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Catalog Number MS-19090526
Date 1861-1864
Scope & Content Brigadier General Benjamin G. Humphreys Papers

Physical Appearance: Wartime papers belonging to Brigadier General Benjamin Grubb Humphreys of Mississippi: a) August 9, 1861 - Head Quarters, Lynchburg, [Virginia], Special Orders, No. 37} - Orders to Captain [Benjamin Grubb] Humphreys, Miss[issippi] Vol[unteer]s to detail a non-commissioned officer and six privates to serve as guards at the hospital, reporting to Surgeon Owen, daily. Signed "H. L. Clay" A[ssistant] A[djutant] G[eneral], Com[man]d[in]g Post. 1 page. A handwritten copy is also available in the folder. b) [August 4, 1861] - 2 Railroad Tickets - "Soldiers' Ticket" No. 51 - 1) "From Corinth to Richmond. / South Side Railroad. / Lynchburg to Burkeville. / For One Hundred Twenty Seven Men. / Issued by Memphis and Charleston Railroad." 2 ) "From Corinth to Richmond. / Richmond and Danville Railroad. / Burkeville to Richmond. / For One Hundred Twenty Seven Men. / Issued by Memphis and Charleston Railroad." A black ink stamp appears on the reverse of each ticket and reads, "AUG / 4 / 1861." c) September 2, 1863 - Head Qu[arte]rs Division - Pass allowing [Brigadier] Gen[era]l [Benjamin Grubb Humphreys] to go to Frederick's Hall and around the current encampment of the army. Signed "L. McLaws." Written on the top half of a sheet of paper. A handwritten copy is also available in the folder. *The original is faint and hard to read in places. d) September 2, 1863 - Head Quarters Division - Pass granting Brigadier General Benjamin Grubb Humphreys, com[man]d[in]g Mississippi Brigade camped near Waller's Tavern, Spotsylvania County, [Virginia], permission to go to Gordonsville, [Virginia], and return. Signed "L. McLaws" Maj[or] Gen[era]l Com[man]d[in]g. Written on bottom half of same sheet of paper containing (c). A handwritten copy is also availabe in the folder. e) October 15, 1863 - Camp 21st Miss[issippi] Reg[imen]t near Chattanooga, Tenn[essee] - Letter from Private John L. Irwin, Company I, 21st Miss[issippi] Reg[imen]t, to L[ieutenan]t Col[onel] D. N. Moody, Com[man]d[in]g 21st Miss[issippi] Reg[imen]t - Reports on the circumstances of his captured by the Federals near Gettysburg on July 4 and his subsequent escape from Fort Delaware. Signed "John L. Irwin", Private, Company I, 21st Miss[issippi] Reg[imen]t. 4 pp., with endorsements. >>>> Endorsements on page 4: 1) October 8, 1863 - H[ea]d Q[uarte]rs Brig[ade] - Forwarded, can this man be ordered to duty? Signed "Benj. G. Humphreys" Brig[adier] Gen[era]l Com[man]d[in]g. 2) November 30, 1863 - Office, Exch[ange] of Pris[oners], Richmond, V[irgini]a - Returned. States that Irwin was never paroled and should have been ordered to duty immediately upon his return. Just because he was captured does relieve his obligation to serve, as he escaped. Even if he had taken a parole, his escape released him from it. Signed "W. H. Hatch." Capt[ain] & A[ssistant] A[djutant] G[eneral]. A handwritten copy of the letter is available in the folder. Note that a newspaper article/ donation information for article is glued to the right edge of the copy. The clipping does not concern General Humphreys. f) May 30, 1864 - (Circular) - [Box 1658.] Richmond, [Virginia] - Printed letter asking for the general's cooperation in compiling "faithful accounts" of battles in the campaign. Wants all details. (Signed) M. B. Hewson, Special Correspondent "London Morning Herald." To Brig[adier] General Humphreys. 1 page. g) [n. d.] - Lithograph image of Brigadier General Benjamin G. Humphreys, "Constitutional Governor of Mississippi." "Eng[rave]d by R. Whitechurh for The Land We Love." <<>> [n. d., ca. 1907?] - manuscript biographical sketch, written in pencil, of Humphreys, by his son Dr. D. S. Humphreys. A handwritten copy in ink is also available in the folder. h) Aug [??, ???? (illegible)] - Wartime envelope addressed to "Brig[adier] Gen[era]l Ben[jamin] G[rubb] Humphreys / Kershaw's Div[ision] / Army [of] N[orthern] V[irgini]a / Petersburg." A green ten-cent Jefferson Davis stamp in halves is glued to the upper right corner. A circular black ink postal cancellation appears over the stamp but is mostly illegible. Note written near the stamp reads, "Charge Box 85."
Archival History Brig. Gen. Humphreys' papers were formerly located in the MC 3 H-514 files.
People Humphreys, Benjamin Grubb