Boston College collection of Chandler Robbins cased photographs
- approximately 1861
Scope and Contents
Three cased photographs of Chandler Robbins, a Union soldier in the American Civil War. These include including a formal portrait and two photographs of Robbins with others in camp. The photographs were likely taken near Williamsport or Harper's Ferry, Maryland.
Language of Materials
Graphic materials, no linguistic content.
Restrictions on Access
Collection is open for research.
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Chandler Robbins was a wheelwright, gold miner, Union soldier in the American Civil War, furniture merchant, and undertaker from Westborough, Massachusetts. He was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1819, and his family moved to Westborough shortly thereafter. In 1842, he married Frances Mellen. They had five children, though only two survived to adulthood. Robbins left for the California gold fields in 1849, participating in the Fremont surveying party led by John C. Fremont and guided by Kit Carson, but was robbed on his return trip through Panama. He enlisted in the 13th Massachusetts Volunteers, Company K, at the outset of the Civil War, in 1861. He was detailed as company cook and as a hospital nurse, including as personal nurse to John C. Robinson when he was wounded at the Spindle Farm. Robbins was taken prisoner three times, and spent a short time in Libby Prison. After the war, he returned to Westborough, where he worked as a furniture merchant and repairman, as well as the town's undertaker, until his death in 1880.
“Death of Chandler Robbins”, Westborough Chronotype, April 17, 1880.
Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War. Compiled and published by the Adjutant General. Norwood: Norwood Press, 1931. Vol 2, p. 128.
0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)
Three cased photographs of Chandler Robbins, Union soldier in the American Civil War.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The materials were purchased from Cowan's Auctions, November 2020.
- Boston College collection of Chandler Robbins cased photographs
- Elizabeth Peters
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