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James W. Thomson Papers,1840-1911

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James W. Thomson Papers




The Filson Historical Society Special Collections Louisville, Kentucky 40208 USA

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Open to researchers.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], James W. Thomson Papers, 1840-1911, Special Collections, The Filson Historical Society, Louisville.


0.33 cubic ft.

Scope and Content

Union soldier from Ind. Papers pertaining to Thomson's service in the Army of the Tennessee as an officer from 19 Oct. 1861 to 3 Dec. 1864. Two field reports describe in detail the advance of the 9th Division on Vicksburg between 28 Apr. and 23 May 1863. The first describes the attack on Port Gibson. The second describes the march along the Jackson Road, skirmishes at Edward's Station, and the Big Black River Railroad Bridge, and the beginning of the assault on Vicksburg. Both reports give details of troop deployment and strategy, brigade listings, accounts of combat, and tallies of those killed, wounded, or captured. A sketch of southern approaches to Vicksburg is included. Also included are muster rolls and volunteer lists from 1861-1864 for the 49th Regiment of Indiana Volunteers. They give name, rank, age, term of enlistment, place of enlistment, enlisting officer, and remarks. Lists also include place of birth, physical description, occupation, and when last paid. A small notebook contains sketches of a camp and battlefield on the Red River in La., 24 Apr. 1864, a list of travels, wash lists, and expenses and accounts. In addition are wash and supply receipts, letters to Captain Thomson from the Ordnance Dept. from 1863 -1865; papers concerning Thomson's pension; GAR publications from 1874-1892; checks and receipts from the Falls City Masonic Lodge, 1871-1896; miscellaneous papers concerning Thomson's employment by the Treasury Dept.; and copies of his obituary. Card index in repository


  • Grant, U.S. (Ulysses S.), 1822-1885.
  • United States.-- Army.-- Indiana Infantry Regiment, 49th (1861-1865)-- Records and correspondence.
  • Louisiana-- History-- Civil War, 1861-1865-- Sources.
  • United States-- History-- Civil War, 1861-1865-- Regimental histories.
  • United States-- History-- Civil War, 1861-1865-- Registers.
  • Vicksburg (Miss.)-- History-- Siege, 1863-- Sources.

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