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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Polignac, Camille de. Letter, 1861 March 22. 2 items [one a photographic copy]. Location: Misc. Letter from Prince de Polignac of Paris, France, to Confederate General P. G. T. Beauregard, expressing his sympathy with the South, suggesting the possibility of a foreign legion, and offering his services for the Confederacy. In French with an English translation. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1651.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, French

Polk, Horace M. Letters, 1860-1868. 16 items. Location: U:119. Planter on Bayou Bartholomew near Bastrop (Morehouse Parish), Louisiana, and delegate to the Louisiana Secession Convention. Letters from Polk to his father-in-law, Major John H. Bills of Bolivar, Tennessee, dealing with cotton and tobacco farming, prices for land, and African American labor issues. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1628.

Referenced in Guides: Plantations, Civil War, African Americans

Polk, Leonidas, 1806-1864. Letter, 1863. 1 item. Location: Misc:P. Bishop of the Diocese of Louisiana and general in the Confederate army. Letter from Polk to General John C. Breckinridge in reference to Polk's removal from his command by General Braxton Bragg at Chickamauga. Available on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reel 15. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2689.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Civil War

Polk, Leonidas, 1806-1864. Portrait, circa 1898. 1 item. Location: OS:P. Bishop of the Diocese of Louisiana and general in the Confederate army. Etching by Charles B. Hall, published in his Military Records of General Officers of the Confederate States of America, 1898. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3620.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Civil War

Pollard, A. Roll book, 1861-1863, 1865. 1 ms. vol. Location: M:20. Confederate captain in the 41st Mississippi Volunteers during the Civil War. Penciled copy of a descriptive roll book. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 965.

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Pond, Preston. Letter, 1862 January 11. 1 item. Location: Misc:P. Commander of the 16th Louisiana Volunteers during the Civil War. Letter by Colonel Pond to Colonel S. S. Heard, commander of the 17th Louisiana Volunteers, by order of Brigadier General Daniel Ruggles, setting up a guard system at the camp to prevent any private or noncommissioned officer to pass without leave. Available on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reel 15. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4622.

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Porter, David D. Letter, 1866 April 6. 1 letter. Location: Misc.:P. U.S. naval officer. Admiral David Porter’s fleet participated in the Civil War Red River campaign. In a letter to Capt. William Beebe, Admiral Porter expresses his appreciation for the captain’s actions in saving the fleet’s guns during the Red River campaign. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3860.

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Portraits of Confederate Generals, 1898. 2 items. Location: MISC: P. Etched portraits of Confederate Generals Franklin Gardner and Richard Taylor by Charles B. Hall from his book, Military Records of General Officers of the Confederate States of America. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3914.

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Prentiss, Benjamin C. Letters, 1864, 1865. 2 items. Location: Misc. Union officer stationed at the headquarters of the 11th Minnesota Volunteers at Gallatin, Tennessee, in the Civil War. Letter from Prentiss to r. Flower in Bayou Sara. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 893.

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Price, Frank James. Volumes, 1866, 1893. 3 vols. Location: M:20. Volumes consist of John Esten Cooke's publications, 'Surry of Eagle's Nest; Or The Memoirs of a Staff Officer Serving in Virginia' (1866); 'Portfolio of Views from World's Columbian Exposition,' Chicago, 1892; and a scrapbook of miscellaneous newspaper clippings. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2559.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Literature

Prosser family. Prosser Family Papers, 1863-1974. 1 Letter. Location: MISC:P. Born in Mississippi, William and Ralph Hylton Prosser were the sons of Daniel Launcelot Hylton Prosser and Sarah Eleonor Lewis. Ralph and William served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. The family papers contain a letter, two newspaper clippings, and an obituary. William Hylton Prosser wrote the letter to his sister during his time as a Confederate soldier in the Civil War. The obituary is for Reverend Ralph Hylton Prosser. One newspaper clipping is a letter written by Dorothy Prosser Sims and both newspaper clippings discuss a Civil War monument in Innis, Louisiana. Mss. 5140.

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Prudhomme, P. Lestan. Family papers, 1836-1868 (bulk 1862-1863). .25 linear ft. (27 items; 3 vols.). Location: A:5, H:10. Confederate officer, native of Natchitoches, Louisiana. Collection includes Prudhomme's correspondence to his family from Civil War camps in Mississippi and Louisiana, a family photograph album, and other family letters. Includes some correspondence in French. Available on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reel 15. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 625, 665.

