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Guide to the Alexander Robert Chisolm Papers
 MS 670.5

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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© 2011 New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Rachel Schimke

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on May 14, 2014 using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Contents note

The Alexander Robert Chisolm Papers document Chisolm's experiences and recollections of the Civil War, especially the battles at Fort Sumter, the First Battle of Bull Run, and Shiloh. The collection primarily consists of Chisolm's remembrances of the war as recorded in his personal notes, speeches he delivered at various commemorative events, his postwar correspondence, and in his unpublished autobiography. Chisolm describes the tactical aspects of the battles he took part in as well as the human struggles of war. Other materials in the collection include documents related to the Confederate military and many newspaper and magazine clippings pertaining to the war. The collection also contains a fan-like cipher used by General Beauregard for sending messages during the war, with a sample of how the substitution of letters works using the phrase "Jones goes South to night." The Civil War materials in this collection have been digitized and are available online to on-site researchers and to users affiliated with subscribing institutions via EBSCOhost.

Arrangement note

  1. Series 1: Autobiography
  2. Series 2: Correspondence
  3. Series 3: Military Documents
  4. Series 4: Notes and Speeches
  5. Series 5: Scrapbooks, Newspaper Clippings, and Cipher

The Alexander Robert Chisolm Papers are arranged alphabetically by topic or form.