Manuscript Resources on the History of New Orleans in the Civil War

This guide to manuscript holdings at LSU on the history of New Orleans during the Civil War covers such topics as sea voyages of sailors to New Orleans; slaves as laborers and military recruits; the 1862 fall of New Orleans to Union forces; the Union occupation of New Orleans; and the Port Hudson campaign. Materials include military documents, correspondence, diaries, newspaper clippings, and photographs. These manuscript items include the records of Union and Confederate soldiers, residents of New Orleans, and organizations such as the United Confederate Veterans.

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Constable, N. S. Inventory, 1864 December 21. 1 item (4 leaves). Location: Misc:C. Captain and acting quartermaster in the Union army in New Orleans in the Civil War. Inventory of furniture and other articles in a New Orleans residence assigned as quarters for troops by Constable. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 248.

Corbin, Robert A., d. 1906. Papers, 1835-1917 (bulk 1870-1898). 1,202 items; 10 vols. Location: E:8-9. Land speculator and businessman of Louisville, Kentucky, New Orleans, and Hammond, Louisiana. Collection includes land sale and business papers. Civil War-era papers deal with Kentucky claims against the federal government. Post-1870 papers with business partnerships with Lucy I. Burgess, including purchase of the Melrose Dairy in New Orleans. Available on microfilm 5750: University Publications of America Southern Women and Their Families in the 19th Century: Papers and Diaries Series E, Reels 6-8. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 705.

Curtis, John Calvin. Letter, circa 1862. 1 item. Location: Misc:C. John Calvin Curtis, a native of Bridgeport, Conn., joined Company I of the Connecticut 9th Infantry Regiment in 1861. Letter from Curtis in New Orleans, La describes his experience recuperating at St. James Hospital there, malnourishment among Union army soldiers, guerilla attacks on his regiment in sugar cane fields, the Battle of Baton Rouge (1862), and Union Army maneuvers. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4865.

Dane, E. Letters, 1862-1864. 9 items. Location: Misc:D. Union soldier in the Civil War. Letters, the earliest of which was written in New Orleans commenting on social and economic conditions in the city. Later letters written in the Teche country of Louisiana comment on conditions in that area. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1460, 1493, 2991.

Davidson, John M. Legal Papers, 1861-1867. 124 items. Location: UU:111. Lawyer in New Orleans who handled cases for client Charles Black, a commission merchant and steamboat owner of Matamoros, Mexico, as well as cases involving steamboats and the United States Commissioner of Claims in Louisiana. Legal papers include bills, receipts, petitions, court summons, acts of sale, and promissory notes of Charles Black, reflecting his financial interests in several steamers and ships. In English and Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1472.

Davis, George H. Letters, 1862-1864. 6 items. Location: Misc:D. Union soldier in the 26th Massachusetts Regiment in the Civil War. Letters written to family members while Davis was stationed in New Orleans, Algiers, and Morganza, Louisiana, comment on conditions in occupied New Orleans, Confederate prisoners, and gun boat battles. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3328.

De Bow, J. D. B. Letter, 1865 December 30. 1 item. Location: Misc.:D. Resident of New Orleans. Letter from De Bow requesting that Mr. Seymour of the "New York Times" write a favorable criticism of a comedy by the Louisiana historian Charles E. A. Gayarre, in order that the play might be brought to the New York stage. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1770.

Delmer, Alexander. Telegram, 1865 June 1. 1 item (1 leaf). Location: Misc:D. Civil War correspondent for the New Orleans Times in Washington, D.C. Telegram describes the circumstances surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, the persons involved, and their trial. It also relates Jefferson Davis's comments on the murder. Available on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reel 4. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3271.

Department of Louisiana Headquarters, photograph of, circa 1865. 1 photograph. Location: MISC:D. The Department of Louisiana Headquarters was located on Carondolet and Julia Streets in New Orleans, La. At the end of the Civil War, the three-story building acted as Union Army headquarters. A carte-de-visite style photograph of the Department of Louisiana Headquarters depicting a three story building with an American flag on a third floor balcony. One the back, there is a revenue stamp and an inscription of the building's name and location. Mss. 5103

Douglas, Emily Caroline, b. 1840. Papers, 1855-1913 (bulk 1855-1868). 9 items, 2 ms. vols., 1 printed vol. Location: U:49, Mss.Mf:D. Available on microfilm 5750: University Publications of America Southern Women and Their Families in the 19th Century: Papers and Diaries Series E, Reels 8-9. Connecticut native and resident of Louisiana and Mississippi. Autobiography, diary, and writings describe life in New England; with her brother, the Rev. William Kirtland Douglas, near Natchez, Mississippi, during the Civil War; at New Iberia, Louisiana; in various Mississippi towns; and in New Orleans. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 566.

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