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Collection Number: 00007

Collection Title: Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910

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Size 7.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 3,000 items)
Abstract Edward Porter Alexander was an engineer, United States and Confederate army officer, university professor, businessman, and planter. Civil War papers include diaries and notebooks, voluminous postwar correspondence with other officers concerning a proposed history of Longstreet's corps and preparation of Alexander's memoirs (published 1907), drafts of the manuscript and other writings, speeches, and collected histories of various army units. Other papers include letters from the Adam Leopold Alexander family of Savannah and Washington, Ga.; papers of the Alexander H. Mason family of Hagerstown, Md.; scattered business letters; E.P. Alexander's letters from Nicaragua, 1896-1899, while he served as arbitrator in the Costa Rica-Nicaragua boundary dispute; diary of a trip to Panama and Nicaragua in 1900; papers concerning South Island property, Georgetown County, S.C.; memoirs of early life; miscellaneous writings; and photographs of Alexander at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., "Mrs. Morris," a Confederate spy, various family members, and views of unidentified buildings and houses.
Creator Alexander, Edward Porter, 1835-1910.
Language English
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No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Edward Porter Alexander Papers, #7, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
All or part of this collection is available on microfilm.
Acquisitions Information
Received prior to 1940.
Additional Descriptive Resources
Original finding aid is filed in folder 1a.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Edward Porter Alexander (1835-1910) was an engineer, United States and Confederate army officer, university professor, businessman, and planter.

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Civil War papers include diaries and notebooks, voluminous postwar correspondence with other officers concerning a proposed history of Longstreet's corps and preparation of Alexander's memoirs (published 1907), drafts of the manuscript and other writings, speeches, and collected histories of various army units. Other papers include letters from the Adam Leopold Alexander family of Savannah and Washington, Ga.; papers of the Alexander H. Mason family of Hagerstown, Md.; scattered business letters; E.P. Alexander's letters from Nicaragua, 1896-1899, while he served as arbitrator in the Costa Rica-Nicaragua boundary dispute; diary of a trip to Panama and Nicaragua in 1900; papers concerning South Island property, Georgetown County, S.C.; memoirs of early life; miscellaneous writings; and photographs of Alexander at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., "Mrs. Morris," a Confederate spy, various family members, and views of unidentified buildings and houses.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 1a

Folder 1

Introductory material #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 1

Folder 2

1853 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 2

Folder 3

1854-1855 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 3

Folder 4

1856 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 4

Folder 5

1857 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 5

Folder 6

1858-1859 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 6

Folder 7

1860 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 7

Folder 8

January-September 1861 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 8

Folder 9

October-December 1861 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 9

Folder 10

January-May 1862 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 10

Folder 11

June-July 1862 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 11

Folder 12

August-November 1862 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 12

Folder 13

December 1862 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 13

Folder 14

January-June 1863 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 14

Folder 15

July-October 1863 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 15

Folder 16

November-December 1863 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 16

Folder 17a

February-April 1864 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 17a

Folder 17b

May 1864 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 17b

Folder 18

1-10 June 1864 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 18

Folder 19

13-30 June 1864 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 19

Folder 20

July-August 1864 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 20

Folder 21

September-December 1864 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 21

Folder 22a

January-March 1865 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 22a

Folder 22b

April-August 1865 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 22b

Folder 22c

September-December 1865 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 22c

Folder 23

1866 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 23

Folder 24a

1867 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 24a

Folder 24b

January-July 1868 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 24b

Folder 24c

August-November 1868 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 24c

Folder 25a

January-August 1869 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 25a

Folder 25b

September-December 1869 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 25b

