About the Collection

This collection of letters was purchased by an acquaintance of mine who asked me to transcribe them and authorized me to post them on this blogsite for the benefit of historians and/or family researchers.

There are a total of fifty-seven letters in the collection:

  • Forty-nine of the letters were written by Albert (“Bert”) Henry Bancroft before or while serving in Co. B, 85th New York State Volunteers,
  • Five of the letter were written by William (“Willie”) Jemison Bancroft — three while working in Michigan and two after enlisting in Co. L, 24th New York State Cavalry,
  • Two of the letters (and the transcript of one poem) were written by Almira (“Myra”)  E. Bancroft from the family home in Shortsville, Ontario county, New York, and
  • One letter was written by Susanna (“Suzie”) Bancroft from the family home in Shortsville, New York.