Col. John Berry Collection, MS 3119, 1812-1822

 

Finding Aid to Col. John Berry Collection, MS 3119

H. Furlong Balwin Library, Maryland Historical Society

 

 

Collection summary

 

Title

The Col. John Berry Collection

Creator

Berry Family, Annabel Ebersole

Call number

MS 3119

Inclusive dates

1812-1952

Bulk dates

1812-1822

Extent

1 box, 1 oversized folder

Abstract 

Col. John Berry was a decorated artillerist who served at the Battle of Ft. McHenry during the War of 1812. This is a collection of his papers, certificates, correspondence, and family history. The collection also includes a letter to Maj. Gen. Winfield Scott.

 

Administrative summary

 

Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library

Maryland Historical Society

201 W. Monument St.

Baltimore, MD 21218

www.mdhs.org

specialcollections@mdhs.org

Access restrictions

Unrestricted

Use restrictions

Permission to quote must be received in writing from the Special Collections Librarian.

Provenance

Gift of Mrs. Annabel Ebersole; January 17, 2013

Accession number

2013-005-LIB

Processing note 

The collection was processed in 2013 by Ben Koshland.

 

Biographical Note

 

Col. John Berry was a born in 1791 to Benjamin Berry and Eleanor Lansdale. During the War of 1812, Berry was appointed captain of the 1st Reg. 3rd Brigade of the Maryland Militia. This artillery company served during the Battle of Fort McHenry and gave Berry national attention for his service. At the end of the war he was offered a position within the regular army, but decided to decline the offer from then Maj. Gen. Winfield Scott.

 

After leaving the army, Berry went into business with his brother Thomas L. Berry and purchased the region northwest of Baltimore known now as Poplar Grove. Following his death in 1856, Berry passed the land on to his son John Summerfield Berry. John S. Berry sold much of Poplar Grove using the funds to create the Dukeland Estate, just southeast of Poplar Grove.

 

Scope and Content

 

This collection is broken into three series. Series I: Subject Files contains reports, receipts, certificates, and miscellaneous papers relating to Col. Berry from 1812-1889. Most of these papers relate to his work as an artillerist and munitions manufacturer during the War of 1812. Series II: Correspondences contains indexed letters, 1814-1818. Series III: Family History consists of papers, newspaper clippings, and letters collected by the Berry family1836-1954. All series within this collection are organized chronologically. Some materials in Series I and II are housed in an oversized folder.

 

Series I: Subject Files

 

Series II: Correspondences

 

Series III: Family History

 

Container List

 

Contents

Span Dates

Box

Folder

Series I: Subject Files

1812-1889

 

 

Report of Cartridges Made in Laboratory

No Date

Oversized Folder

1

Report of Cartridges Made in Baltimore Laboratory

No Date

1

1

Receipt for Cartridges

No Date

1

2

Ammunition Inventory, Receipt

Sept.-Dec. 18??

1

3

Laboratory Table

Nov. 18??

1

4

Cartridge Receipt List

Nov. 16-Dec. 12, 18??

1

5

Certificate to 2nd Lt. John Berry

Jun. 4, 1812

Oversized Folder

2

Certificate & Letter to Lt. John Berry

Aug. 15, 1812

Oversized Folder

3

Ft. McHenry Furlough

1814

1

6

Cartridge Supply Order List

Sept. 26-Nov.11, 1814

1

7

Inventory List

Sept. 30-Nov. 30, 1814

1

8

Cartridge Production List

Oct. 1814

1

9

Memorandum of Gunpowder Delivered

Oct. 8-Nov. 8, 1814

1

10

List of Cartridge Orders

Oct. 17-Dec. 5, 1814

1

11

Receipt for Cartridges, Ft. Covington

Oct. 26, 1814

1

12

Account of Work Done in U.S. Laboratory

Oct. 26-Nov. 25, 1814

1

13

Receipt for Cartridges

Oct. 27, 1814

1

14

Receipt for Cartridges

Oct. 27, 1814

1

15

Receipt for Cartridges, Charles Herbert

Oct. 28, 1814

1

16

Receipt for Cartridges, Charles Herbert

Oct. 29, 1814

1

17

Receipt for Cartridges

Nov. 1, 1814

1

18

Receipt for Bullet Nippers

Nov. 7, 1814

1

19

Request for Artillery Supply

Nov. 19, 1814

1

20

Receipt for Cartridges, Charles Herbert

Nov. 24, 1814

1

21

Certificate & Letter to Capt. John Berry

Mar. 18, 1818

Oversized Folder

4

Certificate to Col. John Berry

Jan. 14, 1822

Oversized Folder

5

Citizen Soldiers Of Baltimore, War 1812-1814

1889

1

22

 

 

 

 

Series II: Correspondences

1814-1818

 

23

Letter to Maj. Gen. Winfield Scott

Aug. 1814

1

24

Note, Barney to Lt. Commander Pennington

Oct. 4, 1814

1

25

Unknown Letter

Oct. 21, 1814

1

26

Letter From Joe Nicholson to Capt. Berry

Nov. 5, 1814

1

27

Reply to Joe Nicholson

Nov. 5, 1814

Oversized Folder

6

Note From J.B. Ruttin to John Berry

Nov. 11, 1814

1

28

Regimental Order

Nov. 25, 1814

1

29

Letter Chargers Filed By Col. Berry Against Soldier

Dec. 4, 1814

1

30

Capt. Berry Retirement Letter

Mar. 21, 1818

1

31

Letter From Capt. Berry to Washington Artillerists

Mar. 21, 1818

Oversized Folder

7

 

 

 

 

Series III: Family History

1836-1954

 

 

Berry Family History

1836-1954

1

32