ID: LaRC/Manuscripts Collection 872
Extent: 1.0 Boxes
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Scope and Contents: The collection consists primarily of correspondence that documents the lifelong friendship between William Cole Harrison (1841-1926) and Eliza Jane Poitevent Holbrook Nicholson (1849-1896). While living in Liberty, Mississippi, Harrison became enamored of Eliza Jane Poitevent. A friend named Beck helped to pass some of their correspondence along. Although both married other people, Harrison and Poitevent continued to correspond. During the Civil War, Harrison joined the Crescent regiment and was detached as a medical purveyor in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he married Mary Jane Lattner. In 1866, he returned to Louisiana and earned his medical degree at the University of Louisiana Medical School. In 1888 he moved to Los Angeles and became a commander of the Pacific Division of the United Confederate Veterans. Eliza Poitevent married twice, first to Alva Morris Holbrook, owner of the New Orleans Picayune, and later to George Nicholson. In her correspondence during her first marriage, she requests medical and personal advice in addition to moral support, particularly concerning her husband's first wife and her own unhappiness. During her second marriage, the letters between herself and Harrison are primarily family notes, letters of condolence, and health inquiries. The collection also contains photographs, Harrison's will, newspaper clippings, and a Confederate flag borne through several battles.