Eugene Houghton, class of 1863, Civil War letters

Eugene Coolidge Houghton was born March 11, 1844, the son of Robert Coolidge Houghton and Lucy Taylor Forbush Houghton. His hometown was Stow, Massachusetts. During the Civil War, he left Phillips Academy to serve in the 2nd Heavy Artillery Battery C Massachusetts and was promoted to Colonel. After graduating from Phillips Academy in 1863, he is listed in alumni records as a clerk, credit man in the grain business; as president of the H.W. Bigelow (woolen) Company; and, after 1895, as a conductor on the Lawrence Street Rail Road. Houghton died in May 1919 in North Andover, Massachusetts. According to the attached article, he was “A Conductor Famed for Courtesy.”

Below are links to pages with images and transcriptions of some of the 1862-1863 correspondence of Eugene Houghton, Phillips Academy class of 1863, during his service in the Civil War. Please contact Paige Roberts ( if you need higher resolution scans of these or the Houghton letters not yet digitized.

Transcriptions of the Eugene Houghton letters by Nadia Shahab Diaz, class of 2017
January 22, 1862
October 27, 1862
February 10, 1863
March 3, 1863
March 23, 1863
May 7, 1863
July 8 and July 14, 1863
July 28, 1863
August 14, 1863
October 25, 1863
November 24, 1863
December 28, 1863

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