Henry Osterheld Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.1015

Scope and Contents

This collection contains documents related to railroad defense by Union soldiers during the American Civil War. There is also a detailed report on 61 railroad bridges on lines in North Georgia, East Tennessee, and Central Tennessee. Information includes distance from the city indicated, location, river crossed, length, height above water, number of spans, type of bridge, and remarks. Finally, there are documents related to Lt. Henry Osterheld's service during the war.

Dates

  • 1862 - 1865

Conditions Governing Access

This collection may be viewed only in the reading room of Special Collections in the Jean and Alexander Heard Library. Collections should be requested 2-3 days prior to visiting in order to facilitate easier access. For questions or to request a collection, contact specialcollections@vanderbilt.edu.

Biographical / Historical

Lt. Henry Osterheld was born in Bavaria and served in the American Civil War as part of the 68th N.Y. Infantry.

The History of Westchester County, New York says, "In 1864... Mr. Osterheld was appointed to serve on General Rosecrans' staff as assistant inspector of railroad defenses in the Department of the Cumberland, Major James R. Willett being the chief inspector at that time. This department was then transferred to General Thomas' command, and Mr. Osterheld was sent to Nashville, Tennessee, as assistant chief inspector and took charge of the topographical engineers' department... Subsequently he was transferred to the chief engineer's department, becoming assistant to the chief engineer, Major-General Z. B. Tower, head of the military division of the army of the Tennessee. He continued to serve in branch of the army until he was mustered out and honorably discharged in May, 1866."

Extent

.1 Linear Feet (3 folders)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This collection contains documents related to railroad defense by Union soldiers during the American Civil War. There is also a detailed report on 61 railroad bridges on lines in North Georgia, East Tennessee, and Central Tennessee. Finally, there are documents related to Lt. Henry Osterheld's service during the war.

Physical Location

Special Collections & Archives

Title
Finding Aid for the Henry Osterheld Collection
Status
Completed
Author
Zach Johnson
Date
June 2022
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Vanderbilt University Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Jean and Alexander Heard Library
419 21st Avenue South
Nashville TN 37203 United States


 

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