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Pugh, Alexander Franklin, 1819-1883. Papers, 1850-1865. 0.25 linear ft. (11 items, 7 ms. Vols., 3 transcript vols.). Location: 77:88. Part owner and manager of Augustin, Bellevue, Boatner, New Hope, and Whitmell plantations on Bayou Lafourche in Assumption and Lafourche parishes, Louisiana. Papers include plantation diaries describing crop yields, behavior and health of slaves, economic conditions, and Civil War news. Includes a payroll account of former slaves (1865). Available on microfilm 5322: University Publications of America Records of Ante-bellum Southern Plantations Series I, Part 1, Reels 6-7. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 354.

Referenced in Guides: Sugar, Plantations, Civil War, African Americans

Pugh, Josephine Nicholls, 1820-1868. Record book, 1846-1939 (bulk 1846-1868). .3 linear ft.; 1 microfilm reel. Location: H:12, Mss. Mf:P. Wife of Colonel William W. Pugh, planter of Woodlawn Plantation, Assumption Parish, Louisiana. Record book documents public recognition of the Nicholls and Pugh families and includes published reports of Louisiana-related events from the Mexican War through the Civil War. In English and French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4275.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Civil War, French

Pugh, Josephine Nicholls, 1820-1868. Mrs. W. W. Pugh, Jr. Civil War account, circa 1865. 1 item (8 pages) Location: Misc.:P. Mss. Mf: P. Resident of Assumption Parish, Louisiana. Account of the Battle of Georgia Landing at Labadieville, Assumption Parish, Louisiana, on October 27, 1862, in which Confederate troops led by Colonel G. P. McPheeters were defeated by Union troops led by General Godfrey Weitzel, on Bayou Lafourche. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1756.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Civil War

Pugh, Josephine Nicholls, 1820-1868. Civil War account, circa 1865-1868. 2 items (17 pages). Location: Misc.:P. Wife of Colonel William W. Pugh, planter of Woodlawn Plantation, Assumption Parish, Louisiana. Personal account titled 'Dark Days: A Woman's Record,' describes the occupation of Assumption Parish by Union troops in 1862 and comments on the behavior of the occupying troops, the reaction of slaves, and Confederate civilian experiences. Included is a reminiscence of Mrs. Pugh by her husband. Available on microfilm 6061: University Publications of America Records of Southern Plantations from Emancipation to the Great Migration, Series B, Part 3, Reel 7. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2618.

Referenced in Guides: Plantations, Women, Civil War, African Americans

Pugh, W. W. (William Whitmell), 1811-1906. Family Papers, 1833-1941. 921 items, 11 ms. vols. Location: U:165-166, H:9, OS:P. Planter of Woodlawn Plantation, Assumption Parish, Louisiana, state representative, and president of the Board of Levee Commissioners. Papers document politics, the Board of Levee Commissioners, Christ Protestant Episcopal Church, education of the Pugh children, and plantation matters. Includes papers of Pugh's son Thomas, a physician; and Edward, a lawyer of Ascension Parish. Also included are materials relating to the Civil War and to Pugh's daughter-in-law, Eliza Lofton Phillips Pugh. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2052.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Civil War, Education, Medicine

Pugh, W. W. (William Whitmell), 1811-1906. Welman F. Pugh diary, 1844-1864 (bulk 1862-1863). 8 items, 1 vol. Location: Misc.:P, H:22. Planter of Woodlawn Plantation, Assumption Parish, Louisiana, state representative, and president of the Board of Levee Commissioners. Confederate diary of Col. W. W. Pugh's fifteen year old son (1847-1863) of Woodlawn Plantation, Assumption Parish, Louisiana. Includes eight items removed from the diary. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2113.

