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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Anonymous manuscript volume, 1858-1877. 1 item. Location: Misc. A. Journal contains notes on the progress of the Civil War and the 'Trent Affair', a diplomatic incident between the U. S. and Great Britain. Other topics include poetry; songs; partial plays in commedia dell'arte style; notes on Renaissance Italian history and notes on Daniel Deronda by George Eliot. Also included are listings for businesses and consulates in New Orleans, and public officials in Paris. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3545.

Anonymous journal, 1860-1866. 1 ms. vol. Location: F:2. Journal of a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, written as a midshipman on board the U. S. S. Congress. The journal contains the author's reasons for entering the Navy, information and opinions of Naval officers concerning the U.S. Naval Academy and its graduates, and definitions of duties of a seaman on a ship. The reverse side contains law lectures. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1071.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War

Anonymous letters, 1861. 3 items. Location: Misc.:A. Letters from Vermont Representative William W. B_____, attending a session of the state legislature, relating accounts of personal and official activities to his wife. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2112.

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Anonymous Letters, 1861-1863. 8 items. Location: Misc. Letters of a private serving in the 18th New York Volunteers written from Camp King, Little River Turnpike, Camp Jackson, and White Oak Church, Virginia, to Cousin Eliza of Waterford, New York. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2449.

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Anonymous scrapbook, 1861-1936. 2 vols (on microfilm). Location: Mss. Mf.:A. Miscellaneous newspaper clippings collected mainly from newspapers in New Orleans and Natchez include materials relative to Reconstruction, the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson, the Chicago fire of 1871, and steamboats. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2554.

Anonymous Confederate letter, 1861 July 3. 1 item. Location: Misc.:A Letter written from New Orleans, Louisiana describing a method of blocking the Mississippi River to federal military boats. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2899.

Anonymous Union soldier letter, 1863 February 19.1 item. Location: Misc.:A. Letter from camp near Belle Plain, Army of the Potomac, under General Joseph Hooker, pertaining to camp life, discouragement among the troops, opposition to the Emancipation Proclamation, and rumors of a conscription law. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2897.

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Anonymous soldier letter, 1863 September 24. 1 item. Location: Misc.:A. A letter written by a Union soldier in Louisiana during the Civil War describes his unit's march from New Orleans, La., to the Bayou Teche country. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2588.

Anonymous letter, [1863] October 4. 1 item. Location: Misc.:A. Letter from a Southern woman who had lived in New York City prior to the Civil War compares the changes that have been made during the Civil War and in particular mentions sermons of abolitionist Dr. Henry Whitney Bellows. She also describes the problems encountered in passing through Fortress Monroe under a flag of truce. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2121.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Civil War, African Americans

Anonymous letter, 1863 August 11. 1 item. Location: Misc.:A. Letter from a young woman residing near Campbell County Court House, Virginia, reporting that a cousin, Robert Andrews, had distinguished himself at Winchester and had been wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2121.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Civil War

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