M. Jeff Thompson papers, 1848-1959 | Louisiana Research Collection

By Eira Tansey

Collection Overview

Title: M. Jeff Thompson papers, 1848-1959

ID: LaRC/Manuscripts Collection 72

Primary Creator: Thompson, Meriwether Jeff, 1826-1876.

Extent: 6.0 Boxes. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged as follows: Box 1) M. Jeff Thompson papers, Box 2) Thompson family papers; Box 3) Oversized materials, and Boxes 4-6) Diaries and scrapbooks. The collection consists of 6 boxes. It is 5 linear feet.

Date Acquired: 05/25/1964

Subjects: Alphabet codes., Confederate States of America., Confederate States of America. Army -- History., Engineering -- History -- 19th century., Generals -- Confederate States of America., Louisiana -- History -- 19th century., Louisiana -- History -- 20th century., Missouri -- History -- 19th century., Official secrets -- Confederate States of America., Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)., Southern States -- History -- 19th century., Thompson, Meriwether Jeff, 1826-1876., Thompson family., United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.

Forms of Material: Advertisements., Biographies., Certificates., Clippings (information artifacts), Correspondence., Diaries., Legal documents., Photographs., Scrapbooks., Stock certificates.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of correspondence, commissions, diaries, photographs, clippings, currency, stocks, legal documents, certificates, a wallet, biographical information, and other items relating to Confederate Brigadier General Meriwether Jeff Thompson, and other members of the Thompson family of Missouri and Louisiana. Included are handwritten secret codes used by the Confederate Army.

Biographical Note

Meriwether Jeff Thompson, son of Meriwether and Martha Broaddus Thompson, was born 1826 January 22, at Harper's Ferry, Virginia. Both grandfathers were Revolutionary soldiers. At fourteen, he went to Charleston, West Virginia, to attend military school. At seventeen, he moved to Philadelphia, then to Frederick City, Maryland, and eventually to Liberty and St. Joseph, Missouri. At twenty-two, he was married. His career included study and practice of waterway engineering and surveying in Louisiana; his military exploits in the Civil War led to the nickname, "Missouri's swamp fox of the Confederacy." At the close of the war, Thompson was appointed Surveyor General of Louisiana; also Chief State Engineer of Louisiana. He died in St. Joseph, Missouri, 1876 September 6, and was buried in Mount Mora Cemetery. Later family members lived in Missouri and Louisiana.

Subject/Index Terms

Alphabet codes.
Confederate States of America.
Confederate States of America. Army -- History.
Engineering -- History -- 19th century.
Generals -- Confederate States of America.
Louisiana -- History -- 19th century.
Louisiana -- History -- 20th century.
Missouri -- History -- 19th century.
Official secrets -- Confederate States of America.
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877).
Southern States -- History -- 19th century.
Thompson, Meriwether Jeff, 1826-1876.
Thompson family.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.

Administrative Information

Repository: Louisiana Research Collection

Alternate Extent Statement: 5 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: Madeline Deck Noggle.

Preferred Citation: M. Jeff Thompson papers, Manuscripts Collection 72, Louisiana Research Collection, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118.

Processing Information: Rehoused in 2006 by Melissa Smith.

Finding Aid Revision History: Finding aid information entered in Archon by LAC Group in 2011. Revised by LAC Group 8/5/11.

Other Note: OCLC Number: 428093430


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Box:

[Box 1: Meriwether Jeff Thompson papers],
[Box 2: Thompson family papers],
[Box 3: Oversized materials],
[Box 4: Diaries and scrapbooks],
[Box 5: Diaries and scrapbooks],
[Box 6: Diaries and scrapbooks],
[All]

Box 1: Meriwether Jeff Thompson papers
Folder 1: Biographical, 1860-1933
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1861-1863
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1864
Folder 4: Correspondence, 1865
Folder 5: Correspondence, 1866-1867
Folder 6: Correspondence, 1868
Folder 7: Correspondence, 1870-1876
Folder 8: Legal documents, 1868-1872
Folder 9: Secret Code, Civil War era
Folder 10: Bonnet Carre Levee, 1871
Folder 11: Flood of 1874
Folder 12: New Orleans Lightering and Wrecking Company
Folder 13: M. Jeff Thompson's Patent Mitre Bevel Gauge, undated
Folder 14: Advertisements, undated
Folder 15: Currency and stocks, 1864, 1872, undated
Folder 16: Clippings, 1861-1898, undated
Folder 17: Photographs of M. Thompson, undated

Browse by Box:

[Box 1: Meriwether Jeff Thompson papers],
[Box 2: Thompson family papers],
[Box 3: Oversized materials],
[Box 4: Diaries and scrapbooks],
[Box 5: Diaries and scrapbooks],
[Box 6: Diaries and scrapbooks],
[All]


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