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Jesse C. Bliss Papers

Identifier: MC 1228

Scope and Content Note

Letters, documents, and photographs created or collected by Jesse C. Bliss or his granddaughter, Jesse Elizabeth Hill Durrett.

The papers consist of fourteen letters written by Bliss from 1862 to 1864 while serving in the Union Army; genealogical documents pertaining to the Bliss family; a small collection of documents gathered by Elizabeth Durrett to supplement her claim to a widow's pension; photographs of Bliss, the Durretts, and unidentified family members and acquaintances. Letters marked with an asterisk (*) have been published by Paul R. Cooper and Ted R. Worley in the Arkansas Historical Quarterly, volume 6 (1947), pp. 462-471.


  • Creation: 1862-1967


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

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

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

Biographical Note

Jesse C. Bliss (1833-1911) enrolled in the Union Army on August 1, 1861 and received a commission as second lieutenant in the 44th Illinois Infantry. He served for the next three years as his regiment was moved to various locations in Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia. Bliss saw action at the battles of Pea Ridge, Perryville, Nolansville, and Murfreesboro before he was discharged at Atlanta on September 15, 1864. He and his family eventually moved to Little Rock, Arkansas where his granddaughter, Jesse Elizabeth Hill, married Joseph J. Durrett, a Spanish-American War veteran in 1908.


0.25 Linear Feet (63 items in 1 box)

Arrangement of the Papers

The documents have been chronologically arranged in four folders. Photographs have been arranged by subject in the remaining four folders.

Acquisition Information

The Jesse C. Bliss Papers were purchased by Special Collections from Charles Apfelbaum, Valley Stream, New York, in December, 1992.

Processing Information

Processed by Kim Allen Scott, Special Collections Division, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville, Arkansas, in November 1992.


Jesse C. Bliss Papers
Kim Allen Scott
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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