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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Johnson, Moses. Military Records, 1863. 2 items. Location: Misc.: J. Confederate soldier and prisoner of war. Records include an account sheet showing wages paid and supplies issued to Moses Johnson by his regiment (June 25, 1863) and a parole certificate issued to Johnson by the Union Army (July 12, 1863). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 5055.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War

Johnston, Albert Sidney. Portrait. 1 item. Location:Range 14, A:2. Mss. 3672.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War

Johnston, Eliza Griffin. Letter, 1895 November 10. 1 item. Location: Misc.:J. Wife of Confederate general Albert Sidney Johnston. Letter expresses continued sentiment for the Confederate cause. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2846.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Civil War

Johnston, Henry. Letter, 1863. 1 item. Location: Misc. Union soldier in the Civil War. Letter describes the training of his regiment on Long Island, the sea voyage from New York to New Orleans, back upriver to Baton Rouge, and African American soldiers in the Union army. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2466.

Johnston, Joseph E. (Joseph Eggleston), 1807-1891. General order, 1864. 1 item (3 leaves). Location: E:84. Confederate general in the Civil War. General order, issued by command of Johnston at Chattanooga, Tennessee, pertains to regulations published for the guidance of all inspecting officers. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2133.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War

Johnston, Joseph E. (Joseph Eggleston). Confederate States Army Civil War orders, 1865. 3 items. Location: E:84. Photocopies of orders issued by Joseph E. Johnston and W. T. Sherman regarding the logistics and terms of the surrender of Johnston's command in North Carolina. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 736.

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Jones, James M. Plantation journals, 1854-1888 (bulk: 1855-1880). 6 items, 2 manuscript volumes, 1 microfilm reel. Location: VAULT:11, MSS.MF:J. James M. Jones was a cotton planter of Poplar Ridge Plantation, Rodney, Jefferson County Miss. Plantation journals (volume 1: 1854-1861, 1876-1880) and (volume 2: 1861-1866) record the weather, work done by his hands on the cotton, corn, pea, and fruit crops, the dates of the first cotton bloom for the year, and the amount of cotton picked. Farmers almanacs for 1876-1878 and 1880, as well as accounts with merchants, have been sewn into volume one. In addition to plantation work, volume two contains a few notations of Union soldiers in the area and the activities of freedmen (1864), as well as mentions of Jones's furloughs from the 4th Mississippi Cavalry. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4824.

Referenced in Guides: Plantations, Civil War, African Americans

Jones, Joseph. Papers, 1832-1919 (bulk 1860-1905). 7.5 linear ft., 74 volumes, 23 microfilm reels. Location: UU:87-100, O:20, OS:J, AA:, VAULT:1, MSS.MF:J. New Orleans physician and scientific writer, Confederate medical authority, and president of the Louisiana State Board of Health. Papers consist of manuscript writings by Jones pertaining to investigations of various diseases, studies on American archaeology and anthropology, and published and unpublished papers on Confederate medical history. Also included are family letters and six letter file books containing correspondence and related items by subjects. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 468, 534, 544, 1036, 1351, 1357, 1393, 1441.

Jones, Walter B. Imprints, 1962. 2 items. Location: E:Imprints. Judge and resident of Alabama. Copy of 'The Confederate Creed' by Judge Walter B. Jones and color post card of his father, Alabama Governor Thomas Goode Jones, as a Confederate major. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1814.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Literature

Jones, William W. (Union soldier). Letter: Camp Kearney, La. to Mary H. Jones, 1862 October 21. 1 item (1 leaf). Location: Misc:J. Union soldier in a unit which was training and drilling at Camp Kearney, near New Orleans, during the Civil War. Two-page letter giving a brief description of Jones' military training and drill practice at Camp Kearney. It describes physical conditions at camp, mentioning the weather and the men's failed attempt to seize chickens from a local resident. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3326.