Referenced in Guides: Plantations, Civil War

Pugh-Williams-Mayes Family Papers, 1844-1933 (bulk 1855-1884). 1.5 linear ft. (283 items, 15 vols.). Location: D:98, H:11. Plantation owners and slaveholders in Louisiana. Richard Pugh served as a private in the Louisiana 5th Company Battalion of the Washington Artillery during the Civil War. His family fled to Texas before Union troops invaded the Bayou Lafourche area. Papers include genealogical notes on the Pugh family, Civil War correspondence between Mary and Richard Pugh, correspondence from friends and relatives, legal documents, financial papers, and financial manuscript volumes. Available (with some omissions) on microfilm: University Publications of America Records of Southern Plantations from Emancipation to the Great Migration, Series B, Part 3, Reel 7, and Records of Southern Plantations from Emancipation to the Great Migration, Series B, Part 4, Reel 11. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 730, 733, 741.

Referenced in Guides: Plantations, Women, Civil War, African Americans

Purnell, Thomas F. Letter, 1863. 1 item. Location: Misc.:P. Captain Thomas F. Purnell served as the Regimental Quartermaster of the 54th Indiana Infantry. Letter to Union Brigadier General John P. Hawkins regarding his interaction with Mr. and Mrs. Templeton of Carroll Parish, Louisiana, in reference to their claim that cotton was confiscated the Union Army. Includes notations made by Hawkins. Mss. 3966.

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Quintard, C. T. Diaries, 1864-1898. 33 ms. vols. (on six microfilm reels). Location: Mss.Mf:Q. Confederate chaplain and surgeon during the Civil War; Protestant Episcopal bishop of the Diocese of Tennessee; and first vice chancellor of the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. Civil War diaries record his experiences and duties in Georgia and Tennessee; atrocities committed by federal troops; his conversations with Confederate officers Hood, Johnston, and Stephen Lee; and his views on P. G. T. Beauregard. Quintard's post-Civil War diaries record trips in the United States and Europe, persons visited, and events and ceremonies attended. Other materials relate to African American Episcopal clergymen. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1118.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Civil War, African Americans, Medicine

Quitman, F. Henry. Letter, 1862 April 21. 1 item. Location: Misc.:P. Confederate officer in the Civil War. Letter to his wife lamenting heavy losses sustained in the battle for New Orleans, mentioning the funeral of General Sidney Johnston. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3632.

Rand, Arnold A. Letter, 1894.1 item. Location: Misc.:R. Letter of condolence to Mrs. Nathaniel P. Banks on the occasion of the death of her husband, Major General Banks, from the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, District of Massachusetts, at Boston. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2326.

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Randolph, George Wythe. Letter, 1862 July 17. 1 item. Confederate general and secretary of war. Letter to Jefferson Davis about the hanging of William Mumford in New Orleans by Union general Benjamin Butler. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2688.

Ransdell, John H. Papers, 1842-1886 (bulk 1842-1869). 9 items, 2 ms. vols. (on 1 microfilm). Location: Mss.Mf:R, B:40. Planter of Elmwood Plantation in Alexandria, Rapides Parish, Louisiana. He and his wife, Amanda Thickman, had nine children, one of whom, Joseph E. Ransdell, became a U.S. congressman and senator from Louisiana. Papers include a plantation diary (1842-1863) and letters written from Elmwood Plantation to Governor Thomas Overton Moore (1863) describing destruction of property by federal troops. A plantation account book (1867-1869) contains accounts of laborers on Elmwood Plantation (1869). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 959.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Plantations, Civil War

Raoul, W. G. (W. Greene), b. 1843. Letters, 1862-1864. 18 items. Location: Misc:R. Resident of Independence, Louisiana, who enlisted in the Confederate army at nineteen during the Civil War. He served with the Washington Artillery, then was promoted to captain and assigned to the construction and distribution of railroad cars. Raoul's letters to his family comment on camp life and military travel in Virginia, the Battle of Gettysburg, and other Confederate military engagements. Available on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reel 15. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2949.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation, Civil War

Ratcliff, Olivia J. Speech, 1866. 1 item [typed transcription]. Location: Misc.:R. Speech delivered by Ratcliff on the presentation of a stone for Confederate monument erected at Liberty, Amite County, Mississippi. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 358.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Civil War, Natchez, Mississippi

Rayon, Virginie D. Document, 1865.1 item. Location: Misc.:R. Unsigned affidavitt of Virginie Devillier Rayon requesting a furlough for her husband, Joseph Rayon, to aid his family in securing the necessities of life. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 360.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Civil War

Record, Aaron P. Diary, 1863-1864. 2 items. Location H:16. Federal soldier of 8th Iowa Regiment (Infantry) during Civil War. Diary comments on routine camp life, military transportation, and the regiment's involvement in the sieges of Vicksburg and Jackson, Mississippi. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4869.

