AUGUSTUS W. CORLISS AND FAMILY PAPERS
Scope and Contents
The collection spans 1869 to 1898. It contains three handwritten diaries, plus fifteen loose diary pages, created by Augustus W. Corliss during his military service in the American West. These diaries are reproduced on one reel of microfilm. Due to the fragile nature of the diares, researchers must use Mflm91The bulk of the collection comprises twenty handwritten volumes of genealogy records compiled by Corliss to document the Corliss family history from 1617 to 1892.
Three diaries document Corliss' daily activities from 1884 to 1890. The first spans August 1884 to April 1886 and documents Corliss' activities in Nevada, California and Arizona. The second documents April 1886 to June 1888. The bulk of this diary covers Corliss' time at Fort Robinson, Nebraska. The third spans 1888 to 1890 and covers Fort Robinson almost exclusively, with a brief trip to Camp George Crook, Nebraska. Fifteen loose pages or diary fragments, spanning 1897 to 1898, complete the series. The 1897 pages are from Fort Logan, Colorado. The pages from 1898 appear to document his return to Tampa, Florida following his Spanish-American War service in Cuba. Due to the fragile nature of the diares, researchers must use Mflm91
Twenty handwritten journals, which Corliss compiled over approximately 28 years of genealogy research, are included. Corliss' numbering and indexing suggests that some volumes are missing. Twelve volumes of memoranda include brief, numbered notes relating to family members. Source citations are provided for some notes but most are not cited. Corliss glued newspaper clippings to some journal pages to supplement his notes. Four volumes provide an index to the memoranda books. Four additional journals include personal and historical sketches, family member address information and additional genealogical notes.
The microfilm is a copy of the materials in SERIES 1. Due to the fragile nature of the diares, researchers must use Mflm91.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research, however, the diaries are fragile, and researchers must use microfilm Mflm91.
All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.
Biographical / Historical
Augustus W. Corliss was born March 25, 1837 in North Yarmouth, Maine. During the American Civil War, he served with the 1st New England Cavalry, which later became the 1st Rhode Island Cavalry. He rose to the rank of major. He transferred to the 2nd Rhode Island Cavalry October 3, 1862, where he was appointed lieutenant colonel. Corliss fought at Harper's Ferry, Virginia and Antietam, Maryland in September 1862. He also fought at Franklin, Louisiana and participated in the siege and capture of Fort Hudson, Louisiana in 1863.
Corliss resigned his volunteer commission July 11, 1863 and later joined the regular U.S. Army as a private. He received a commission in the post-war regular army on July 21, 1865 as first lieutenant of the Fifteenth Infantry. In 1873, he was promoted to a captain in the 8th Infantry.
Throughout a military career that spanned more than forty years, Corliss served at a variety of frontier posts including Fort Robinson, Nebraska; Fort Halleck, Nevada; Fort D.A. Russell, Wyoming and Fort McDowell, Arizona as well as Angel Island, California.
Corliss commanded a military escort company during the Northern Pacific Railroad's Yellowstone surveys in 1872 and 1873. He campaigned against the Bannock Indians in 1878 and again in 1895. He participated in actions against the Apache Indians in the 1880s, including the 1886 Geronimo Campaign, commanded a company during the Sioux Campaign from 1890-1891 and led an expedition against striking workers at Evanston, Wyoming in July 1894.
In 1897 Corliss was promoted to major of the Seventeenth Cavalry. In this capacity he served in the Cuban Campaign of the Spanish-American War. He was wounded in the shoulder at El Carney, Cuba July 1, 1898. Following nearly two years in Cienfuegos, Cuba, Corliss became governor of Binario in the Philippines. In 1901 he was promoted to lieutenant-colonel, and then colonel of the Second Infantry. In March 1901, Corliss was deployed to China to aid in putting down the Boxer Rebellion. A special act of Congress appointed Corliss to the grade of brigadier general on the retired list in recognition of his military service.
While serving in the Army, Corliss produced and published Old Times of North Yarmouth, Maine, a quarterly magazine devoted to the town's early history. The magazine, published in thirty-two quarterly issues, spanned January 1, 1877, through October 1, 1884. In January 1885, Corliss attempted to revive the magazine under the name The Westcustogo Chronicle but only one issue appeared before publication ceased.
After his retirement Corliss lived in Denver, Colorado, where he died September 4, 1907.
2 Boxes (1.25 linear feet)
2 microfilm reels (35mm)
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Other Finding Aids
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The donor and the date of donation for this collection are unknown.
- Corless family -- Archives.
- Corliss, Augustus Whittemore, -- 1837-1908 -- Archives.
- Diaries. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Genealogies. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Soldiers -- United States -- Diaries -- 19th century. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- United States. -- Army -- Military life.
- United States. -- Army. -- Infantry Regiment, 8th.
- AUGUSTUS W. CORLISS AND FAMILY PAPERS
- JULY 2011
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