|Title||Mark Prime Papers|
|Extent||5 boxes (2.09 linear feet)|
|Arrangement||This collection is arranged chronologically. The collection is further divided within each month by record type, such as Correspondence, Receipts, Bills, Report Rolls, etc., as it is apparently closest to original order judging by the materials that were still in original wrappers, rather than loose. Wrappers with arrangement notations made by the creator were retained.|
|Admin/Biographical History||Captain Mark Prime (born 27 August 1813) was an Assistant Quartermaster for the United States Army stationed in New Orleans, LA. He was honorably discharged from the Army in July 1863. His civilian trade was as a machinist; he worked at Perkins & Emery at 15 Gooch Street, Biddeford. He resided with his wife Mary and children at 22 Storer Street, Saco until his death on 15 March 1876. He was interred at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Saco.|
|Scope & Content||
Collection of accounts, rolls, correspondence, bills, recipts and other ephemera collected by an assistant quartermaster for the U.S. Army, Capt. Mark Prime, while stationed at the Department of the Gulf in New Orleans, Louisiana, from 1862-1863. Letters sent to and from Capt. Prime concern matters such as report rolls, personal belongings, discrepancies in his reports, and concerns about how he ran his office, as well as audit materials from after he was discharged and living in Saco, Maine. The Report Rolls in this collection include Stores Received From, which are personal accounts of individual soldiers belongings under his care; Pay of Hired Men which is how much each person employed (both soldiers and contractors) under him need to be paid; Purchase Vouchers from varying departments, companies, forts and ships in and around New Orleans for such things as whiskey, kettles and anchors; Pay Vouchers which are individualized pay stubs for each person employed. Bills vary from formal forms all with the same heading: Purchased From, and the the name of the person the goods were bought from, while others are just pieces of paper with a name, an amount, and the goods bought. Correspondence between Prime and Third Auditor's Office, U.S. Department of Treasury show the auditing process and difficulties faced by quartermasters at the time. These records show the names of hundreds of workers, soldiers, sailors, companies, ships, and businesses operating in and around New Orleans during the early-mid years of the Civil War.
Union forts in what was then the Department of the Gulf, with which Capt. Prime routinely interacted, included: Fort Saint Philip (La.), Fort Jackson (La.), Camp Parapet (La.), Camp Banks (Baton Rouge, La.), Fort Pike (La.), and the United States Marine Hospital (New Orleans, La.).
|Credit line||Legacy Collections|