A Guide to the Charles B. Johnson Papers, 1853-1867 (bulk 1859-1865)
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.
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.
This collection is open for research use.
Researchers must obtain permission to publish from the Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois, which holds the originals.
Charles B. Johnson Papers, 1853-1867 (bulk 1859-1865), Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, 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.
Detailed Description of the Papers