Guide to the Alfred and Elizabeth Brand Collection of Civil War and Lee Family Papers, 1757-1925 (bulk 1838-1868)
Letters, reports, certificates of appointment, receipts, loans, and other documents pertaining to the Civil War and to the Lee family (accession#2000-353), and collected by Alfred and Elizabeth Brand. The Civil War Papers Series includes battle reports from Bull Run (1861), Fredericksburg, and Gettysburg; Confederate Army General Orders Nos. 9, 64, and 18; letters detailing the operation of the Confederate Army, outcomes of battles, and Confederate opinions about the Civil War and specific officers. Includes a broadside, "Rally Round the Flag, Boys!;" a transcription of an interview with Jefferson Davis by newspaper writer Augustus C. Buell (1876); a draft of the poem "The Conquered Banner" by the Rev. Abram J. Ryan (1865); two engravings (of Grant and Sherman); John H. Miller and M. French's obligation and oath of allegiance to Virginia and to the Confederate States of America (1862); and J. C. Winsmith's oath of allegiance to the USA and pardon from Andrew Johnson and William H. Seward (1865).
Writers and correspondents in this Series are primarily from Virginia (especially Berkeley County) and Kentucky. Prominent individuals include Pierre Gustave Tonte Beauregard, Braxton Bragg, David Holmes Conrad, Samuel Cooper, Samuel Wylie Crawford, Jefferson Davis, Ulysses S. Grant, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, J. E. Johnson, I. Nadenbousch, Daniel Ruggles, William T. Sherman, and Edwin M. Stanton.
The Lee Family Papers Series comprises primarily Colonial-era governmental and financial documents pertaining to Francis Lightfoot Lee, "Henry Light Horse Harry" Lee, and Richard Henry Lee, Sr. Documents pertain to slaves; maps and surveys of leased land; and loan indentures. Includes certificates appointing Francis Lightfoot Lee as Justice of the Peace (1757-1768); and a letter from Richard Henry Lee, Sr., to Henry Lee regarding the colonists' agitation for freedom (1770). Ante-bellum and Civil War documents in the Lee family papers include loan indentures; a bill of sale for cotton to the Confederate government; two cartes-de-visite (of Robert E. Lee); letters written by Richard Henry Lee, Jr., discussing the sale of his sister's slaves; and a letter from Robert Edward Lee to Samuel Cooper regarding poorly executed military orders (1865). Several documents throughout the collection include the original rare manuscripts dealer's description.
- Alfred and Elizabeth Brand Collection of Civil War and Lee Family Papers, 1757-1925 (bulk 1838-1868)
- Brand, R. Alfred III, collector. Brand, Elizabeth D., collector.
- 3.4 Linear Feet,, 100 Items
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
- For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Collection is restricted. Originals are restricted except for use under direct staff supervision. Patrons must use photocopies of originals.
Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.
All or portions of this collection may be housed off-site in Duke University's Library Service Center. The library may require up to 48 hours to retrieve these materials for research use.
Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library to use this collection.
The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to Duke University. For more information, consult the copyright section of the Regulations and Procedures of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
Processing note: Arranged in two series, Civil War Papers and Lee Family Papers. Within Series, organized alphabetically by author or correspondent. Use copies exist for all documents and are arranged in exactly the same way as the originals. The one exception is that the original interview with Jefferson Davis can be found in Original Box 1A, while the copy can be found in Use Copy Box 1.
Originals are closed except for use under direct staff supervision. Patrons must use photocopies of originals.
Written by Col. J.W. Allen on 1862 December 23 from headquarters of the 2nd Virginia Infantry at camp near Mosses Neck. Includes a draft and final copy.
Written by Col. J.W. Allen on 1863 July 30 from camp on road near Robinson River. Preliminary draft.
On verso of Winchester report. Hanff was a private in Capt. Nadenbousch's Company D, Second Regiment of Virginia Infantry.
Beauregard requested that his ranks of officers be filled as soon as possible.
May not be related to Beauregard correspondence.
Bragg described the Perryville Campaign, Kentucky, and defended himself against other officers who were critical of his command, including General Leonidas Polk and General Hardee.
Bransford asked Brent what to do about furloughed soldiers who could not reach the armies commanded by Lee or Beauregard.
Cooper was Adjutant and Inspector General.
Regarding the deaths of Conrad's sons Holmes Addison Conrad and Henry Tudor Conrad at the first battle of Bull Run, 1861 July 21. The men were the first casualties of the Civil War from Berkeley County, VA.
Regarding the deaths of Conrad's sons. Includes envelope. "Nadenbousch" also spelled as "Nadenbushe."
Letter details the role Crawford's command of Pennsylvania Reserves played in the Battle of Gettysburg (1863 July 1-3). Includes transcription.
[Two items originally in this folder were removed to oversize box 2.]
Letter lists Davis' birthplace, education, and political offices.
Seddon was former Secretary of War for the Confederacy. The letter discusses Davis' distrust of ex- General Joseph E. Johnston.
Wife of Jefferson Davis.
[The use copy of this interview can be found Use Copies Box 1.]
Includes signature. Published by C.B. Richardson.
Claim regarding bacon impressed for the use of the Confederate Army from Wm. H & J. Mathews.
[2 items removed to oversize box.]
Letter asks whether Jackson should accept the services in Virginia of a company of Maryland volunteers. [Includes photocopy.]
[On verso of previous letter.]
Letter regarding supplies. [Includes transcription.]
