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Jay S. Hoar Civil War veterans list

 Collection — Folder: S2852
Identifier: S2852

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a three-page typed list of Indiana Civil War veterans collected by Jay S. Hoar in 1980, and a photocopied clipping showing Jay Hoar presenting his book on Civil War veterans. The list contains the names of fifty veterans and their hometown, military unit, "last sunset," and age at death. Hoar states that fully detailed human interest biographical essays may be found in his book: The South’s Last Boys in Gray: An Epic Prose Elegy: A Substudy of Sunset and Dusk of the Blue and the Gray.


  • 1980-1982

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Literary rights, including copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their legal heirs and assigns. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts. The publisher must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical Note

Jay Sherman Hoar was born on May 15, 1933 in Sandy River Plantation, Maine, to Joel and Harriet Batson-Calor Hoar. He lived in Maine most of his life, graduating from Rangeley High in 1952, the University of Maine in 1956 with a B.A. in English, and Middlebury College with an M.A. in English in 1964. Hoar served in the U.S. Navy from 1956 to 1960, with 33 months of sea duty aboard the U.S.S. Macon (CA-132). He married Arline M. Keene of West Auburn in June 1959 and they moved around Maine while Hoar worked at several high schools and the Maine Maritime Academy. They had a daughter, Sheryl, and settled in Temple, Maine.

Hoar became a member of the English Department of the University of Maine at Farmington in 1980. Having conducted a national study on the lives of the remaining Civil War personalities of the 1940s and 1950s, Hoar authored the book, The South’s Last Boys in Gray: An Epic Prose Elegy: A Substudy of Sunset and Dusk of the Blue and the Gray , published in 1986. During his 33-year career with the university, he was known for his eccentric bowties, dancing on books in the classroom, and humorous and warm presence. He was a strong presence in the town of Temple, Maine, where he lived next to the town hall. Hoar died on April 12, 2023 and was buried in North Auburn Cemetery in Auburn, Maine.


Items in the collection "Jay Sherman Hoar." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed March 22, 2024.

Wiles Remembrance Centers. "Jay Hoar." Obituary. Accessed February 10, 2024.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Jay S. Hoar on 1982/06/12.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed on 1998/11/30 by Phillip N. Williams. Collection reprocessing completed on 2024/02/10 by A.J. Chrapliwy. EAD finding aid created on 2024/02/12 by A.J. Chrapliwy.
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