Warren C. Ogden collection of Civil War letters, 1863 | Louisiana Research Collection

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Collection Overview

Title: Warren C. Ogden collection of Civil War letters, 1863

ID: LaRC/Manuscripts Collection 329

Primary Creator: Ogden, Warren C.

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Arrangement: The collection is arranged chronologically. The collection consists of one folder in one box.

Date Acquired: 05/21/1975

Subjects: Louisiana -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives., New Orleans (La.) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865., Ogden, Warren C., Soldiers -- Confederate States of America., Soldiers -- United States -- Correspondence., United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives, Confederate., United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.

Forms of Material: Correspondence.

Languages: English, French

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists of twenty confiscated or uncalled for Civil War letters written by Confederate soldiers and their families. They are "Letters confiscated or uncalled for at New Orleans Office. H. L. Pierson Provost Marshall, N.O., 1863." Most of the letters are written by or to residents of New Orleans and contain objectionable material about military affairs.

Biographical Note

Warren C. Ogden Ogden, a native of Columbus, Mississippi, was born in December 1904. He attended Davidson College and the University of North Carolina and went on to earn a master’s degree from Duke University. During World War II, he became a chief petty officer in volunteer port security. He started working for the New Orleans Times-Picayune in 1931 as a reporter and later as the Sunday editor. In 1946, he became the first editor of the newspaper’s DIXIE Roto magazine, which he ran until his retirement in the mid-1960s. Ogden taught journalism at Tulane University for several years and married Frances Johnston Ogden, with whom he had two children.

Ogden retired in 1965 but remained active in the community and academia. He became a member of Big Brothers of America and continued to give lectures throughout New Orleans. He passed away on July 2, 1989.

Subject/Index Terms

Louisiana -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives.
New Orleans (La.) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Ogden, Warren C.
Soldiers -- Confederate States of America.
Soldiers -- United States -- Correspondence.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives, Confederate.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.

Administrative Information

Repository: Louisiana Research Collection

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 ini accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Acquisition Source: Warren C. Ogden.

Acquisition Method: Gift.

Preferred Citation: Warren C. Ogden collection of Civil War letters, Manuscripts Collection 329, Louisiana Research Collection, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118.

Finding Aid Revision History: Finding aid information entered in Archon by LAC Group in 2011.

Other Note: OCLC Number: 722004581


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Folder 1: 1863

1863 March 30. Thomas A., Fort Still, to Tinnie Anderson. With envelope.

1863 April 20. A.H.T., Independence, Louisiana, to her sister, Mrs. E.O. Perrin, New York. Informative letter part of which is written in French in order to confuse the Yankee officers who might read it. Mention of action at Ponchatoula and prices of staples. With envelope.

1863 April 27. William Kuhn, Chesterfield, to his sister, Miss E. Lagross, New Orleans. With envelope.

1863 April 29. B.H. Green, New Orleans, to Dr. Edwin H. Kelly, Mobile, Alabama concerning liquidation of the Merchants Bank at General Butler's orders and futile attempt to realize money on checks. Also mention of the situation of other New Orleans banks - the Louisiana State Bank, the Citizen's Bank. He also discusses the status of C.S. treasury notes and current prices of goods, rents, incomes.

1863 April 29. Anaïs, New Orleans, to her husband, Louis, unknown place, personal matters.

1863 May 4. Cora, Olenwood, to her friend Jessie Kittredge, Winchester, Tennessee, concerning family matters. With envelope marked "Pass".

1863 May 7. John, Chesterfield, to Mr. John H. Pope, New Orleans, regarding death of L.L. Lewis, mutual friend who died in battle. Mention of battle on the Rappahannock and wounds of General Jackson and General Nichols. With envelope marked "Read".

1863 June 10. Léon, Shelbyville, to Evélina, place unknown, news from Middle Tennessee. Mentions failure of Union newspapers to accurately report the losses of the Union army. Battle plans and constitution of the armies of Bragg, Rosemans, Hardee and Polk plus character sketches of these men. In French followed by a postscript in English written by another friend.

1863 June 13. Lydie, unknown place, to Louisiana Covington? Family, school, and social happenings. She mentions the desire not to be hated for being a Yankee.

1863 June 14. P.R. Raby, Pascagoula, to Mr. Frances Boimase, Convenience Office, Royal St., New Orleans. Order for dry goods. With envelope marked "Rejected".

1863 June 16. Adelard, Mobile, Alabama, to Mrs. P. Adelard Fortier, New Orleans. Mention of Washington Artillery and plans of New Orleans "refugees" to organize an artillery company on the Gulf Coast. Section of letter and entire postscript in French. With envelope marked "Bad".

1863 July 20. Hattie, New Orleans, to her brother, Lieutenant W.C. Harrison, Chattanooga, Tennessee. Discusses taking oath administered by Yankees and suggests to her brother that he disguise himself and return in a friend's boat.  With envelope marked "objectionable" due to advice given about disguise.

1863 September 1. Charlie, Ice House Hotel, Alexandria, to his mother, Mrs. M.L. Evans, New Orleans. Mentions fact that Yankees might institute conscript law in New Orleans. With envelope marked "objectionable".

1863 September 5. Unknown, River View, to her sister, Mrs. Warton, Pascagoula, Mississippi. Their brother was executed in Franklin,  Tennessee, for being a spy. With envelope marked "Rejected/examd".

1863 September 6. H.B.H., Franklin, Louisiana, to his sister, Miss R.E. Hunter, New Orleans, requesting pairs of boots. With envelope marked "objectionable".

July 19. Unknown, to her brother, Lieutenant W.G. Harrison?. Family news. Signed "Sister".

August 1. Lettie Harrison, New Orleans, to Lieutenant Hodgkins, unknown place. Fan letter with postscript by Hattie Dreyfuss.

August 4. Hattie Dreyfuss, New Orleans, to Miss Alice Carradine, Madisonville, Louisiana. Mentions that Yankees are making soldiers of the people of color. With envelope marked "Objectionable".

Undated. E.H., Custom House, Prison Room number 8, to his mother, Mrs. R.S. Kirts, Simmsport, Louisiana. Mention of "yellow jack" (yellow fever) epidemic in the prison. With envelope marked "Objectionable".



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