Kavanaugh, C. Certificate, 1863 Dec. 14. 1 item. Location: MISC:K. Union officer. Certificate, signed by Capt. C. Kavanaugh, authorizes James Bait to leave the cavalry after having found a substitute soldier to replace him. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3770.

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Keifer, Joseph Warren, b. 1836. Letters, 1862-1864.53 items [photocopies]. Location: U:240. Union officer in the 110th Ohio Regiment during the Civil War. Letters to Keifer's wife describing camp life in Virginia and West Virginia; the activities of 'Copperheads'; training of soldiers and attitudes of officers; and the third battle of Winchester in Sheridan's Shenandoah Valley campaign. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2462.

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Kellogg, William P. Letter, 1867. 1 item. Location: Misc. Collector of Customs in New Orleans. Letter of application from Raymond Wigand for a position in the Collector of Customs office, giving Wigand's service record in the Union army. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1361.

Kendall, John Irwin. Biography, 1861-1865. 1 vol. [typed transcription]. Location: J:11. Work by John S. Kendall entitled 'Recollections of a Confederate Officer,' based on a statement written by his father, John Irwin Kendall, a member of the Fourth Louisiana Infantry Regiment, in the latter years of his life covering his military career. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 870.

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Kenner family. Papers and diaries, 1844-1892 (bulk 1844-1856). 49 items; 8 vols. Location: C:30, J:5, . Sugar and rice planters of Oakland Plantation, Jefferson Parish; and Roseland Plantation, St. Charles Parish, Louisiana. Papers consist of personal correspondence, a diary, and two memorandum books. Included are Civil War letters of Lieutenant Philip Minor Kenner. Plantation diaries and correspondence of Charles Oxley, husband of Martha Kenner, record activities at Roseland Plantation. Available on microfilm 5735 and 5322: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B Reel 10 and Records of Ante-bellum Southern Plantations Series I, Part 1, Reel 5 For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 775.

Referenced in Guides: Sugar, Plantations, Civil War

Kenner, Duncan Farrar. Papers, 1838-1905 (bulk 1838-1894). 0.8 linear ft., 3 volumes. Location: A:51, F:4, VAULT:1, VAULT MRDF 2. Planter of Ashland, Ascension Parish, Louisiana, and Confederate diplomat. Collection includes financial, legal, and personal papers related to Ashland Plantation and Kenner's investments and business dealings in New Orleans, especially with his brother-in-law, General Richard Taylor, in leasing the New Basin Canal in New Orleans, as well as horse racing and Kenner's diplomatic mission to France on behalf of the Confederacy. Available on microfilm 6061: University Publications of America Records of Southern Plantations from Emancipation to the Great Migration, Series B, Part 1, Reel 14. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 198, 1402, 1477.

Kent-Amacker Family Papers, 1853-1910 (bulk: 1860-1866). 65 items. Location: 1:55. Family correspondence of the Kent and Amacker families of St. Helena and Tangipahoa parishes, La., including financial records and miscellaneous items. Bulk of correspondence written or received by the Kent Family during the Civil War and relates to military operations in southeastern Louisiana, family participation in campaigns in Georgia, presence of Federals, and the imprisonment of James Fluker Kent at Johnson Island, Ohio. Letters written before, during, and after the war also briefly describe news and events of local, business, and familial interest. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4185.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation, Civil War, Business

Ker, John, 1789-1850. Family Papers, 1803-1862. 27 items, 1 vol. Location: S:108. Medical doctor of Good Hope Plantation of Concordia Parish, Louisiana, and the father of Mary Susan and William H. Ker. Papers include letters from Stephen Duncan, Sr., of Natchez, Mississippi, and Philadelphia, to Dr. John Ker; and Civil War letters from William H. Ker, a Confederate soldier. Collection also includes a diary (1850-1851) of Mary Susan Ker with details on family life after her father's death. Available on microfilm 5750: University Publications of America Southern Women and Their Families in the 19th Century: Papers and Diaries Series E, Reel 15. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3539.

