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Joseph E. Johnston Papers, 1825-1891

Joseph E. Johnston Papers, 1825-1891
Mss. 39.1 J63
3.0 Cubic Feet
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Scope and Contents

Papers of Joseph E. Johnston, C.S.A. General during the American Civil War, including correspondence which reflect his long military career and interest in his nephews, John Warfield Johnston and John Preston Johnston.

The papers include a diary, 1857, of Johnston's survey of the southern boundary of Kansas and eighteen volumes of Civil War dispatches and telegrams.

The collection also includes a diary, 1 May-31 July 1864, of Thomas B. Mackall; letters received by Louis McLane (including letters from Andrew Jackson and Lafayette) and typescripts of letters by Eliza Johnston Hughes.

Subjects concern Braxton Bragg, Benjamin Stoddert Ewell, William Joseph Hardee, George Ben Johnston, and the American Civil War (including the Atlanta Campaign of 1864). Correspondents include P. G. T. Beauregard, Jubal Early, Thomas Tasker Gantt, Josiah Gorgas, Wade Hampton, D.H. Hill, Robert E. Lee, James Longstreet and W.T. Sherman (General Order #18 of Johnston surrendering and giving terms to Sherman); as well as members of Johnston's family, Beverly R. Johnston, John Preston Johnston and John Warfield Johnston.

A list of books in the Rare Book Collection which were owned by Joseph E. Johnston is in Box 1. Accession 2001.35 addition filed in Box 1.

The Civil War dispatch and telegram books are available on microfilm for use in Swem Library or the microfilm may be requested via inter-library loan. The Joseph E. Johnston Papers, 1825-1891, in Swem Library’s microforms area is on 6 reels, call number E467.1 .J74 A2.

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Johnston, Joseph Eggleston (1807-1891)
Atlanta Campaign, 1864
Beauregard, Pierre Gustave Toutant, 1818-1893
Bragg, Braxton, 1817-1876
Early, Jubal Anderson, 1816-1894
Ewell, Benjamin Stoddert, 1810-1894
Gantt, Thomas T. (Thomas Tasker), 1814-1889
Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Gorgas, Josiah, 1818-1883
Hampton, Wade, 1818-1902
Hill, D. H. (Daniel Harvey), 1821-1889
Johnston, George Ben, 1853-1916
Lee, Robert Edward, 1807-1870
Longstreet, James, 1821-1904
Sherman, William Tecumseh, 1820-1891
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Agendas (administrative records)
Engravings (Prints)
Letter books

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Administrative Information

01/01/1924. Accession 2001.35 addition filed in Box 1.
Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.
Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.
Access Notes
Any materials produced during the Civil War (Box 1, Folder 4) can only be viewed on microfilm.  Also, boxes 4-6 can only be viewed on microfilm. When available, microfilm, photocopies, digital surrogates, or other reproductions must be used in place of original documents.
Acquisition Note
Materials were presented by Mrs. Robert M. Crawford (1924-1930), Robert M. Hughes (1939), Mrs. G. L. Batchelder, Jr. (1958), and Anne Mason Lee (1960). Gift of Richard M. McMurry (1975). Other materials were purchased by Special Collections Research Center (1982-2001), including an item purchased through the Schuler Fund (2001).
Related Materials
Related collections are Robert Morton Hughes Papers, Robert William Hughes Papers and John B. Floyd Papers, College of William and Mary.
Related Publications
Civil War dispatch and telegram books available on microfilm for use in library and microfilm may be requested on inter-library loan. Diary, 1857 published in Kansas Historical Quarterly, Vol. I (1932), pp. 104-139. Portions of the collection published in he War of the Rebellion: a Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. See also; Richard M. McMurry, "The Mackall Journal and Its Antecedents," Civil War History, Vol. XX (1974), pp. 311-328.
Preferred Citation
Joseph E. Johnston Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
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