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Guide to the Confederate States of America Collection
1860-1896 (bulk 1861-1865)
 MS670.7

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 873-3400


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Collection processed by Susan Kriete

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Descriptive Summary

 
Title: Confederate States of America Collection
Dates: 1861-1865
Abstract: This collection is comprised of records and correspondence relating to the Confederacy and Confederate army. The materials in this collection have been digitized and are available online to on-site researchers and to users affiliated with subscribing institutions via EBSCOhost.
Quantity: 1.2 Linear feet (3 boxes)
Call Phrase: MS670.7

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Scope and Contents note

The Confederate States of America Collection is an "artificial" collection of documents that were donated or acquired from a variety of sources but have been organized together by subject matter. The collection consists primarily of government and military records relating to the Confederacy and the Confederate army. The materials in this collection have been digitized and are available online to on-site researchers and to users affiliated with subscribing institutions via EBSCOhost.

This material has been arranged into three series. Series I, Correspondence, Records and Reports, includes several folders of official correspondence, primarily of South Carolina Governor Francis W. Pickens and his successor Milledge Bonham. Topics addressed include secession, the formation of the Confederate government and army, and the prosecution of the war. Also included in Series I are reports of battles and field operations, general and special military orders, detail assignments, certificates of disability and discharge, travel passes, quartermaster records, muster rolls, official forms, and legislative bills. Notable documents include a draft of Brigadier General Sibley's Proclamation to the People of New Mexico; a copy of the memorandum setting forth the terms of surrender agreed upon by Generals Taylor and Canby; and a circular issued by the State Collector of Virginia which includes a table showing the average value of slaves in Virginia in 1860. In addition to these official documents, there is one folder of personal correspondence and narratives (including the reminiscences of Leonidas Sebastian Daniel, a telegrapher in Vicksburg), and a list of subscribers to a pamphlet defending slavery on biblical grounds.

Series II, Documents relating to the Confederate defeat, consists primarily of lists of Confederate prisoners paroled at Richmond, Virginia when the Union army took control of the city in April, 1865. Also included is a deposition regarding suspected Confederate guerilla activity and a Confederate soldier's petition for amnesty after the war.

Series III, Confederate forms, consists of blank copies of official forms used by the Confederate government and army, including conscription forms, requests for exemption, and requisition and receipt forms.

Arrangement note

This collection has been organized into the following three series:

Series I: Correspondence, records and reports
Series II: Documents relating to the Confederate defeat
Series III: Confederate forms (blank)

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Bonham, Milledge L., (Milledge Luke), 1813-1890
  • Daniel, Leonidas Sebastian, 1837-1922
  • Daniel, Louise C.
  • Pickens, F.W., (Francis Wilkinson), 1805-1869
  • Ruggles, Daniel, 1810-1897
  • Sibley, Henry Hopkins, 1816-1886
  • Thompson, Meriwether Jeff, 1826-1876

Document Type

  • Bills (legislative records)
  • Blank forms.
  • Bonds (negotiable instruments).
  • Certificates.
  • Correspondence.
  • Ephemera.
  • Invoices.
  • Maps.
  • Military passes.
  • Muster rolls.
  • Narratives (documentary genres).
  • Orders (military records).
  • Petitions.
  • Reports.
  • Requisitions.
  • Returns (military reports).
  • Telegrams.
  • Travel documents.
  • Voters lists.

Subject Organizations

  • Confederate States of America. Army. Supplies and stores.
  • Confederate States of America. Army
  • Libby Prison.

Subject Topics

  • Decedents' estates
  • Desertion, Military -- United States.
  • South Carolina--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Hospitals.

Subject Places

  • Charleston (S.C.) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
  • Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Richmond (Va.) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
  • United States--HIstory--Civil War, 1861-1865--Equipment and supplies
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Prisoners and prisons.
  • Virginia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.

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Administrative Information

Provenance

This is an artificial collection composed of material acquired by the New-York Historical Society at various times.

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Portions of the collection that have been microfilmed will be brought to the researcher in that format and can be made available by Interlibrary loan. Researchers on site may print out unlimited copies from microfilm reader-printer machines at per-exposure rates. See guidelines in Reading Room for details.

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to twenty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. (Researchers may not accrue unused copy amounts from previous days.)

Items that include presidential signatures will be presented to researchers in duplicate form.

Use Restrictions

Permission to quote from this collection in a publication must be requested and granted in writing. Send permission requests, citing the name of the collection from which you wish to quote, to

Manuscripts Curator
The New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024

The copyright law of the United States governs the making of photocopies and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials. Unpublished materials created before January 1, 1978 cannot be quoted in publication without permission of the copyright holder.

Related Materials at the New-York Historical Society

The Civil War Collection, MS 670.14 (also an artifical collection) includes documents relating to the Confederacy. Additional materials relating to the Confederacy can be located by searching the library's online  catalog.

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Container List

Series I: Correspondence, Records and Reports of the Confederacy

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Correspondence with the Executive Office of South Carolina
1860 December 20 - 1861 September 30
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Correspondence with the Executive Office of South Carolina
1862 March 6 - 1865 May 22
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Field reports, proclamations, and terms of surrender
1862 October 2 - 1863 May 23, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Military orders and directives
1861 April - 1865 March 29
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Miilitary correspondence
1861 August 21 - 1863 April 1
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Certificates of disability and discharge, requests for exemption, and documents relating to deserters
1861 May - 1865 April
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Travel passes and related correspondence
1861 August - 1865
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Requisitions, invoices and related provisioning documents
11861 February 19 - 1865 July 10, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Documents relating to civilian property
1861 October 21 - 1865, undated
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Muster rolls and morning reports
1862 February - 1865 February, undated
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Hospital muster rolls
1862 - 1864
Box: OS Medium Folder : Y-Confederate States of America Oversize muster rolls
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Documents relating to medical and postal services
1861 - 1864, undated
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Documents relating to taxation and banking
1861 January 25 - 1865 January 14, undated
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Poll books
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Lists of citizens swearing allegiance to Confederate States
Box: 2 Folder : 5 List of subscribers to pamphlet defending on Biblical grounds the institution of slavery
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Personal correspondence, narratives and ephemera
1861 - 1863, 1896, undated

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Series II: Documents relating to the Confederate defeat

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Reports and lists of confederate prisoners paroled at Richmond, Virginia
1865 April
Box: 2 Folder : 7 List of rebel generals
circa 1865
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Deposition regarding suspected guerilla
1864 April 4
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Petition for amnesty
1865 June 17

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Series III: Confederate Forms (Blank)

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Forms issued by the Conscription Office
[1861-1865]
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Forms relating to exemptions and detail assignments
[1861-1865]
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Payroll and muster roll forms
[1861-1865]
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Requisition and receipt forms
[1861-1865]
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Forms issued by the Confederate States of America
[1861-1865]
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Tax forms
[1861-1865]

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