De Peyster, J. Watts (John Watts), 1821-1907

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Birth 1821-03-09
Death 1907-05-04

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Officer in the New York State Militia.

From the description of Papers, 1849-1857. (New York University, Group Batchload). WorldCat record id: 58663483

Old Fort Johnson, a National Historic Landmark located in Montgomery County, N.Y., was the 18th-century home of Sir William Johnson, an official of the British Empire. It was later owned by wealthy philanthropist John de Watts Peyster, who presented it to the Montgomery County Historical Society in the early 20th century. As of 2011, the Montgomery County Historical Society continues to own and operate Old Fort Johnson as a historic site and museum.

From the guide to the Old Fort Johnson correspondence, 1905-1907, (Brooklyn Historical Society)

American soldier and author.

From the description of Letter signed : Tivoli [New York], to Dr. John W. Francis, 1858 Sept. 24. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270538012

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Tivoli, New York, to Harper & Bros., 1853 Sept. 27. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270527977

Brigadier General of the New York State Militia during the 1850's and the Civil War and author of numerous books on military and world history. His health kept him from active duty in the Civil War, but he helped raise troops and train them and was granted honorary rank as Brevet Major General in 1866.

From the description of Copybooks, 1870-1871. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 53167530


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  • Oriskany, Battle of, N.Y., 1777
  • Acquisition of property--New York (State)--Montgomery County
  • Chancellorsville, Battle of, Chancellorsville, Va., 1863
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  • Wilderness, Battle of the, Va., 1864
  • Spotsylvania Court House, Battle of, Va., 1864
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  • Historic buildings--New York (State)--Montgomery County
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