versailles, New York, describing
Inventory includes biographical note and description
with excerpts from letters.
Brooklyn College. Special Collections, Brooklyn, NY.
Cemetery records, obituary file, and family histories
include alphabetical listing compiled from Pine Hill Cemetery records,
1836-1976; photocopies of Collins Center Cemetery records, 1898-1936; a
card file of local obituaries, 1967-71, 1973-81; narrative family
history of John Miller Ferguson by Grace Ferguson Steiger, 1976; a
notebook of genealogical materials on the Brown, Cook, Holcomb, Ingraham,
Lindsley, Phillips, and Pratt families by Lucy Willett Johnston, 1972;
and an undated history of the Parker, Stewart, Wolcott, and Hunn
Genealogical records Cattaraugus County, New
Gowanda Area Historical Society, P.O. Box 372,
Gowanda, New York 14070.
Western New York State Indian Reserve Land
1 vol. land records, 5 maps.
(5 survey maps ; manuscript ; 51.5 x 80.5 cm. or
A bound volume of land record transcripts. The volume
includes five copy maps: map of Caneadea Reservation with village tract
of Caneadea Reservation in Allegany County; map of Tonewanda
Reservation, Niagara and Genesee Counties; Cattaragus Reservation,
Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Erie Counties, originally surveyed in 1827
by James Read; and townships in the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th range of the
Buffalo Creek Reservation, Erie County.
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