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Object Name Orders, Military
Catalog Number MS-19090526.00001-12
Date 1861-1864
Scope & Content Brigadier General Benjamin G. Humphreys Papers from 1861-1864
Physical Appearance: Wartime papers belonging to Brigadier General Benjamin Grubb Humphreys of Mississippi:

MS-19090526.00001. 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.

MS-19090526.00002. A handwritten copy of letter described above written by museum staff. 1 page. Marks: "Copy" in top margin.

MS-19090526 .00003. 2 Railroad Tickets, August 4, 1861. "Soldiers' Ticket" No. 51 - Ticket 1) "From Corinth to Richmond. / South Side Railroad. / Lynchburg to Burkeville. / For One Hundred Twenty Seven Men. / Issued by Memphis and Charleston Railroad." Ticket 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." Both tickets appear on 1 sheet.

MS-19090526.00004. Original letter with response to allow Brig. Gen. Benjamin Grubb Humphrey's passage. 1) 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. 2) 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). <> "General Humphrey."

MS-19090526.00005. A handwritten copy of first letter described above (top margin) written by museum staff. 1 page.

MS-19090526.00006. A handwritten copy of second letter described above (bottom margin) written by museum staff. 1 page.

MS-19090526.00007. Letter to Lt. Col. D. N. Moody, Commanding 21st Mississippi Regiment from Private John L. Irwin , Company I, 21st Mississippi Regiment, October 15, 1863 near Chattanooga, Tenn[essee], October 15,1863. 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.
<> 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. Written by museum employee on "Confederate Memorial Literary Society" letterhead. 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]. 1 Sheet.

MS-19090526.00008. Copy of letter described above written by museum staff along with donation letter and newspaper article glued to right edge of copy. Note: clipping does not concern General Humphreys. Marks: "NC-19080211" under newspaper clipping. 3 individual items glued to 1 sheet.

MS-19090526.00009. Printer circular/letter to Brig. General Humphreys from M.B. Hewson, May 30, 1864 - [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." 1 page. Marks: "Humphrey loan collection."

MS-19090526.00010. Lithograph image of Brigadier General Benjamin G. Humphreys, "Constitutional Governor of Mississippi." [n.d.] "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. 1 page.

MS-19090526.00011. A handwritten copy of above letter written by museum staff. 2 sheets glued together.
MS-19090526.00012. 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." Aug [??, ???? (illegible)] - 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 folder marks: "MS-19090526."
Archival History Brig. Gen. Humphreys' papers were formerly located in the MC 3 H-514 files.
People Humphreys, Benjamin Grubb
Clay, H. L.
McLaws, Lafayette
Moody, D. N.
Irwin, John L.
Hatch, W. H.
Hewson, M. B.
Whitechurch, R.
Subjects Photographs
Rail transportation
Campaigns & battles
Military headquarters
Military exchanges
Military leadership
Military life
Military maneuvers
Military officers
Military personnel
Military reconnaissance
Capture & imprisonment

Camp life
Military hospitals
Investigations, Military