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Guide to the Alexander Robert Chisolm Papers
 MS 670.5

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Series 4: Notes and Speeches, 1893-1906, 1893-1906, undated

Scope and Contents note

Series 4 consists of Chisolm's notes on the war and speeches (both typescript and handwritten drafts) he delivered at various memorial events or before Civil War commemorative groups like the Confederate Veteran Camp of New York and the Survivors' Association of Charleston. His notes and speeches especially focus on the battles at Fort Sumter, the First Battle of Bull Run, and Shiloh. Though Chisolm regretted that his recollections were "obliged to be so personal," he attempted to maintain a neutral tone, citing, for example, the mistakes made by both sides during the Battle of Shiloh. As Beauregard's aide and friend, Chisolm also gave speeches on Beauregard's life and accomplishments following Beauregard's death in 1893. (Researchers should note that Chisolm's "Personal Notes from Before the Surrender of Fort Sumter until the Close of the War" and his speech on the Battle of Shiloh at the Memorial Meeting in Charleston are almost identical, the major variation being that Chisolm's "Personal Notes" contain a preface written months after he delivered the speech.) This series also contains two maps, one of the Shiloh battlefield and one of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad.

Arrangement note

Series 4: Notes and Speeches in arranged alphabetically by topic.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 23 Beauregard Memorial Speech
circa 1905
Box: 1 Folder : 24 Camp Fire Speeches
circa 1903
Box: 1 Folder : 25 Maps
Box: 1 Folder : 26 Notes re: Bull Run
Box: 1 Folder : 27 Notes re: Fort Sumter
1906, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 28 Notes re: Johnston's Surrender
Box: 1 Folder : 29 Notes re: Shiloh
Box: 2 Folder : 1 "Personal Notes from Before the Surrender of Fort Sumter until the Close of the War"
August 1893
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Speech on the Battle of Shiloh (Memorial Meeting in Honor of General Beauregard)
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Speech on the Life of General Beauregard delivered before the Memorial Meeting in Charleston
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Speech to the Survivor's Association of Charleston
April 13, 1893

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