Robert Ramsey Livingston, 1827-1888 [RG2166.AM]


RG2166.AM:  Robert Ramsey Livingston, 1827-1888

Papers:  1857-1871
Plattsmouth, Cass County, Neb.:  Soldier, surgeon, surveyor
Size:  0.5 cu.ft.


Robert Ramsey Livingston was born in Montreal, Canada on August 10, 1827 and received his education there, graduating with honors from MaGill University. In 1859 Livingston came to Plattsmouth, Nebraska to practice medicine. In 1861 he became editor of the Plattsmouth Herald until June when he organized Company A, 1st Nebraska Infantry. Livingston served as Captain of Co. A until 1862 when he was appointed Colonel of the 1st Regiment. In 1863 he was appointed commanding officer of the post of St. Louis and later that same year, was made commanding officer of the District of St. Louis. In 1863 the first regiment was mustered in as veteran volunteers and returned to Nebraska to fight hostile Indians. In the spring of 1865, Livingston was breveted Brigadier General only to be mustered out in July of 1865 with the regiment. He returned to Plattsmouth where he remained until his death. In 1869 President Grant appointed Livingston to a two-year term as Surveyor-General of the Iowa-Nebraska District. In 1870 he was appointed Surgeon of the Burlington and Missouri River Railroad, a position he held until his death on September 28, 1888 at Plattsmouth. Robert Livingston was survived by two sons, Theodore and Robert, both of Plattsmouth.


This collection consists of manuscript material arranged in three series: 1) Correspondence, 1863-1871, 2) First Nebraska Regiment records, 1863-1865, and 3) Miscellany.

This collection relates to Robert Livingston's career as a soldier and as Surveyor-General of Iowa and Nebraska. The bulk of the material relates to Colonel Livingston's activities with the First Nebraska Regiment during the Civil War. Also included are numerous letters, mostly political, written while Livingston was Surveyor-General, 1869-1870. Correspondents include: William Boyd Allison, 1870; Samuel G. Daily, 1863; Elmer S. Dundy, 1865-1870; John Gillespie, 1866, 1870; Phineas W. Hitchcock, 1865; Wilson M. Maddox, 1865; Thomas Jefferson Majors, 1863-1865; Algernon Sidney Paddock, 1865; M. T. Patrick, 1869-1870; John M. Thayer, 1869-1870, and T. W. Tipton, 1864.


Series 1 - Correspondence, 1863-1871

Box 1

  1. 1863
  2. 1864
  3. 1865
  4. 1866
  5. 1868
  6. 1869
  7. 1870
  8. 1871, n.d.
  9. Non-Livingston, 1857-1871

Series 2 - First Nebraska Regiment records, 1863-1865

Box 1

  1. Provost Marshall correspondence
  2. Receipts for Issues of Ordnance
  3. Ordnance Office correspondence, 1863-1865
  4. Invoices Ordnance, 1863
  5. Invoices Ordnance, 1864
  6. Requisitions for Ordnance, 1864
  7. List of Ordnance, 1864
  8. Ordnance Quarterly Reports, 1863-1864
  9. General Orders, 1864
  10. Special Orders, 1863-1864
  11. Volunteer enlistment, 1863
  12. Volunteer re-enlistment, 1863-1865

Series 3 - Miscellany

Box 1

  1. Certificates
  2. Miscellany



Allison, William B. (William Boyd), 1829-1908
Daily, Samuel G.,
Dundy, Elmer Scipio, 1830-1896
Gillespie, John, 1832-1897
Hitchcock, Phineas W., 1831-1881
Livingston, Robert Ramsey, 1827-1888
Maddox, Wilson Meeks, 1825-1903
Majors, Thomas Jefferson, 1841-1932
Nebraska -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
Nebraska -- Politics and government, 1870
Paddock, Algernon Sidney, 1830-1897
Patrick, M. T.,
Physicians -- Nebraska
Surveying -- Nebraska
Thayer, John M., 1820-1906
Tipton, Thomas Weston, 1817-1899
United States. Army -- Nebraska Cavalry Regiment, 1st


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