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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Mullet, Thomas. Letter, 1862 July 16. 1 item. Location: Misc:M. Confederate soldier in the Louisiana Artillery, 8th Battalion Heavy, during the Civil War. Letter written to General Daniel Ruggles reports military action at Red River Landing and Bayou Sarah, Louisiana. Mullet also comments on the possibility that certain members of Ruggles' staff are not in full agreement with the Confederate cause. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2764.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War

Murray, Hyde H. Civil War Sites Advisory Commission papers, 1986-1995 (bulk 1990-1994). 3 linear ft. Location: X:1-3, OS:M. The papers consist of correspondence, administrative files, research files, printed items, clippings, and notes of Hyde H. Murray, vice-chairman of the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission, a body created by Congress to identify important Civil War sites, determine their significance and current condition, evaluate any threats to their integrity, develop alternatives for preservation and interpretation, and report these findings to Congress. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4691.

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Myers, W. G. Letter, 1865 March 26. 1 item. Location: Misc.:M. Federal surgeon stationed at the U.S. army general hospital in Baton Rouge in the Civil War. Letter giving detailed information concerning the city of Baton Rouge and describing the plantation area along the Mississippi River in Southeastern Louisiana. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1506.

Referenced in Guides: Plantations, Civil War, Baton Rouge, Medicine

Neal family scrapbook, 1843-1861. 1 ms. vol. (on microfilm). Location: Mss. Mf.:N. Possibly residents of Rapides Parish, Louisiana. Scrapbook contains newspaper clippings of poetry, humor, articles pertaining to elections, slavery, politics, Confederate enlistments in Rapides Parish, and to national and international affairs. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2937.

Nelson, Solomon, 1827?-1882. Journal, 1862-1863. 1 ms. vol. Location:Misc:N. Union soldier serving in the 50th Regiment of the Massachusetts Infantry. Journal chronicles Nelson's experiences in the U.S. Army during the Civil War, giving detailed descriptions of the sights, scenery, and events beginning with his stay in New York, subsequent sea voyage to Louisiana, and his return trip north. Entries reflect camp life, movement of troops, scarcity of food, interaction with African Americans, and his personal reflections on the war. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3557.

New Orleans Price Current New Year's address, 1862 January 1. 1 item. Location: OS:N. New Year's address of the carrier of the New Orleans Price Current. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2174.

New Orleans Sanitary Fair Broadside, 1864. 1 item. Location: MISC:N. Broadside announces theatre production planned for February 29, 1864, at the New Orleans Academy of Music. Fairs like this one raised funds for the United States Sanitary Commission to provide Union soldiers with food, medicine and medical transport, and pension assistance. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3927.

New Orleans Unionist Civil War letter, 1864 April 8. 1 item. Location: MISC:N. Letter from woman named Emma in New Orleans to her grandmother. Author refers to difficulties of "Henry's" office job, which involves discharging soldiers. Also mentioned are the author's children (one of whom sings the "Star Spangled Banner" and pretends to "kill Rebels.") and debt. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3916.

New, George W. Letter, 1865 April 23. 1 item. Location: Misc.:N. Member of the Indiana Military Agency in New Orleans at the end of the Civil War. Letter to Colonel James Gavin in answer to an inquiry regarding business opportunities and trade restrictions in New Orleans. New also mentions the practice of federal officers trading in pay accounts, scarcity of money, and real estate values. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1240.

Newell, Robert Aiken, b. 1819. Papers, 1841-1887 (bulk 1863-1864). 250 items. Location: U:235, 65:. Irish immigrant and owner of Oak Grove, Cheneyville, Louisiana. The collection consists chiefly of personal papers of Newell and family. Personal correspondence of the 1850s and 1860s reflects the plantation and social activities of the Newell, Forman, and Keary families. Some letters were written from Newell to his wife during a trip to his home in Ireland (1859). Civil War letters from family in the 16th Louisiana Infantry and 8th Louisiana Heavy Artillery at camps in the state discuss the quality of Louisiana conscripts, provisions, the Red River campaign, Vicksburg, and deserters. Available on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reel 14. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 653.

