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Abbott (Liberty C.) family papers
MSS. 1. 1883-1926 (Bulk Dates: 1859-1930). 5.75 cubic feet.

The collection includes the papers of Liberty C. Abbott (1836-1894), an official and plantation owner of Howard, Mississippi, his wife Maria Abbott (1830-1912), his daughter Birdie Jones Gearhart (1869-1946), and his brother F. Marion Abbott (1844-1908), Mississippi state senator and railroad president. The papers contain correspondence, ledgers and account books, legal documents, diaries, newspaper clippings, photographs, and miscellany.

Adams (Wirt) Cavalry Regiment, Company E, roster
MSS. 462. 1863-1865, 1981, 1989. 0.02 cubic feet: 4 items.

Civil War roll, minutes, letters of 1st Mississippi Cavalry Regiment, Company E, 1863-1865; clippings, 1981, poster, 1989.

Agnew (Samuel Andrew) collection
MSS. 100. 1847-1902. 14 reels microfilm.

Family papers (letters, receipts, statements of account, indentures, agreements with laborers, railroad schedules, etc.); diaries (43 typed copies), 1851-1902, containing the Reverend Agnew's views on local events, slavery, Civil War, Reconstruction, farming, travel, the church and other subjects. Primarily concerns Northeast Mississippi.

Alabama Civil War letters
MSS. 151. 1863. 0.01 cubic feet: 4 items.

Letters: Feb. 1, 1863, B. F. Seale, Butler, Choctaw County, Alabama, to "Bro. Jack"; May 1, 1863, Nancy Peteet, Burton Creek Hills, Alabama, to "Dear Brother"; July 22, 1863, Jesse Seale, n. p., to "Dear Brother" ; Nov. 22, 1863, Voucher, CSA, to J. A. Ware.

Andrews (M. W.). Memoirs of the War Between the States
MSS. 229. Undated. 0.04 cubic feet.

Memoirs of the War Between States (May-August, 1861), a Civil War reminiscence as told to Icie A. Moore by Martin Wells Andrews, Cherry Creek, Mississippi (Pontotoc County) concerning his service in the 2nd Mississippi Infantry Regiment, Company I (Cherry Creek Rifles).

Armstrong (J. Trooper) family papers
MSS. 435. 1851-1864. 1 reel microfilm.

Family letters of J. Trooper Armstrong and his wife Ladie from Nashville, Tennessee, Arkansas and Jackson, Mississippi, including Civil War letters (1861, 1864). J. Trooper Armstrong served in the Confederate States Army, 9th Arkansas Regiment.

Ashley family collection
MSS. 155. 1842-1862. 0.08 cubic feet.

Tax receipts for taxes assessed on land and for tax paid in kind on pork in Jasper and Copiah Counties, Mississippi.

Augustus (W. B.) papers
MSS. 156. 1860-1938. 0.16 cubic feet.

Includes the following letters: Governor John M. Stone to W. B. Augustus, September 9, 1881 (photocopy); Blanche Colton Williams, London, to Anne H. Augustus, August 1, 1938. Documents: draft of resolution by W.B. Augustus concerning secession (photocopy); appointment of W. B. Augustus as trustee of Mississippi A&M College, 1878. Clippings (2). Periodicals: Confederate Veteran, February 1905; Alumni Bulletin of the University of Virginia, April 1923; A Christmas Book, edited by Blanche C. Williams; Lippincott's Magazine, 1880, concerning Sherwood Bonner.

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Ballard (Michael B.) papers
MSS. 404. 1833-2007. circa 7 cubic feet.

Research materials and manuscripts of scholarly books and articles written by MSU faculty member, archivist, Civil War researcher and author, Dr. Michael B. Ballard. Included are: photocopies and microfilm of documents from various repositories collected for A Long Shadow: Jefferson Davis and the Final Days of the Confederacy; manuscripts, research materials and photographs for Landscapes of Battle: The Civil War; research materials collected from many sources for Pemberton: A Biography; materials concerning the Battle of Corinth, Mississippi; literary manuscripts for other titles written by Ballard through 2007. Some restrictions apply.

Barnette (Robert) Civil War letter
MSS. 104. 1862. 0.01 cubic feet: 1 item.

Civil War letter of T. J. C. Harmann of the 40th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, Company E, stationed at Meridian, Miss., May 22, 1862, to his mother and sisters.

Bell (Rachel) letter
MSS. 159. 1862. 0.01 cubic feet: 1 item.

Letter describing the Civil War situation in Tippah County, Mississippi, 1862. Transcriptions available.

Buckley Civil War letters
MSS. 161. 1863-1864. 0.03 cubic feet.

Letters of R. E. Buckley of the 36th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, Company I (Stephens Guards) to his mother in Lake, Mississippi, from Mississippi and Georgia, 1863-1864. Transcriptions available.

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Cain (Cyril Edward and Annie Gray) papers
MSS. 467. 1785 (1908-1965). 11 cubic feet.

Correspondence, literacy manuscripts, class notes and school records, genealogical and historical research materials, publications, photographs, and other materials documenting the education, career, organizational, research and publication activities, and the personal affairs of Cyril and Annie Cain. Cyril Cain (1883-1969) was a high school teacher, principal, Mississippi State University faculty member, genealogist, and writer. His wife, Annie Gray Cain (b. 1889) taught in schools around Mississippi, including the Starkville Municipal Separate School District, and assisted her husband with his research and writing.

Calhoun-Kincannon-Orr family papers
MSS. 23. 1837-1959. 0.66 cubic feet.

Correspondence, estate papers, deeds, genealogical material, clippings, and memorabilia, of the related families of Calhoun, Kincannon, and Orr in Lee, Pontotoc, Lafayette, and Lowndes Counties, Mississippi. Includes claim by Mrs. Jane Stuart Orr Calhoun against the government for war confiscations and letter from U.S. Ambassador James L. Orr in St. Petersburg, Russia, to his brother Jehu. Contains article "The Caucasian and the Negro", by William P. Calhoun, Greenville, South Carolina.

Capps (George F.) letters
MSS. 166. 1860-1869. 0.04 cubic feet and 1 reel microfilm.

Letters, certificate of the George F. Capps family include three letters written during the Civil War from George F. Capps of the 42nd Alabama Infantry, Company H, to wife Martha O. Capps, from Columbus, Mississippi, and Mobile, Alabama (1862), and four letters written en route to and from medical school in Cincinnati, Ohio, 1869. Includes transcriptions. Letters from George F. Capps, of the 42nd Alabama Infantry, Company H, to wife Martha O., from Columbus and Mobile (1862), and four letters written in route to and from medical school in Cincinnati, Ohio, 1869. Some letters mention African-Americans.

Carpenter (James A.) miscellaneous collection
MSS. 168. 1800-1958. 0.33 cubic feet.

Diary, correspondence, clippings, receipts, photographs, newspapers, postcards, leather wallet, and writing case. Among the items are Walter Baker's Civil War diary, accounts of the Civil War, genealogical information, correspondence and other items concerning Katherine Bracher's trip to England, and letters concerning Mr. Carpenter's search for manuscripts for the MSU library.

Clay (Tacitus T.) letters
MSS. 176. 1836, 1851-1887. 0.33 cubic feet.

Letters of Tacitus T. Clay concern Independence, Texas, affairs in the 1850's and Tacitus Clay's Civil War service as a member of the Texas Brigade, Company I (Hood's Brigade) in Virginia and elsewhere. Includes two background articles on Independence, Washington County, Texas. Photostats, typescripts, photocopies.

