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

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

© 2011 New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Susan Kriete

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on April 16, 2014
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

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)