Charles Erasmus Kennon papers, 1854-1969 | Louisiana Research Collection

By Jazmin Smith

Collection Overview

Title: Charles Erasmus Kennon papers, 1854-1969

Predominant Dates:1860-1880

ID: LaRC/Manuscripts Collection 948

Primary Creator: Kennon, Charles Erasmus.

Extent: 2.0 Boxes. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged chronologically. The collection consists of 2 boxes and one oversize folder. It is 2 linear feet.

Date Acquired: 10/01/1997

Subjects: Confederate States of America. Army. Louisiana Infantry Battalion, 4th., Johnson Island Prison., Kennon, Charles Erasmus., Kennon, Susan Kent., Kennon family., Louisiana -- History -- 19th century., Louisiana -- History -- 20th century., Louisiana -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865., Physicians -- Louisiana., Prisoners of war -- United States., Resolutions, Legislative., Soldiers -- Confederate States of America., United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.

Forms of Material: Certificates., Correspondence., Essays., Maps., Orders (military records), Speeches.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of correspondence of Charles Erasmus Kennon (1839-1878) to his wife, Susan Kent Kennon (1848-1922); his older sister, Elizabeth Almeria Kennon; his mother, Nancy Nelson Kennon; and others.  Also included are other documents of the Kennon family of Louisiana as well as poems, a map of the Battle of Shiloh (1862), and special military orders (1865).

Biographical Note

Dr. Charles Erasmus Kennon was born in Mecklenburg County, Virginia on April 6, 1839, the son of Dr. Clement Read Kennon and his wife and cousin, Nancy Nelson Kennon (both were Kennons before their marriage). The family moved to Tangipahoa, Louisiana, in St. Helena Parish. Charles Erasmus Kennon enrolled in the medical program at the University of Louisiana (an earlier name of Tulane University) in 1860, but the Civil War interrupted his studies. On April 30, 1861, he enlisted as a private in Company I, 4th Louisiana Infantry, Confederate States of America. He was promoted to Captain and Commanding Officer. On December 17, 1864, he was captured near Franklin, Tennessee, and transferred to Johnson's Island Military Prison in Ohio. He was released upon an oath of allegiance to the United States on June 16, 1865. After the war, he returned to Louisiana, became a physician and a businessman. He and his wife, Susan Kent Kennon, had seven children, four of whom survived to adulthood. Kennon and two of his sons succumbed to the yellow fever epidemic of 1878.

Subject/Index Terms

Confederate States of America. Army. Louisiana Infantry Battalion, 4th.
Johnson Island Prison.
Kennon, Charles Erasmus.
Kennon, Susan Kent.
Kennon family.
Louisiana -- History -- 19th century.
Louisiana -- History -- 20th century.
Louisiana -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Physicians -- Louisiana.
Prisoners of war -- United States.
Resolutions, Legislative.
Soldiers -- Confederate States of America.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.

Administrative Information

Repository: Louisiana Research Collection

Alternate Extent Statement: 2 linear feet

Access Restrictions: Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.

Use Restrictions: Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Acquisition Source: Helen Kennon.

Acquisition Method: Gift.

Preferred Citation: Charles Erasmus Kennon papers, Manuscripts Collection 948, Louisiana Research Collection, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118.

Processing Information: Archon collection-level record created in February, 2010.

Finding Aid Revision History: Finding aid information entered in Archon by LAC Group in 2011. Revised by LAC Group 9/15/11.

Other Note: OCLC Number: 463322105


Box and Folder Listing


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[Box 1: Map, correspondence, and other papers, 1854-1869],
[Box 2: Correspondence, political resolutions, speeches, and essays, 1870-1969],
[Oversize folder 1: Newcomb College certificate, 1879],
[All]

Oversize folder 1: Newcomb College certificate, 1879

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[Box 1: Map, correspondence, and other papers, 1854-1869],
[Box 2: Correspondence, political resolutions, speeches, and essays, 1870-1969],
[Oversize folder 1: Newcomb College certificate, 1879],
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