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1859, 1863-1865
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1859, 1863-1865
Letterbook and correspondence, 1859-1865, of F. W. (Frederick William) Sims (b. 1826 or 1827), who served as chief of the Railroad Bureau, in the Quartermaster's Department of the Confederate States of America. The letterbook, 9 June 1863-19 October 1863, contains copies, likely abbreviated, of communications sent by Sims to railroad and military officials across the South. Topics include perceived differences in the holdup of government versus private shipments of cotton through Wilmington, N.C.; train repair and the purchase of components such as locomotives; and large troop transfers, including the movement of some 20,000 men through North Carolina in early September 1863. Remaining correspondence, 1864-1865, comes largely from railroad officials. Topics include supplying corn to troops in Alabama; repairs to Alabama's Montgomery and West Point Railroad; and an 18 March 1865 incident involving damage done to a shipment of cotton when a train was commandeered to rush troops to Lynchburg. The final letter, 28 March 1865, describes conditions in Savannah, Georgia, in the wake of its occupation under General William T. Sherman
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F. W. (Frederick William) Sims (b. 1826 or 1827) was born in Jones County, Georgia. He married Catherine M. Sullivan in Bibb County, Georgia, 12 September 1850, and had with her a daughter, Willa, who was born about 1851. Catherine Sullivan died sometime before 1860. By that year, F. W. had moved to Savannah, where he was proprietor of the Savannah Republican newspaper. On 3 September 1861, he enlisted as a captain with Georgia's 1st Infantry Regiment, Company H. Sims was taken prisoner of war during an engagement at Fort Pulaski, Georgia, 11 April 1862, and freed by exchange on 10 November 1862 at Aiken's Landing, Virginia. On 4 June 1863, he was assigned to the Quartermaster's Department in Richmond. There, he became a quartermaster and chief of the Railroad Bureau, and eventually rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel.
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Letterbook and correspondence
Funding information
Filming funded by The Library of Virginia Foundation with the support of The Roller-Bottimore Foundation and The Robins Foundation.
Location of originals duplicates
The Huntington Library;
  • This collection is located on the same miscellaneous reel of microfilm as the Correspondence of T. E. Stratton, M.D., President, 1886-1887
  • This collection forms part of the Robert Alonzo Brock Collection at The Huntington Library, San Marino, California
  • The Robert Alonzo Brock Collection was filmed by The Huntington Library in cooperation with The Library of Virginia with funding provided by The Library of Virginia Foundation with the support of The Roller-Bottimore Foundation and The Robins Foundation
  • Microfilmed as arranged by The Huntington Library
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safety base polyester
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black and white
Emulsion on film
silver halide
service copy
Immediate source of acquisition
The Library of Virginia Foundation, The Roller-Bottimore Foundation, and The Robins Foundation
Positive negative aspect
low reduction ratio
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microfilm reel
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