Coyne (Marshall B.) collection
MSS. 434. 1845-1878. 2 items.

Letters written by Jefferson Davis: 1. February 25, 1845, to Varina Howell concerning their forthcoming marriage. 2. March 20, 1878, to "My Dear friend," concerning the friendship of the Pope of the Catholic Church.

Crigler (Tom White) papers
MSS. 182. 1848-1945 and undated. 0.40 cubic feet.

Papers of Tom White Crigler (1897-1986), Navy veteran and long-time postmaster of Macon, Mississippi. Includes letters and greeting cards (1848-1895), service records of Troop H, Second Squadron, Mississippi Cavalry, 1917, 28 World War II letters and cards, 11 World War II posters, armed forces newspapers and publications.

Crump (Brodie S.) family papers
MSS. 654. 1906-1994 (Bulk Dates: 1947-1980). 6 cubic feet.

The Brodie S. Crump family papers contain the papers of newspaper columnist Brodie Strachan Crump (1898-1990) and members of his family. The papers include correspondence, certificates and diplomas, newspaper clippings and scrapbooks, genealogical material, publications and photographs.

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Dabney collection
MSS. 184. 1829-1921. 3.33 cubic feet.

Ledgers, primarily concerning Adams and Warren Counties. Among the subjects are Adams County Notarial Records (1836-1882); Warren County Delinquent Personal Taxes(1876-1878); official list of men passing through Vicksburg (1863-1865); the minutes of Cayuga Academy in Hinds County (1837-1879); the minutes of the Prohibition Club in Raymond (1876-1881). Also includes fragments of songbooks.

Derry (Horace A.) diary
MSS. 187. 1862. 0.04 cubic feet: 2 items.

Daily record (March 26-October 1, 1862), by a native of Quincy, Massachusetts, in the U.S. Army. Chiefly routine. Mentions the balloon several times. Also includes a furlough document.

Dockery (William Alfred) family papers
MSS. 507. 1881-1980 (Bulk Dates: 1887-1906). 1 cubic foot.

The papers comprise primarily correspondence of the family of William A. Dockery (1865-1936), owner of the Dockery plantation in Mississippi.

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Edwards (Edward D.) family papers
MSS. 118. 1831-1950. 0.12 cubic feet and 1 reel microfilm.

Family correspondence, Bible records, property records and documents, concerning the family of Edward D. Edwards (1804-1861) of Choctaw County, Mississippi. Includes two Civil War letters of Knight Edwards (1844-1863), 4th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, Company E (Stephens Guards) to his mother, 1863, from Vicksburg, slave lists, and lists of damages to property by General Grierson's forces.

Eldredge papers
MSS. 191. 1858-1942. 0.16 cubic feet.

Diary, 1858; letters to H.A. Magruder of the Madison Light Artillery from his sister at Sharon, Mississippi (1861), and from R.T. Cheek, Madison Light Artillery (1864); J. Montgomery to his father A.V. Montgomery in Madison County, Mississippi, 1864; World War II letter, 1942. Transcriptions available.

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Fontaine (Edward) papers
MSS. 196. 1818-1923. 19 reels microfilm.

Episcopal minister and Confederate officer (1814-1884). Personal and business correspondence; 28 daily journals written in Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana, Virginia, Washington, D. C., and other places; church records; legal papers; autobiographies, eulogies, articles, sermons, and books; genealogical material; and letters concerning the U.S. Navigation Improvement Company. Includes daybook and journal of P.H. Fontaine, 6 journals of Lemuella S. Brickell Fontaine, scrapbook of James F. Fontaine; correspondence of Edward's wife, Mrs. S. C. Fontaine, and of his children; the Rev. Patrick Henry Fontaine and Susette, artist and author, and a biography, lectures, writings, photos, and other papers of his eldest son, Lamar Fontaine. Correspondents include P.G.T. Beauregard, Commodore F.M. Brasher, William B. Cabell, Colonel T. S. Dabney, Harris Dickson, James B. Eads, Robert M. Elgin, J.R. Fontaine, Bishop J. N. Galleher, R. L. Gibson, Bishop W. M. Green, Professor Eugene W. Hilgard, Captain A. W. Johnson, L. Q. C. Lamar, James F. Manry, M. F. Maury, S. B. Mazey, H. D, Money, Dom Pedro III, Governor John J. Pettus, Bishop William Pinkey, John H. Reagan, Elizabeth Brandon Stanton, Reverend Hugh Miller Thompson, Moses Coit Tyler, Thomas W. Walter, Francis M. White, and Bishop J. P. B. Wilmer. Letters to and from Quitman, clippings, miscellaneous.

Forrest (Nathan Bedford) - Jackson papers
MSS. 147. 1862-1864. 0.08 cubic feet.

Photocopies of records held by the Chicago Historical Society concerning the activities of Forrest's Cavalry Corps in Mississippi and Tennessee include dispatches and accounts, 1862-1864.

Forrest (Nathan Bedford) - Way papers
MSS. 349. 1864-1866. 0.12 cubic feet.

Photocopies of records held by Duke University concerning Forrest's Cavalry Corps include official communications, 1864-1865, and Forrest letter to Andrew Johnson, 1866.

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Galbraith (Bill and Kitty) family papers
MSS. 327. 1930-1981. 0.33 cubic feet.

Family papers, including correspondence, deeds, clippings, newspapers, and a Civil War quartermaster's account book.

Gardner (James H.) collection
MSS. 38. 1846-1948. 0.04 cubic feet.

Civil War letter; bills of sale for cotton; contracts; Masonic records; letters; election materials-hand bills and buttons; prescriptions; variety of materials. Originals and photostats.

Garmon (John Harkey) family papers
MSS. 505. 1855-1992. 0.75 cubic feet.

Ledger/journal of John Harkey Garmon (1825-1904), former merchant and resident of Palmetto (Pontotoc, later Lee County), Mississippi. Initial ledger entries are of purchases at store 1855-1858 with an index. Collection also includes genealogical and family history materials, 1846-1992. An addition includes materials concerning the military service of John Harkey Garmon, 2nd Lt., 1st (Johnston's) Mississippi Infantry, Company I: photocopies of military record and photographs of Garmon and display at Fort Donelson; "Plan of the Military prison situated on Johnson's Island in the Bay of Sandusky, Ohio, the place of confinement for Confederate State's Officers captured by the U.S. Army, 1862", drawn by Capt. J.T. Hogan, Topographical Engineer, C.S.A., Jeff Thompson's Division.

Graham (W. C.) miscellaneous papers
MSS. 203. 1865-1873. 0.08 cubic feet.

Muster roll of W.C. Graham's Company, April-May 1865; payroll and discharge, May 16, 1865; graduation diploma, Baptist Female Seminary, Pontotoc, Mississippi, and valedictory address of Jennie L. Gaulding, 1873.

Grant, Ulysses S. (Papers of.)
USG. 001. 1822-1965. Located in the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library.

Records, correspondence, articles, General Orders, Speeches, and other documents compiled by the Papers of Ulysses S. Grant editorial project. Includes nearly 17,000 linear feet of documents, books, artifacts, and ephemera.

Grieder (Theodore) collection
MSS. 515. 1860-1865 and undated. 0.33 cubic feet.