Folder 26

1870-1873 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 26

Folder 27

1874-1875 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 27

Folder 28

1876-1877 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 28

Folder 29

1878-1879 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 29

Folder 30

1880-1881 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 30

Folder 31

1882 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 31

Folder 32

1883-1884 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 32

Folder 33

1885 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 33

Folder 34

1886-1887 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 34

Folder 35

1888-1889 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 35

Folder 36

1890-1893 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 36

Folder 37

1894-1896 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 37

Folder 38

February-May 1897 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 38

Folder 39

June-July 1897 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 39

Folder 40

August-September 1897 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 40

Folder 41

October 1897 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 41

Folder 42

November-December 1897 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 42

Folder 43

January-April 1898 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 43

Folder 44

May-December 1898 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 44

Folder 45

January-March 1899 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 45

Folder 46

April-July 1899 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 46

Folder 47

August-December 1899 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 47

Folder 48

January-June 1900 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 48

Folder 49

July-December 1900 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 49

Folder 50

January-August 1901 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 50

Folder 51

September-December 1901 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 51

Folder 52

January-May 1902 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 52

Folder 53

June-July 1902 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 53

Folder 54

August-September 1902 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 54

Folder 55

October-December 1902 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 55

Folder 56

January-March 1903 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 56

Folder 57

April-September 1903 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 57

Folder 58

October-December 1903 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 58

Folder 59

January-May 1904 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 59

Folder 60

June-December 1904 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 60

Folder 61

January-June 1905 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 61

Folder 62

July-December 1905 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 62

Folder 63

January-March 1906 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 63

Folder 64

April-December 1906 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 64

Folder 65

January-April 1907 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 65

Folder 66

May 1907 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 66

Folder 67

June-July 1907 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 67

Folder 68

August 1907 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 68

Folder 69

September-December 1907 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 69

Folder 70

January-July 1908 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 70

Folder 71

August-November 1908 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 71

Folder 72

1909 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 72

Folder 73

1910-1935 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 73

Folder 74

Pamphlets #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 74

Folder 75

Undated #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 75

Folder 76

Undated #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 76

Folder 77a

Undated #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 77a

Folder 77b

Undated #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 77b

Folder 78

Writings: William H. Brearley on Knoxville Campaign #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 78

Folder 79

Writings: Weather and tides #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 79

Folder 80-81

Folder 80

Folder 81

Miscellaneous writings #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 80-81

Folder 82

Writings: Bessie A. Ficklins stories #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 82

Folder 83

Writings: Articles on snakes #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 83

Folder 84

Writings: Poems #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 84

Folder 85

Civil War maps #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 85

Folder 86

Volume 1: E. P. Alexander memoranda book, 1853-1855 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 86

Folder 87

Folder number not used #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 87

Photograph Album PA-7/1

Photograph album #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." PA-7/1

Contains landscapes and formal portraits of E. P. Alexander and his fellow cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., 1857-1858. Includes volume 2.

Folder 88

Volume 3: E. P. Alexander engineering notebook, United States Military Academy, 1857 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 88

Folder 89

Volume 4: E. P. Alexander personal notebook, circa 1857-1858 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 89

Folder 90

Volume 5: E. P. Alexander personal notebook, 1858 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 90

Folder 91

Volume 6: E. P. Alexander diary, United States Engineers, 1858 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 91

Folder 92

Volume 7: Miscellaneous notes on military matters, Engineers Headquarters #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 92

Folder 93

Volume 8: Miscellaneous notes and diary entries, 1862-1865 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 93

Folder 94-96

Folder 94

Folder 95

Folder 96

Volumes 9a-9c: E. P. Alexander's copies of his personal diary, June 1963-May 1965 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 94-96

Folder 97

Volume 9d: Diary of Professor Fitzgerald, 21 June-27 October 1864 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 97

Folder 98

Volume 10: Book of codes relating to Masonic rituals, undated #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 98

Folder 99

Volume 11a: Small scrapbook containing Confederate clippings and poetry, 1865-1867 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 99

Folder 100

Volume 11b: Scrapbook of clippings (mainly poems) and other assorted materials, circa 1865-1932 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 100

Folder 101-103

Folder 101

Folder 102

Folder 103

Volumes 12-14: Notebooks on architecture, University of South Carolina, February 1868 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 101-103

Folder 104

Volume 15: Miscellaneous memoranda and addresses, 1986 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 104

