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James Nixon Civil War Letters

 Collection — Box: 153
Identifier: MSS 1965-191

Scope and Contents

Photostats of Civil War letters by James M. Nixon (d. 1863), 8th Fla. Regt., (1861-1863) to his wife, Louise A. Nixon, Mt. Pleasant, Gadsden County, Florida.

1. Apalachicola, Florida. September 9, 1861 to February 24, 1862. Family letters with instructions about the farm. 6 items. 2. Camp Retrieve, Florida. December, 1861. Family letters with instructions about the farm. 3 items. 3. Camp Milton, Florida. February, 1862. Nixon was apparently with recruiting officer, Major R. "going by Marianna and will probably be home Saturday night, as he is going to make the rounds in Gadsden..." This letter also refers to the clearing of land and the planting of crops. 1 item. 4. Charleston, S.C. July, 1863. On his way to "Washington and expect to be in Richmond about Wednesday." Stated: "I have been down to the battery and viewed Fort Sumter..." and described "the magnificent city," the hotel where he was stopping, and even the type of clothes worn by the people of Charleston. 2 items. 5. Culpepper, Virginia. July, 1863. Wrote about long marches, shortage of rations, and high prices paid for sugar, bacon, etc., then about "a fight with the yankee Calvary... we drove them back and took several prisoners." 2 items. 6. Camp near Bunker Hill, Virginia. "12 miles from Winchester, Virginia." July 1863. A real on-the-battlefield letter with a vivid description of battlefields around Gettysburg and of wounded and killed soldiers. 2 items. 7. Richmond, Virginia. August 8th. Letter to his wife from "The Florida hospital." Not in his handwriting. Letter states: "This is to inform you that my wound is still improving slowly. I am now in the Florida hospital under the best medical and surgical treatment, and hope to be able to start home in a few days. The Dr. thinks about next Wednesday or Thursday..."

Also known as MSS 0-191.


  • 1861-1863

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


1.00 folders (1 folder.)

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Method of Acquisition

Gift of Florida Division, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Fenton Davis Avant, Historian, Tallahassee, Florida.

Processing Information

Processed February 1965.

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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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