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Guide to the Nelson Cross papers 1977.234

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Nicholas Pavlik

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 10, 2011
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Cross, Nelson, d. 1897
Title: Nelson Cross papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1844-1872
Quantity: 0.06 Linear feet in three folders.
Text [Box]: A0052
Call Phrase: 1977.234
Sponsor: This collection was processed and described as part of the project, "Uncovering the Secrets of Brooklyn's 19th Century Past: Creation to Consolidation," funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources, with additional support from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

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Biographical Note

Nelson Cross (d. 1897) was born in New Hampshire and later worked as a lawyer in Cincinnati, OH and Milwaukee, WI before settling in Brooklyn, N.Y. to establish his law practice in New York City. During the Civil War, Cross commanded the 67th Regiment of the New York Volunteer Infantry, also called the "Brooklyn Phalanx." Cross died in Dorchester, MA.


  1. "Death of General Cross." Brooklyn Daily Eagle, March 21, 1897. Accessed June 13, 2011.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection includes various documents dating from 1844 to 1872 and pertaining to Nelson Cross's law career and military service with the 67th New York Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. Items include certificates of appointment as a public notary and lawyer in Cincinnati, OH, Milwaukee, WI, and New York, N.Y.; correspondence; military appointments, commissions, and discharges; and membership certificates from the State Historical Society of Wisconsin and the Long Island Historical Society (later the Brooklyn Historical Society). There is also one studio photograph of Cross and two other individuals, believed to be Cross's brothers, in Union Army uniforms; and one rendering of a plan for a double-deck monorail car devised by Cross.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Cross, Nelson, d. 1897

Document Type

  • Certificates
  • Correspondence
  • Military commissions
  • Military records
  • Renderings (drawings)
  • Studio portraits

Subject Organizations

  • United States. Army. New York Infantry Regiment, 67th (1861-1864).

Subject Topics

  • History -- Societies, etc.
  • Lawyers -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Cincinnati (Ohio)
  • Milwaukee (Wis.)
  • New York (N.Y.) |x Officials and employees
  • New York (State) |x History |y Civil War, 1861-1865
  • United States |x Armed Forces |x Officers

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to users without restriction.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); Nelson Cross papers, 1977.234, Box and Folder number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Related Materials

Related archival collections at the Brooklyn Historical Society:

  1. V1981.004, 67th New York Infantry Regiment portrait album, circa 1860-1880

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Amy Cross, 1939.

Processing Information note

Minimally processed to the collection level.

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