Referenced in Guides: Plantations, Women, Civil War

Newton, John. Log book, 1861-1863.1 vol. Location: F:10. Marine aboard the Union blockade ship U.S.S. FLAG in the Charleston, South Carolina, harbor during the Civil War. Logbook recording activities aboard the FLAG. Included are views on Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, the status of African Americans, and Admiral Dupont's command decisions during the Ft. Sumter blockade. The volume contains manuscript maps of Confederate and Union positions at Charleston and Port Royal, South Carolina; and Savannah, Georgia; and a list of ships captured by Union forces. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3782.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, African Americans

Nicholls, Francis T., 1834-1912. Letter, 1889 October 14. 2 items. Location: Misc.:N Confederate general in the Civil War and governor of Louisiana (1877-1880). Letter written from the Executive Department, Baton Rouge, refutes a wartime rumor that Nicholls had been arrested as a spy. Included is a small portrait of Nicholls in military uniform (undated). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3035.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Civil War, Baton Rouge

Nicholson, William. Letters, 1861. 4 items. Location: Misc:N. Available on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reel 14. Member of the Texas Rangers in the Civil War. Letters to William's sister, Mary Ann Nicholson, in Bastrop, Texas, written from New Iberia and New Orleans, Louisiana; Nashville, Tennessee; and Bowling Green, Kentucky, describe travel and living conditions in Confederate military camps. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 583.

Nickerson, E. L. (Edwin L.). Letters, 1862 July 7-November 28. 5 items. Location: Misc:N. Union soldier stationed at the Custom House in New Orleans during the Civil War. He served under General Benjamin Franklin Butler before he began drilling at camps Kearney and Stearns in the Reserve Brigade, under Brigadier General Godfrey Weitzel. Letters describe Nickerson's experiences at the Custom House, and in military training in Camp Kearney and Camp Stearns. Mentioned are loyalty oaths taken by local citizens; living conditions and illnesses in camp; and his opinion of commanding officers. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3326.

Nineteenth Corps, 1st Division circular, 1863 Aug. 15. 1 item. Location: MISC:N. Colonel Wickham Hoffman served as Assistant Adjutant General under Major General William Buel Franklin. Circular establishes office hours and location for Franklin's headquarters in Baton Rouge, La. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4292.

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Nobles Family Papers, 1825-1990 (bulk 1863-1876). 0.3 linear ft. Location: V:1. The Nobles and related families were farmers of Louisiana, Texas and Alabama. Levi Nobles was a Confederate soldier with the 57th Alabama Infantry, married to Mary Elizabeth Massey. The collection relates to the Nobles and related Henry and Massey families. Early papers consist of photocopies and transcriptions of Henry family correspondence and legal documents (1825-1851). Papers include a receipt for the slave, Isaac (March 6, 1835). Civil War and post-war letters are those of the Nobles family, written primarily to Mary E. Nobles and Lou "Babe" Nobles. They relate Levi Nobles' wartime activities and his instructions to Mary on the use of their land (1863). Letters also relay condolences to Mary on the death of Levi (July 5, 15, 18, 1863). Post war letters are written from family and friends in Texas and her brother in Alabama. They discuss family matters, health and crop production. Mary's brother comments on the participation of African Americans in the presidential election (Dec. 9, 1876) and her sister Sarah Smith comments on race relations in Texas (April 1878). Several letters relate to the courtship of Lou "Babe" Nobles. The collection also contains Robert Henry family genealogical material (1979, 1990, undated). Mss. 5163.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Civil War, African Americans

Norman, E. B. and N. Philip. Collection, 1833-1969 (bulk 1929-1960). 1,994 items, 225 volumes. Location: 77:60-62; O:71-80; OS:N; 98:;102; VAULT:44, 88; MAP CAGE: MAP CASE 1, DRAWER 8. E. B. Norman was a resident of Alexandria, Louisiana; Dr. N. Philip Norman was a resident of New York City. Collection contains photographic prints, books, periodicals, newspapers, correspondence, copper plates, framed maps and pictures, blueprints, and other records concerning steamboats, the navigation of the Red River and lower Mississippi River. They relate to Louisiana parishes and regions, travel in the South, and General Banks' Red River Campaign. Periodicals include 'Waterways Journal' (1932-1967); Waterways Magazine (1942-1951); Steamboat Bill, the journal of the Steamboat Historical Society of America (1961-1969); and S & D Reflector, published by the Sons and Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen (1964-1969). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1084, 2458, 2578.

Norris, A. Wilson Scrapbook, 1886-1893. 1 volume. V:68. Alexander Wilson Norris, a lawyer born in Lewistown, PA, served in the Pennsylvania Infantry during the Civil War. His adopted nephew, Alexander Wilson Norris, Jr., was also a lawyer who served in the military. Scrapbook compiled by A. Wilson Norris Jr. titled "Pen Pictures of the War, written by A. Wilson Norris for 'The Philada News' and General Articles," consists of newspaper clippings of columns written by his father, mostly accounting his experiences during the Civil War. Mss. 5230. 