Ker, William H. Letters, 1861-1864. 11 items. Location: U:182. Natchez, Mississippi, resident and Confederate private in the Jefferson Davis Legion, Mississippi Cavalry, in the Civil War. Collection contains letters from Ker to his sister concerning his observations and reflections during service in Virginia, Alabama, and Georgia. Available on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reel 10. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 888.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Natchez, Mississippi

Kernion, George C. H. Family papers, 1544-1942 (1832-1942). 174 items, 3 pamphlets. New Orleans public accountant and tax specialist. Papers include documents related to Kernion's career as an accountant and copies of genealogies and documents containing vital statistics for the Kernion, Campbell, Huchet, and Quimper families. Included in the collection are Civil War Confederate letters and political speeches and broadsides of Huey P. Long. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1629.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Civil War, Long Family

Keyes, Charles L. Letters, 1862-1863. 10 items. Location: Misc:K. Union soldier from Charlemont, Franklin County, Massachusetts, in the 52nd Massachusetts Infantry during the Civil War. Letters describe his steamship voyage aboard the Illinois; and camp life in Baton Rouge, New Iberia, Camp Stoneman, Barres Landing, and Port Hudson, Louisiana. Letters from Port Hudson, written from the breastworks, describe conditions during the siege. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3604.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation, Civil War, Baton Rouge

Kidd, Edwin. Family Papers, 1792-1994, undated (bulk: 1836-1884). Location: UU:63. Edwin E. Kidd was a lawyer, politician, and businessman. Kidd served several terms in the Louisiana Legislature. Papers include correspondence from Edwin’s father, Wilson M. Kidd, and then later, from Edwin. Wilson M. Kidd fought in the Creek War of 1836 as a volunteer in the Alabama militia. Correspondece recounts Wilson Kidd's experiences in the militia and Edwin Kidd's education, experiences in the Civil War, and post-war political career. In addition to correspondence the collection includes photographs, receipts, legal documents, and genealogical information. Mss. 5178.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Plantations, Civil War, Education

Kilbourne, James Gilliam, 1828-1893. Correspondence, 1855-1859, 1865-1866. 15 items. Location: Misc. Planter, jurist, state legislator, Confederate captain, and member of the law firm Fuqua and Kilbourne of East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. Letters from James O. Fuqua pertain principally to clients but also give some information concerning local politics and living conditions in Baton Rouge. Letters from others pertain to law suits and local politics. Included is a letter in which James O. Fuqua discusses the eagerness of some citizens to take the Amnesty Oath and civilian comments on the outcome of the Civil War, and the freedmen. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1353.

Kilbourne, James Gilliam, 1828-1893. Family collection, 1838-1899. 565 items, 43 vols. Location: E:5-7, G:13, OS:K. Planter, jurist, state legislator, Confederate captain, and member of the law firm Fuqua and Kilbourne of East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. Collection contains personal and business papers of three generations of the Kilbourne family. Papers include documents related to Kilbourne's legal career, Civil War letters from Kilbourne to his wife, and records of the Comite Plantation. Available (with some omissions) on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reel 11. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 690, 730.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Plantations, Civil War

Kilbourne, James Gilliam. Photographs, ca. 1890. 2 items. Location: Pict.Coll:K. Jurist of Clinton, Louisiana. Includes a photograph of Kilbourne and his home Bonnie Burn, which was the site of a Civil War skirmish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 236.

Referenced in Guides: Plantations, Civil War

Kimbell, Sylvester, b. 1836 or 7. Letters, 1862-1863. 24 items. Location: Misc:K. Union soldier in the 53rd Massachusetts Regiment during the Civil War. Kimbell's letters were written to his wife and describe his service in Louisiana, including fighting near New Orleans at Camp Kenner, Baton Rouge, and Port Hudson. He also wrote letters from Baltimore and Virginia. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4677.

Kimmel, C. Letter, 1866. 1 item. Location: Misc. Letter from Rhode Island asking a friend to advertise in New Orleans and other Louisiana papers regarding the whereabouts of his son, probably a Union soldier. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2112.

