University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the James B. Griffin Family Papers, 1856-1908, 1962-1966



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Griffin (James B.) Family
Title: Griffin (James B.) Family Papers
Dates: 1856-1908, 1962-1966
Abstract: Correspondence, legal documents, photographic materials, and genealogical research comprise the James B. Griffin Family Papers, 1856-1908, 1962-1966.
Accession No.: 96-387, 99-106
Extent: 5 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

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.

Source:

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.


Scope and Contents

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.


Restrictions

Use Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Griffin, James B., b. 1825 -- Archives.
Subjects (Organizations)
Confederate States of America. Army -- Officers -- Correspondence.
Confederate States of America. Army. Hampton Legion -- Biography.
Subjects
Soldiers -- South Carolina -- Edgefield -- Correspondence.
Places
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives, Confederate.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Cavalry operations.
Confederate States of America -- Social conditions.
Edgefield (S.C.) -- Biography.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

James B. Griffin Family Papers, 1856-1908, 1962-1966, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

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.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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3G139 James B. Griffin, Civil War letters (photocopies)
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3G142 James B. Griffin, letters to wife Leila, 1858-1865, 1877 (typewritten transcriptions and photostats)
Genealogical research, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and notes of Ida Calhoun Burritt, 1962-1966, undated
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2325/AA14b Genealogical chart, undated undated
Printed material, 1964-1965
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3S448 Photographic materials, 1894, undated
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3S204 Photographic negatives of a James B. Griffin letter, 1877