Manuscript Resources on The Civil War

This guide describes collections documenting the Civil War in the Lower Mississippi Valley, including the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Texas, in the Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections (LLMVC) at LSU. The guide includes not only materials from the war years (1861-1865) themselves, but also materials from later periods containing manuscript sources for Civil War history. Thus such sources as post-war reminiscences and records of veterans' groups--materials dealing with the war as memory and experience--will be found alongside soldiers' and civilians' letters, diaries, and daybooks from the war itself. In addition, the guide includes collections of papers of Louisiana and other area soldiers who fought outside of the Lower Mississippi Valley.

LSU's holdings of Civil War manuscripts make LLMVC a rich treasure-trove for researchers. Many researchers are studying these documents from new perspectives, to see what they have to tell us about women's experiences on the home front and about Louisiana's African Americans, a significant number of whom fought for the Union. Louisiana played a central role in the war, with the fall of Port Hudson in July 1863 a critical event. Much of the state was long occupied by Union forces, and LLMVC contains the papers of numerous Union as well as Confederate soldiers. Other areas of strength include materials documenting the siege of Vicksburg, the Battle of Shiloh, and the Red River campaign.

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Causey, R. J. Correspondence, 1863. 4 items. Location: Misc:C. Letters from Causey's wife comment on a riot near Tickfaw involving African Americans, Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana; Confederate farm taxes; and transportation difficulties of sending cotton to Baton Rouge. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2133.

Chadbourne, Danville S. Letters, 1862-1863. 13 items. Location: C:72. Private in the 22nd Maine Infantry in the Civil War. Chadbourne's letters relate his experiences while stationed in Louisiana as part of General Nathaniel Banks' army at Baton Rouge, Donaldsonville, Morgan City, Washington, and Port Hudson. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1128.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Baton Rouge

Chaille, Stanford. Stock certificate, 1862. 1 item. Location: Misc. Stock certificate for thirty shares in the capital stock of the Bank of Louisiana to Dr. Stanford Chaille. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1187.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Business

Chalmers, James R. (James Ronald), 1831-1898. Letter, 1861 [sic.1862] January 3. 1 item. Location: Misc:C. Confederate general and United States congressman. Letter to Major General Braxton Bragg written while Chalmers was a colonel in the 9th Mississippi Regiment acknowledges on behalf of the officers of the unit receipt of a barrel of golden syrup from Mrs. Bragg. Available on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reel 3. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2699.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Civil War

Chambers, Rowland. Diaries, 1849-1863. 7 vols. Location: U:25. Itinerant dentist from Vicksburg, Mississippi. Chambers practiced dentistry in various places, including Yazoo County, Mississippi, and Madison Parish, Louisiana. Six diaries cover the period 1849-1863 and describe Chambers's activities in North St. Louis, New Orleans, Panama City, Yazoo County, Mississippi, and Madison Parish, Louisiana. The diary from 1862-1863 describes experiences in Vicksburg and includes an account of the siege of Vicksburg. Collection also includes a diary of Augustus Lattz of the 76th Illinois Regiment. Available on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reels 3-4. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 839.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Medicine

Chandler, E. H. Letter, 1861 May 30. 1 item. Location: Misc. Agent of R. F. & P. Railroad Company. Letter from Confederate Army Headquarters, Fredericksburg, Virginia, instructing Chandler to report to the mayor of Fredericksburg the arrival by railroad of all suspicious persons and to detain them for questioning by military authorities. Included are instructions about the issuance of railroad passes to soldiers. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2487.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation, Civil War, Business

Chandler, Zachariah. Papers, 1861-1864. Microfilm. Location: Mss. Mf.:C. U.S. Radical Republican senator from Michigan. Papers consist of letters from Chandler during the Civil War and correspondence of politicians and generals. The microfilm represents part of the Chandler papers in the Library of Congress. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 746.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Civil War

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Commission: Louisiana Commission. Photographs, 1900. 29 items. Location: W:52. Albumen prints of photographs of the Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park. Mss. 4504.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War

Chinn, Jane McCausland. Civil War reminiscence, 1863. 1 item [16 pages, typescript copy]. Location: Misc. Mistress of Fair Oaks Plantation, West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, and widow of Cabell Breckinridge Chinn. Reminiscences taken from her diary record encounters with Union soldiers and the burning of grain stores. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2647.

