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Collection Number: 00152

Collection Title: Thomas Claiborne Papers, 1845-1935.

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the World Wide Web. See the section for more information.


This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 500 items)
Abstract Thomas Claiborne was a United States and Confederate army officer from Nashville, Tenn. The collection includes family correspondence, military papers, and reminiscences of Claiborne, including military records, letters to his wife Annie A. (Maxwell) Claiborne, and letters from relatives and fellow officers while he was with the United States army in Oregon, New Mexico, and other places in the West, 1849-1861; personal and military correspondence as a Confederate staff and cavalry officer in both the Virginia and Tennessee theaters of the Civil War; and slight postwar correspondence. The recollections, written circa 1890's, cover the Mexican War, frontier service, and the early part of the Civil War.
Creator Claiborne, Thomas, 1823-1902.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
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 Thomas Claiborne Papers, #152, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Miss Mollie Claiborne prior to 1940
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection 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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Thomas Claiborne (1823-1902) was a United States and Confederate army officer from Nashville, Tenn.

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The collection includes family correspondence, military papers, and reminiscences of Claiborne, including military records, letters to his wife Annie A. (Maxwell) Claiborne, and letters from relatives and fellow officers while he was with the United States army in Oregon, New Mexico, and other places in the West, 1849-1861; personal and military correspondence as a Confederate staff and cavalry officer in both the Virginia and Tennessee theaters of the Civil War; and slight postwar correspondence. The recollections, written circa 1890's, cover the Mexican War, frontier service, and the early part of the Civil War.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, essays, and misc., 1845-1935 and undated.

Correspondence includes family correspondence, military papers, and reminiscences of Claiborne, including military records, letters to his wife Annie A. (Maxwell) Claiborne, and letters from relatives and fellow officers while he was with the United States army in Oregon, New Mexico, and other places in the West, 1849-1861; personal and military correspondence as a Confederate staff and cavalry officer in both the Virginia and Tennessee theaters of the Civil War; and slight postwar correspondence. Includes official signatures of Franklin Pierce (1804-1869), Jefferson Davis (1808-1889), and James A. Seddon (1818-1880).

Folder 1a

Original finding aid #00152, Series: "1. Correspondence, essays, and misc., 1845-1935 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1845-1851 #00152, Series: "1. Correspondence, essays, and misc., 1845-1935 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1852 #00152, Series: "1. Correspondence, essays, and misc., 1845-1935 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1853-1854 #00152, Series: "1. Correspondence, essays, and misc., 1845-1935 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

1855-1856 #00152, Series: "1. Correspondence, essays, and misc., 1845-1935 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

1857-1858 #00152, Series: "1. Correspondence, essays, and misc., 1845-1935 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

1859-1860 #00152, Series: "1. Correspondence, essays, and misc., 1845-1935 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

1861 #00152, Series: "1. Correspondence, essays, and misc., 1845-1935 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

1862-1865 #00152, Series: "1. Correspondence, essays, and misc., 1845-1935 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

1866-1889 #00152, Series: "1. Correspondence, essays, and misc., 1845-1935 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

1889-1902 #00152, Series: "1. Correspondence, essays, and misc., 1845-1935 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11

1904-1929, 1935 #00152, Series: "1. Correspondence, essays, and misc., 1845-1935 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12

Essays, ca. 1900 #00152, Series: "1. Correspondence, essays, and misc., 1845-1935 and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13

Sketch of President of the Woman's Board #00152, Series: "1. Correspondence, essays, and misc., 1845-1935 and undated." Folder 13

Folder 14

Undated correspondence #00152, Series: "1. Correspondence, essays, and misc., 1845-1935 and undated." Folder 14

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Manuscripts of Claiborne's recollections of his military experiences. The handwritten manuscripts were written in the 1890's. Part I includes remininscences of the Mexican War, and there are two typed transcriptions in addition to the handwritten manuscript. Part II includes remininscences of United States Army service on the frontier and his experiences in the Army of the Confederate States of America. Part III is entitled "The Campaign of 1862 into Kentucky of General Braxton Bragg."

Folder 15

Reminiscences of Mexican War Copy 1 #00152, Series: "2. Manuscripts of War Reminiscences,Circa 1890's." Folder 15

Folder 16

Reminiscences of Mexican War Copy 2 #00152, Series: "2. Manuscripts of War Reminiscences,Circa 1890's." Folder 16

Folder 17

Reminiscences of the Mexican War Manuscript, Part I pp. 1-40 #00152, Series: "2. Manuscripts of War Reminiscences,Circa 1890's." Folder 17

Folder 18

Reminiscences of the Mexican War Manuscript, Part I, pp. 41-80 #00152, Series: "2. Manuscripts of War Reminiscences,Circa 1890's." Folder 18

Folder 19

Reminiscences of the Mexican War Manuscript, Part I, pp. 81-126> #00152, Series: "2. Manuscripts of War Reminiscences,Circa 1890's." Folder 19

Folder 20

Reminiscences, Part II, pp. 1-50 #00152, Series: "2. Manuscripts of War Reminiscences,Circa 1890's." Folder 20

Folder 21

Reminiscences, Part II, pp. 51-106 #00152, Series: "2. Manuscripts of War Reminiscences,Circa 1890's." Folder 21

Folder 22

Reminiscences, Part II, pp. 107-134 #00152, Series: "2. Manuscripts of War Reminiscences,Circa 1890's." Folder 22

Folder 23

Reminiscences, Part II, pp. 135-163 #00152, Series: "2. Manuscripts of War Reminiscences,Circa 1890's." Folder 23

Folder 24

Reminiscences, Part III, 1862 Kentucky Campaign with General B. Bragg #00152, Series: "2. Manuscripts of War Reminiscences,Circa 1890's." Folder 24

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Adam Fielding, Kate Stratton, and Jodi Berkowitz, August 2010

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

Diacritics and other special characters have been omitted from this finding aid to facilitate keyword searching in web browsers.

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