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Collection Number: 05033-z

Collection Title: Given Campbell Papers, 1861-1865

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Funding from the Watson-Brown Foundation, Inc., supported the microfilming of this collection.

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Size 47 items
Abstract Given Campbell (1835-1885) was a lawyer from Saint Louis, Mo. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he joined the Confederate Army, was commissioned a captain, and served with Nathan Bedford Forrest's cavalry. By the end of the war, he was given charge of Jefferson Davis's personal escort. The collection consists of 23 letters written during the period of Given Campbell's military service with Nathan Bedford Forrest's cavalry, a typed transcription of each letter, and an enamel locket with Campbell's portrait. The letters give details of military life; the fate of acquaintances; and Campbell's participation in various Civil War campaigns and battles, including Pea Ridge (Elkhorn Tavern) and Chickamauga. Many of the letters discuss politics and the military situation in the South, particularly in Kentucky and Missouri, during the early days of the war.
Creator Campbell, Given.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
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 Given Campbell Papers #5033-z, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Microfilm copy (filmed 2005-2006) available.
  • Reel 1: Entire collection
Alternate Form of Material
Typed transcriptions of letters are available.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Charles Apfelbaum of Wachtung, N.J., in June 2000 (Acc. 98684).
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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Given Campbell was born in Salem, Ky., on 31 December 1835. He studied law at the University of Virginia and, upon graduation, took up practice in Saint Louis, Mo. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he returned to Kentucky and joined the Confederate Army. He was commissioned a captain and eventually served with Nathan Bedford Forrest's cavalry. By the close of the war, he had been given charge of Jefferson Davis's personal escort. He published Memorandum of a Journal, Kept Daily During the Last March of Jefferson Davis in 1865.

In 1865, he married Susan Elizabeth Wood, the daughter of a prominent Saint Louis Unionist. After the war, he returned to Saint Louis, but was not able to resume his legal practice until 1873 because of restrictions on the activities of former Confederate soldiers. He remained a member of the Missouri Bar until his death in 1885.

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The collection consists of 23 letters of Confederate Army captain Given Campbell written during the period of his military service with Nathan Bedford Forrest's cavalry, a typed transcription of each letter, and an enamel locket with Campbell's portrait. The letters give details of military life; the fate of acquaintances; and Campbell's participation in various Civil War campaigns and battles, including Pea Ridge (Elkhorn Tavern) and Chickamauga. Many of the letters discuss politics and the military situation in the South, particularly in Kentucky and Missouri, during the early days of the war.

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Contents list

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Processing Information

Processed by: John Foster, November 2000

Encoded by: John Foster, November 2000

Revisions: Finding aid updated in May 2005 by Nancy Kaiser.

Funding from the Watson-Brown Foundation, Inc., supported the microfilming of this collection.

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