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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2300

Horace Bumstead collection of documents concerning ordnance of the 43rd regiment of the U.S. Colored Troops


Documents concerning reports on ordnance and ordnance stores (military weapons), filed by Major Horace Bumstead while an officer with the 43rd regiment of the U.S. Colored Troops.


  • 1864-1865

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.3 linear feet (1 folder)

Printed document forms concerning the issuance and return of military weapons to the volunteers of the 43rd regiment of the U.S. Colored Troops in the Union Army. Report forms completed in manuscript (probably by Bumstead). Also includes some letters concerning the same.

Biographical / Historical

Horace Bumstead (1841-1919) was the son of Josiah Freeman Bumstead, a Boston merchant, and Lucy Douglas Willis Bumstead. He was educated at the Boston Latin School and Yale College (Class of 1863) and became a Congregationalist minister and educator. During the Civil War, Bumstead was commissioned as a Major for the 43rd regiment of the U.S. Colored Troops where he served from April 1864 to December 1865. He later joined the faculty of Atlanta University and served as their second president from 1888-1907.

The 43rd regiment of the United States Colored Infantry was organized at Philadelphia, Pa. on March 12, 1864 and discharged at Philadelphia on November 30, 1865.


Arranged chronologically, then by title of document.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

*54M-219 (7). Gift of Edward C. Holden,16 Lowell St., Cambridge, MA; received: 1954 Sept.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Bumstead, Horace, 1841-1919. Horace Bumstead collection of documents concerning ordnance of the 43rd regiment of the U.S. Colored Troops: Guide.
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