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Occupied New Orleans collection, 16 January-14 November, 1864. 7 items. Location: MISC:O. Certificates, receipts, and bills of lading. documenting business activities in occupied New Orleans, including the sale and shipping of corn and cotton and the purchase of groceries and soap. Three receipts and one certificate were issued to A[uguste] Lesseps of St. Clair Plantation in Plaquemines Parish, La. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4863.

Odom family. Papers, 1860-1980. 0.4 linear feet. Location: 1:53. Personal, financial, and legal papers of the Odom family. Primary correspondents include Thomas Jefferson Odom, Harold Odom, and John S. Odom. Thomas J. Odom served in the Confederate Army as a member of the 33rd Regiment, Louisiana Volunteers. Harold Odom served with the United States Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater during World War II. John S. Odom enlisted with the Army Air Corps and served in Western Europe. Mss. 4256.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Women, Civil War, 20th Century Wars

Olivier, Adolphus. Letter, 1861. 1 item. Location: Misc. Member of the Louisiana State Legislature. Letter from New Orleans, Louisiana, to General Daniel Ruggles advising him of a Senate bill appropriating two and one-half million dollars to organize a Louisiana naval force. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2281.

Osband, Embury D., d. 1866. Letter, 1864 Jan. 8. 1 letter. Location: Misc. Embury D. Osband was colonel of the Third United States Colored Cavalry. Osband describes raids by Confederate forces in western Mississippi and Confederate plans to supply ammunition to Shreveport, La. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3189.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, African Americans

Osgood, Jessie C. Letters, 1862-1864. 5 items. Location: Misc:O. Federal soldier stationed in New Orleans in the Civil War. Letters giving information concerning guerrilla fighting south of New Orleans and a hospital at Morganza, Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1460.

Owen, William E. Letters, 1865-1866. 21 items (on microfilm). Location: Mss. Mf.:O. Civil War letters from William E. Owen in Chattanooga and Nashville, Tenn., to Miss Lottie L. Childs describing life in a military hospital and other news. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1885.

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Owen, William Miller. Diary 1863-1864. 1 v. (on microfilm). Location: Vault, Mss.Mf:O. William Miller Owen was a Confederate officer in the Washington Artillery of New Orleans, Army of Northern Virginia, during the Civil War. Owen narrates events during the march from Richmond, Va., to Petersburg and the siege of Petersburg. Included in the diary are charts of the range capabilities of various artillery guns and hand drawn maps of north Georgia and the Petersburg battlefield. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4801.

Owen, William Miller. William Miller Owen and Allison Owen Papers, 1867-1914. 207 items. Location: U:103, OS:O. William Miller Owen was a captain in the Washington Artillery during the Civil War; his son Allison, a New Orleans architect, was a member of the Washington Artillery in World War I. Materials relate to the history of the unit, its celebrations, programs, and members. The bulk of the collection consists of letters (1913-1914) acknowledging invitations to the 75th anniversary of the Washington Artillery. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1948, 1955.

Page, Edward Jr. letter, 1863 Jan. 1. 1 item. Location: Misc:P. Page served as captain of the 31st Massachusetts Volunteers, Company H, and as provost marshal in New Orleans, La. Letter to Major General Nathaniel P. Banks requesting permission to bill planters whose land adjoins new levees constructed under Page's supervision. Endorsement by Banks approves Page?s request. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4022.

Paine, Halbert E. General orders no. 6, 1862 August 12. 1 item. Location:E:74. Military order issued from the headquarters of the 2nd brigade of the 19th U.S. Army Corps in Baton Rouge, La. It states that citizens are to be allowed within brigade lines only by written permission, that brigade officers must communicate the order to those their successors, that firearms should not be discharged except as required in the regular performance of military duties, and that officers in the brigade should remain in camp. Part of the United States Army Collection. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3365.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Baton Rouge

Paine, Halbert E. Papers, 1861-1915 (bulk 1861-1863). 1 microfilm reel. Location: MSS.MF:P. Union general, attorney, U.S. congressman from Wisconsin, commissioner of patents, and author. Collection includes Paine's memoirs, 'Manuscripta Minora,' a collection of loose letters and photographs, and miscellaneous narratives and diary notes; an order book; a volume of letters, orders, telegrams, etc.; and photographs of Union soldiers in Illinois and of General Paine in Carrollton, La. Also included is the narrative 'The Experiences of a Child in the Civil War' by Eliza P. Ladd. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3556.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War

