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Series I: Correspondence

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

U.S. Civil War National Cemetery letters, 1867-1891 MS 264



Title: U.S. Civil War National Cemetery letters
Dates: 1867-1891
Abstract: This collection consists of twenty-one letters from various U.S. Civil War military departments to other U.S. military departments, regarding various aspects relating to national cemeteries. These aspects include: the location, construction and inspection of national cemeteries, requests for materials and proposed costs, and reports of appointments and comments of national cemetery superintendents.
Identification: MS 264
Quantity: 0.1 linear ft. (21 letters)
Language:
Repository: Woodson Research Center

Biographical Note

While most of the letters in this collection have various authors and recipients, M.C. Meigs appears six separate times as the recipient. Montgomery Cunningham (M.C.) Meigs was born in Georgia on May 3, 1816, and was an officer in the Union Army and the Corps of Engineers. M.C. Meigs was eventually appointed Quartermaster General under President Lincoln, and his military career lasted for almost fifty years, until his death.

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Scope and Contents

This collection consists of twenty-one individual letters of correspondence between various U.S. Civil War military departments, regarding many different logistical aspects relating to national cemeteries. Some of the letters are requests for materials or the estimated costs of materials required at national cemeteries while other letters are building specifications, requests for maps, and applications or remarks of cemetery superintendents.

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Restrictions

Access Restriction

This material is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the U.S. Civil War National Cemetery letters must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

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Index Terms

Subjects
Cemeteries--United States

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

U.S. Civil War National Cemetery letters, 1867-1891, MS 264 Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Acquisition Information

This collection was a gift donated John Wright in April 1976.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Correspondence

Folder
1 June 8, 1867. Captain Charles Barnard to unknown
General note
Notification of inspection of National Cemeteries in Texas District.
March 30, 1868. A. Humphrey (Corps of Engineers) to D.H. Pucker.
General note
In response to previous request, the author has provided maps of Fort Wayne, Michigan, and its position and distance to Detroit.
August 15, 1868. C.H. Hoyt to M.C. Meigs.
General note
Report of the reburial of soldiers in the National Cemeteries at Baton Rouge and Port Hudson, Louisiana.
May 20, 1869.
General note
Estimate of the cost of materials and labor required at National Cemeteries.
December 24, 1870. J.D Bingham to Col. Easter.
General note
Request for estimated funds required for work authorized at the National Cemeteries.
March 25, 1872. Capt. E.B. Garling to M.C Meigs.
General note
Remarks and recommendations of Capt. Garling to M.C. Meigs; reports of superintendents of national cemeteries under his charge for the month of February 1892.
May 30, 1876. Vincent P. Kelly to M.C. Meigs.
General note
An application for the position of Superintendent at one of the National Cemeteries.
April 9, 1877. R. Morris to Gen. James A. Ekin (?), Deputy Quartermaster General and April 9, 1877 reply.
General note
Correspondence related to the construction of a culvert near the Stone’s Rim National Cemetery
March 2, 1878. Unknown (Chief Quartermaster) to M.C. Meigs.
General note
Statements of disbursements from appropriations for National Cemeteries under the charges of various officers.
November 15, 1878. A.J. McGonnigle to M.C. Meigs.
General note
An explanation as to why a superintendent has not been ordered to proceed to his allotted cemetery in New Orleans (because of an outbreak of yellow fever in the area).
May 23, 1879. John Brickhouse to A.C. Carter.
General note
Request for gravestones.
May 23, 1879. J.H. Young to A. F. Rockwell.
General note
Request for gravestones, as well as a request as to what course to pursue to have some soldiers and sailors reburied in National Cemeteries.
February 28, 1882. A.J. McGonnigle to M.C. Meigs.
General note
Invitation for proposals for trees and shrubbery for National Cemeteries.
July 23, 1886.
General note
Specifications for an outbuilding to be built at the Nashville, Tennessee National Cemetery.
October 19, 1886. Thomas H. Kearney to unknown (Quartermaster General).
General note
A request for the printed applications required to request headstones for graves of deceased soldiers
January 20, 1887. J.W. Scully to unknown.
General note
Confirmation of the delivery of 200 stones to the Baton Rouge National Cemetery.
March 9, 1887. P.M. Radford to unknown (Quartermaster General).
General note
Notification of the approval of William Dreusike as Superintendent of one of the National Cemeteries.
July 11, 1887. P. Lee to J.C. Beecher.
General note
A request for a post-officer to be buried in one of the national cemeteries, as well as a request for more headstones.
September 15, 1890. C.H. Smart to James E. Washington.
General note
A request for a list of federal soldiers buried in the Nashville and Stone River cemeteries.
September 20, 1890. Nelson W. Adams to L.A. ? (Asst. Secretary of War).
General note
Request for the current Superintendent at Arlington National Cemetery to be re-appointed for another term.
December 17, 1891. Frederick Schmidt to J.H. Scully.
General note
Enclosed a list of unmarked graves, other than U.S. soldiers, at Shiloh National Cemetery, in response to a request.

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