King, Edmund. Manuscript, 1910, 1929, 1931. 4 items. Location: A:26. Confederate captain during the Civil War. History of the St. Martin's Rangers by Captain King and edited by his grandson, Dr. Henry Allen King of Shreveport. Included is a certificate identifying King by the adjutant of the Iberia Camp of the United Confederate Veterans. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2104.

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King, Grace Elizabeth. Selected papers, 1864, 1883-1933. 1 linear ft., 2 microfilm reels. Location: UU:31, MSS.MF:K, Vault:1. New Orleans writer and historian. Business and personal correspondence pertaining to Grace King's literary career, European travels, and social and family life; includes some family correspondence, principally of her sister, Annie R. King. Papers also include a copy of an order issued by Richard Taylor concerning the Battle of Mansfield (1864), a program for the memorial service for Jefferson Davis held in New Orleans (1903), and manuscript notes concerning the United States Army occupation of New Orleans (undated). Correspondence from Baron Edouard de Pontabla, Charles Wagner, Henry Vignaud, and Flora O'Gorencees discuss World War I. Partly in French. For further information, see online catalog. Part of the Grace King Collection. Mss. 1282.

King, Horatio, 1811-1897. Letter, 1860 November 25. 1 item. Location: Misc.:K. United States Postmaster-General under Presidents Pierce and Buchanan. Letter comments on strength of secessionist feelings and urges support of the President and Unionist policies. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2855.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Civil War, Business

King, James G. and Sons. Letter, 1863 November 7. 1 item. Location: Misc.:K. New York City businessmen. Letter concerning an order sent to General Benjamin Butler by Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles relative to the liquidation of the Bank of Louisiana and the reaction of the bank's directors. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2582.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Business

King, William W. and family. Papers, 1833-1954 (bulk 1837-1936). 9,400 items, 174 volumes. Location: N:6-8, OS:K, UU:32-57, Vault:27. New Orleans lawyer and father of writer Grace King. Papers of correspondence, bills and receipts relating to the law firm of Elmore and King; L'Embarrasse Plantation in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana; and the period during the Civil War and Reconstruction. Also included are papers concerning the education of the children; the social, cultural, religious, and economic life of New Orleans; the anti-lottery movement; and travel in the U.S. and Europe. For further information, see online catalog. Part of the Grace King Collection. Mss. 1282.

Kinney, John C. (John Coddington), d. 1891. Letters, 1862-1864. 10 items. Location: Misc:K. Yale University graduate and Union officer in the 13th Connecticut Regiment during the Civil War. Letters provide detailed descriptions of his military service on Ship Island, in occupied New Orleans, and under General Grover during the Red River Expedition. They include observations on federal generals and Thibodaux, Louisiana, skirmishes. Two letters describe Kinney's assignment, training, and duties in the Signal Corps. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2273.

Kirkland, John D. A. Commission, 1861. 1 item. Location: OS:K. Commission appointing John D. A. Kirkland a captain in the East Feliciana Regiment of the Louisiana Militia by Governor Thomas O. Moore. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2273. Mss. 893.

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Kleinpeter, George and family. Papers, 1804-1918 (bulk 1824-1890). 0.3 linear ft., 1 microfilm reel. Location: B:40, OS:K, MSS.MF:K. Farmer of East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana. He and Augustine Daigre married about 1830 and had at least four children, William, George Augustin, Alice, and Josephine. Papers include Civil War letters from William and George Augustin to their mother; legal documents; and miscellaneous family papers. Some items in French and Spanish. Also available (with some omissions) on microfilm: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reel 11. For further information see online catalog. Mss. 864, 1029.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Civil War, Baton Rouge, French

Kleinpeter, George, John, and family. Papers, 1786-1911. 32 items. Location: 7:57. The Kleinpeter family emigrated from Germany and eventually settled in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, where they were farmers. Photocopies of family documents belonging to the George and John Kleinpeter families of Louisiana. These include survey maps, land grants, land transfers, birth and death records, estate papers, receipts, and miscellaneous items. The Sharp family is also mentioned as they relate to the Kleinpeters. Mss. 4897.

