Baton Rouge, Louisiana |
Special Collections | Hill Memorial Library LSU Libraries Home

See also UPA Microfilm:

MF:5735, Series B, Reel 1

Obadiah Pearson Amacker Family Papers

(Mss. 1604)

Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections Special Collections, Hill Memorial Library Louisiana State University Libraries
Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University
Revised 2007

Contents of Inventory

Biographical/Historical Note


Scope and Content Note


Index Terms


Container List


Use of manuscript materials. If you wish to examine items in the manuscript group, please fill out a call slip specifying the materials you wish to see. Consult the Container List for location information needed on the call slip.

Photocopying. Should you wish to request photocopies, please consult a staff member. The existing order and arrangement of unbound materials must be maintained.

Publication. Readers assume full responsibility for compliance with laws regarding copyright, literary property rights, and libel.

Permission to examine archival materials does not constitute permission to publish. Any publication of such materials beyond the limits of fair use requires specific prior written permission. Requests for permission to publish should be addressed in writing to the Head, Public Services, Special Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, LA, 70803-3300. When permission to publish is granted, two copies of the publication will be requested for the LLMVC.

Proper acknowledgement of LLMVC materials must be made in any resulting writing or publications. The correct form of citation for this manuscript group is given on the summary page. Copies of scholarly publications based on research in the Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections are welcomed.


Size. 3 items, 1 manuscript volume, and 1 printed volume

Geographic locations.

Kentwood, La.; St. Helena Parish, La.; New Orleans, La.

Inclusive dates. 1861-1865, 1959

Bulk dates. 1861-1865

Language. English

Summary. Civil War materials and genealogy of the Amacker Family of Kentwood, Louisiana.

Organization. Chronological

Restrictions on access.

If microfilm is available, photocopies must be made from microfilm.

Related collections.

Kent-Amacker Family Papers, Mss. 4185

Copyright. Copyright of the original materials is retained by descendants of the creators in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Citation. Obadiah Pearson Amacker Family Papers, Mss. 1604, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.

Stack location(s). U:118

Also available on: Microfilm 5735, Series B, Reel 1

Biographical/Historical Note

The Amacker family settled in the Florida Parishes of Louisiana in the early 18th century. Obadiah Pearson Amacker, born in December 1838, was the son of Nathaniel and Mosilla Pearson Amacker. He attended the University of Virginia and later law school in New Orleans, La. During the Civil War, Obadiah rose to the rank of acting Colonel in 3rd (Wingfield's) Regiment, C.S.A. Cavalry. He was captured when Port Hudson fell, imprisoned on Johnson’s Island in Lake Erie, and was exchanged at Fort Maryland in May 1864. In September of that year, he married Abigail Means Kent, and following his discharge in 1865, the family moved to Greensburg, La., where Obadiah Amacker practiced law. Both Obadiah and his wife Abigail died in 1910.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains a diary kept by Abigail Means Kent during the Civil War, beginning on April 21, 1862 and ending on April 3, 1865. Within the diary, she describes life at home during the war, including her daily activities, rumors circulating of battles, surrenders, and casualties, and her anxiety of what is to come.

The rest of the collection consists of a list of the officers and men of 1st company to leave St. Helena Parish April 18, 1861 from Tangipahoa, La. under Captain Wingfield, Company G, 4th Regiment, Louisiana Volunteers, Beaver Creek Rifles. In addition to this list are the Amacker Family Confederate Records copied from the State Library Commission and a small drawing of Confederate flags. A pamphlet entitled “The Amackers of the Deep South” by Leslie Maud Amacker Arnett (1959) is also found in the collection.

Index Terms

Amacker, Abigail Means Kent, 1841-1910. Amacker family.

Arnett, Leslie Maud Amacker, 1872-1963.

Confederate States of America. Army. Louisiana Infantry Regiment, 4th. Confederate States of America. Army--Registers.


Florida Parishes (La.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865. Genealogies.

Saint Helena Parish (La.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.

Container List


Location Box Folder(s) Contents (with dates)

U:118 1 -- Abigail Means Kent Amacker Diary (1862-1865) 1 3 items: (1861-1865)

2 Pamphlet (1959)


Series B

Reel 1