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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Additional Sources

Description of Series

Literary Productions

Correspondence

Student Typescripts

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Austin Wiswall:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1863-1912, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Wiswall, Austin, 1840-1905
Title: Austin Wiswall Papers,
Dates: 1863-1912
Abstract: The Austin Wiswall Papers contains correspondence and a field diary.
Collection # S 401.1
Quantity: 1 wallet (.25 linear feet)
Language English
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

A civic leader and soldier, Austin Wiswall was born on April 5, 1840, in Princeton, Illinois, to Noah and Elizabeth Lovejoy Wiswall. He was the nephew of the famous abolitionist publisher and martyr Elijah Parish Lovejoy, and of U.S. Senator Owen Lovejoy. He served as a lieutenant in the 9th United States Colored Troops, 3rd Division, 10th Corps, United States Army during the Civil War. Wiswall was captured by Confederate forces in August 1864, and held at Andersonville and Libby prisons until released by exchange. After the war, he married Martha Francis Almy on November 15, 1865. She was the daughter of Benjamin Rathbone and Hannah Evans Almy of Bedford, Massachusetts. They had three children. He served on the Board of Trustees of Morgan Park, Illinois, after the Civil War. He was Secretary of Mount Hope Cemetery Association until he died. Wiswall died on September 9, 1905, in Morgan Park, Illinois.

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Scope and Content

The Austin Wiswall Papers consists of correspondence and a diary. It bulks with correspondence from 1863-1864, concerning personal experiences, family matters, and information relating to the Civil War. Of particular interest are letters describing the recruiting, behavior, fighting skills, and movements and activities of the 9th United States Colored Troops participating in the Civil War.

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Organization

The Austin Wiswall Papers are organized by the following series:
Literary Productions
Correspondence
Student Typescripts

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research

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Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Lovejoy, Owen, 1811-1864.
Lovejoy family.
Wiswall, Austin, 1840-1905.
Wiswall family.
Subjects (Organizations)
Andersonville Prison.
Libby Prison.
Subjects (Places)
Alton (Ill.)
Madison County (Ill.)
Morgan Park (Ill.)
Subjects
African American soldiers.
United States. Army--African American troops.
United States. Army. Colored Infantry Regiment, 9th (1863-1866)
United States. Army--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Participation, African American.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Prisoners and prisons.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Regimental histories.

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Related Materials in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library:

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Austin Wiswall Papers, 1863-1912, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Acquisition

Collection accession #(s):
n/a

Gift, 1965

Processed by

Ida Pittman, 1966

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Additional Sources

“Austin Wiswall,” The Post. Morgan Park, Illinois, 16 Sept. 1905.

Beecher, Edward. Narrative of Riots at Alton in Connection with the Death of Rev. Elijah P. Lovejoy. Alton, Illinois: G. Holton, 1838.

Dillon, Merton Lynn. Elijah P. Lovejoy: Abolitionist Editor. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1961.

Gill, John. Tide Without Turning: Elijah P. Lovejoy and Freedom of the Press. Boston: Starr King Press, 1958.

Lovejoy, Joseph Cammet and Owen Lovejoy. Memoir of the Rev. Elijah P. Lovejoy. New York: Arno Press, 1969.

Moore, Richard Ray. "Elijah P. Lovejoy: the Making of a Reformer." Thesis (M.A.)--Texas Technological College, 1960.

Simon, Paul. Freedom's Champion--Elijah Lovejoy. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1994.

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Collection Inventory

Literary Productions

box folder
1 1 Field Diary of A. Wiswall, 1864

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1 2 Correspondence
Austin Wiswall to H. L. Hammond. 1 pc. 2 lvs. [ALS], March 6, 1863
Austin Wiswall to [Mrs. E. L. Wiswall, Miss Hattie Wiswall, and his brother, Clarks]. 1 pc. 2 lvs. [ALS], April 5, 1863
Austin Wiswall to Owen Lovejoy. 1 pc. 2 lvs. [ALS], April 5, 1863
Austin Wiswall to [Mrs. E. L. Wiswall]. 1 pc. 2 lvs. [ALS], April 28, 1863
Austin Wiswall to [Mrs. E. L. Wiswall]. 1 pc. 2 lvs. [ALS], May 10, 1863
Austin Wiswall to [Mrs. E. L. Wiswall]. 1 pc. 2 lvs. [ALS], June 5, 1863
Austin Wiswall to [Mrs. E. L. Wiswall]. 1 pc. 4 lvs. [ALS], June 11, 1863
Austin Wiswall to [Mrs. E. L. Wiswall]. 1 pc. 2 lvs. [ALS], December 4, 1863
Austin Wiswall to [Mrs. E. L. Wiswall]. 1 pc. 2 lvs. [ALS], December 12, 1863
Austin Wiswall to [Mrs. E. L. Wiswall]. 1 pc. 1 lv. [ALS], December 17, 1863
Austin Wiswall to [Mrs. E. L. Wiswall]. 1 pc. 2 lvs. [ALS], December 29, 1863
Austin Wiswall to [Mrs. E. L. Wiswall]. 1 pc. 2 lvs. [ALS], January 15, 1864
Austin Wiswall to [H. L. Hammond]. 1 pc. 1 lv. [ALS], January 19, 1864
Edward Elliott to his aunt, Elizabeth Lovejoy Wiswall. 1 pc. 2 lvs. [ALS], March 11, 1864
Austin Wiswall to [Mrs. E. L. Wiswall]. 1 pc. 2 lvs. [ALS], March 18, 1864
Austin Wiswall to his brother, Clarke. 1 pc. 2 lvs. [ALS], April 15, 1864
Austin Wiswall to his brother, Clarke. 1 pc. 2 lvs. [ALS], April 19, 1864
Austin Wiswall to [Mrs. E. L. Wiswall]. 1 pc. 1 lv. [ALS], May 11, 1864
Austin Wiswall to [Miss Hattie Wiswall]. 1 pc. 2 lvs. [ALS], May 11, 1864
Austin Wiswall to [Mrs. E. L. Wiswall]. 1 pc. 2 lvs. [ALS], May 27, 1864
Austin Wiswall to [Mrs. E. L. Wiswall]. 1 pc. 1 lv. [ALS], June 4, 1864
Austin Wiswall to [Mrs. E. L. Wiswall]. 1 pc. 2 lvs. [ALS], June 21, 1864
Austin Wiswall to [Miss Hattie Wiswall]. 1 pc. 2 lvs. [ALS], June 25, 1864
Austin Wiswall to [Mrs. E. L. Wiswall]. 1 pc. 1 lv. [ALS], August 9, 1864
Lt. Col. S. C. Armstrong to [Mrs. E. L. Wiswall]. 1 pc. 1 lv. [ALS], September 2, 1864
Austin Wiswall to [Mr. H. L. Hammond]. 1 pc. 1 lv. [ALS], December 19, 1864
George H. Tracy to [Rev. C. W. Buckley]. 1 pc. 1 lv. [ALS], March 25, 1869
Mrs. Joseph Asearian to [Mrs. Frederick R. Wickett]. 1 pc. 1 lv. [PD], June 29, 1912

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1 Student Typescripts
3 Austin Wiswall Letter Transcriptions, Fall 1970

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