168 broadside song sheets printed during the American Civil War, primarily in Philadelphia and other Union cities. Included are 155 originals and 13 photocopies, 19 in color. List available.

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Halbert (Mabel White) papers
MSS. 40. 1845-1956. 0.16 cubic feet.

Revolutionary War pension applications, wills, Bible records, Civil War letters.

Hancock papers
MSS. 207. 1856-1863. 0.08 cubic feet.

Exchange of letters between family members; 2 other pieces. Mississippi chiefly; also the Confederate Army in Virginia and North Carolina.

Hays-Ray-Webb papers
MSS. 4. 1824-1944. 1 cubic foot and 1 reel microfilm.

Papers of Robert B. Webb, Sheriff of Attala County, Mississippi, and the related Hays and Ray families. Personal correspondence of Webb and his family, 7 diaries, accounts, tax receipts, notes and other business and legal papers, county records, clippings, and photos. Includes 29 letters from Europe, mainly from Scotland, and 18 Civil War letters, some civilian. Persons represented include Webb's daughter Annie and her husband. Emmett L. Ray, both of Kosciusko, Mississippi, and Webb's wife' s sister, Sophia Boyd Hayes, and her son, Leon Sidney Hayes, who lived in Europe from 1860 to 1868.

Henkel (James Oscar "J. O., Jr.") papers
MSS. 470. 1818-1988 and undated. 5 cubic feet.

Genealogical papers and photographs of the Henkel family of Noxubee and Oktibbeha Counties, Mississippi.

Henry (Marcus L.) account
MSS. 234. 1861-1862. 1 reel microfilm.

An account of facts collected and preserved during the Civil War.

Hester (Guy) family papers
MSS. 64. 1862. 0.08 cubic feet.

Two Civil War letters of John M. Wood from Fort Donelson, Tennessee, and Port Hudson, Louisiana, to his wife, 1862.

Hill family papers
MSS. 383. 1821-1927. 0.25 cubic feet.

Diary; 5 letters from Charles W. Hill to his sister Abbie; clippings regarding Hill's Civil War experiences; receipt; envelope; photograph; wallet. During the Civil War Hill served in Company A of the 115th Illinois Volunteers.

Hirsch (Isaac E.) papers
MSS. 69. 0.08 cubic feet.

Typed manuscript entitled Company "G", 22nd Mississippi Infantry by Alice Hirsh. Photocopies of letters exchanged in 1953 by Dr. J. K. Bettersworth and Miss Hirsh. The manuscript gives the account of Isaac Hirsh, a German youth, who immigrated to U.S. in 1851, located in Sidon, Mississippi, volunteered for duty in Black Hawk Rifles, and served 4 years in Confederate Army. It also tells of elections in Carroll County, Mississippi, during Reconstruction, gives information regarding floods and levees, and gives much local history on Carroll County and Sidon.

Hobbs (Benjamin Turner) Family Papers
MSS. 51. 1834-1936. 16.8 cubic feet and 9 reels microfilm.

List of slaves of Howell Hobbs in Brookhaven, Mississippi; dental bill for slaves, 1859; tax receipts showing number of slaves owned; small notebook of accounts, probably of freedmen, 1866-1867; freedman's contracts, 1869.

Hoffa (Katherine W.) papers
MSS. 210. 1813-1936. 1 reel microfilm.

Materials collected by Katherine W. Hoffa include correspondence between George W. Martin, Commissioner of Land Claims, and Andrew Jackson and friends; letters of the Martin, Donelson and Hoffa families; papers regarding military service at battle of New Orleans.

Honnoll (Avie Coleman) collection
MSS. 5. 1846-1960. 1.33 cubic feet.

Civil War correspondence of W. B. Honnoll, T. E. McMackin, John, James, and Dan Dale, and their families, relating to family matters in north Mississippi and camp activities, including campaigns in Georgia and Tennessee, together with primitive Baptist Church records including minutes of associational meetings in Mississippi, and other States, minutes of three Sacred Harp meetings in Mississippi and adjoining States; pamphlets and periodicals including religious tracts; and an incomplete file of Primitive Monitor and Church Advocate, Greenfield, Indiana.

Horn (Mrs. Albert L.) collection
MSS. 211. 1818-1871. 2 cubic feet and 1 reel microfilm.

Correspondence of the Hunter family of Talbot and Heard Counties, Georgia, Randolph County, Alabama, and Choctaw, Scott, and Chickasaw Counties, Mississippi. Includes 40 Civil War letters, mostly civilian, but a few give soldiers' accounts of Confederate military campaigns. Also included in the addition to the collection are photocopies of the Hunter family letters from the microfilm, together with transcriptions, research material and notes made by James R. Atkinson as a part of the work of transcription. Microfilm copy made in 1958 from originals in the possession of Mrs. Albert L. Horn, Houston, Mississippi. Addition: Ledgers from the W.R. Davis General Merchandise Store, as well as cash books from an unidentified firm in Houston, Mississippi. Addition: Four photographic prints of persons connected to the 15th Confederate Infantry, Company B, and/or letters in the collection: Robert Gray, Baldwyn Witson "Whit" Hunter, Pinson Calvin (PC or Pint) Hunter, and Augustus E. "Gus" Morgan, circa 1861-1865 and undated.

Hutchinson (Mrs. Mary) papers
MSS. 301. 1847-1862.

J.W. Leonard letter (1862) from Knoxville concerns death of John C. Curtright of the 41st Georgia Infantry Regiment, Company E (Evans Guards) at Perryville. Microfilm.

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Johnson (John Lipscomb) papers
MSS. 6. 1869-1890. 0.33 cubic feet.

Chaplain of the 17th Virginia infantry; college president and professor of English at the University of Mississippi. Letters relating chiefly to Johnson's 1871 book, "The university memorial; biographical sketches of alumni of the University of Virginia who fell in the Confederate War"; and to the Baptist Church, his cattle, and the University of Mississippi.

Johnston (Richard W.) letters
MSS. 516. 1847-1882 and undated. 0.16 cubic feet.

Letters of Richard W. Johnston (d. 1857), to wife Jane Frances Mary Dudley Johnson, from Fort Moultrie and Charleston, South Carolina and Mexico (1847) during the War with Mexico. Also included are letters from William Tecumseh Sherman to Miss Lillie Johnston, (1872-1882), daughter of Richard W. Johnston; a Mexican War map; biographical materials; Bible record; obituary. Photocopies.

Jolly (Mrs. George T.) papers
MSS. 59. 1856-1885. 0.02 cubic feet.

Amnesty oath, deed, accounts, 1 bill of sale.

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Kimbrough family papers
MSS. 95. 1871-1961. 1.33 cubic feet and 1 reel microfilm.

Microfilm: Varina (Mrs. Jefferson) Davis letters written to members of the A. M. Kimbrough family, 1888-1906; enclosures; pictures; will of Varina Ann Davis; deed to Beauvoir, Sarah A. Dorsey to Jefferson Davis, 1879; miscellaneous pieces; facsimile of Davis' bond; Joseph R. Ingram's book, 1863-1866, listing killed and wounded in the 1st Mississippi Infantry and including record of trip from Port Hudson to "Buck Snort" in Marshall County, Mississippi, and accounts. Addition in process: Papers of Judge A. Mc Kimbrough and Mary Hunter Southworth Kimbrough include family letters, organizational materials, publications and other materials documenting the family, their connection to Varina Howell Davis, Mrs. Kimbrough's work with organizations such as the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Mississippi Tuberculosis Association, the Red Cross, and other groups. Includes business papers of Judge Kimbrough and personal correspondence of the extended family of Gees, Morgans, Poindexters, as well as materials of authors Winnie Davis and Upton Sinclair.

