University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Charles B. Johnson Papers, 1853-1867 (bulk 1859-1865)



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Johnson, Charles B.
Title: Charles B. Johnson Papers
Dates: 1853-1867 (bulk 1859-1865)
Abstract: Comprising photocopies of letters, legal and account papers, contracts, vouchers, and reports, the Charles B. Johnson Papers, 1853-1867 (bulk 1859-1865), document the career of Johnson as a merchant and quartermaster.
Extent: 2 vols.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

In the 1850s and 1860s, Charles B. Johnson was a partner with Matthew Grimes in the mercantile firm Johnson and Grimes, based in Fort Smith, Arkansas. In 1862, the Wichita Indian Agency contracted the company to supply them with food and other goods. The same year, Johnson became a quartermaster’s agent for the Confederate Army at Sherman, Texas, in charge of securing provisions for troops and Indians.


Scope and Contents

Comprising photocopies of letters, legal and account papers, contracts, vouchers, and reports, the Charles B. Johnson Papers, 1853-1867 (bulk 1859-1865), document the career of Johnson as a merchant and quartermaster. The papers concern the business affairs of the firm of Johnson and Grimes and its contract with the Wichita Indian Agency as well s Johnson’s activities as a Confederate quartermaster’s agent at Sherman, Texas. Additionally, letters, primarily between Johnson and his partner Matthew Grimes, discuss business, personal matters, and local and war news.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Researchers must obtain permission to publish from the Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois, which holds the originals.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Grimes, Matthew
Johnson, Charles B. -- Archives.
Subjects (Organizations)
Confederate States of America. Army -- Supplies and stores
Johnson and Grimes -- Archives
Subjects
Wichita Indians -- Commerce.
Merchants -- United States -- History -- 19th century
Places
Fort Smith (Ark.) -- History -- 19th century
Sherman (Tex.) -- History -- 19th century

Related Material

See also Charles B. Johnson Papers at the Modern Manuscript Collections, The Newberry Library in Chicago, Illinois.

See also Charles B. Johnson Confederate Supply Requisition Records, 1861-1865, MS 332 at the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University in Houston, Texas.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Charles B. Johnson Papers, 1853-1867 (bulk 1859-1865), Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, 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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2H428 Papers, 1853-1867