Kleinpeter, Joseph and family. Papers, 1803-1895 (bulk 1820-1865). 0.25 linear ft., 2 volumes. Location: C:63, OS:K, J:6, 98:. Sugar planter of Variety Plantation in Iberville Parish, Louisiana. Papers include land records, slave sales, mortgages, and succession documents. A record book includes entries of slave births (1822-1852). There are also Civil War military papers and two Bureau of Refugees labor contracts (1865-1866). Some items in French. Available on microfilm 5322: University Publications of America Records of Ante-bellum Southern Plantations Series I, Part 1, Reel 9. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1241.

Klinsk, J. G. Letters, 1864. 2 items. Location: Misc.:K. Captain in the Union army in the Civil War. Letters from Vicksburg, Mississippi, relate to the collection of Confederate cotton stores and to possible corruption of Union officers involved. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2927.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War

Knight, Thomas J. Papers, 3 items. Location: U:186. Biographical sketches of Newton Knight, by his son, Thomas J. Knight, relating to his rudimentary education, the loyalty of Jones County, Mississippi to the Federal government; resistance to the conscription acts of the Confederacy; the organized resistance to Confederate cavalry. Also included is a muster roll and list of engagements of the Knight company. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 495.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Education

Knighton, Josiah and family. Papers, 1793-1909 (bulk 1861-1896). 270 items, 4 volumes. Location: E:21. Resident of Clinton, East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. Family member James H. Knighton was a private in the 4th Louisiana Infantry during the Civil War. Personal papers of the Knighton family consist chiefly of correspondence. Civil War letters of James H. Knighton describe Camp Neafus, Camp Lovell, Confederate deserters, campaigns at Vicksburg and Atlanta, and the Battle of Shiloh. Letters (1867-1886) describe the Chinese population of Lake Providence, East Carroll Parish, Reconstruction, and African American voters. Available (with some omissions) on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reel 11.For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 651.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, African Americans

Knox, J. P., d. 1893. Family Papers, 1851-1921. 2 linear ft., 9 vols. Location: E:25-26, vault:1. Cotton planters of Clinton, East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, and proprietors of Clinton Brick and Tile Company and the East Louisiana Land Investment Company. Letters (1861-1863) from Granville L. Alspaugh to his mother describe his service in the Confederate Army at Vicksburg. Papers (1851-1893) also reflect social, personal, and business matters, including the sale of cotton through factors in New Orleans. Letters of Robert Granville Knox (1890-1899) describe student life at Louisiana State University, his partnership in a drugstore in Hammond, La., and his participation in the Spanish American War, with Roosevelt's Rough Riders. Later correspondence (1900-1921) include letters written to Miss Elise Walker by soldiers during World War I. Available on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reels 11-12. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 715.

Koch, Christian D. Family Papers, 1829-1912 (bulk 1845-1900). 3,526 items, 24 vols. Location: U:186-195, H:14. Koch family was of Danish descent and settled near Pearlington, Hancock County, Mississippi. Christian Koch was a master of a schooner. Early correspondence describes farm life and operating a schooner on the Pearl River and along the Gulf Coast. Civil War letters describe the privations of war, and later papers detail the family's movements in Montana. H.P.G. Koch, nephew of Christian, discusses how a German Jew passenger was the butt of jokes and fined $5 for smoking on the wharf in Charleston, South Carolina. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 202.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation, Civil War, Jewish Community

Kosnegary, Etta. Letter, 1862 November 12. 1 item. Location: Misc. Confederate war widow of Columbia, Tennessee. Letter laments the death of her husband, speaks of civilian hardships and of the welfare of her slaves. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2897.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Civil War, African Americans

Lambert, N. Letters, 1864. 2 items. Location: Misc:L. Resident of East Pascagoula, Mississippi. Letters to cousin Leda Hincks of New Orleans comment on the suffering of Confederate refugees; the arrival of exiles from New Orleans; and the effects of displacement; and request non-contraband articles such as perique, tobacco, cloth, and paper. Available on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reel 12. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2133.