Kincannon (Vann) letters
MSS. 217. 1861, 1864. 0.01 cubic feet: 2 items.

Letters, 1861 and 1864, from Colonel Swepson Taylor, Woodlawn, Mississippi, to CW. Williams, Rienzi, Mississippi, and letter of William Taylor to his father from Atlanta, Georgia.

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LaCavera (Mrs. Tommie) collection
MSS. 393. 1979. 0.02 cubic feet.

Clipping, speech, and other materials concerning Andersonville Prison and Captain Henry Wirz, the prison superintendent who was executed after the Civil War.

Last Volley at Appomattox Court House and the Apple Tree
MSS. 219. Undated. 0.04 cubic feet.

Typescript history written by C.W. Babbit of the 1st Regiment, Engineer Troops, Army of Northern Virginia, concerns Lee's surrender at the close of the war.

Lenoir Family Plantation Records
MSS. 585. 1792-2001 (Bulk Dates: 1850-1930). 8.5 cubic feet.

Plantation records and family papers (1792, 1820-1963), of the extended family of William T. Lenoir (1811-1960) and Mary E. Blanchard Lenoir (1810-1894), of Prairie (Muldon), Monroe County, Mississippi. Includes a letter about Amanda, a slave accused of trying to poison the milk with strychnine (1856). Letters include much discussion of slaves, particularly "Mom Nancy."

Levy family papers
MSS. 322. 1837-1911. 0.33 cubic feet.

Includes correspondence, funeral notices, tax receipts, and poems, pertaining to Levy, Holmes, Baptist, Carothers, Hull, and Roby families of Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, New York, North Carolina, and Virginia. Subjects include family affairs and the Civil War. Among the Civil War letters is a letter written at Harper's Ferry, Virginia, in 1861.

Livaudais (E. E.) reminiscence
MSS. 677. 1869. 1 reel microfilm.

"Civil War Adventures", a reminiscence written in 1869 "from memoranda kept in camp", and covering the experiences of E.E. Livaudais of the Orleans Guards, Company B, during the years 1862-1864. Includes French original version and typed translation. Microfilm.

Longest (Doy) collection
MSS. 536. 1973. 4 items.

Four framed limited edition Conrad Wise Chapman prints from the Museum of the Confederacy: "White Point Battery, Charleston, December 24, 1863"; "Charleston Bay and City", undated; "Battery Rutledge", 1863; "Evening Gun, Fort Sumter", undated. Addition: in process.

Love (Drennan) Collection
MSS. 543. 1763-2006. 57 cubic feet.

Collection of Lowndes County plantation owner Drennan C. Love and family includes a 900 page manuscript reminiscence of his son, William Alexander Love, written in 1925. Love was a planter, writer, historian and amateur archaeologist. The William Alexander Love reminiscence includes references to African-Americans' membership in Bethel Church (Lowndes County, Miss.), slavery and slaves, an African-American wedding, and customs and behavior in general. Other topics mentioned include the Freedman's Bureau and Uncle Remus. The reminiscence has been transcribed and indexed.

Lynch (James D.) Papers
MSS. 8. 1857-1931. 1.66 cubic feet.

Several Civil War letters in the papers of Lynch mention slave Henry; one letter mentions the slave Steve. Letter, January 6, 1865, discusses the issue of letting "negroes" fight for the confederacy, an issue Lynch favors. Letter to editor of West Point paper, January 24, 1889, concerning running for the Legislature, includes Lynch's ideas about the rights of "negroes".

Lyon (James Adair) family papers
MSS. 9. 1850-1956. 0.66 cubic feet and 1 reel microfilm.

Originals: James Adair Lyon Journals; photograph; school roll of "Rev. Jas. A. Lyon," 1860; typed notes of John W. Childress concerning Vol. III of the Lyon Journal. Among the subjects of the journals are family matters, local events, and church affairs. Lyon lived in St. Louis, Missouri, 1850-1854; Columbus, Mississippi, 1854-1870; Oxford, Mississippi, 1870. Microfilm: scrapbook of Mrs. John W. Childress, Jr. of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, 1855-1916; journal of Mary A. Lyon, Aug. 31, 1867-Jan. 3, 1868. Additions: Typescripts of journals, copies of materials concerning the Childress family from the Tennessee State Archives.

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Malloy family papers
MSS. 11. 1819-1929. 0.33 cubic feet.

Materials documenting the Malloy family of Lowndes County, Mississippi, includes local correspondence concerning family affairs and a breach of promise suit; a letter of Samuel M. Smith and N. B. M. from Corinth, 1861 to "Doc" (Malloy?) on unusual letterhead; reprints of several newspapers; package of floral calling cards and other souvenir cards.

Marshall (John H.) Civil War letters
MSS. 406. 1862-1865 and undated. 0.01 cubic feet and 1 reel microfilm.

Twenty-three letters of John H. Marshall, 1862-1865, of the 41st Mississippi Infantry Regiment, Company L (Okolona Guards) to his wife, Ellen Jane Sanders Marshall, living near Nettleton (Monroe County), Mississippi, describing campaigns in Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama. Photoprints and transcriptions available.

Martin (H. T.) papers
MSS. 34. 1844-1864. 0.16 cubic feet.

Five Civil War letters, including: Letters from James M. Beachum, 2nd Mississippi Infantry Regiment, Company C (Town Creek Riflemen) from Virginia, 1863; A. L. Gallaway, 10th Mississippi Regiment, Company B; George Martin of the 2nd Mississippi Infantry Regiment, no company listed, 1864; D. Beachum of the 12th Mississippi Cavalry Regiment, Ferguson's Brigade, 1864; letter of Bone Hughes of the 27th Alabama Infantry Regiment, Buford's Brigade, 1863. Also includes 4 legal papers, 3 short personal letters, 1 itemized statement, 1 clipping.

Martin (J. M.) letter
MSS. 265. 1863. 0.01 cubic feet: 1 item.

Letter of J. M. Martin (June 1863) from Rome, Georgia. Typed copy of original.

McCormick (Thomas R.) manuscript
MSS. 479. Undated. 1 item.

Narrative of Civil War service of Thomas R. McCormick with Walthall's Brigade, 27th Mississippi Regiment, Co. H (Jasper Blues), detailing his escape from an Illinois prison and subsequent trip back home. Photocopy.

McRae (Sallie B.) diary
MSS. 227. 1862. 0.04 cubic feet.

Typed copy of McRae's diary, January-June 1862, edited by James W. Webb.

McReynolds family papers
MSS. 54. 1859-1916. 0.04 cubic feet.

Papers of McReynolds family of Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, include statements of accounts, tax receipts, exemptions, pieces relating to tanning business, loyalty oath, military pass, teacher's agreement, report card. Photocopies.

Mobley (Joab) family papers
MSS. 495. 1851-1886 and undated. 0.6 cubic feet.

The collection include two letters (1851), three muster rolls and one historic roll from Company K of the First Mississippi Cavalry (1863-1865 and undated), a publication on predestination (1886), and Drake's American Receipt Book (a booklet of recipes for cooking and medicine, circa 1866).

Music collection. 1832-1929
MSS. 564. 8 cubic feet.

