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Morgan Smith Gilmer papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-0571

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence and two typescript copies of a booklet written by Gilmer, titled "Shockley's Independent Escort Company," which enumerates surviving and deceased members of Shockley's Alabama Escort Company, and provides a brief history of the company. The booklet was originally published in 1905; the typescript copies were produced in 1954.

Dates

  • 1954

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

None

Biographical / Historical

Morgan S. Gilmer was born in 1846. He was part of Shockley's Escort during the Civil War and was wounded in Lafayette, Georgia, on 24 June 1864. He rejoined his unit on 1 November 1864 and served until the end of the war. He returned to Montgomery, Alabama, and married Helen Barton in 1885. He died in 1916.

Gilmer's register of Shockley's Independent Escort Company was published by Woodruff Company, Montgomery, Alabama, in 1905.The unit itself was formed by University of Alabama students Branscom Shockley and Henry Burt in March 1864 during the Civil War.

Extent

0.04 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Correspondence, as well as photocopy and typescript copies of a booklet by Gilmer, containing the last roll and brief history of "Shockley's Independent Escort Company of Alabama Cavalry," a Civil War unit formed by University of Alabama students Branscom Shockley and Henry Burt in March 1864.

Provenance

Gift of Mrs. Baldwin Westcott, 1954

Processed by

C. Doughty, 2009; updated by Martha Bace, 2013
Title
Guide to the Morgan Smith Gilmer papers
Status
Coll Lvl Complete
Date
January 2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266
205.348.0500