Lambert, Norma. Papers, 1959-1967. 6 items, 5 vols. (2 ms. vols., 3 printed vols.). Location: C:65, H:21. Teacher in the Amite Grammar School and member of the Camp Moore chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy; resident of Tangipahoa, Louisiana. Papers relate to the social history (1866-1967) of Tangipahoa. Included are copies of minutes of village meetings, financial statements, a scrapbook of newspaper clippings, illustrations, a recipe book, and a yearbook of the Camp Moore chapter. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2111, 2354.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Civil War

Lambert, Samuel. Military history, circa 1880-1900. 1 printed pamphlet (fragmentary). Location: Mss. Mf.:L. Copy of A Record of the Late Fourth Louisiana Regiment, C.S.A., Published by the Clinton, Louisiana, East Feliciana Democrat. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2386.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War

Lamberton, W. W. Letter, 1909 August 17. 1 item. Location: Misc. New Orleans resident. Letter to the secretary of the navy claims salvage fees for the recovery of five cannon from the gunboat Veruna, sunk in the Mississippi River near New Orleans during the battle of April 24, 1862. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2897.

Lance, Samuel J. Papers, 1861-1864. 9 items. Location: OS:L. Available on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reel 12. Resident of Buncome County, North Carolina. Letters from Lance's sons written from camps in Mississippi, Tennessee, and South Carolina while they were in the Confederate army during the Civil War. One letter by John B. Lance was written from a federal prison in Rock Island, Illinois. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 616.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War

Larche, Adeline N. Letter, 1861. 1 item. Location: Misc. Resident of Providence (now Lake Providence), East Carroll Parish, Louisiana. Letter to Mrs. Larche from Levy & Dieter, commission merchants, New Orleans, concerning her account and the cost of insurance to cover the cotton crop. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 860.

Latta, Samuel R. (Samuel Rankin). Correspondence, 1861-1862. 1 vol. (containing 35 items). Location: H:21. Captain of the Macon Grays, 13th Tennessee Infantry, during the Civil War. His family lived in Dyersburg, Tennessee. Letters exchanged by Latta and his wife during his service in Tennessee, Missouri, Kentucky, and Mississippi. Latta describes his participation in the battles of Belmont and Shiloh. Included are three letters from a brother living in Boston, Massachusetts, and two letters from a school teacher. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1924.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Civil War

Lauve, Gustave. Letter, 1863 June 26. 1 item. Location: Misc:L. Resident of Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana. Letter written to Lauve by Oscar, of Bayou Plaquemine, Iberville Parish, Louisiana, describing pillage and destruction by the Union army in Iberville Parish; movements of Confederate troops in Louisiana; and family news. The letter also describes the situation concerning runaway slaves and treatment of slaves by the Union army. Available on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reel 21. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 893.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, African Americans

Laycock, John T. and family. Papers, 1840-1953. 0.5 linear ft. Location: UU:149, OS:L, K:37. Baton Rouge lawyer, banker, and writer. Papers contain law notes and a transcript of 'Fragments from a Collection of Letters and Notes of Nina Harper of New Orleans, Louisiana, 1861-1862,' that describes civilian life during the Civil War. A manuscript fragment of 'Legs joins the cavalry;' and some miscellaneous notes pertaining to Baton Rouge. Also included are broadsides advertising the Baton Rouge Female Institute, and announcing a Grand Fete for the Red Cross Society (1918), and a photograph of John McCarthney Taylor. Available on microfilm 5750: University Publications of America Southern Women and Their Families in the 19th Century: Papers and Diaries Series E, Reels 15-16. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3194.