Collection of printed music collected and donated by various persons includes a single sheet music piece (piano/lyrics) of Williams' Colored Singers (undated) and "Old Black Joe", the popular song by Stephen Louis Foster (1940).

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Neilson (Lillian) collection
MSS. 419. 1829-1976 (Bulk Dates: 1844-1892). 0.66 cubic feet.

Journals, financial records, correspondence, photographs, family history, and miscellany, mostly pertaining to James C. Neilson, a Lowndes County, Mississippi, farmer, Mississippi state legislator, and Grange member. Among the topics in his journals are freedmen's accounts, race relations, church, the Grange, the legislature, an arson trial, and his family. Also included are the 1962 journal of Sarah Neilson, which mentions the riots at the University of Mississippi; a history of the Boykin family; and printed documents concerning the Columbus Riflemen and a Confederate veterans group. Loaned for copying by Lillian Neilson. For related papers, see the Sarah Neilson collection.

Nelson (L. E.) collection
MSS. 66. 1836-1943. 1 reel microfilm.

Collection of L. E. Nelson, clergyman and lawyer of Jackson, Mississippi. Includes deeds, tax receipts, and other business and legal papers (1839-1938) of George A. Smythe, Arthur W. Smythe, and Ella V. (Smythe) Hipple; ledger (1836-1865) of the firm Daly and McKee, Jackson; other items many dealing with the antebellum, Civil War, and reconstruction period in Jackson. These papers mostly concern George A. Smythe, an Englishman who obtained U.S. citizenship in 1859 and settled in Jackson; and correspondence (1892-1943) of Ella V. Hipple and other family members.

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Oakley (John) papers
MSS. 235. 1862-1911. 0.33 cubic feet and 1 reel microfilm.

Thirty-five letters including Civil War letters exchanged between Alex Feemster, an arsenal worker at Selma, Alabama, and his wife Martha A. Feemster of Bigbee Bottom, Mississippi.

Osband (E. D.) Civil War letter
MSS. 236. 1863. 0.01 cubic feet: 1 item.

December 14, 1863, letter of Colonel Osband, 1st Mississippi Cavalry, to General James B. McPherson.

Oswalt family collection
MSS. 318. 1856-1863. 0.024 cubic feet: 1 reel microfilm.

Letters (1861-1863) of Henry Oswalt of the 27th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, Company A (Oktibbeha Riflemen) and his wife Pamela A. Oswalt of Oktibbeha County, from Camp Moccasin near Chattanooga, Atlanta and Mississippi.

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Parker family records
MSS. 238. 1863-1864. 0.01 cubic feet.

Letters of W.O. McCall of the 28th Mississippi Cavalry Regiment; Edward Jones from Lowry Station, Georgia; D. G.(?) Hildebrand of the 46th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, Company E., and others.

Patterson family letters
MSS. 239. 1855-1892. 2 items.

Letter from Martha Gamewell of Jackson, Tennessee, informing Lt. Patterson of the death and burial of his brother, 1863; letter describing farming and everyday life.

Perry (John Ben Jr.) manuscript
MSS. 243. 0.01 cubic feet.

Yankee Invaders Capture Grenada, manuscript article by Perry, 1966. Loaned for copying by the Grenada Public Library.

Peyton family papers
MSS. 115. 1768-1916. 0.33 cubic feet and 1 reel microfilm.

List of accounts and 11 letters (1768-1818) written by Thomas Jefferson, mostly to Craven Peyton (d. 1837), lawyer and landowner, of Albemarle County, Virginia; and correspondence and documents of the Peyton family of Virginia and Mississippi. Includes offer to sell a slave, Nov 27, 1818.

Porter (Albert Quincy) Civil War diary
MSS. 351. 0.08 cubic feet.

Porter, a regimental fifer with Company D, 22nd Regiment, describes a Confederate hospital in Montgomery, Alabama; battles around Resaca, Kennesaw Mountain, and Marietta, Georgia; last months of the war in North Carolina and South Carolina.

Pridmore family Civil War letters
MSS. 253. 1862-1865. 0.16 cubic feet and 1 reel microfilm.

Letters of Sgt. F. Pridmore, 41st Regiment, Alabama Volunteers, Co. K., Buckner's Division, describe troop movements, army conditions, etc., in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Virginia. Transcriptions available.

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Rambo (Mrs. Mary C.) papers
MSS. 256. 1843-1866. 0.08 cubic feet.

Bill of sale for slaves, 1 Civil War letter, permit for supplies and statement of purchases, 2 letters from Texas, 1 contract for share-cropping, letters concerning a War of 1812 pension which was cancelled because of sympathy with the Confederacy. Chiefly Tennessee.

Randolph-Sherman papers
MSS. 257. 1813-1947. 0.02 cubic feet and 1 reel microfilm.

Papers of Edward Brett Randolph, officer and sutler in the War of 1812, participant in the Seminole campaign, planter of Lowndes County, Mississippi, and Receiver of Public Moneys for District Lands, Columbus, Mississippi. Correspondence (1813-1947) for Randolph, his wife, relatives, and friends; his account of his part in the War of 1812; his protests against the Methodist Episcopal Church schism; genealogical and family papers; papers of the family of his daughter, Virginia, who married George W. Sherman; accounts, statements, deeds, wills, bills and other business and legal papers; and copies of Randolph's will, autobiography, inventory of estates, and Mrs. Randolph's will. Correspondents include Harriet B. Beverly, Peter R. Beverly, Marcus C. Buck, Richard Keith Call, Edward P. Gaines, Eleanor Meade, John E. Meade, Reba W. Meade, James Patton, LeRoy Percy, R.C. Randolph, and John S. Williams. The letters were written from Virginia, from the southeastern States during the Indian War, and from Columbus, Mississippi.

Ratcliffe (Mrs. C. E.) collection
MSS. 258. 1834, 1861-1862. 0.01 cubic feet: 3 items.

Letters and narrative (1861-1865) concerning Samuel Rankin Latta and family of Dyersburg, Tennessee, from Tennessee (including one from Shiloh), Mississippi and other Civil War sites. Also a will from Franklin County, Mississippi.

Raymond (Henry Rodney) papers
MSS. 14. 1850-1949. 0.66 cubic feet and 1 reel microfilm.

Raymond was a lawyer, Presbyterian minister, teacher and president of Marion Female Institute, and Confederate chaplain. Family and professional correspondence (1850-1949) relating to Raymond's activities as minister, chiefly in Mississippi, and in Marion, Alabama, and Weatherford, Texas; diary, Marion, Alabama (1857); Starkville Women Club's programs including a minute book (1891); minutes (1879) of the Presbyterian Synod of Alabama; 3 scrapbooks relating to religious matters, church activities, and family affairs; genealogical and family records (1856-1910), information about various members of the family in Mississippi, Alabama, and other states; and a few Civil War papers. In part microfilm made in 1958 from originals owned by Jesse Owen, Starkville, Mississippi. Addition in process.

Raymond (S. P.) letters
MSS. 29. 1864, 1866, 1876-1877. 0.02 cubic feet.

1861 letter from Raymond of the 41st Mississippi Infantry Regiment, Company E (Verona Rifles), an ambulance driver who was killed at Battle of Atlanta and letter from soldier who re-buried him, 1866. Also tax receipts from Lee County, 1876-1877.

Rice (Nannie Herndon) family papers
MSS. 24. 1824-2003. circa 35 cubic feet.

