A Guide to the James B. Griffin Family Papers, 1856-1908, 1962-1966
During the Civil War, planter James B. Griffin (1825-1881) initially served with Hampton’s Legion, a unit of the Confederate Army composed of infantry, artillery, and cavalry and organized by Wade Hampton in 1861. While with the unit, Griffin participated in the Peninsula Campaign from March through July 1862. After the unit’s dissolution later that year, he joined the South Carolina Home Guard, where he remained until the end of the war. Griffin had been a wealthy, slave owner and cotton producer in Edgefield, South Carolina, but during Reconstruction, he moved his family to Texas.
McArthur, Judith N., Orville Vernon Burton, and James B. Griffin. A Gentleman and an Officer: A Military and Social History of James B. Griffin’s Civil War. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.
Correspondence, legal documents, photographic materials, and genealogical research comprise the James B. Griffin Family Papers, 1856-1908, 1962-1966. Typed transcripts and copies of letters from James B. Griffin to his wife Leila (1858-1865, 1877) describe life and business in antebellum South Carolina as well as military life, living conditions, and military maneuvers during the Civil War. Legal documents (1856-1908) discuss land in Fort Worth, and the genealogical materials of Ida Calhoun Burritt (1962-1966) contain research, correspondence, clippings, and notes about James B. Griffin.
The collection is open for research.
James B. Griffin Family Papers, 1856-1908, 1962-1966, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s “History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project,” 2009-2011.
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