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Guide to the Samuel D. Cameron and Maxwell A. Cameron Papers MSS.0264

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

May 2012

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-05-30T11:29-0500

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Samuel D. Cameron and Maxwell A. Cameron Papers

Unit ID:

MSS.0264

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.2 Linear feet (about 60 items)

Dates:

Bulk, 1861-1864

Dates:

1858-1884

Abstract:

Papers, primarily letters, of two Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, brothers, Samuel D. Cameron, 2nd Alabama Cavalry and Maxwell A. Cameron, 18th Alabama Infantry Regiment, to their sister, Sarah, and brother-in-law, Isham Robertson, during the Civil War. Additional materials include financial documents and other family letters.

Scope and Contents note

The collection contains the papers, primarily letters, of two Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, brothers, Samuel D. Cameron, 2nd Alabama Cavalry, and Maxwell A. Cameron, 18th Alabama Infantry Regiment, to their sister, Sarah and brother-in-law, Isham Robertson. Samuel Cameron letters written to Isham and Sarah Robertson indicate that he was stationed in Bluff Springs, Florida; Pollard, Alabama; Camp Tatnall, Alabama; Orolona, Mississippi; Tupelo, Mississippi; Courtland, Alabama; Verona, Mississippi; and Pikeville, Mississippi, and covered a time span from July 17, 1862, to January 19, 1864. His letters tell of life in camp, weather conditions, need for clothing and food, and he mentions the Siege of Vicksburg and the Battle of Corinth.

Maxwell A. Cameron's letters written home give the following locations: Auburn, Alabama; Wauhatchie, Tennessee; Tyners Station, Tennessee; Birchwood, Tennessee; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Dalton, Georgia; Marietta, Georgia; and Nashville, Tennessee. The letters are dated from September 22, 1861, to December 14, 1864 and discuss a measles epidemic, life in camp, lists wounded and killed after battle, reenlistment party, and camp morale. The termination of his service is not known.

Incoming letters are addressed to various members of the Cameron and Robertson families and include a letter lamenting the death of Andrew Cameron; a letter to sister Sarah Robertson from Nancy Colbe; a postcard to Lela Robertson from her sister Mary; a letter to Lela Robertson from cousin, Kate Harris; and a postcard to Isham Robertson from W.T. James of Mt. Carmel Nursery.

The collection also includes a few financial items such as invoices and promissory notes.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Joyce H. Lamont, 1979

Biographical/Historical note

Samuel D. Cameron was born in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, on March 2, 1833. His parents were Alexander and Catherine Cameron. He had three brothers and four sisters. He was a farmer by occupation when he enlisted in Captain J.J. Pegues' Cavalry Company during the Civil War. Samuel was wounded severely in the leg on May 19, 1864, at Cassville, Georgia. His leg was amputated, and he was moved to Atlanta where he died around the 25th of June, 1864, at age 31 years.

Maxwell A. Cameron was born in 1839, a younger brother of S.D. Cameron, and grew up in Tuscaloosa County. It is assumed he was a farmer before joining the 18th Alabama Regiment. The termination of his service is not known.

Preferred Citation:

Samuel D. Cameron and Maxwell A. Cameron papers, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Source(s)

War and Military (local)

Correspondence, Outgoing, Samuel D. Cameron Box 1548 Folder 4

Letter from S. D. Cameron, Bluff Springs, Florida, to Isham Robertson, July 17, 1862 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/58229

Letter from S. D. Cameron, Bluff Springs, Florida, to Sister, Sarah Robertson, August 14, 1862 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/58230

Letter from S. D. Cameron, Pollard, Alabama, to Sister, Sarah Robertson, October 12, 1862 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/58231

Letter from S. D. Cameron, Camp Tattnall, Pollard, Alabama, to Isham and Sarah Robertson, February 18, 1863 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/58232

Letter from S. D. Cameron, Okolona, Mississippi, to Isham Robertson, June 27, 1863 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/58233

Letter from S. D. Cameron, Pontotoc, Mississippi, to Isham Robertson, July 17, 1863 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/58234

Letter from S. D. Cameron, Camargo, Mississippi, to Sister, Sarah Robertson, August 6, 1863 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/58235