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Record, George L. Family Papers, 1845-1922 (bulk 1873-1899). 19 items. Location: E:40. Family of Louisiana and Mississippi. Papers concern financial matters and include Civil War reminiscences of Jesse Craven of the 16th Arkansas Infantry. Craven fought at Port Hudson, Louisiana; was captured near Baton Rouge; and was imprisoned in various northern cities. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 683.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Baton Rouge

Redfield, F. D. Letter, 1863 March 15. 1 item. Location: Misc.:R. Union soldier during the Civil War. Letter written from a Union camp near Lake Providence, East Carroll Parish, Louisiana, discusses camp life and treatment of deserters; refutes report that Union gunboats can travel from Lake Providence to the Red River; and describes flooding in the area. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3245.

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Redhead, Joseph. Joseph and John A. Redhead diary, 1853-1870. 1 ms. vol. (on microfilm). Location: Mss.Mf:R. Doctor and planter of Wilkinson County, Mississippi. Diary and letters copied in it describe plantation activities and his family's experience of the Civil War. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1374.

Rees, Grover, 1891-, interviewee. Oral history interview, 1991-1992. Transcript (22, 25 pages), 2 sound cassettes (2.5 hours). Location: L:4700.0078. Native of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, and graduate of LSU (1912) and Harvard Law School (1915) who wrote a history of Breaux Bridge. Interview deals with his student years at LSU and Harvard; his book on Breaux Bridge; and his work at Gulf Oil Corporation. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4700.0078.

Regan, Godfrey Z., 1908-. Legal Opinions, 1948-1973. 25 vols. Location: 8:62-63. Member of a prominent Creole family; Justice of the Peace for the 2nd District of New Orleans, director of the Louisiana State Bank. Correspondence, essays, and business papers include letters describing civilian life in occupied New Orleans during the Civil War and conditions in the Confederate army. A record book describes a business venture of Polyxene Reynes. Some items in French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1038.

Reich, E. B. Letter, 1861. 1 item. Location: Misc.:R. Resident of Itawamba County, Mississippi. Letter to Reich's uncle, John P. Reich, in Texas stating that due to poor economic conditions Reich wants to sell out and move to Texas. He includes a list of prices for produce and family news and mentions a legacy due to Mr. Cowill. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3551.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War

Reid, John (John William), 1821-1881. Papers, 1861-1867. 40 items, 1 vol. Location: E:84, F:12. Available on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reel 3. Confederate soldier, lawyer, and congressman of Jefferson Country, Missouri. Official papers include 18 letters concerning commissary supplies in Louisiana and Texas during the Civil War. Personal papers include land deeds, receipts, and bills. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 365.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Civil War

Reilly, Robert M. Papers, 1955-1996. 9.3 linear ft. Location: UU:235-244. Native of Chicago who moved to Baton Rouge in 1962. Reilly's career in Baton Rouge centered around an interest in military history. He was also an advocate for historic sites and decommissioned ships such as the U.S.S. Kidd. Photographs, film negatives, drawings, clippings, research notes, correspondence, papers, speeches, newsletters, maps, and brochures document Reilly's research on U.S. firearms, the Civil War, and World War II naval history. The largest portion of the collection consists of research materials, arranged alphabetically by topic. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4662.

Renwick, W. P. and Joseph. See: W. P. and Joseph Renwick letters.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War

Report of the Second Auditor of the Treasury to the Congress of the Confederate States on a Claim Presented by the State of Louisiana under the Act of Congress Approved August 30, 1861, 11 Nov. 1864. 1 item. Location: Misc:R. Handwritten report by W.H.S. Taylor to the Confederate Congress regarding a denied claim issued by the state of Louisiana requesting reimbursement for expenses incurred for war preparations. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4203.