Referenced in Guides: Plantations, Women, Civil War

Chisolm, A. R. Document, 1861.1 item [typewritten copy]. Location: Misc. Confederate colonel under the command of General P.G.T. Beauregard during the Civil War. Journal records events before and during the bombardment of Fort Sumber. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 764.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War

Christian, Bickham. Collection, 1804-1863, 1953-1957. 13 items, 11vols. Location: U:115. Genealogical and historical materials, including muster rolls and military service records, collected for research on the Florida Parishes of Louisiana and the Bickham and related families.. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2432.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War

Christie, William J. Letters, 1862. 4 items. Location: Misc:C. Union soldier in the Civil War probably from Minnesota. Letters to Christie's brother written from Corinth, Mississippi, comment on the occupation of Corinth by Union troops; camp life; the landscape and people of Corinth and Alcorn County; Union troop movements; and the Battle of Shiloh. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3245.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War

Civil War extras, 1861-1864. 2 items. Location: EPHEMERA COLLECTION SUBGROUP II. Newspaper extras from the VICKSBURG WHIG summarizing news events from New York to Tennessee for June-July 1861, and from Amite, Louisiana containing the latest news in the South obtained by telegrams from newspaper offices and correspondents. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3705.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War

Civil War letters, 1861-1866. 21 items. Location: Misc:C. Letters from Union soldiers describing military life principally in the Virginia area but also in Vicksburg, Mississippi. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 983.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War

Civil War New Orleans orphanages receipts, 1863. 2 items. Location: Misc:C. Handwritten receipts of payment from the U.S. Army, Department of the Gulf, to the Female Orphan Asylum and St. Vincent's Infant Asylum, two orphanages run by the Catholic Church in New Orleans. The items reflect the nature of interaction between Federal occupation forces and the local population. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3913.

Civil War officer letter, 1863 Mar. 30. 1 item. Location: Misc:C. Letter from officer stationed near Vicksburg, Mississippi, to his sister. He praises common soldiers as true patriots, and describes the negative effects of war on the morality of both soldiers and civilians. He encourages his sister in her educational pursuits. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3941.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War

Civil War photograph album, 1862-1900 (bulk 1862-1864). 137 photographic prints [2.5 x 4 in.], 31 photograph prints [8 x 10 in.], 1 volume. Location: M:31. Album containing photographs of Civil War military personnel, including private soldiers and officers, mostly Confederate. Many of the individuals depicted are identified. Includes photographs of Jefferson Davis, P. G. T. Beauregard, and J. E. B. Stuart. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2572.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War

Civil War quartermaster receipt, 1863 September 3. 1 item. Location: Misc.C. Quartermaster receipt for purchase of materials for the Female Orphan Asylum in New Orleans. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3365.

Clark, Charles and family. Papers, 1829-1973 (bulk 1851-1936). 1.1 linear ft. Location: UU:254, 65:2, OS:C. Judge of the Superior Court of Santa Clara County, California; married to Emma Fowler of New Orleans, Louisiana. Papers of the related Fowler, Nutt, Macbeth, and Clark families. They consist of personal and family correspondence, legal papers of Nathaniel W. Fowler and John Slidell, writings, photographs, printed items, ephemera, and the travel journal of Charles Clark. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3982.

Clark, E., Jr. Letter, 1860 Nov. 16. 1 letter. Location: Misc. E. Clark Jr. in New York, N.Y., writes the Hon. R. Bacon regarding the use of guano as fertilizer and the possible secession of South Carolina. Mss. 4079.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War

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