A Guide to the Nicholas Weeks, Jr., Papers, 1861-1865, 1901-1903
Nicholas Weeks, Jr., of Mobile, Alabama served as a corporal and later sergeant in Company A (Mobile Cadets), 3rd Alabama Regiment of the Confederate Army during the American Civil War. His unit served as part of the Department of Norfolk and later General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. The 3rd Alabama participated in many engagements during the conflict, including Seven Pines, Sharpsburg (Antietam), Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and Appomattox Court House. Weeks personally witnessed the meeting of the CSS Virginia and the USS Monitor during the Battle of Hampton Roads (1862) and received wounds at both the battles of Seven Pines (1862) and Gettysburg (1863).
Steve Hawks, “3rd Alabama Infantry Regiment,” The Civil War in the East, 2015, http://www.civilwarintheeast.com/CSA/AL/3AL.php
The Nicholas Weeks, Jr., Papers, 1861-1865, 1901-1903, include Weeks’ correspondence, assorted military documents, and newspaper clippings from during and after the Civil War. The correspondence touches on numerous topics, including life at the front, morale, strategy, descriptions of certain battles, and family matters. Several letters from after the war include reminiscences and reflection upon wartime experiences. Weeks’ military documents include such items as Confederate Army furlough passes, train tickets, and prisoner exchange documents. The newspaper clippings originate both during and after the war. The former category includes reports on Weeks’ unit, while the latter documents speeches made by Weeks to veterans associations in Texas.
This collection is open for research use.
Nicholas Weeks, Jr., Papers, 1861-1865, 1901-1903, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Neil Byers, April 2015.
Detailed Description of the Papers