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Guide to the John Rufus Jefferson Papers MSS.3883

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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

March 2014

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-03-31T14:10-0500

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

John Rufus Jefferson Papers

Unit ID:

MSS.3883

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.05 Linear feet

Dates:

1874, 1961

Abstract:

The collection contains a letter written from Jefferson in New Orleans, Louisiana, to the Postmaster of New Orleans, Louisiana, requesting employment, as well as photocopies of documents issued between Jefferson's widow and the United States War Department debating his service in the First Alabama Cavalry during the American Civil War.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions

Preferred Citation:

John Rufus Jefferson Papers, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, The University of Alabama

Processing Information:

Processing Information note

Processed by Erin Schmidt 2011

Scope and Contents note

The collection contains one letter written from Jefferson in New Orleans, Louisiana, to the Postmaster of New Orleans, Louisiana, requesting employment with the postal service. The letter includes references and cites Jefferson's service as a United States soldier.

Additionally, the collection contains photocopies of Liddie E. Jefferson's (John's widow) application for a widow's pension, as well as papers rejecting her claim. The reason cited for the rejection is that Jefferson's name was not found on official roles from the War Department despite protestations from Jefferson's family that he was the bugler boy for Company A, First Regiment Cavalry, Alabama, Union Volunteers, led by Jerome J. Hinds.

The collection also contains a newspaper clipping from 1961 recounting the Jefferson families' version of Johns' service during the Civil War and of the bugle he allegedly played during the war.

Biographical/Historical note

According to a newspaper clipping included in the collection, John Rufus Jefferson served as the bugler for Company A, First Alabama Cavalry, a volunteer unit in the Union Army. At the conclusion of the American Civil War, Jefferson moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, where he worked for the police department. He then moved to Ashville, Alabama, where he married Liddie Jefferson. Together they had eight children. In 1924, J. R. Jefferson died at the age of 81.

Acquisition Information:

unknown

John Rufus Jefferson Papers Box SC0051 Folder 3883.01