Manuscript Resources on Politics

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Welles, Gideon, 1802-1878. Manuscript, circa 1878. 1 v. Location: Misc.:W. U.S. Secretary of the Navy during the Civil War. Manuscript of an article by Gideon Welles, apparently intended for publication. In the article Welles strenuously disagrees with Wickham Hoffman, who had argued that General Benjamin Butler had a prominent role in the planning and execution of the capture of New Orleans by federal troops in 1862. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3001.

Wells, James Madison, 1808-1899. Papers, circa 1864-1869, 1886-1900. 1 v. [on microfilm]. Location: Lieutenant governor and governor of Louisiana (1864-1867). Records of the Court of Claims of the United States pertain to suits filed by James Madison Wells concerning Wells' charges that U.S. forces under the command of General Nathaniel P. Banks illegally confiscated his property and livestock in Rapides Parish during the Red River Expedition of 1864. Records consist of court memos, rulings, dockets, judicial motions, testimonies, and letters associated with congressional cases no. 435, no. 2524, and 10,271, which. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 806, 1219.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Civil War

Wenner, H. C. Letter, 1846 September 9. 1 item. Location: Misc:W. Letter written by Wenner responding to a request to state his views on slavery. He found slavery, particularly American slavery, an abhorrence, and felt it should be abolished in the District of Columbia. The letter continues with whether Congress possessed the constitutional power to do this should the union of free and slave states continue. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3666.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, African Americans

West Florida Rebellion Papers, 1810, 1816, 1845. 15 items, 1 mf reel. Location: C:18, Mss.Mf:S., Vault MRDF 6, Vault:1. Documents pertaining to the West Florida Rebellion contain reports of the convention in Baton Rouge; reports to representatives of the people of West Florida; and orders and reports by Colonel Philomen Thomas to the inhabitants of West Florida. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 721.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Baton Rouge

West, J. R. (Joseph Rodman), b. 1822. Deed, 1871 Mar. 17. 1 deed. Location: Misc. This deed records the purchase of property in Washington, D.C., by Joseph R. West shortly after commencing his term as U.S. Senator for Louisiana. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4346.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

West, J. R. (Joseph Rodman), b. 1822. Letters, 1873, 1876. 2 letters. Location: Misc. Joseph Rodman West served as deputy United States marshal, auditor for customs (1867-1871), and U.S. Senator as a Republican (1871-1877). Joseph Rodman West in Washington, D.C., engages in routine correspondence. Mss. 4130.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Western Voice circular, 1968. 2 items. Location: E:Imprints. Weekly tabloid which claimed to uphold fundamentalism, pre-millenarianism, and the second coming of Christ. Circular entitled 'Ten Million White People to be Driven From Their Homes to Make Room for Black Communist Soviet,' printed in the Western Voice. Includes a clipping from the Baton Rouge Morning Advocate (1968). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3052.

Weydemeyer, Luise, Family correspondence, 1849-1869. 100 items. Location: A:67. German immigrant living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Letters from relatives and friends concern personal and business matters and discuss Union army recruitment and training during the Civil War. Letters from Union general Franz Sigel's wife describe her husband's military activities and civilian career. Primarily in German. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1350.

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

White, Edward Douglas, 1795-1847, Letter, 832 June 2. 1 item. Location: Misc.:W. U.S. congressman from Louisiana. Letter to Boyd in reply to his request that White run for Louisiana governor. White denies any ambition for public office and reveals the lack of organization of the emerging Whig party in Louisiana and his unwillingness to take initiative in the party. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1670.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

White, Edward Douglass, 1795-1847. Commission, 1836 Mar. 8. 1 commission. Location: Misc. Edward Douglass White served three terms as a representative in the U.S. Congress, where he was member of the Whig Party and an ally of Henry Clay. After serving one term as governor of Louisiana from 1835 to 1839, he was reelected to Congress for two subsequent terms. Governor White appoints Charles W. Shaumburgh and Edward Rawk as associate judges of the City Court of New Orleans. Mss. 3907.

Referenced in Guides: Politics