Paine, Halbert Eleazer. Speeches, 1865. 2 items. United States Civil War general and member of the U.S. House of Representatives 1865-1871. Speeches address the passage of the 14th amendment, Reconstruction and restoring the Southern states to the Union. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3860.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, African Americans

Palfrey Family Papers, 1776-1918. (bulk 1806-1875). 388 items; 21 vols. Location: 77:89, H:22, Mss.Mf:P, 99. Family of planters, businessmen, politicians, public servants and author. Papers of John Palfrey (1768-1843) relate chiefly to the operation of Forlorn Hope Plantation, education of his sons, War of 1812, and reflect plantation life. Topics include the trade embargo, West Florida Controversy and the capture of Baton Rouge, War of 1812, slavery, cotton and salt production, and banking. Family papers pertain to Civil War battles, plantation economics, Confederate government, and Reconstruction. Papersof William Palfrey concern Ricahoc Plantation and a partnership David Weeks. They also discuss the Clinton and Port Hudson Railroad Company (1841-1842). Some items in French and Spanish. Available (with some omissions) on microfilm 6061 and 5322: University Publications of America Records of Southern Plantations from Emancipation to the Great Migration, Series B, Part 6, Reel 12; Records of Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations from the Revolution through the Civil War, Series I, Part 1, Reels 1-4. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 333, 334, 1409, 1442, 1632, 2076, 2580, 2773, 2857.

Parish, Robert T. Diary. 1861. 1 vol. photocopy. Location: B:66. Itinerant Methodist minister assigned to northern Rapides Parish, Louisiana. He married Judity Merrill in 1850, and they had a son and daughter at the time the diary was written. Diary begins with Parish's tenure in the vicinity of Alexandria, Louisiana, and reflects the day-to-day life of an itinerant minister. He comments on Catholicism, excitement over the Civil War, and the religious failings of his charges, African American and white. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4564.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Civil War, African Americans

Parrish, T. Michael. Papers, 1903-2018 (bulk 1981-1990). 4 linear ft. Locations: D:86, E:41-42, E:55, OS:P. Civil War historian and author. Papers include research materials on Lt. General Richard Taylor and Taylor's participation in Civil War campaigns, especially the Red River Campaign and others in south Louisiana. Unprocessed. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4513.

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Parsons, Captain. Diary, 1862. 1 vol. Location: M:21. Captain serving in the 96th New York Regiment in the Civil War. Early entries give a resume of Parsons' life previous to entering military service. Later entries describe his fellow officers, discuss mismanagement of supplies, and complain of favoritism shown to men because of family or political connections. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 578.

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Patrick, R. W. Family Papers, 1803-1918 (bulk 1845-1900). 123 items, 8 ms. vols. Location: E:40, H:10. Deputy clerk of court of Clinton, East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. Personal papers and journal of Reuben Woodworth Patrick; the Civil War diary of his son, Robert D. Patrick; and excerpts from diaries of Patrick's grandson, Jay Nash of Nash Plantation, near Clinton. Earlyapers consist of land deeds of the Patrick family of New York state. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 686, 712.

Referenced in Guides: Plantations, Civil War

Patrick, Robert D. (Robert Draughton), 1835-1866. Letters, 1862. 3 items. Location: Misc:P. Private in a Louisiana Confederate regiment under General John Hunt Morgan. Two letters (1862) from Patrick to his sister, Mrs. Mary Patrick Nash; and a novel by W. H Maxwell, The Fortunes of Hector O'Halloran and His Man Mark Anthony O'Toole. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 893.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Literature

Payne, Eugene B. [Beauharnois], 1835-1910. Letters, 1863-1864. 3 items. Location: Misc.:. Union soldier in the 37th Illinois Regiment. Letters describe New Orleans, Louisiana, its residents, the lack of rapport between the Union troops from the West and those from the North (ca. Sept. 1863), military pay and illness among troops (Aug. 13, 1864), mail delivery, and changes in command. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3792, 3796.

