William P. Palmer Civil War materials
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William P. Palmer Civil War materials

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Palmer, William P., 1861-1927.
Creator: Western Reserve Historical Society.
Title: William P. Palmer Civil War materials
Dates: 1861-1865
Extent: 0.04 cubic feet (2 microfilm rolls)
Identification: MS 1402

Biographical/Historical Note

William P. Palmer (1861-1927) was the President of the Western Reserve Historical Society (Cleveland, Ohio) from 1913-1927. Palmer had an intense interest in the Civil War and acquired an extensive collection of material relating not only to the war, but to ante-bellum life, slavery, and the life of Abraham Lincoln as well.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of microfilm copies of Civil War era materials from the William P. Palmer collection at the Western Reserve Historical Society. These materials all pertain to Georgia in the Civil War. The first roll contains reports and letters. The second roll contains muster rolls for Company D of the 10th Georgia Infantry Battalion for 1862, a roster of officers and staff of the Army of the Tennessee, and an 1863 letter book of General Braxton Bragg. The letter book contains letters, special orders, circulars, general orders, and telegrams.

This collection was microfilmed in November 1950 by the Microfilm Corporation in Cleveland, Ohio.

Index Terms

Beauregard, G. T., (Gustave Toutant), 1818-1893.
Benjamin, J. P., (Judah Philip), 1811-1884.
Bragg, Braxton, 1817-1876.
Breckinridge, John C., (John Cabell), 1821-1875.
Circulars (fliers)
Confederate States of America. Army. Georgia Infantry Battalion, 10th.
Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Gillmore, Quincy Adams, 1825-1888.
Hardee, William Joseph, 1815-1873.
Johnston, Joseph E., (Joseph Eggleston), 1807-1891.
Lawton, Alexander Robert, 1818-1896.
Letter books.
Letters (correspondence)
Mackall, William Whann, 1818-1891.
McLaws, Lafayette, 1821-1897.
Muster rolls.
Orders (military records)
Palmer, William P., 1861-1927.
Smith, Gustavus Woodson, 1822-1896.
Thomas, Thomas W., -1864.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Walker, William Henry Talbot, 1816-1864.
Wayne, Henry C., (Henry Constantine), 1815-1883.
Western Reserve Historical Society.

Location of Originals

Original materials in the Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, Ohio.

Physical and Technical Access Restrictions

A microfilm reader is required to access this collection.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], William P. Palmer Civil War materials, MS 1402, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information



Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List



1X-1402-01. Letter, Judah P. Benjamin, 1861; letter, Gen. G.W. Smith, 1863; report, W.J. Hardee, 1863; letter, Gen. J.E. Johnston, 1865; Surrender of Johnston to Sherman, 1865; letter, W.W.T. Walker, 1861; letter, Col. Thos. W. Thomas, 1861; letter, W.W. Mackall, 1865; letter, James A. Siddon, 1864; letter, Gen. John C. Breckenridge, 1864; letter and map, Gen. McLaws; letter, A.J. Moses, 1865; statements, Lt. Col. E.D. Blake, 1864; letter, Virgil Powers, 1865; letter, Q.A. Gillmore, 1865; special orders, Secretary of War, 1864; report, A.R. Lawton, 1865; report of stock in South Carolina, 1864; reports of enlisted men absent from Georgia Cavalry, 1865; tri-monthly return of Georgia Cavalry, 1865


2X-1402-02. General Braxton Bragg letter book, Sept.-Nov. 1863: Includes letters (p. 1-100); special orders, Aug.-Sept. 1863 (p. 200-219); circulars, Sept. 1863 (p. 220-226); general orders, Sept. 1863 (228-232); telegrams, Aug.-Sept. 1863 (p. 235-260); roster of officers and staff of the Army of the Tennessee (p. 275-286). Muster rolls for Company D of the 10th Georgia Infantry Battalion, March-Aug. and Oct. 1862. Special orders of General G.T. Beauregard, Sept.-Feb. 1863