Collection number: MC 119
Size: 1 box
About Joab N. Patterson
Joab Nelson Patterson was born in Hopkinton, NH on January 2, 1835. He was employed
as a teacher in New Hampshire and Massachusetts prior to his graduation from
Dartmouth in 1860. In 1861, Patterson opened a recruiting office in Contoocook and
raised a company of men for service in the Civil War. He enlisted himself and was
commissioned First Lieutenant of Company H, 2nd Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers.
He was promoted captain in May 1862 and the following year was wounded at the Battle
of Gettysburg. Patterson rose to the rank of colonel before the end of the war. He
was appointed Brevet Brigadier General of U.S. Volunteers prior to being mustered
out in December 1865. Joab Patterson served also in the Spanish-American War and was
influential in the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.). He was elected to the New
Hampshire House of Representatives in 1866 and served as U.S. Marshal for the state
from 1867 to 1886. He served as Second Auditor of the U.S. Treasury from 1889 to
1893. On November 12, 1867, he married Sarah Cilley Bouton. They had three children.
General Patterson died at his home in Concord, N.H. on July 19, 1923.
About the Joab N. Patterson Papers
The Joab N. Patterson Papers are a collection of 135 manuscript letters written in
1888 and 1889. At the time, Patterson commanded the 3rd New Hampshire National
Guard. The correspondence primarily concerns Patterson’s plan to take N.H. Guard
units to New York, NY to participate in the U.S. Constitution centennial celebration
on May 1, 1889. Included in the correspondence is regular company business, such as
requests from various units for supplies and ammunition, along with requests for
promotions and resignations.
This collection is open.
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[Identification of item], Joab N. Patterson Letters, 1888-1889, MC 119, Milne
Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham,
Purchased: Charles Apfelbaum, 1992
“General Job[sic] N. Patterson,” New York Times, 19
“Joab N. Patterson,” in Granite Monthly, September
Lord, C. C., Life and Times in Hopkinton, N. H.,
Concord, N.H., Republican Press, 1890.
A History of the Second Regiment…by
Martin A. Haynes, 1896.
|Box 1, Folder 1||A. D. Ayling and H. G. Blaisdell|
|Box 1, Folder 2||D. M. Calley, Chester P. Chase, George N. Cheever, H. B. Cilley, J.
K. Cilley, George H.Colby, Edward S.Cook, Charles W. Coolidge, and E. J.
|Box 1, Folder 3||Demeritt, A. W. Dodge, A. B. Donovan, Eugene S. Downs, and Durland’s
|Box 1, Folder 4||M. L. Fay, Benjamin Fitch, Dana L. Flanders (Boston and Maine RR),
and E. R. Fuller (N.Y. and New England RR)
|Box 1, Folder 5||Baxter Gay|
|Box 1, Folder 6||Fred S. Hall, F. F. Hill, and Charles L.
|Box 1, Folder 7||Jaquinti, William W. Kellett, G. M. L. Lang, George R.Leavitt, and
|Box 1, Folder 8||James Martin, D. H. Merrill, G. P. Miller, George N. Millett, F. T.
Moffett, M. H. Murphy, and F. O. Nims
|Box 1, Folder 9||Oriental Tea Company (William O. North), G. E. Peyton, G. G. Piper,
and E. R. Powers (New York Cotton Exchange)
|Box 1, Folder 10||W. H. Randall, Brian C. Roberts, D. Roberts, and Robert Rolfe.|
|Box 1, Folder 11||Jesse Sanborn, Ira Stowell, and W. H. Thorpe|
|Box 1, Folder 12||U. S. Publishing Company, Wadleigh, Elbert Wheeler, and D. W. White|