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Object Name LETTER, ORIGINAL
Catalog Number CML-RHC.34-.39
Collection CONFEDERATE MILITARY LEADERS COLLECTION
Date 1854, 1867, 1874-1875
Scope & Content Robert H. Chilton Papers: Correspondence from Jefferson Davis

Physical Appearance: The following letters consist of prewar and postwar correspondence from Jefferson Davis to Robert Hall Chilton: .34) August 10, 1854 - Jefferson Davis, Secretary of War, War Department, [Washington, D. C.] to Paymaster Robert H[all] Chilton, U. S. Army, Fort Union, N[ew] Mex[ic]o - Davis informs Chilton of his appointment as "Paymaster in the Army of the United States," to rank from July 5, 1854. Signed by Davis. [This letter remains in Box 1 of the Jefferson Davis Collection.] {formerly located in MC 3 C-192} (photostat copy of letter in last folder of Chilton Collection). .35) July 20, 1867 - Jefferson Davis in Montreal, [Canada] to Gen[era]l R[obert H[all] Chilton - Davis writes a letter of appreciation of Chilton's "friendly solicitude." Signed by Davis. [This letter remains in Box 1 of the Jefferson Davis Collection.] {formerly located in MC 3 C-194}. .36) November 27, 1874 - Jefferson Davis in New Orleans, [Louisiana] to Gen[era]l R[obert] H[all] Chilton - Davis inquires of Chilton his recollections of the condition of the Army of Northern Virginia when [Robert Edward] Lee took command and of South Mountain. Signed by Davis. [This letter remains in Box 1 of the Jefferson Davis Collection.] {formerly located in MC 3 C-194} (photostat copy of letter in last folder of Chilton Collection, contains a handwritten note - "For Chilton's reply see Rowland Vol. VII, pp. 409-412. .37) January 12, 1875 - Jefferson Davis in Memphis, [Tennessee] to Gen[era]l R[obert] H[all] Chilton - Davis thanks Chilton for the information he provided on South Mountain. Signed by Davis. [This letter remains in Box 1 of the Jefferson Davis Collection.] {formerly located in MC 3 C-194}. .38) September 21, 1875 - Jefferson Davis in Memphis, [Tennessee] to Gen[era]l R[obert] H[all] Chilton - Davis discusses treatment of POWs. Signed by Davis. [This letter remains in Box 1 of the Jefferson Davis Collection.] {formerly located in MC 3 C-194}. .39) December 9, 1875 - Jefferson Davis in Memphis, [Tennessee] to Gen[era]l R[obert H[all] Chilton - Davis discusses treatment of POWs in relation to an article in the St. Louis "Globe-Democrat." Signed by Davis. [This letter remains in Box 1 of the Jefferson Davis Collection.] {formerly located in MC 3 C-194}.
Archival History The 1854 letter from Jefferson Davis to Robert H. Chilton was formerly located in the MC 3 C-192 files. The letters dated 1867, 1874, and 1875 from Davis to R. H. Chilton were formerly located in the MC 3 C-194 files. All the above letters were transferred to the Jefferson Davis Collection [no date specified]. The letters are noted as cross-references in the Robert H. Chilton Collection. The Robert Hall Chilton Collection contains correspondence and ephemera of Robert Hall Chilton (1815-1879), held in the Eleanor S. Brockenbrough Library. The collection includes Chilton's 1864 appointment as brigadier and list of the officers and men taking parole at Greensboro, North Carolina, on April 29, 1865. Among the extensive postwar holdings are letters to former generals Richard Stoddert Ewell, Daniel Harvey Hill, and James Longstreet, as well as handwritten notes on campaigns--including Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. Wartime items found in other collections consist of offical correspondence to Chilton from General T. J. Jackson and General J. E. B. Stuart. The Robert E. Lee Family Collection contains many personal postwar letters from General Lee to the Chilton family, and likewise, the Davis Family Collection has several postwar letters from Jefferson Davis to Chilton himself. Most of the Chilton items came to the Museum from Chilton's daughter, Laura Chilton Wise.
People Chilton, Robert Hall
Subjects CML CHILTON COLLECTION