Family papers of Nannie Herndon Rice, librarian at Mississippi State University. Correspondence, diaries, genealogical data, deeds, ledgers, claims, estate papers, bills of sale for slaves, rent and labor contracts, school reports (1866-71), photographs and other papers of Miss Rice and members of her family. Papers of Miss Rice describe Meadow Woods, the Rice plantation in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, her student days at Mississippi State College for Women, Columbia University, Vassar College Training Camp for Nurses, and the University of Illinois, and associations as a librarian at Mississippi State University. Other papers include those of Miss Rice's grandparents, John W. Rice and Augusta (Hopkins) Rice, her father, Arthur H. Rice, physician and planter of Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, her great-uncle and aunt, John James Walker and Maria (Hopkins) Walker, her paternal great-grandfather, Arthur Francis Hopkins, of Alabama, and others, relating to the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Mississippi Legislature, travel in Europe, and other subjects. Correspondents include Braxton Bragg, H.L. Mencken, Pauline V. Orr, LeRoy Percy, LeRoy Pope Walker, Percy Walker, Richard Henry Wilde, and John Sharp Williams. Unpublished guide in the library. Information on literary rights available in the library. Additions: In process.

Rollins (Bertie Shaw) papers
MSS. 15. 1821-1957. 5 cubic feet.

Papers of the William M. Shaw family of Darracott, Monroe County, Mississippi, collected by Bertie Shaw Rollins, of Aberdeen, Mississippi, author, historian, and granddaughter of Shaw. Family correspondence (1848-1905) relating to life in Monroe County and to Confederate campaigns; Shaw genealogical papers; legal and business papers (1882-1900) including receipts, accounts, notes, deeds, drafts, and statements; articles and illustrations by Jack Knox of the Nashville Banner; clippings and papers concerning Monroe County, five scrapbooks of clippings on local and family history; articles and documents by Mrs. Rollins; copies of wills and marriage records, Monroe County (1823-1852); tract book of original entries, Columbus, Mississippi (1824-48); register (1865) of contracts by planters and freedmen; Monroe County church records (1819-1905); Monroe County court minutes (1821); and a list of Monroe County landowners (1821-60). Gift of Mrs. Rollins, 1956, 1958.

Ross (Emmett Lloyd) papers
MSS. 16. 1825-1955. 2 cubic feet and 2 reels microfilm.

Papers of Confederate officer and journalist, of Canton, Mississippi. Correspondence of Ross, his wife, his son James Ross, and other relatives; legal papers; bills; receipts; manuscripts of short stories; poems; newspapers; and a diary (completed by Ross) of a Union Soldier killed in a battle. The Civil War letters include some from Ross in camp, hospital, and battle, to his wife. Correspondence of related families includes 68 Bell family letters (1861-75) chiefly relating to Georgia and Confederate military campaigns; 29 Wailes-Magruder letters (1825-69) chiefly from southern Mississippi and letters (1849-63) of Sophie Collins, a young woman who became a refugee in Mississippi and Louisiana. Unpublished calendar in the library.

Ryan (M. A.). Experience of a Confederate soldier
MSS. 261. 1861-1865. 0.04 cubic feet.

Experience of a Confederate soldier in camp and prison in the Civil War, a reminiscence by Ryan of the 14th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, Company B.

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Saggus (James S.) collection
MSS. 117. 1965. 0.33 cubic feet.

Series of 49 articles written in 1965 for Jackson, Mississippi, newspaper, concerning the effects of the Civil War on government and life in Mississippi and concerning Mississippi's leaders during and after the war.

Sanders, Lee and Sargent families papers
MSS. 574. 1850-2001 (Bulk Dates: 1860-1992). 6.8 cubic feet.

The Sanders, Lee and Sargent families papers contain the papers of three Mississippi families related by marriage. The papers include correspondence, certificates and diplomas, deeds, newspaper clippings, genealogical material, publications, photographs, and artifacts.

Scarbrough (James) papers
MSS. 27. 1822-1917. 0.66 cubic feet.

Papers of Scarbrough, a farmer of Webster County, Mississippi. Personal correspondence, accounts, promissory notes, tax receipts, and other business papers from Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Sumner (now Webster) Counties, Mississippi, Confederate military papers, memorabilia, and other papers of Scarbrough, his wife Sara (Wells) Scarbrough, and their sons, Charles Wells, R.G. and G.W. Scarbrough.

Shaw (Thompson B.)-McCallum papers
MSS. 31. 1847-1962. 0.4 cubic feet.

Papers of Thompson B. Shaw (1796-1854) of Jefferson County, Mississippi, collected or created by McCallum descendants. Included are a scrapbook, booklets, newspapers, clippings, autograph books, daguerreotypes, photograph, bill of sale for slave, receipt for sale of slave, certificate of exemption from military service, letter, paper currency of Revolution and Confederacy, Vicksburg Daily Citizen, velvet-covered Bible, sampler.

Shaw (Thompson B.) - McKell collection
MSS. 12. 1818-1901. 0.33 cubic feet.

Papers of Thompson B. Shaw (1796-1854), plantation owner of Jefferson County, collected by the McKell family. Includes personal and family correspondence (1828-1898); business papers relating to the plantation, statements of accounts and receipts (1818-1860), and items (1824-1866) dealing with cotton factors. Deposited by C.V. McKell, Starkville, Mississippi, 1959.

Shields (William F.) papers
MSS. 7. 1812-1912. 0.66 cubic feet.

Papers of William F. Shields, naval officer, of Lowndes County, Mississippi. Official and unofficial correspondence and some sailing orders (1821-1855), including letters relating to a controversy (1851) at Memphis Navy Yard between Shields and engineers; personal correspondence (1834-1912), land, and other business papers (1849-1865), notes, receipts, statements of accounts, and other papers of Shields and his son, William B. Shields. Unpublished calendar in Special Collections.

Shingleur (J. A.) letters
MSS. 266. 1863-1880. 0.12 cubic feet.

Sixteen letters written by J. A. Shingleur, Assistant to General French, to his wife in Georgia from Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. Also includes 4 letters written from the North after the war. Subjects include army life, family affairs, business.

Simmons (W. J.) family papers
MSS. 269. 1859, 1862 and undated. 0.08 cubic feet.

Two 1862 letters between Sally and G. W. (George Whitfield) Simmons; undated notes; war poetry, undated; essays, 1862 and undated; receipt.

Sledge (George) diary
MSS. 565. 1864. 1 reel microfilm.

Account of Stanford's Battery, Eldridges Battalion, Army of Tennessee, March, October 1864.

Sons of Confederate Veterans, Choctaw Grays Camp, records
MSS. 598. 1996. 0.24 cubic feet.

Records from the Choctaw Grays division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, 1996. Included are membership applications, publications, VHS cassette, genealogical materials from some Confederate soldiers' families. The Choctaw Grays are now disbanded.

Sparkman (Jesse Roderick) Civil War diary
MSS. 273. 1960. 0.08 cubic feet.

Transcription of diary of Sparkman of Jeff Davis Legion, Company C, Mississippi Cavalry (Southern Guards), 1861-1865. Also Sparkman family data. Compiled by Mildred K. Holman.

Sparks (Randy) collection
MSS. 352. 1839-circa 1971 (Bulk Dates: 1839-1928). 0.66 cubic feet.

