A Guide to the John Franklin Champenois Family Papers, 1862-1905
Born in Mobile, Alabama, John Franklin Champenois (1841-1900) was the son of Isaac Champenois and Louisa A. Crabtree. During the Civil War, he enlisted in the 3rd Alabama Cavalry Regiment of the Confederate Army, and Champenois was imprisoned in Camp Morton, Indiana, between 1863 and 1865. Following the war, he returned to his wife, Fannie, and eventually settled in Shubuta, Mississippi.
Champenois, Cecil Tolbert, Jr. "John Franklin Champenois." Champenois Family. Accessed April 22, 2011. http://www.champenois.com/Family/campmorton.html.
Composed of photocopies of correspondence, newspaper clippings, and a photograph, the John Franklin Champenois Family Papers, 1862-1905, chronicle Champenois’ experiences fighting in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Correspondence consists of letters to his wife Fannie and other family members describing military engagements, such as the battle of Fort Donelson, and conditions within the Camp Morton prison. Additionally, newspaper clippings include obituary notices, while a photograph depicts members of the Champenois family.
This collection is open for research use.
John Franklin Champenois Family Papers, 1862-1905, 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.
Detailed Description of the Papers