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 collection
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.
- “General Job[sic] N. Patterson,” New York Times, 19 July 1923.
- “Joab N. Patterson,” in Granite Monthly, September 1923, p.453.
- Lord, C. C., Life and Times in Hopkinton, N. H., Concord, N.H., Republican Press, 1890.
(Arranged alphabetically by correspondent)
BOX 1 f.1 A. D. Ayling and H. G. Blaisdell. f.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. Copp. f.3 Demeritt, A. W. Dodge, A. B. Donovan, Eugene S. Downs, and Durland's Riding Academy. f.4 M. L. Fay, Benjamin Fitch, Dana L. Flanders (Boston & Maine RR), and E. R. Fuller (N.Y. & New England RR). f.5 Baxter Gay. f.6 Fred S. Hall, F. F. Hill, and Charles L. Horne. f.7 Jaquinti, William W. Kellett, G. M. L. Lang, George R. Leavitt, and Joseph Lewando. f.8 James Martin, D. H. Merrill, G. P. Miller, George N. Millett, F. T. Moffett, M. H. Murphy, and F. O. Nims. f.9 Oriental Tea Company (William O. North), G. E. Peyton, G. G. Piper, and E. R. Powers (New York Cotton Exchange). f.10 W. H. Randall, Brian C. Roberts, D. Roberts, and Robert Rolfe. f.11 Jesse Sanborn, Ira Stowell, and W. H. Thorpe. f.12 U. S. Publishing Company, Wadleigh, Elbert Wheeler, and D. W. White.