Historical materials collected by Randy Sparks concerning the following Mississippi counties: Itawamba, Pontotoc, Calhoun, Madison, and Tishomingo. Also material concerning Limestone County, Alabama. Includes estate papers, probate and chancery court records, tax receipts, Civil War letter (photocopy), address book, and journal.

Starling (William) papers
MSS. 17. 1854-1900. 2 cubic feet and 1 reel microfilm.

Papers of William Starling (1839-1900), Union soldier and engineer for Mississippi River levee systems. Content includes: diaries containing descriptions of Starling's activities as a planter and engineer and of a tour of Holland; manuscript of a chapter of a novel, draft of a book on the U.S. Government, and index to literature and literary and historic figures; notebooks pertaining to Starling's student days at New York University and presenting observations on the Mississippi River and a trip to San Francisco; Starling's commission in the Kentucky Volunteer Militia; muster rolls of the Kentucky State Guards, and case of United States vs. Lieutenant Thomas F. Murdoch, 13th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, 1862. Includes material on Edwards Pierrepont, and several unidentified photographs, including two by Matthew Brady. Addition: microfilm of a scrapbook concerning the Starling family, including Civil War letters of William Starling, 1862-1863; original at the Arkansas History Commission.

Stephens (H. A.) letter
MSS. 71. 1862. 0.01 cubic feet: 1 item.

Letter (1862) of Hubert Alonzo Stephens of the 11th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, Company H (Chickasaw Guards) at Camp Fisher, Virginia, to his parents. Stephens died at Petersburg.

Stiles (Raymond) family business papers
MSS. 70. 1863-1946 (scattered). 0.33 cubic feet.

Statements of account, receipts, tax receipts, Civil War tax receipts, other materials of the Stiles family of Oktibbeha County, Mississippi.

Stubbs (Mrs. B. H.) collection
MSS. 277. 1839-1918. 0.33 cubic feet.

Materials of the Burnside family of Lake Burnside, Neshoba County, Mississippi, including: memorandum book 1886 and undated; family business papers, 1839-1904; letters, 1861-1918, including letter to A.W. Burnside from unnamed brother, Harper's Ferry, Virginia, June 12, 1861; publications, including Confederate Annals (June 1883), Neshoba County Democrat (May 23, 1895) article on double primary, and Southern Cultivator (April 1896); photograph, 1918; and genealogy, undated. Photocopies.

Sykes (A. J.) papers
MSS. 68. 1865-1888, 1966. 0.08 cubic feet.

Letters between A.J. Sykes, 56th Alabama Infantry Regiment to his wife in Aberdeen, Mississippi, from Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, 1865; letters from students at Mississippi A&M College (1888); genealogy and clippings regarding Sykes family.

Sykes (William E.) papers
MSS. 279. 1856-65. 0.02 cubic feet and 1 reel microfilm.

76 letters (1859-1865) of William E. Sykes to his wife, chiefly from northeast Mississippi Civil War campaign sites; statements, accounts, receipts, and other business papers (1858-1864), chiefly from Aberdeen, Mississippi. Transcriptions available.

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Thomas (Isham W.) collection
MSS. 280. 1862-1864. 1 reel microfilm.

Nine letters (1862-1864) of Isham W. Thomas of Stanford's Battery, Mississippi Light Artillery, from Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia.

Thornton (Mary) collection
MSS. 432. 1860-1864. 0.08 cubic feet.

Letters and military papers of Merry B. Harris, a Confederate officer who headed the Pettus Relief Company of Mississippi Volunteers during the Civil War. Included are the rules and regulations of the Pettus Relief and a letter dated December 22, 1860, which describes conditions in South Carolina following its secession from the U.S. Facsimiles and other copies.

Thornton family collection
MSS. 282. 1849-1895 and undated. 0.16 cubic feet.

Collection of the Solomon M. Thornton family of Georgia and Mississippi includes 2 legal papers, 8 Civil War letters, and other letters on family matters. S.M. Thornton served in Company B, 31st Mississippi Regiment in the Civil War, was wounded at Peachtree Creek, and wrote six letters home to his wife, Sarah F. Thornton. Other Civil War letters include a long fragment of a letter from S.R. (Samuel R.) Thornton of Company B, Perrin's Battalion (1863), which discusses attitudes toward Robert O. Perrin and other matters, and a single letter to Jinnie Thornton from an unknown correspondent, 1864.

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United Confederate Veterans, Oktibbeha Camp No. 1311, records
MSS. 448. 1909-1919, 1926. 0.16 cubic feet.

Records of the United Confederate Veterans Oktibbeha Camp No. 1311 include checks, letters, a ledger and miscellaneous items documenting membership and finances, 1909-1919. Also includes a brochure about the Pension Laws of Mississippi in 1926.

United Daughters of the Confederacy, Lyda C. Moore Chapter (Lula, Mississippi) records
MSS. 285. 1907, 1952-1955.

Three scrapbooks of the UDC, Lyda C. Moore Chapter, Lula, Mississippi, 1952-53, 1953-54, 1954-55. Publication: Our Heritage, Vol. 1, No. 4 (February 1907).

United Daughters of the Confederacy, Putnam Darden Chapter (Starkville, Mississippi) records
MSS. 518. 1959-2011. circa 6 cubic feet.

Minutes, membership records, scrapbooks, photographs, programs, correspondence, publications and other materials documenting the activities of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Putnam Darden Chapter and the Regina Harrison Lee Chapter, Children of the Confederacy. In process.

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Wallace (Thomas D.) Civil War diary
MSS. 142. 1861-1862. 0.01 cubic feet: 1 item.

Account written by Wallace, a Winston County, Mississippi, farmer who joined the Winston Guards at age 16 and travelled with the Confederate Army from Mississippi to Virginia. Included is a list of deaths, discharges, and desertions for the Guards.

Ward (Rufus) collection
MSS. 73. 1837-circa 1920s. 6 cubic feet, 4 reels microfilm and digital reproductions.

Personal and business correspondence, accounts, receipts, deeds, slave records, tax receipts, military orders, genealogical material and other papers of the James Sykes family of Columbus, Mississippi. Includes letters from cotton brokers in West Point, Mississippi, Mobile, Alabama, St. Louis, Missouri, and New Orleans, Louisiana; letters from Alleghany Springs and Blue Ridge Springs, Virginia, and White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia; letters from Wildie and Ida Sykes at Patapsco Female Institute, Ellicott City, Maryland, and from James W. Sykes, Jr. at Belleview High School, Bedford County, Virginia, and Poughkeepsie Business Institute, New York. Other material relates to Columbus, Mississippi, schools and Columbus Methodist Church. Persons represented include James Sykes (1810-1885), his wife Martha Lanier Sykes (1815-1881), her mother Elizabeth Lanier, his brother William Sykes of Winona, Mississippi, and his grandchildren, Ida (Sykes) Billups (1858-1891) and her husband Thomas Carleton Billups (1839-1898), Wildie (Sykes) Billups and her husband Joseph Saunders Billups, and James W. Sykes, Jr. Additions include correspondence, estate records, farm record ledgers, receipts, photographs, newspapers and other materials.

Weissinger family papers
MSS. 291. 1860-1912. 1 reel microfilm.

Correspondence between the families of John R. Weissinger (1857-circa 1903), planter and merchant, of Coahoma County, Mississippi, and his brother, William S. Weissinger (b. 1847), physician, of De Soto County, Mississippi, and other relatives. Includes a few Civil War letters and letters from Memphis, Tennessee, Winona (Montgomery County, Mississippi), Hernando (De Soto County), Vaiden (Carroll County, Mississippi), and several letters from James M. Strong of California.