Lea, Lemanda E. Papers, 1858-1872. 57 items. Location: E:39. Resident of Liberty, Mississippi, and wife of a Confederate soldier. Correspondence includes letters from her mother, Sarah Sandell of Pike County, Mississippi, and letters from camps in Mississippi and Louisiana written by her husband, I. G. Lea, and her brothers, C. J. and W. G. Martin. Printed items include a speech by the Hon. Thomas R. Stockdale of Mississippi, and minutes of the Union Baptist Association. Available (with some omissions) on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reel 21. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 704.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Politics, Women, Civil War

Leake, W. W. Letter, 1862. 1 item. Location: C:61. Resident of West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. Civil War letter from Leake telling of the theft of his saddle by Union soldiers and requesting the loan of a friend's Mexican saddle. Part of the George M. Lester collection. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1209.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War

Leathers, Thomas P. and family. Papers, 1823-1952 (bulk 1823-1898). 1.3 linear ft., 1 volume, 2 microfilm reels. Location: UU:116-117, 65:60, H:1, OS:L, VAULT:23, VAULT:38, MSS.MF:L. Steamboat master and owner, and native of Kentucky. Papers mainly relate to steamboat transportation and commerce on the Mississippi River in Louisiana and Mississippi. Collection also includes a pardon (1865) by President Andrew Johnson for Leathers' arrest as a Confederate spy in the Civil War. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1548.

LeBlanc, Auguste. Family Papers, 1812-1866 (bulk 1859-1866). 5 items (includes 1 vol.). Location: Misc:L, G:16. Cotton planter on Happy Retreat Plantation near Grosse Tete, Iberville Parish, Louisiana. Papers consist of documents relating to Octave LeBlanc of Plaquemines Parish and Louis LeBlanc of St. Martin Parish and a plantation record book kept by Auguste LeBlanc. The record books contains entries for daily work performed and slave assignments. Memoranda discuss runaway slaves in Baton Rouge with the federal army in the Civil War, an expense account of building materials used to construct the Grosse Tete Chapel, and accounts with neighbors. Available on microfilm 5322: University Publications of America Records of Ante-bellum Southern Plantations Series I, Part 2, Reel 17. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 214.

LeBlanc, C. E. Papers, 1864-1865. 6 items. Location: Misc:L. Deputy of J. D. B. DeBow, chief agent of the Confederate government for the purchase of cotton. Papers concerning, among other things, the sale of certain Confederate government property in Columbus, Mississippi, and its subsequent confiscation by a U.S. Treasury agent. Additional items include a promissory note, a contract for the delivery of cotton, and a broadside announcing a lecture to be presented by J. D. B. DeBow in Columbus, Mississippi. Available on microfilm 5735: Confederate Military Manuscripts. Series B, Holdings of Louisiana State University, reel 12. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1315.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War

Lee, M. Lindley. Letter, 1863 January 2.1 item. Location: Misc. U.S. representative from New York (1859-1861). Letter from Lee on a visit to Washington, D.C., giving his impressions of the city and commenting on a few changes brought about by the Civil War. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1598.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Civil War

Lee, Stephen D. (Stephen Dill), 1833-1908. Letter, 1897 June 29. 1 letter. Location: Misc. Stephen Dill Lee was the youngest Confederate lieutenant general during the Civil War and the first president of Mississippi Agricultural and Mechanical College (now Mississippi State University) from 1880 to 1899. Lee at Mississippi A&M College writes an inconsequential letter to Mrs. Elizabeth Boorom Raub. Mss. 3926.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War

Leet, Edwin. Letters, 1864-1865. 5 items. Location: Misc:L. Resident of Bayou Sara, West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, and a Confederate soldier of the 3rd Louisiana Cavalry during the Civil War. Civil War letters from Leet to his wife, Sarah A. Leet. Letters written from Liberty, Amite County, Mississippi, relate personal and family news. A letter (1865) written from Sumpter County, Alabama, after Lee's surrender at Appomattox, expresses doubt about optimistic war news announced by Confederate officers. Available on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reel 22. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1353.

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