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Collection Number: 02375

Collection Title: Harry St. John Dixon Papers, 1855-1904

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 processed with support from the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1993.

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Size 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 250 items)
Abstract Harry St. John Dixon (1843-1898) was a native of Mississippi. He attended the University of Virginia, 1860-1861, served as a Confederate officer with the 11th Mississippi Infantry Regiment in Virginia, and, after the war, he was a lawyer and rancher in California. The collection contains the personal correspondence and diaries of Dixon, chiefly correspondence between Dixon and his parents while he was a university student, a Confederate officer, and in California. His parents lived near Greenville, Miss., and, during part of the Civil War, in Demopolis, Ala. Correspondence concerns family affairs, domestic slaves, experiences at the University of Virginia, effects of the war in Mississippi, Dixon's war experiences, and other matters. Also included is Dixon's diary, 1858-1865, kept while he was at Greenville, at the University of Virginia, and during the war. Among other items are letters, 1868-1869, to Dixon's wife, Constance Maynard Dixon, from her grandfather, Duff Green (1791-1875); letters from Dixon's friend, Henry Ewing, Confederate officer in Tennessee and newspaperman in Saint Louis; and photographs of fellow soldiers and students and of others.
Creator Dixon, Harry St. John, 1843-1898.
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 Harry St. John Dixon Papers, #2375, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Diary available on microfilm.
Acquisitions Information
Gift 1941
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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Harry St. John Dixon (1843-1898) was a native of Mississippi. He attended the University of Virginia, 1860-1861, served as a Confederate officer with the 11th Mississippi Infantry Regiment in Virginia, and, after the war, he was a lawyer and rancher in California.

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The collection contains the personal correspondence and diaries of Dixon, chiefly correspondence between Dixon and his parents while he was a university student, a Confederate officer, and in California. His parents lived near Greenville, Miss., and, during part of the Civil War, in Demopolis, Ala. Correspondence concerns family affairs, domestic slaves, experiences at the University of Virginia, effects of the war in Mississippi, Dixon's war experiences, and other matters. Also included is Dixon's diary, 1858-1865, kept while he was at Greenville, at the University of Virginia, and during the war. Among other items are letters, 1868-1869, to Dixon's wife, Constance Maynard Dixon, from her grandfather, Duff Green (1791-1875); letters from Dixon's friend, Henry Ewing, Confederate officer in Tennessee and newspaperman in Saint Louis; and photographs of fellow soldiers and students and of others.

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Contents list

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About 250 items.
Folder 1a

Original finding aid material #02375, Series: "Harry St. John Dixon Papers, 1855-1904." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1855-1859 #02375, Series: "Harry St. John Dixon Papers, 1855-1904." Folder 1

Folder 2

1860 #02375, Series: "Harry St. John Dixon Papers, 1855-1904." Folder 2

Folder 3

1861 #02375, Series: "Harry St. John Dixon Papers, 1855-1904." Folder 3

Folder 4

1862 #02375, Series: "Harry St. John Dixon Papers, 1855-1904." Folder 4

Folder 5

1864-1869 #02375, Series: "Harry St. John Dixon Papers, 1855-1904." Folder 5

Folder 6

1870-1875 #02375, Series: "Harry St. John Dixon Papers, 1855-1904." Folder 6

Folder 7

1876-1907 #02375, Series: "Harry St. John Dixon Papers, 1855-1904." Folder 7

Folder 8

1857-1861 #02375, Series: "Harry St. John Dixon Papers, 1855-1904." Folder 8

Folder 9

1862-1865 #02375, Series: "Harry St. John Dixon Papers, 1855-1904." Folder 9

Folder 10

1869-1876 #02375, Series: "Harry St. John Dixon Papers, 1855-1904." Folder 10

Folder 11

1877-1880; 1885 #02375, Series: "Harry St. John Dixon Papers, 1855-1904." Folder 11

Folder 12

Journal, 1858-1859 #02375, Series: "Harry St. John Dixon Papers, 1855-1904." Folder 12

Folder 13

Journal, 1860 #02375, Series: "Harry St. John Dixon Papers, 1855-1904." Folder 13

Folder 14

Journal, 1860-1861 #02375, Series: "Harry St. John Dixon Papers, 1855-1904." Folder 14

Folder 15

Journal, 1861-1881 #02375, Series: "Harry St. John Dixon Papers, 1855-1904." Folder 15

Folder 16

War diary, 1862-1863 #02375, Series: "Harry St. John Dixon Papers, 1855-1904." Folder 16

Folder 17

War diary, 1863 #02375, Series: "Harry St. John Dixon Papers, 1855-1904." Folder 17

Folder 18

War diary, September 1863-December 1863 #02375, Series: "Harry St. John Dixon Papers, 1855-1904." Folder 18

Folder 19

War diary, 1864 #02375, Series: "Harry St. John Dixon Papers, 1855-1904." Folder 19

Folder 20

War diary, April 1864-November 1964 #02375, Series: "Harry St. John Dixon Papers, 1855-1904." Folder 20

Folder 21

War diary, November 1864-February 1865 #02375, Series: "Harry St. John Dixon Papers, 1855-1904." Folder 21

Folder 22

War diary, May 1865 #02375, Series: "Harry St. John Dixon Papers, 1855-1904." Folder 22

Folder 23

Journal, 1865 and undated #02375, Series: "Harry St. John Dixon Papers, 1855-1904." Folder 23

Includes sections from the Sigma Chi Quarterly containing biographical notes on Dixon, 1897-1898, and Dixon's "Recollections of a Rebel Private," published in 1886-1887.

Image Folder PF-2375/1

P-2375/1-17: Portraits of family members and friends #02375, Series: "Harry St. John Dixon Papers, 1855-1904." PF-2375/1

Includes several of Laura Green Reed, Dixon's University of Virginia friends, and a woman identified only as "Mammy Lucy." All but one are cartes-de-visite.

Image Folder PF-2375/2

P-2375/18-34: Cartes-de-visite of family friends and Confederate soldiers #02375, Series: "Harry St. John Dixon Papers, 1855-1904." PF-2375/2

Image Folder PF-2375/3

P-2375/35-45: Miscellaneous pictures #02375, Series: "Harry St. John Dixon Papers, 1855-1904." PF-2375/3

Includes cartes-de-visite portraits of various people, drawings, and a photograph of a painting by Constance Maynard Dixon depicting Harry St. John Dixon.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Jordan, April 2011

This collection was processed with support from the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1993.

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