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Retif, P. E. Letters, 1864. 2 items. Location: Misc:R. Confederate soldier and member of the Orleans Guard Battery during the Civil War. He became a prisoner of war and was paroled from Greensboro, North Carolina, in April 1865. Letters written to Retif's mother from Charleston, South Carolina, express concerns about his family and his views on the war. Retif also implies that the letters are being smuggled through Union-controlled areas. Available on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reel 15. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3365.

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Reynès, Joseph and family. Papers, 1743-1929 (bulk 1862-1869). 624 items, 37 volumes. Location: C:87-88; P:20, OS:R. Resident of New Orleans and member of a prominent Creole family. Reynès was Justice of the Peace for the 2nd District of New Orleans and was later appointed as director of the Louisiana State Bank. Correspondence, essays, and business papers include letters describing civilian life in occupied New Orleans during the Civil War and conditions in the Confederate army. A record book describes a business venture of Polyxene Reynès. Some items in French. Available (with some omissions) on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reels 15-16. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 493, 494, 1033, 1034, 1038, 1039, 1240.

Reynolds, Edwin R. Letter, 1861 January 31. 1 item. Location: Misc.:R. Member of U.S. Congress. Letter, with free franked envelope, addressed to Mr. Bullock, mentioning Reynolds' efforts on behalf of Bullock's appointment and expressing his position against compromise with slavery. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3421.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Civil War, African Americans

Rhind-Gardner Family Papers, 1715-1926 (bulk 1811-1855). .3 linear ft., 2 mss. vols. Location: E:18, G:20. Merchants of Augusta, Georgia. Papers are comprised of family letters; slave documents; business and miscellaneous papers. Correspondence pertains to business arrangements, cotton crops, family news, health, and slavery. Other topics inlcude the Civil War, the Seminole War, and WWI. Business papers contain accounts, receipts, and a court document. Miscellaneous papers consist of poetry, lists of roses, ephemera, and a diploma. Volumes consist of a photo album and scrapbook. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3576.

Rhodes, Robert. Letter, 1863 August 30. 1 item. Location: Misc.:R. Union soldier in the Civil War on the U.S.S. Clifton near Brashear City (Morgan City), Louisiana. Letter to Rhodes's brother George discussing family matters and speculating on the plans of General Banks. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3271.

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Richard, Joseph L., 1944-. 28th Thomas's Louisiana Infantry Regiment and 18th Louisiana Infantry Regiment Rosters, 2000. 1 item. Location: Misc.:R. The 29th Louisiana Infantry Regiment is also known as the 28th Thomas's Louisiana Infantry Regiment. Because two regiments independently formed within a few days of each other and both called themselves the 28th. Photocopies of the roster lists for 1862-1864. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4811.

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Richardson, Henry Brown, 1837-1909. Family Papers, 1834-1967. 224 items; 4 vols. Location: W:32, D:16, Map case. Chief engineer of the State Board of Engineers of Louisiana (1880-1904) and a member of the Mississippi River Commission (1904-1909); member of the Confederate Corps of Engineers in the Civil War. Collection documents Brown's early Midwest travel and imprisonment in the Civil War; life in Tensas Parish, Louisiana, and, after 1877, his work in New Orleans as an engineer. Includes correspondence and a diary of his wife, Anna Farrar Richardson. Available (with some omissions) on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reels 16-17. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2987.

Richardson, Thomas Parker. Letter, 1862 March 26. 2 items. Location: Misc.:R. Confederate surgeon and member of the 17th Louisiana Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. Letter from Dr. Richardson giving an eyewitness account of the preparations being made at Corinth, Mississippi, prior to the Battle of Shiloh, April 6-7, 1862. An envelope gives Dr. Richardson's wife's address as Monroe, Louisiana. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1684.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Medicine

Richmond Hospital (Louisiana). Voucher, 1862. 2 items. Location: Misc.:R. Voucher, issued by Captain N. A. Birge, Acting Quartermaster, C.S.A., Post Monroe, Louisiana, listing articles for the use of the patients at the hospital. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2339.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Medicine

Rights of freedmen. Circulation of emancipation proclamation, duties of superintendents of freedmen, 1865 July 14. 1 printed vol., 6 p.; 21 cm. Location: E:Imprints. Photostatic copy of printed circular from Headquarters, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands, State of Louisiana, New Orleans, pertaining to freedmen and the circulation of Emancipation Proclamation. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 150.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, African Americans

Rion Family. Photographs, circa 1860. 4 copy prints, 2 35mm film negative strips. Location: MISC:R, E:65. Collection contains two unique portraits (copy prints of cartes-de-visite) of James Henry Rion and Preston Rion. James Henry Rion (1828-1886) served as colonel of the 6th South Carolina Volunteers Infantry Regiment and later served as major and eventually lieutenant colonel of the 7th South Carolina Infantry Battalion during the Civil War. His son, Preston Rion (1852-1922), was postmaster of Winnsboro, South Carolina. Mss. 4549.