Folder 105-110

Folder 105

Folder 106

Folder 107

Folder 108

Folder 109

Folder 110

Volumes 16-21: Diary of a trip to Panama and Nicaragua, 26 June-14 August 1900 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 105-110

Folder 111

Volume 22: Notes from trip to Panama and Nicaragua, June-August 1900 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 111

Folder 112

Volume 23: Notebook containing "Confederate States of America," an article written for the Encyclopedia American, undated #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 112

Folder 113

Volume 24: Data gathered by E. P. Alexander for a history of Longstreet's corps, undated #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 113

Folder 114

Volume 25: Two copies of a speech on the Wilderness Campaign, 19(?) and 1908 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 114

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Folder 141

Folder 142

Volumes 26-53: Drafts of a volume of Civil War recollections, published in 1907 as Military Memoirs of a Confederate #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 115-142

Folder 143

Clippings on Military Memoirs, 1907 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 143

Folder 144

Miscellaneous clippings #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 144

Folder 145

Obituaries #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 145

Folder 146

Clippings on West Point speech, 1902, and other events #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 146

Folder 147

Clippings on Confederate matters #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." Folder 147

Extra Oversize Paper Folder XOPF-7/1

Oversize Civil War maps #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." XOPF-7/1

Image P-7/1

Carte-de-visite of E. P. Alexander, circa 1862-1867 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." P-7/1

Image P-7/2

E. P. Alexander at Gettysburg battlefield, circa 1885-1905 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." P-7/2

Image P-7/3

Bessie Mason Alexander, daughter of E. P. Alexander, at about eight years old, circa 1869 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." P-7/3

Photographer: R. Wearn, Columbia, S.C.

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Carte-de-visite of "Mrs. Morris," Confederate spy, circa 1862-1865 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." P-7/4

Photographer: Mathew Brady, Washington.

Image P-7/5

Cabinet card of unidentified young man with hand-tinted eyes and cheeks, circa 1870-1885 #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." P-7/5

Image P-7/6

"Panorama of Greytown," Nicaragua, undated #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." P-7/6

Includes hand-written annotations describing the scene on the recto.

Image P-7/7

View of house, undated #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." P-7/7

Verso: "This is a view of the house from the front. The two windows on the third floor right hand side are in the front of the dormitory in which I sleep."

Original enclosure label: In letter to Grandma, from Florence Mason, Sausalito, CA, undated

Image P-7/8

View of tree, undated #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." P-7/8

Verso: "This is a horse chestnut tree which is very near one corner of the house."

Original enclosure label: In letter to Grandma, from Florence Mason, Sausalito, CA, undated

Image P-7/9

View of greenhouse, undated #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." P-7/9

Verso: "The green houses which are back of the house."

Original enclosure label: In letter to Grandma, from Florence Mason, Sausalito, CA, undated

Image P-7/10

View of school building, undated #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." P-7/10

Verso: "This is a picture of our Cooking School. Lafayette once dined in this building. The first floor is cooking school and second class room."

Original enclosure label: In letter to Grandma, from Florence Mason, Sausalito, CA, undated

Image P-7/11

View of house, undated #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." P-7/11

Verso: "The east side of the house. The two windows on the left hand side on the third floor are in our dormitory."

Original enclosure label: In letter to Grandma, from Florence Mason, Sausalito, CA, undated

Image P-7/12

View of tree-lined lawn, undated #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." P-7/12

Verso: "This is a view of the lawn on the east side of the house. It ends just before it gets to the house in the distance."

Original enclosure label: In letter to Grandma, from Florence Mason, Sausalito, CA, undated

Image P-7/13

Possible carte-de-visite of Bettie Mason Alexander, undated #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." P-7/13

Special Format Image SF-P-7/1

Daguerreotype of unidentified young boy, undated #00007, Series: "Edward Porter Alexander Papers, 1852-1910." SF-P-7/1

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Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Finding aid updated for digitization by Kathryn Michaelis, August 2010

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