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Collection Number: 00425

Collection Title: Edward M. L'Engle Papers, 1834-1907 (bulk 1834-1900).

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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 4.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 5150 items)
Abstract Edward McCrady L'Engle (1834-1900) of Florida was a railroad president, lawyer, and Confederate army officer. The collection includes L'Engle's legal, business, political, and family correspondence, chiefly 1856-1897. Papers before 1866, a small part of the collection, relate to railroad development, plantation life and slavery, social conditions, and public opinion before and during the war in Florida. Antebellum papers include letters from other southeastern states and from an army officer on the Texas frontier and in the Oregon and Washington territories. Postwar papers chiefly concern the Florida Central Railroad, which was entangled in the Reconstruction manipulations of George William Swepson and General Milton Smith Littlefield. The postwar papers also reflect L'Engle's legal practice, banking, and business activities in general, including relations with northern businessmen, and contain material on the political opinions of the conservative white element in Florida during Reconstruction. Correspondents include most of the antebellum, Confederate, and Conservative leaders of the state, many of whom were L'Engle's relatives or close friends, and a number of prominent persons from other southern states.
Creator L'Engle, Edward M.
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 Edward M. L'Engle Papers, #425, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Edward M. L'Engle of Jacksonville, Fla., 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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Edward McCrady L'Engle (1834-1900) of Jacksonsville, Fla., was the son of Capt. John Claudius L'Engle (1800-1864), a planter in the St. Johns River region of Florida. L'Engle attended the College of Charleston, and worked as a lawyer prior to the Civil War. During the war, he served with the Florida troops of the Confederate army in Virgina as a captain. After the war, he returned to law, later becoming the president of the Florida Central Railroad Company.

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The collection includes L'Engle's legal, business, political, and family correspondence, chiefly 1856-1897. Papers before 1866, a small part of the collection, relate to railroad development, plantation life and slavery, social conditions, and public opinion before and during the war in Florida. Antebellum papers include letters from other southeastern states and from an army officer on the Texas frontier and in the Oregon and Washington territories.

Postwar papers chiefly concern the Florida Central Railroad, which was entangled in the Reconstruction manipulations of George William Swepson and general Milton Smith Littlefield. Included documents are transcribed arguements from The Florida Central Railroad Company vs. J. Fred Schutte, et al. Supreme Court case in 1880. The postwar papers also reflect L'Engle's legal practice, banking, and business activities in general, including relations with northern businessmen, and contain material on the political opinions of the conservative white element in Florida during Reconstruction. Correspondents include most of the antebellum, Confederate, and conservative leaders of the state, many of whom were L'Engle's relatives or close friends, and a number of prominent persons from other southern states.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #00425, Series: "Edward M. L'Engle Papers, 1834-1907 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1834-1852 #00425, Series: "Edward M. L'Engle Papers, 1834-1907 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1853-1854 #00425, Series: "Edward M. L'Engle Papers, 1834-1907 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1855-1856 #00425, Series: "Edward M. L'Engle Papers, 1834-1907 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

1857-1859 #00425, Series: "Edward M. L'Engle Papers, 1834-1907 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

1860-1861 #00425, Series: "Edward M. L'Engle Papers, 1834-1907 and undated." Folder 5

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1862-1863 #00425, Series: "Edward M. L'Engle Papers, 1834-1907 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

1864-1865 #00425, Series: "Edward M. L'Engle Papers, 1834-1907 and undated." Folder 7

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1866 #00425, Series: "Edward M. L'Engle Papers, 1834-1907 and undated." Folder 8-12

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1867 #00425, Series: "Edward M. L'Engle Papers, 1834-1907 and undated." Folder 13-19

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1868 #00425, Series: "Edward M. L'Engle Papers, 1834-1907 and undated." Folder 20-28

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1869 #00425, Series: "Edward M. L'Engle Papers, 1834-1907 and undated." Folder 29-38

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1870 #00425, Series: "Edward M. L'Engle Papers, 1834-1907 and undated." Folder 39-50

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1871 #00425, Series: "Edward M. L'Engle Papers, 1834-1907 and undated." Folder 51-60

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1872 #00425, Series: "Edward M. L'Engle Papers, 1834-1907 and undated." Folder 61-66

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1873 #00425, Series: "Edward M. L'Engle Papers, 1834-1907 and undated." Folder 67-72

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1874 #00425, Series: "Edward M. L'Engle Papers, 1834-1907 and undated." Folder 73-78

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1875 #00425, Series: "Edward M. L'Engle Papers, 1834-1907 and undated." Folder 79-82

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1876 #00425, Series: "Edward M. L'Engle Papers, 1834-1907 and undated." Folder 83-85

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1877 #00425, Series: "Edward M. L'Engle Papers, 1834-1907 and undated." Folder 86-88

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1878 #00425, Series: "Edward M. L'Engle Papers, 1834-1907 and undated." Folder 89-92

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1879 #00425, Series: "Edward M. L'Engle Papers, 1834-1907 and undated." Folder 93-96

Folder 97

1880-1887 #00425, Series: "Edward M. L'Engle Papers, 1834-1907 and undated." Folder 97

Folder 98

27 June 1879-1 January 1907 #00425, Series: "Edward M. L'Engle Papers, 1834-1907 and undated." Folder 98

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Folder 105

Undated #00425, Series: "Edward M. L'Engle Papers, 1834-1907 and undated." Folder 99-105

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Map and newspaper clippings #00425, Series: "Edward M. L'Engle Papers, 1834-1907 and undated." Folder 106

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Folder 109

Newspaper clippings #00425, Series: "Edward M. L'Engle Papers, 1834-1907 and undated." Folder 107-109

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Books #00425, Series: "Edward M. L'Engle Papers, 1834-1907 and undated." Folder 110

Folder 111

Poetry #00425, Series: "Edward M. L'Engle Papers, 1834-1907 and undated." Folder 111

Folder 112

"The Memorandum Plan" #00425, Series: "Edward M. L'Engle Papers, 1834-1907 and undated." Folder 112

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Folder 116

Legal arguments - Supreme Court, 1880 #00425, Series: "Edward M. L'Engle Papers, 1834-1907 and undated." Folder 113-116

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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, September 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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