Bostock Family Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Bostock family, (Henry Bostock, -1863)
Bostock family papers
Date [inclusive]
0.1 Cubic feet , 4 folders

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan".

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Biographical Note

Henry and William Bostock were brothers from Michigan who served in the Union Army during the Civil War. Henry was born circa 1843. He enlisted in 1861 in Company E of the 6th Regiment of the Michigan Infantry. He died on June 30, 1863 from a bullet wound at Port Hudson, Louisiana. His brother William enlisted in 1861 and served in Company K of the 10th Regiment of the Michigan Infantry. They wrote to their mother, Maria Bostock of Marshall, Michigan, while they were in the war. They also had another brother, George who is mentioned in their letters and served in the 10th Michigan.

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Scope and Contents note

The Henry Bostock letters consist mostly of correspondence from him to his mother in Michigan. The letters contain descriptions about camp life and conditions, pay, items he wished his mother would send, his regiment movements, as well as descriptions of commanders. The majority of the letters date from 1862. Also included is a letter to his brother William, a letter from George Blashfield to Captain Cogswell about the circumstances of Henry's death, a letter from Captain Cogswell to Henry's mother informing her of Henry's death, the words to the song "When This War is Over", and a receipt for the effects of Henry after his death.

Henry's journal contains list of the officers of the 6th regiment for 1861 and January and February 1863. These list the Captains and 1st and 2nd Sergeants for Companies A-K. The diary entries are for August 1862 - May 1863. The entries describe the locations of the camps and camp news. The entries begin while he was in Michigan and chronicle his movements south. Also included with the journal is a picture of Henry Bostock.

The certificate is one that Henry received in August 1861 appointing him to Corporal.

The William Bostock letters are mostly letters to his mother. He writes about joining the Veterans Corps, his movements during the war, fighting experiences, and camp life. Also included with the letters are a few "memorandums" which are diary entries that often describe what the regiment did that day.

The electronic resource consists of typed transcriptions of the William Bostock letters. Transcriptions were done by Harold Minor in 2006.

These civil war materials have been transcribed, scanned and put online at

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections March 2003

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Revision Description

 Added electronic resource July 2013

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Custodial History

Gift of Jane Joyaux, 2003-02-27.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • United States. Army. Michigan Infantry Regiment, 10th (1862-1865).
  • United States. Army. Michigan Infantry Regiment, 6th (1861-1863).

Geographic Name(s)

  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865

Personal Name(s)

  • Bostock, Henry, -1863
  • Bostock, William

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Collection Inventory



Henry Bostock Letters April 12, 1861 - August 8, 1863, Undated 


Henry Bostock Journal September 1, 1861 - May 1863 


William Bostock Letters January 15, 1864 - June 6, 1865 


Transcriptions of William Bostock letters by Harold Minor 


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Electronic Resources 


Transcriptions of William Bostock letters, 1864-1865 2006 


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Oversized Materials 


Henry Bostock Certificate August 1861 


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