Includes the addresses of Virginia Gov. Kemper, and the Rev. Moses D. Hoge
Acknowledged and accepted the terms set forth in Major General W. T. Sherman's Special Field Order No. 65, hailing the end of the Confederacy.
Lomax asked O'Ferrall to send some of his troops as scouts to report to Lomax on the Greenville Road.
Letter describes pranks by students at Erskine College and their attitude toward the Civil War.
Regarding the activities of a Samuel Baxley, whom Seaman would like to see arrested. Enclosed in letter from [J. L. Preston] to Nadenbushe.
Referring the matter of Samuel Baxley's arrest to Nadenbushe (also written as Nadenbousch). Includes envelope.
Letter describes Olds' journey through the South as a member of Sherman's army.
Signed in print by Capt. W. C. Baskin
At Ruggles request, the Board examined Acquia Creek on the Potomac River to ascertain the best place to put a battery to secure iron, tin, and several vessels. Members of the board were Thomas H. Williamson, Major of Engineers, Va. Army; H. H. Sims, Liet., Va Navy; and Wm. H. Ker, Brigade Inspector.
Ruggles transmitted the report from the Virginia Board of Engineers with his own comments. Includes a manuscript map of Acquia Creek and the Potomac River.
Telegram requesting two thousand pounds of corn meal powder.
Telegram regarding Special Orders No. 85, paragraph nine.
Possibly the original first draft. Found among the original Lee papers. At least one line differs from the earliest printed version. Rev. Ryan was known as the "poet-priest" of the Confederacy.
Includes signature. Photography by Brady & Co. Engraved by William Wellstood.
Letter brings news of the capture of Richmond, VA by Federal troops and the pursuit of Jefferson Davis and the remnants of Lee's army.
Letter describes the successful recovery of an enemy-held ferry.
[3 items removed to oversize box 2.]
Acknowledgment refers to an oath of allegiance signed on 1865 October 31.
[all 5 items removed to oversize box 2.]
[4 items removed to oversize box 2.]
Letter concerns land.
[Single item removed to oversize box 2.]
Letter concerns the estate of R.H. Lee's sister and the sale of her servants [slaves]. Lee writes, "I feel great reluctance to separate the children from the mother and father..."
Letter concerns the estate of R.H. Lee's sister and the sale of her servants [slaves]. Lee also lists the names of his children: Those of age include Mary A. Lee, Flora Lee, and Frances H. Lee. Those under age include Samuel A. Lee, Richard H. Lee, Ludwell Lee, John L. Lee, and Francis L. Lee.
Note concerns the appointment of permanent Brigade Inspectors. [Includes transcription.]
General order of surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia.
Letter concerns certain of Lee's orders in regard to "correcting abuses, securing discipline and enforcement of orders" [in the Department of East Tennessee and Southwestern Virginia] that Cooper failed to properly execute.
Letter in response to Miss Day's request for Robert E. Lee's autograph.
Enclosed in above letter to Miss Day.
[Removed from Davis, Jefferson, folder in box 1.]
Petition includes outlines of troop size and proposed movements. Secretary of War J. A. Letcher added comments to the petition, 1864 Jan. 16.
[Removed form Jackson, T[homas] J., folder in box 1.]
[Removed from folder Winsmith, J.C., Capt., in box 1.]
[Removed from Lee, Francis Lightfoot, folder in box 1.]
Authorized and [signed] by Robert Dinwiddie, Lt.-Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Virginia.
Authorized and [signed] by Francis Fauquier, Lt.-Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Virginia.
The specific trial concerns the murder of Daris Dallas. The suspects are Joe, Sam, and Pendoe, slaves belonging to George West. Authorized and [signed] by Francis Fauquier, Lt.-Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Virginia.
Authorized and [signed] by Francis Fauquier, Lt.-Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Virginia.
Authorized and [signed] by John Blair, President of his Majesty's Council and Commander-in-Chief of Virginia.
[Removed from Lee, Henry, folder in box 1.]
Indenture also signed by Ludwell Lee and Charles Lee.
Letter includes a manuscript map of the property around Bear Quarter Island and a "copy of the location of the West Survey of Patrick Henry and George Kelly as it stands on the books."
[Removed from Lee, Richard H., folder in box 1.]
Elizabeth D. Dalton and R. Alfred Brand, III, are daughter and son-in-law of the late Harry L. and Mary K. Dalton, collectors of rare books and manuscripts
Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Virginia.
Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Virginia. Led the Stamp Act rebellion, 1766 February.
Polk was an Episcopal priest and Davis' classmate at West Point. He was killed in GA on a reconnaissance mission for the Confederate Army in 1864 June.
- Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889.
- Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885.
- Jackson, Stonewall, 1824-1863.
- Lee, Francis Lightfoot, 1734-1797.
- Lee, Henry, 1756-1818.
- Lee, Richard Henry, 1732-1794.
- Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1807-1870.
- Lee family.
- Confederate States of America. Army--Regulations.
- Slavery--Virginia--History--19th century.
- Bull Run, 1st Battle of, Va., 1861.
- Fredericksburg (Va.), Battle of, 1862.
- Gettysburg (Pa.), Battle of, 1863.
- United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
- Virginia--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
- Virginia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
- Propaganda, Confederate.
- Brand, R. Alfred III, collector.
- Brand, Elizabeth D., collector.
[Identification of item], Alfred and Elizabeth Brand Collection of Civil War and Lee Family Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
The Alfred and Elizabeth Brand Collection of Civil War and Lee Family Papers was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2000.
Processed by Ruth E. Bryan
Completed February 26, 2002
Encoded by Ruth E. Bryan
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