Records of the Confederate States of America.

Confederate States of America [Browse]
Washington : Library of Congress Photo-duplication Service, 1967.
24 reels


Summary note
  • Collection spans the years 1858-1872 and consists of soldiers' personal correspondence, diaries and reminiscenses; official Confederate Medical Department papers and miscellaneous papers relating to military medical matters; official documents, orders, and letters relating to Confederate affairs both civil and military; the William W. Hunter papers dealing primarily with the Confederate Navy but also containing miscellaneous military documents; Trans-Mississippi Department of the Confederacy Quartermasters Division papers; Cotton Bureau records; muster rolls; and fourteen Confederate service records.
  • Records prior to the establishment of the Confederacy on February 4, 1861 include peripheral materials and miscellany; those postdating the capitulation of Confederate General Robert E. Lee (1807-1870) on April 9, 1865 include certain continuation records of the Confederacy Dept. of State and general miscellany descriptive of the Civil War. The bulk of this collection of official and semi-official organizational files is for the period 1861-1865. It consists of 9 general series: 1. Records of the Dept. of State, 1859-1872; 2. James Wolcott Wadsworth (1846-1926) collection of diplomatic correspondence and letters of Raphael Semmes (1809-1877); 3. Records of the Executive and Legislative branches, 1861-1864, including correspondence, proclamations and messages of the president; 4. Confederate constitutional documents; 5. Records of the Dept. of Justice, 1861-1865, containing court cases, minute books, docket books; 6. Records of the Dept. of Treasury, 1860-65, consisting of letters received by Bolling Baker, Lewis Conger, and A.J. Guirot, customs records, and estimates and receipts; 7. Records of the Post Office Dept., 1861-1865, containing Appointment Bureau letterbooks, orders, reports, accounts, mail routes; 8. Records of the War Dept., 1861-1865, containing correspondence, letter books of correspondence between Hamilton Prioleau Bee (1822-1897) and Albino Lopes, and; 9. Records of the Navy Dept., 1861-1864, consisting mostly of accounts, receipts, a few logs, reports, and some correspondence. There is also a large miscellaneous series not directly related to the official Confederate body, but including correspondence of state officials, railroad material and memorabilia.
  • "The records of the Confederate States of America were purchased by the U.S. in 1872 from John T. Pickett, former diplomatic agent of the Confederacy. These records, which have also been known as the 'Pickett Papers' ...
  • "Finding aid found online at the Library go Congress' website ("
  • Includes index.
Reproduction note
Microfilm. Bethlehemm, Pennsylvania : Backstage Library Works, 2020. 24 microfilm reels ; 35 mm.
Finding aid included at beginning of reel 1.
Other title(s)
Pickett papers
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