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William Babcock Hazen Papers, 1855-1909

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Author:
Hazen, William Babcock 1830-1887
Lincoln, Abraham 1809-1865
Greely, Adolphus Washington
Webster, Daniel 1782-1852
Sheridan, Philip Henry 1831-1888
Sherman, William T (William Tecumseh) 1820-1891
Garfield, James A (James Abram) 1831-1881
Creator:
Hayes, Rutherford Birchard 1822-1893
Belknap, William W (William Worth) 1829-1890
Subject:
Lincoln, Robert Todd
Physical description:
4 cu. ft.; 11 boxes
Type:
Cartes-de-visite
Collection descriptions
Military commissions
Diplomas
Legal documents
Correspondence
Place:
United States
Greenland
Date:
1855
1855-1909
1880-1890
Civil War, 1861-1865
1850-1900
Notes:
Hazen was born in Vermont and raised in Ohio. He graduated from West Point in 1855, served in the West before the Civil War, and held several important commands during the war. He returned to the West after the war, then was appointed Military Attache in Vienna by President Hayes, and observed the Russo-Turkish War. He became Chief Signal Officer in 1880. The ill-fated Greely expedition to Greenland fell under his command, and Hazen was highly critical of Secretary of War Robert Todd Lincoln's inaction and failure to provide rescue. Only seven of twenty-five expedition members survived. Hazen was reprimanded.
Summary:
Biographical information, including Hazen's West Point diploma and commissions; correspondence from Hazen's military career, including letters from Daniel Webster, James A. Garfield, Abraham Lincoln, William Tecumseh Sherman, and Philip H. Sheridan; papers relating to the court martial of William W. Belknap, the former Secretary of War; family papers including some dating after Hazen's death; photographs, including cartes-de-visite and portrait photographs of Civil War officers and other persons, mostly unidentified; photographs of the Greely expedition to Greenland; stereographs; and publications.
Cite as:
William B. Hazen Papers, 1855-1909, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Arctic regions--Discovery and exploration
History
Exploration
Local number:
1987.3078 (NMAH Acc.)
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH
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