Manuscript Resources on Politics

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Semmes, Thomas J. (Thomas Jenkins), 1824-1899. Letterbooks, 1885-1887, 1892-1893. 2 vols. Location: H:21. New Orleans attorney and member of the firm of Thomas J. Semmes and Legendre. As a member of the Louisiana Convention (1861) he helped draft the Ordinance of Secession. Letter press copybooks of Thomas J. Semmes. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1228.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, New Orleans 1866-

Seward, William Henry, 1801-1872, Letter, 1844 Aug. 19. 1 item. Location: Misc.:S. U.S. senator from New York, a leader of the anti-slavery movement, and U.S. secretary of state. Letter signed by Seward, after leaving office as governor of New York, addressed to James N. Lake, voicing support of the New York Whig party, opposing the Texas annexation, and condemning slavery and religious intolerance. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3478.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Politics, African Americans

Seward, William Henry, 1801-1872. Letter, 1858 Feb. 7. 1 item. U.S. senator from New York, leader of anti-slavery movement, and U.S. secretary of state. Social letter from Washington, D.C., mentioning Seward's association with the Albany Burgesses Corps. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2928.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Sharkey, William Lewis. Letter, 1868 Sept. 8. 1 letter. Location: Misc:S. William Lewis Sharkey was a Mississippi State Representative (1828-1829), a justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court (1832-1851), and Provisional Governor of Mississippi (1865). Sharkey writes to B.R. Curtis regarding the constitutionality both of an act imposing a 3-cent tax on a pound of cotton and the composition of the U.S. Congress, as some Southern States had been denied representation. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4008.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Sharp, William A. Letters, 1850, 1870. 2 letters. Location: Misc. William A. Sharp of De Soto Parish, La., to Dr. Joseph Pownall of Stockton, Calif., discusses Pownall's seeking gold in California, community news in De Soto Parish, and other men from the area who have gone to California (May 8, 1850). William A. Sharp of Natchitoches, La., to Dr. Joseph Pownall of Columbia, Calif., discusses destruction in the area by Federal soldiers during the Civil War, local men who served in the war, and complaints over Reconstruction (August 16, 1870). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4302.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Civil War, Medicine

Shepley, George Foster. Letter, 1867 Mar. 22. 1 letter. Location: Misc:S. George Foster Shepley was a colonel in the 12th Maine Infantry Regiment, was appointed a brigadier general in July 1862, was military governor of Louisiana (1862-1864), commanded the military district of eastern Virginia, and served as military governor of Richmond, Virginia (April-July 1865). Shepley in Portland, Maine, writes B. R. Curtis regarding an insurance claim on a vessel trading between Liverpool and Cuba. Mss. 3916.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Business

Sherman, John. Letter, 1878 July 29. 1 item. Location: MISC:S. Ohio-born politician and U.S. Secretary of the Treasury in the Cabinet of President Rutherford Hayes (1877-1881). Letter refers to a Louisiana legal case in which African American witnesses were apparently compelled to perjure themselves. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2897.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, African Americans

Sherman, William T. (William Tecumseh). Letter, 1874 November 13. 1 item. Location: Misc:S, Vault:1, Vault MRDF 11. Soldier, president of Louisiana State Seminary of Learning, and Union general in the Civil War. Letter stating that federal troops were sent to the South in order to prevent expected violence and criticizing the policy as having increased public hostility against the government. For further information, see see online catalog. Mss. 2486.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Sherman, William T. (William Tecumseh). Letters, 1860 November 14, December 1. 2 items. Location: Location: Misc:S, Vault:1, Vault MRDF 4. Soldier, president of Louisiana State Seminary of Learning, and Union general in the Civil War. Letters to his adoptive father, Thomas Ewing. The first letter states that Sherman's position in Louisiana is stable and that he will remain. A second letter reflects the political environment in Louisiana just prior to the Civil War. He comments that secession is imminent, and he states that he will not act inconsistent with his allegiance to the United States government" (Dec. 1, 1860). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3253.

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

Shields, Joseph D. (Joseph Dunbar), 1820-1886. Papers, 1802-1960 (bulk 1843-1897). 1802-1960 (bulk 1843-1897). 712 items, 4 ms. Vols., 2 printed vols. Location: T:37-T:44; 99:S; Vault; OS: S. Resident of Natchez who was a judge, legislator, planter, and author. His son Joseph Dunbar Shields, Jr., served under J. E. B. Stuart in the Civil War and was killed at Culpepper, Virginia. Papers consist of personal, political, financial, Civil War, and plantation management correspondence and papers; historical, literary, legal, and political manuscripts; and printed items, documenting three generations of the Shields family. Includes letters from Joseph Dunbar Shields while attending the Univeristy of Virginia and drafts of his writings. Plantation papers relate to the family's plantation Pecano, in Waterproof, Tensas Parish, Louisiana. Available (with some omissions) on microfilm: University Publications of America Records of Southern Plantations from Emancipation to the Great Migration, Series B, Part 4, Reels 12-15, or Southern Women and Their Families in the 19th Century: Papers and Diaries, Series E, Reel 34. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 390, 1526, 1542, 1709, 1821, 1996, 2053.

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