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Peter Wellington Alexander, C.S.A. Collection

Identifier: MC 1379

Scope and Content Note

The original archival collection at Columbia University contains materials of Colonel Peter Wellington Alexander, 1825-1886. The collection totals 30 linear ft. (ca. 7,500 items in 18 boxes and ca.1275 newspapers). It contains Correspondence, manuscripts, documents, and newspapers. These include over four hundred letters to Alexander, as well as miscellaneous letters and telegrams; some of his manuscripts and notes; business records of his law firm; military documents of the western divisions of the Confederate Army; copybooks and letter books; and complete and partial newspapers and clippings from the various Southern newspapers (in particular, The Savannah Republican, the Daily Dispatch of Richmond, and the Advertiser and Register of Mobile) which carried Alexander's dispatches. The collection was the gift of Mrs. Robert P. Hamilton, in 1974.

The collection held in at the University of Arkansas includes eight reels of microfilm, [numbered 1-3, 4.1, 4.2, 5-7]. Correspondence, general and special orders, field reports, telegrams, and other documents of the Confederate forces in Arkansas. Correspondents include Elias Cornelius Boudinot, Samuel Ryan Curtis, Thomas C. Hindman, Francis J. Herron, Theophilus H. Holmes, Robert Edward Lee, R. C. Newton, Albert Pike, William Quesenbury, John Selden Roane, and Stand Watie.


  • Creation: 1862-1864


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

Use Restrictions Apply: Users wishing to publish from this collection must obtain permission in writing from the Librarian for Rare Books and Manuscripts at Columbia.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical Note

Colonel Peter Wellington Alexander (1825-1886) allied himself and served with the Confederate States of America. Colonel Alexander was a Georgia-born editor and Civil War correspondent.


0.4 Linear Feet (8 reels of microfilm)

Acquisition Information

These microfilm copies were made for Special Collections from the holdings of Columbia University Libraries. Original materials are located in the Colonel Peter Wellington Alexander Papers at Columbia University, and were a gift of Mrs. Robert P. Hamilton, 1974.

Processing Information

Microfilm was processed by Special Collections staff in February 1998.

Peter Wellington Alexander, C.S.A. Collection
February 1998
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Department Repository

University of Arkansas Libraries
365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville AR 72701 United States
(479) 575-8444