In 1861, Cornelius Gold, a young man from Washington, Connecticut and former student of the abolitionist Frederick Gunn tried to enlist in the Union Army. He was turned down because of his frail health. Undaunted, he went on a months long sea voyage on several cargo ships to the Far East, England, and back home. Upon returning to Connecticut, Gold was drafted into the army and joined the 6th Connecticut Infantry. He would serve for a year in the 6th, mostly on Hilton Head and in the Petersburg Campaign, before gaining a transfer to the Navy, where he was a paymaster in the Gulf of Mexico for another year.
We have now processed a collection of 50 letters, most of them written by Cornelius to his family in Connecticut, but including two very interesting letters from letters from his friend Romulus Loveridge, a lieutenant with one of the African-American regiments fighting for the Union cause. In researching the life of Cornelius Gold, we happened across a journal he kept on his sea voyage being offered by a manuscripts dealer. We are happy to announce that it will soon be joining the collection.
A description of the collection and finding aid may be found at http://collections.conncoll.edu/gold/.