West (John S.) letter
MSS. 295. 1862. 0.01 cubic feet : 1 item.

Letter of John S. West from Iuka, Mississippi, to his brother and sister, 1862. West, a 16-year old soldier, was killed 10 days later.

Whitehead (Alan) collection
MSS. 395. 1891-1909. 0.16 cubic feet.

Letter (1891) from Stephen D. Lee, Mississippi Agricultural and Mechanical College, to L.S. Sexton; carte de visite (undated) of Lee; pamphlet (1909) concerning the dedication of the S.D. Lee statue in the Vicksburg National Military Park; photocopies of 3 published photographs of Lee. Letters of S. D. Lee (Photocopies; originals are in the National Archives). Also includes program of the Second Annual Fair of the Oktibbeha Agricultural Joint Stock Company, 1870; receipt for 5 bales of cotton on the steamer Lucy Holcomb, 1859 and information about the steamboat; Civil War song lyrics copied by Mollie T. Chenault; Broadside announcing reduced rates for round trip fare to the A&M commencement, circa 1880-1899. Additions (1862-1863) in process.

Wier (T. C.) family letters
MSS. 524. 1861-1864. 0.08 cubic feet.

Ten Civil War letters of the Wier family of Lowndes and Oktibbeha Counties, Mississippi, including: Five letters of James Benson Wier (1832-1863), surgeon, possibly of the 2nd Tennessee Infantry (Ashby's Company A) from Tennessee and Mississippi; two 1864 letters from Thomas C. Wier (1827-1920), a Chaplain with the 27th Mississippi Regiment, Company B, from Atlanta, Georgia; one civilian letter, probably of Mary Elizabeth Wier of Columbus, Mississippi, to her sister; letter of Abby Wier to William W. Wier, 1861; letter of William W. Wier to Dabney S. Wier, 1862 . Subjects include the Civil War and Wier family history.

Wier (T. C.) family papers
MSS. 646. 1837-1973 and undated. 5.16 cubic feet

Correspondence, diaries and journals, photographs, sermons and other church materials, receipts, memorials, poems and other writings, programs and other memorabilia, school materials, genealogical materials, clothing, publications and other materials documenting the lives and contributions of the extended family of Methodist minister Dr. T.C. (Thomas Coke) Wier (1827-1920), who served as presiding elder and pastor in Alabama and Mississippi churches from 1859-1906 and also served as principal of Verona Female College and Grenada Institute. The papers were found in the attic of the Bonnell family home in Muskogee, Oklahoma, where Elizabeth (Bessie) Wier Bonnell (1869-1944) and her husband, Dr. Albert E. Bonnell (1865-1936), lived. T.C. Wier and his sister, Mary Elizabeth Wier (1822-1909), lived with the Bonnells until their deaths; many of the letters are to and from T.C. Wier and Mary Elizabeth Wier. Included are circa 400 letters between Wier family members, 1836-1936 and undated, from Alabama, South Carolina, Mississippi, Oklahoma Territory, the state of Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and other localities. Of these, 13 are letters from Civil War soldiers and civilians, including letters of surgeon J. Benson Wier and prisoner of war letters of Dabney S. Wier from Johnson's Island, Ohio. Many of the letters are to and from T.C. Wier's sons: Frank Lampkin Wier, a prominent citizen and Mayor of Starkville, Mississippi, and Robert Koger Wier, owner of Wier Jewelry and then Wier Drugstore. Diaries and journals in the collection date from 1824-1885 and include the Civil War diaries of T.C. Wier and his brother J. Benson Wier (1832-1863), who died at McMinnville, Tennessee. The "Record of the Wier family", a journal of William Wier (1792-1853), Methodist minister and father of T.C. Wier, contains a rare transcript of the family's 1850 census return, including names, ages and birth places of family slaves. Sermons and sermon notes, Bibles, church bulletins, diaries, writings, clippings and other materials document the Methodist Church in Alabama and Mississippi. The collection is enriched by circa 164 photographs, primarily portraits and snapshots of Wier family members taken in Starkville, Columbus, Selma, Mobile, Jackson (Tennessee), Oklahoma Territory and the state of Oklahoma, but also including images of Wier homes and church scenes in Starkville and Coldwater, Mississippi, and Muskogee, Oklahoma, a rare snapshot of Columbus homes and the Tombigbee River, and postcard scenes taken on Deer Creek near Lake Vista (Delta and Pine Land), Mississippi.

Wilbourn (R. E.) collection
MSS. 57. 1833-1963. 0.66 cubic feet.

Genealogical material of the Wilbourn, Scott, Eggleston families of Kemper, Noxubee, and Yalobusha Counties, Mississippi; diary and message book kept by Captain R.E. Wilbourn (1838-1875), Chief Signal Officer, 2nd Corps, Army of Northern Virginia; letter regarding wounding of General Stonewall Jackson (1863); scrapbook of a later period containing letters from Senators Stennis and Walthall and Representative Ross A. Collins; photographs; miscellaneous antebellum documents; personal reminiscences of R.E. Wilbourn II and others, which give historical details concerning Wahalak and other communities in Kemper, Lowndes and Yalobusha Counties.

Wilkins (Thomas J.) diary
MSS. 302. 1864. 0.04 cubic feet: 1 item.

Diary of Wilkins of the 11th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, Company E (Prairie Guards). who enlisted from Brooksville, Mississippi, and was wounded and in prison at the time of the writing of the diary in 1864.

Williams (Daniel) family papers
MSS. 20. 1823-1966 (Bulk Dates: 1870-1914). 0.66 cubic feet.

The collection documents the history of the Williams family from 1823 to 1966, most notably Campbell "Cammie" Williams and his brother, Mims Williams. The papers consist of correspondence, Civil War tax documents, bills and account statements, contracts, newspaper clippings, genealogical material, essays, poetry, cards, and miscellany.

Wilson (John H.) Civil War Experience
MSS. 304. Undated. 0.01 cubic feet.

Reminiscences concerning the Civil War experience of Wilson of the 1st Mississippi Infantry Regiment, Company G (Dave Rogers Rifles).

Winston County records
MSS. 133. 1838-1907.

Records include "Enumeration of Confederate Soldiers and Widows," 1907, which lists name, state of enlistments, company, regiment, age, year of enlistment, and category (soldier, widow, servant). Photocopies.

Wright Civil War and other papers
MSS. 92. 1863-1867, 1896. 0.08 cubic feet.

Letters, permits, passes, receipts, poem, steamer pack receipts, primarily from the Vicksburg, Mississippi, area.

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Young (Thomas) papers
MSS. 308. 1818-1918. 0.33 cubic feet.

Correspondence, land deeds, financial papers, and C. S. A. bills, 1862. Primarily concern the business affairs of Dr. Thomas Young (1801-1870), a physician formerly of South Carolina, who lived in Claiborne County, Mississippi.

Young (William Humphreys) letters
MSS. 309. 1862-1865. 0.33 cubic feet.

27 typescript letters of Lieutenant Young, 5th Mississippi Cavalry Regiment, Company B, to his wife in Carroll County, Mississippi, from Grenada, Greenwood, North Mississippi, and Camp Chase, Ohio, 1862-1865. Young died in prison in 1865.