Letter from S. D. Cameron, Tupelo, Mississippi, to Sister, Sarah Robertson, September 4, 1863 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/58236

Letter from S. D. Cameron, camp near Courtland, Alabama, to Isham Robertson, November 7, 1863 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/58237

Letter from S. D. Cameron, Verona, Mississippi, to Isham Robertson, December 15, 1863 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/58238

Letter from S. D. Cameron, camp, Alabama, to Isham Robertson, December 17, 1863 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/58239

Letter from S. D. Cameron, Pikeville, Mississippi, to Isham Robertson, January 19, 1864 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/58240

Partial letter from S. D. Cameron to Isham Robertson, circa 1863 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/58241

Partial letter from S. D. Cameron to Isham Robertson, circa 1863 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/58242

Partial letter from S. D. Cameron to Sarah Robertson, circa 1863 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/58243

Correspondence, Outgoing, Maxwell A. Cameron Box 1548 Folder 5

Letter from M. A. Cameron, Auburn, Alabama, to Isham Robertson, September 22, 1861 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/58211

Letter from M. A. Cameron, Auburn, Alabama, to Isham and Sarah Robertson, October 4, 1861 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/58212

Letter from M. A. Cameron, Wauhatchie, Tennessee, to Sister, Sarah Robertson, July 8, 1863 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/58213

Letter from M. A. Cameron, Tyners Station, Tennessee, to Sister, Sarah Robertson, August 12, 1862 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/58214

Letter from M. A. Cameron, camp near Birchwood, Tennessee, to Isham Robertson, August 26, 1863 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/58215

Letter from M. A. Cameron, camp near Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Sister, Sarah Robertson, October 8, 1863 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/58216

Letter from M. A. Cameron, camp, to Isham Robertson, January 24, 1864 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/58217

Letter from M. A. Cameron, Dalton, Georgia, to Isham Robertson, January 25, 1864 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/58218

Letter from M. A. Cameron, Marietta, Georgia, to Sister, Sarah Robertson, June 3, 1864 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/58219

Letter from M. A. Cameron, Nashville, Tennessee, to Sarah Robertson, December 14, 1864 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/58220

Letter from M. A. Cameron, camp, 18th Alabama Regiment, to Sarah Robertson, May 5, 1864 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/58221

Correspondence, Incoming Box 1548 Folder 6

Letter from Sarah McKinly, Winston County, Alabama, to Sarah Robertson, March 10, 1859 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/58206

Letter from Nancy Colbe, Bridgeville, Alabama, to Sister, Sarah Robertson, January 23, circa 1864 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/58207

Postcard from Sister, Mary, to Miss Lela Robertson, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, January 5, 1884 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/58208

Letter from Kate Harris, Vienna, Alabama, to Cousin, Lela Robertson, March 29, 1884 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/58209

Postcard from W. F. James, agent for Mt. Carmel Nursery, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Isham Robertson, Romulus, Alabama, circa 1875 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/58210

Envelopes Box 1548 Folder 7

Financial Materials Box 1548 Folder 8

Invoice, George Taylor to A. and S. D. Cameron, January to September 1858 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/58222

Invoice from Fitts Brothers, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Mrs. Isham Robertson, April 30, 1886 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/58223

Promissory note from William M. Taylor to S. D. Cameron, January 1, 1859 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/58224

Invoice from Maxwell Brothers, Wholesale Grocers, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Mrs. Isham Robertson, August 1886 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/58225

Note from Isham Robertson to Sarah Robertson to pay George, circa 1870 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/58226

Receipt for paid promissory note from Isham Robertson to J. L. Thompson, guardian, March 25, 1868 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/58227

Personal property tax form for year 1886, List of Taxes, Isham Robertson, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, February 22, 1867 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/58228

Miscellaneous Box 1548 Folder 9

Bible scriptures written in longhand, circa 1860 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/58244

Newspaper clipping, Culture and Manufacture of Indigo, by William N. White, Athens, Georgia, circa 1860 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/58245

Newspaper clipping, obituary of Samuel D. Cameron, 1864 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/58246

Membership withdrawal form, Letters of Demission for Isham Robertson, Sylvan Lodge, No. 111, Masonic Lodge, November 14, 1868 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/58247