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James J. Dana papers

Identifier: VAULT oversize-Ayer-MS-3003


Military commissions and appointments, 1841-1882, with some transmittal letters, and an 1890 certificate of membership in the Washington, D.C. Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. Includes an 1841 Massachusetts Militia commission and nine appointments issued and signed by U.S. Presidents Pierce, Lincoln, Johnson, and Arthur, and Secretaries of War Jefferson Davis, Edwin Stanton, and Robert T. Lincoln to regular and brevet ranks in the 4th Artillery Regiment, 1855-1857, and the Quartermaster's Dept., 1861-1882.


  • Creation: 1841-1890


Biography of James J. Dana

Career army and Quartermaster's Dept. officer. Raised in Lowell, Mass., and formerly captain in the 3rd Brigade of the 2nd Division of the Massachusetts Militia, James J. Dana joined the regular army (4th Artillery Regiment) from N.Y. in 1855 and served mainly in frontier assignments until 1861, when he joined the Quartermaster's Dept. Rising through the ranks, Dana was in charge of transportation in Washington until Feb. 1863, when he became Chief Quartermaster of the I Corps, serving at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. In 1864 Dana became a division-head in the Quartermaster General's Office. He retired in 1885 and died in 1898.


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Forms part of the Edward E. Ayer Manuscript Collection (Newberry Library)

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Formerly known as Ayer MS 22b.

In box with title: American state documents.

U.S. military appointments, on vellum with engraved vignettes.

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Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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