Peak, Frank P. Narrative, 1863. 1 item [bound typescript copy]. Location: Misc:P. Resident of Chicot, Arkansas, and Confederate soldier imprisoned at Allegheny, Pennsylvania. Copy of "A Southern Soldier's View on the Civil War, 1860-1862," written while Peak was imprisoned. He gives a brief history of the secession movement of 1860. He describes the organization of a cavalry "home guard" company and the formation of a state militia infantry company. He also tells of his enlistment in the Byrnes Battery at Camp Boone, camp life, and his military service, including the fighting at Shiloh. Available on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reel 15. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 629.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Civil War

Peck, John James. Letter, 1865 July 17.1 item. Location: Misc. Union major general active in the defense of Washington, the Peninsular Campaign, and the Department of Virginia and North Carolina during the Civil War. William Parker Snow was an English explorer and author. Letter to Snow refers to Snow's book SOUTHERN GENERALS. Attached to the letter is newsclipping followed by comments on it by Snow. Peck writes that 'now that slavery is forever removed, the unity and oneness of the people will speedily take place . . ' For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3111.

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Peckham, A. I. Collection, 1862-1863, 1919. 4 items. Location: Misc.:P. Letter and other items reflecting interest in General P. G. T. Beauregard, along with a printed address by Governor Thomas O. Moore to "Fellow-Citizens and Soldiers", calling for 5,000 volunteers to assist General Beauregard in the defense of the Mississippi Valley in early 1862. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2314.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Civil War

Pecquet du Bellet de Verton and Kariouk family. Papers, 1856-1991. 1.5 linear ft. Location: 49:14, 98:P, OS:P. French aristocratic family that emigrated from France to Haiti during the early years of the nineteenth century, and later moved to New Orleans. Pierre Paul and Pierre Francois Pecquet married two sisters, and lived in France and Louisiana. Writings are comprised of family histories, correspondence, and regalia of the Pecquet du Bellet de Verton and Kariouk family; and memoirs that detail historical and political events which surrounded the family from 1793-1989. Some material deals with Pierre Paul's attempt to get French government support for the Confederacy in the Civil War. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4702.

Pelayo, Mrs. Sidney M. Newspaper clipping collection, 1903-1965, undated 47 items. Location: Nsp., 99:. Newspaper clippings pertaining to Baton Rouge, the 1927 Mississippi River flood, LSU, people and places of historical interest in Louisiana, the United Confederate Veterans, the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, and World War II. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2600-73.

Pelouze, Louis H. ca. 1831-1878. Letter, 1862 October 14. 1 item. Location: Misc. Union general during the Civil War. Letter to a friend in New Orleans predicts that General Sherman will pursue a conciliatory policy in Louisiana; discusses rumored changes in Union army staff; and mentions his own health. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2808.

Penrose, Ann Wilkinson. Diary and family letters, 1861-1865, undated 11 items, 1 ms. vol. Location: T:108, Mss. Mf.:P. Resident of New Orleans, Louisiana. Diary contains daily entries in the form of letters to her son, Joseph Biddle Wilkinson Penrose, serving in the Confederate army, reflecting civilian life in New Orleans during the Union occupation of that city. Loose items consist of family letters and a family history. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1169.

Perkins, J. C. letter, 1864 June 7. 1 item. Location: MISC:P. Private, 14th New Hampshire Infantry Regiment, Co. D. Letter written at Camp Parapet outside of New Orleans, La., describes camp life, local weather, homes, and gardens. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4063.

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Perkins-Willshire agreement, 1862 January 1.1 item. Location: Misc. Thomas J. Perkins was a landowner of Goochland County, Virginia. Agreement between Perkins and Uriah A. Willshire, the latter to work for one year as overseer on Perkins' farm, stipulating specific terms; on verso, note of April 30 states that Willshire settled accounts with Perkins and left to serve his country. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3416.

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Petetin, Eugene B. Papers, 1864-1865. 5 items. Location: Misc. Retail merchant of Opelousas, Louisiana, and Confederate private in the Louisiana Reserve Corps during the Civil War. Papers consist of Confederate tax receipts, an application for exemption from military service, an assignment to the Reserve Corps, a disability certificate for field service, and a permit to go home. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2133, 2142.

