Guide to Philip H. Broun Family U.S. Civil War Papers, 1854-1889 MS 177
The Broun Family U.S. Civil War papers provide genealogical and historical information on the Broun and Thruston families and also describe the Broun family's experiences during the U.S. Civil War. The collection includes a volume titled Family Events, as well as two volumes detailing the Broun and Thruston Family Trees.
The greater portion of Catherine Broun's diary, Family Events, covers the period of the Civil War. As the Broun home was in Middleburg, in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Family Events records many of her observations of Confederate and Union activities. Mrs. Broun dined with officers of both the Union and Confederate forces, and many of the conversations at these dinners are recorded or alluded to. She also sheltered Southern soldiers and officers during the periodic Union occupations of Middleburg and Sunnyside. The most important of these officers sheltered was the ranger leader, John Singleton Mosby. Also covered in some detail are the problems which Union occupation generated in Southern society, especially involving control of servants and of property.
Permission to publish from the Broun Family U.S. Civil War papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.
Philip H. Broun U.S. Civil War papers, 1854-1889, MS 177, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University
The three volumes of the Broun Collection were contributed by Philip Broun. The original manuscript of Family Events is still in the possession of the Philip Broun Family. They Library's copy is a bound, printed transcription of this original, made under the supervision of Philip Broun. Bound into the same volume are Civil War letters from Thomas L. Broun.
The index for Family Events is topical. Individuals are indexed if they are identifiable by one of the following criteria: a. Military rank above major, b. Full name given, c. Clearly connected with well known families. All women and children are indexed under family name only. the names of battles, places, persons, and military units are those applied by Mrs. Broun in all but a few (obvious) cases. Listings are by year/month/day.
Originally processed, 1965.
Updated by Adam Nugent, March 2003.
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