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W.W. Gibson Civil War Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0226

This collection contains three muster sheets of Company I, 11th Texas Cavalry, dating from June 15, 1861 to May 1, 1862. These muster rolls indicate the condition of each man of the company, their enlistment dates, time of last pay or pay to be allotted, as well as other notes by the commanding officer. Also included are four copies of letters transcribed by C.L. Gibson of Knoxville, TN. The letters are from W.W. Gibson, a member of the Texas Cavalry unit, to his significant other, Lizzie Crawford of Knoxville, TN. These letters describe the fighting in which the Texas regiment has been involved under the command of the Army of Tennessee. They also discuss the romantic situation between Gibson and Lizzie Crawford, eventually stating that he would like her to join him in Texas. The letters further indicate that although Gibson left Mt. Pleasant, Texas as 1st Sergeant, he is later promoted to Lieutenant and in command of this cavalry unit.

Dates

  • 1861–1863

Language

The language of the material is English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact Special Collections.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection contains three muster sheets of Company I, 11th Texas Cavalry, and four copies of letters written by W.W. Gibson to his significant other, Lizzie Crawford of Knoxville, TN. It is transcribed by C.L. Gibson of Knoxville, TN.

Biographical/Historical Note

W.W. Gibson left Mt. Pleasant in North Texas on October 2, 1861 as part of the 11th Texas Cavalry, Company I. He was mustered as a 1st Sergeant. His unit was transported by rail to be attacked to the Army of Tennessee at the onset of the war. They served throughout the war, Gibson himself being promoted to Lieutenant of that unit. He survived the war and spent a short time in Texas. His later actions are unknown.

Acquisition Note

This collection was donated to Special Collections by C.L. Gibson.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480