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Collection Number: 01000

Collection Title: Daniel Chevilette Govan Papers, 1861-1908.

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 100 items)
Abstract Daniel Chevilette Govan was a Mississippi and Arkansas planter, Confederate general, and United States Indian agent. The collection, in part, microfilm, contains scattered papers of Govan, including Civil War letters from him to his wife, Mary (Otey) Govan, in which he discussed camp life at various forts in Tennessee and Kentucky; postwar letters received in response to his manuscript articles discussing military history in the Tennessee theater; correspondence, 1894-1900, as Indian agent at the Tulalip Agency, Washington State, mostly with Indians and concerning their problems; selections from a scrapbook of letters and clippings (microfilm); and part of the Civil War recollections of Confederate General St. John Richardson Liddell (1815-1870) of Louisiana.
Creator Govan, Daniel Chevilette, 1829-1911.
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 Daniel Chevilette Govan Papers, #1000, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Gift 1945
Additional Descriptive Resources
Original finding aid is filed in folder 1a.
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Daniel C. Govan (1829-1911) was born in North Carolina, the son of congressman A.R. Govan. He became a planter in Mississipi in 1852, and in 1853 he married Mary F. Otey. He later moved to Arkansas, where he was a planter until the onset of the Civil War and then again after the war, until 1894. Govan served as a Confederate general and fought in Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Georgia. From 1894 until 1898, he was an Indian agent at the Tulalip Agency in Washington state.

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In part, microfilm. Scattered papers of Govan, including Civil War letters from him to his wife, Mary (Otey) Govan, in which he discussed camp life at various forts in Tennessee and Kentucky; postwar letters received in response to his manuscript articles discussing military history in the Tennessee theater; correspondence, 1894-1900, as Indian agent at the Tulalip Agency, Washington State, mostly with Indians and concerning their problems; selections from a scrapbook of letters and clippings (microfilm); and part of the Civil War recollections of Confederate General St. John Richardson Liddell (1815-1870) of Louisiana.

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Contents list

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In part, microfilm. Scattered papers of Govan, including Civil War letters from him to his wife, Mary (Otey) Govan, in which he discussed camp life at various forts in Tennessee and Kentucky; postwar letters received in response to his manuscript articles discussing military history in the Tennessee theater; correspondence, 1894-1900, as Indian agent at the Tulalip Agency, Washington State, mostly with Indians and concerning their problems; selections from a scrapbook of letters and clippings (microfilm); and part of the Civil War recollections of Confederate General St. John Richardson Liddell (1815-1870) of Louisiana.

Folder 1a

Original finding aid #01000, Series: "Papers, 1861-1908." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1861-1864 #01000, Series: "Papers, 1861-1908." Folder 1

Govan's Civil War letters to his wife, regarding conditions of his life in the Army, troop movements and expeditions, his distress over his family's condition at home, and his prognostications about the war.

Folder 2

1878-1887 #01000, Series: "Papers, 1861-1908." Folder 2

Correspondence between Govan and other Confederate veterans, regarding details of the war and plans for reunions. Included with the letters are clippings of newspaper and magazine articles that relate to issues discussed in the letters.

Folder 3

1891-1899 #01000, Series: "Papers, 1861-1908." Folder 3

Papers of Govan as Indian agent, mostly dealing with the problems and grievances of Indians. Also includes some correspondence with other Confederate veterans.

Folder 4

1900-1908 #01000, Series: "Papers, 1861-1908." Folder 4

Folder 5

Undated and miscellaneous #01000, Series: "Papers, 1861-1908." Folder 5

Folder 6

Confederate History, part 1 #01000, Series: "Papers, 1861-1908." Folder 6

Civil War recollections of Confederate General St. John Richardson Lidell.

Folder 7

Confederate History, part 2 #01000, Series: "Papers, 1861-1908." Folder 7

Civil War recollections of Confederate General St. John Richardson Lidell.

Folder 8

Clippings #01000, Series: "Papers, 1861-1908." Folder 8

Folder 9

Jefferson photostats, 17 January 1810 #01000, Series: "Papers, 1861-1908." Folder 9

Three photostat copies (from microfilmed scrapbook) and three typed copies of a letter from Thomas Jefferson to the Honorable John Wayles Eppes, congressman from Chesterfield County, Va., regarding the effect of long speeches in the House of Representatives.

Image P-1000/1

Photograph of General Henry R. Mizner #01000, Series: "Papers, 1861-1908." P-1000/1

Reel 1-4

Reel 1

Reel 2

Reel 3

Reel 4

Scrapbook, and copy of Civil War recollections of Confederate General St. John Richardson Lidell #01000, Series: "Papers, 1861-1908." Reel 1-4

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, February 2010

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