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Petition of James Glover, 1873. 1 item (16 pages). Location: Misc:P. Petition submitted by James Glover of Pennsylvania, in an attempt to receive compensation for the destruction of his lumber mills and property in Harrisonburg, Louisiana during the Civil War. Includes depositions from James Glover, Cornelius Glover, A.G. Malloy (Union colonel responsible for destruction of said property), business associates, and family. Includes a list of items destroyed by the Union army as well as individual's assessments of their worth. Testimonies recall events leading to destruction of Glover's property. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4884.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Business

Peyroux, P. O. New Orleans Civil War letter, 1861. 1 item. Location: MISC:N. Letter signed by Capt. LeGaynot, Lieut. P. O. Peyroux, and Lieut. Louis Ducournau of the 3rd company of Chasseurs a pied, addressed to the Board of Aldermen of the Common Council of New Orleans, requesting $500 to equip the company for battle. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3309.

Phelan, James. Letter, 1862. 1 item. Location: Misc. Confederate senator from Aberdeen, Mississippi. Letter to Confederate President Jefferson Davis advises him to cultivate popular affection; discusses the poor morale of the Confederate army during the retreat from Corinth, Mississippi; and mentions the popularity of several Confederate generals. Phelan also mentions the attitudes of military commanders; predicts a major federal attack on Chattanooga; discusses crop damage; and comments on government appointments. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2844.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Civil War

Phillips, Sarah Ellen. Reminiscences, 1865. 1 item (typed transcription). Location: MISC:P. Reminiscences of a raid by General James H. Wilson's Cavalry Corps near Selma, Alabama, in April 1865. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1776.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Civil War

Phillips, Wendell, 1811-1884, Letter, 1865 June 1. 1 item. Location: Misc.:P. American orator and abolitionist. Letter from Boston to an unidentified recipient expresses fear that if former Confederate states are readily readmitted to Congress they will ally themselves with the Copperheads and win the support of the Administration. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2495.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Civil War

Pierce, Charles H. Letter, 1867. 1 item. Location: Misc.:P. Northerner sympathetic to the Confederacy, probably living in New Orleans, Louisiana, prior to and after the Civil War. Letter from Pierce telling of his and his brothers' service in the Confederate army. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1437.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans 1866-, Civil War

Pierrepont, Edwards, 1817-1892. Papers, 1862-1866. 13 items. Location: Misc.:P, OS:P. Lawyer, politician, U.S. Attorney General (1875). Pierrepont was appointed to examine claims of prisoners in federal custody during the war. Papers relate to the case of Samuel Smith, a New Orleans banker, in the Civil War. During the federal occupation of New Orleans, General Benjamin Butler confiscated gold from Smith's bank to pay Union soldiers. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2568.

Pierson, David, b. 1837, Letter, 1861. 1 item [photocopy]. Winn Parish representative to the 1861 Louisiana Secession Convention. Letter from Pierson to his father, William H. Pierson, explains his decision to enlist in the Confederate army, and his opposition to secession. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1612.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Civil War

Pinson, Hamet and family. Papers, 1859-1951 (bulk 1859-1899). 0.6 linear ft. Location: E:58-65. Native of Arkansas, physician in the Confederate Army, cotton planter. Collection consists of correspondence, financial papers, ephemera, and Civil War papers. Civil War papers contain primarily special orders for Pinson. Correspondence discusses medical procedures, Reconstruction, agriculture, local affairs, and academic life of Edward Gilbert. Memorandum books record medical appointments, military orders, Gilbert's accounts at Mississippi State A&M College, weather, and whiskey and tobacco accounts. Also included is Eva Pinson's autograph book (1885-1890). Also available on microfilm 5735: Confederate Military Manuscripts. Series B, reel 14. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1385, 1748.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Medicine

Pipes, David, Sr. Oath of Allegiance to the United States, 1863. 1 item. Location: MISC:P. Oath of allegiance signed by David Pipes, Sr., resident of Beech Grove Plantation in Clinton, La., administered by Captain Edward Page of the Provost Marshal's office. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3980.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War

Pipes, David, Sr. Oath of allegiance to the United States, 1863 Sept. 17. 1 item. Location: Misc.:P. Louisiana planter. Oath of allegiance signed by David Pipes Sr., administered by Captain Edward Page of the Provost Marshal's office in Baton Rouge, La. Mss. 3980.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War

Pitts, John. Letter, 1863. 1 item. Location: Misc. Federal soldier stationed at New Madrid, Missouri. Letter by Pitts expressing aversion to the use of African Americans in the Union army. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1427.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, African Americans

Poetry scrapbooks and blacksmith ledger, 1833-1883. 2 vols. Location: C:26. Clippings from New Orleans newspapers, including presidential campaign songs, poetry, and Confederate lyrics. Vol. 1 was originally a blacksmith ledger and contains blacksmith entries. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2297.

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