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Risley, Alice Farmer and family. Papers, 1856-1939 (bulk 1860-1930). 174 items; 4 volumes; 3 reels. Location: 9:29, J:21, OS:R; MSS.MF:R. The family papers and photographs of Phoebe Farmer, Alice Risley, and Sam Risley include material on life in Civil War Louisiana (especially New Iberia and New Orleans), participation in Grand Army of the Republic and National Association of Army Nurses of the Civil War, poetry, education, and Civil War hospitals. Within the collection are a Civil War diary of Alice Risley of her life in New Orleans and 91 period photographs. For more information, see online catalog. Mss. 2269, 4901.

Rives, Mary Elizabeth Carter, 1829-1900. Diary, 1865-1900. 1 vol., (on microfilm) Location: Mss.Mf:R. Widow and planter of Mansfield, DeSoto Parish, Louisiana. Diary records sentiments toward Confederate defeat and her experiences managing a plantation during early Reconstruction, including relations with freedmen. Also relates family activities and social life in Mansfield and Shreveport, Louisiana. Genealogical materials and remedies for smallpox, cancer, and scarlet fever are included. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2670.

Robert E. Lee photographs, circa 1865-1870. 3 photographic prints. Location: E:67. Confederate general in the Civil War. Formal photographic portraits of Robert E. Lee taken probably after the Civil War. These are copies of the original photographs made sometime around 1973.For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2788.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War

Robert E. Lee farewell address, circa 1865-1890. 1 item [copy]. Location: Misc:A. General Robert E. Lee's farewell address to the Army of Northern Virginia, April 10, 1865, and poem entitled 'A Mother Waiting for the News.' Alternate title: Anonymous memorandum. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 219.

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Roberts, A. W. (Abishai W.). Family Papers, 1837-1916 (bulk 1866-1878). 363 items. Location: A:13-14, H:12. Attorney of Lake Providence, Louisiana; soldier in the Confederate army; and prisoner of war at Johnson's Island Prison, Sandusky Bay, Ohio. Collection includes legal papers, receipts, family papers, and a license to practice law from the Louisiana Bar Association (1857). Also included are Civil War letters from Roberts, including one written while he was imprisoned. Available (with some omissions) on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reel 17. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 370.

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Roberts, W. W. Letter, 1863 January 13. 1 item. Location: Misc.:R. Reply to letter from Roberts by Captain George G. Garrison, A.A.G., Headquarters, Petersburg, Virginia, regarding couriers. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2121.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War

Robertson, Felix H., 18??-1928. Letters, 1894-1900. 5 items. Location: Misc.:R. Confederate brigadier general. Letters recount details of the Battle of Chicamauga and the Peninsular Campaign, and defend United States control over the Philippine Islands. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2864.

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Robertson, Mary Jane. Correspondence, 1860-1862. 7 items. Location: Misc.:R. Resident of Plaquemine, Iberville Parish, Louisiana. Letters from friends pertain to social life, the Catholic laity, and Confederate civilian experiences. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2868.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Women, Civil War

Rochelle, W. P. Papers, 1897-1916, undated 7 items, 1 printed vol. Location: E:Imprints. Confederate veteran of Hohen Solms, of Ascension Parish, Louisiana. Pamphlet by the Grant Cabin Association titled Endowment Fund Souvenir, published by the Patriot Press of St. Louis concerns the preservation of the Ulysses Grant cabin. A few items relate to Confederate veterans. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2165.

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Roller, J. E. Application, 1865 January 7.1 item. Location: Misc.:R. Confederate lieutenant, 2nd Regiment, Engineer Troops. Application by Roller for leave of absence to return to Rockingham County, Virginia, approved by order of General Robert E. Lee. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2133.

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