St. Bonaventure University

Civil War Collection


The Civil War Collection at Friedsam Library is based on the Mark H. Dunkelman and Michael J. Winey 154th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment collection donated in 2015. It also includes material related to other local regiments and general background information relating to the American Civil War.

Southwestern New York supplied members to all branches of the United States military and we hope to reflect their experiences as we build the collection. The core of the collection will remain the 154th's files, photographs and memorabilia. The home page for that regiment is here. The 94th and 105th NYVI are represented by our collection of Adrian Fay Letters.

St. Bonaventure was represented in the war by three friars: Father Leo Titta da Saracena served with the 9th Connecticut Volunteers before becoming our sixth president. James Titta da Gambitelli served with the 11th Pennsylvania Cavalry and Samuel Prezza served in an unknown unit.

Another part of our special collections has a relationship with the American Civil War. The Jim Bishop Collection contains Ambrose Bierce's top hat, a small memento of a Civil War soldier who went on to become a journalist and author of many short tales. Bierce wrote about his experiences in the war in his Phantoms of a blood-stained period (PS1097.A6 in our library collection). Jim Bishop, an admirer of Bierce, was also the author of The Day Lincoln Was Shot.

Col. Patrick Henry Jones, 154th Regt., N.Y.S. Vol. Inf.
Object ID: 2013.22.9.0135


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