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Wallace Marshall manuscripts and research material

Identifier: W-0003

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence, research notes, newspaper clippings, and unpublished manuscripts related to two works written by Wallace Marshall of Mobile, Alabama. The first manuscript, "Tensas Doctor," is an unpublished novella documenting the life of William Stoddard, a doctor and early resident of Blakeley, Alabama, and his wife, Lavinia Stone Stoddard. The research materials focus on the Stoddards, early Alabama history, and yellow fever. The Stoddards both died, presumably from yellow fever, within a few years of moving to Blakeley.

The second manuscript, "Noise of Great Waters," is a history of Civil War Mobile. The manuscript has a few minor edits written in pencil and includes maps, reproductions of Civil War illustrations, and pen and ink illustrations drawn by Louis Hubbard. "Noise of Great Waters" was commissioned by Cameron Plummer, a Mobile bookseller and owner of the Haunted Bookshop. Plummer intended to publish the history in 1961 to coincide with the Civil War centennial. Wallace completed the manuscript, but publications arrangements for the book were never finalized before his death. This manuscript, which contains a detailed account of the Battle of Mobile Bay and the city's larger role in the Civil War, is the only known copy of Marshall's work.


  • 1947 - 1948


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Biographical / Historical

William Stoddard was born in Watertown, Connecticut, on September 29, 1781. He received his BA from Yale University in 1804. In 1811, he married Lavinia Stone. The couple had two daughters. Stoddard moved to Blakeley, Alabama, to practice medicine. He died in Blakeley on December 22, 1818, shortly after the move.

Wallace Marshall was born in Appleton, Wisconsin, on July 19, 1904. Marshall received his BA from the University of Wisconsin in 1930 and his MD from Northwestern University in 1933. He married Louise Marjorie Clayton on August 14, 1953, and had one child. Marshall practiced medicine in Wisconsin and Alabama. He died in Mobile in August 1982.

Sources: "Marshall, Wallace, 1904-1982,"Alabama Authors Database


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Correspondence, research notes, newspaper clippings, and manuscripts related to "Tensas Doctor" and "Noise of Great Waters" by Marshall Wallace

Physical Location

The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library, The University of Alabama


Gift of A. S. Williams III, 2010


Title on spines: TENSAS DOCTOR by Wallace Marshall, MD of Mobile; and Noise of Great Waters: Mobile During the Civil War *** by Wallace Marshall.

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Haley Aaron and Martha Bace, 2013



Guide to the Wallace Marshall manuscripts and research material
August 2013
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266