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Peter Wellington Alexander, C.S.A., Collection

Civil War documents, 1862-1864
Manuscript Collection MC 1379

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Acquired by Special Collections from the holdings of Columbia University Libraries. Users wishing to publish from this collection must obtain permission  in writing from the Librarian for Rare Books and  Manuscripts at Columbia.

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Colonel Peter Wellington Alexander, 1825-1886. Confederate  States of America, Georgia-born
editor and Civil War  correspondent.
Papers, 1835-1910.
30 linear ft. (ca. 7,500 items in 18 boxes and ca.1275 newspapers).

Correspondence, manuscripts, documents, and  newspapers. These include over four hundred letters to Alexander, as well as miscellaneous letters and telegrams; some of his manuscripts and
notes; business records of his  law firm; military documents of the western divisions of the
Confederate Army; copybooks and letter books; and complete and partial newspapers and clippings from the various Southern newspapers (in particular, The Savannah Republican, the Daily Dispatch   of Richmond, and the Advertiser and Register of Mobile) which carried Alexander's dispatches.
Gift of Mrs. Robert P. Hamilton, 1974.

CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION (8 reels microfilm)

Eight reels of microfilm, [numbered 1-3, 4.1, 4.2, 5-7]. Correspondence, general and special orders, field reports, telegrams, and other documents of the Confederate forces in Arkansas. Correspondents include Elias Cornelius Boudinot, Samuel Ryan Curtis, Thomas C. Hindman, Francis J. Herron, Theophilus H. Holmes, Robert Edward Lee, R. C. Newton, Albert Pike, William Quesenbury, John Selden Roane, and Stand Watie.

The finding aid consists of copies of the target pages used in filming the documents at the
Columbia University Libraries. The rolls are held in the Special Collections Division.

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