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A. S. Williams III Americana Manuscript Collections

Guide to the LaGrange Military Academy accounts and J. W. Kumpe records W.0055

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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

October 2013

Creation:

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Language Usage:

English

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Collection Title:

LaGrange Military Academy accounts and J. W. Kumpe records

Unit ID:

W.0055

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.2 Linear feet

Dates:

1858-1861, 1883-1892

Abstract:

Ledger containing entries documenting student expenses at LaGrange Military Academy in Franklin County, Alabama, between 1858-1860. The ledger also includes later entries written by John W. Kumpe documenting his personal expenses.

Location:

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

creator

Kumpe, John W.

creator

Williams, A. S., III

Biographical/Historical note

A Methodist-affiliated university, LaGrange College was founded in January 1830 in Franklin County, Alabama. The name changed to LaGrange Military Academy in 1855, and in 1858, the college was moved to Florence, Alabama. Enrollment flourished as the state funded scholarships for two students from each county to attend the institution. In 1861, forty-seven students were enrolled as cadets. At the outbreak of the Civil War, many of the college's students and instructors left the college to enlist in the Thirty-Fifth Alabama Infantry Regiment. On 28 April 1863, the college was destroyed in a fire started by members of the Tenth Missouri Cavalry.

John W. Kumpe, born in February 1861, was the son of LaGrange Military Academy Trustee Dr. George E. Kumpe and Mildred A. (or Rebecca Kingsley) Kumpe. He married Martha Rebecca King in 1894 and the couple had three children: Percy K., James Edward, and Martha Rebecca. He died on 18 July 1944 in Colbert County, Alabama.

Sources: Owen, Thomas McAdory and Marie Bankhead. History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, Volume 2.

Wyeth, John Allen. History of LaGrange Military Academy and the Cadet Corps, 1857-1862. New York: The Brewer Press, 1907.

Scope and Contents note

This ledger contains entries documenting student expenses at LaGrange Military Academy in Franklin County, Alabama. These entries were written from 1858-1860, with the bulk of the entries dated 1860. In addition, the ledger also includes later entries written by John W. Kumpe that document his personal expenses. Kumpe was the son of Dr. George E. Kumpe, one of the trustees for LaGrange Military Academy. These entries are dated 1858-1892, with the bulk of the entries dated from 1889-1890.

Preferred Citation:

LaGrange Military Academy accounts and J. W. Kumpe records, The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Acquisition Information:

Gift of A. S. Williams III, 2010

Related Archival Materials note

The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection holds other material relating to the LaGrange Military Academy and LaGrange College. There is also some information in the W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library. Please see the collections' staff for assistance.

General note

Title on phase box spine: Financial and Student Accounts - LaGrange Military Academy - 1860

Processing Information:

Processed by

Haley Aaron and Martha Bace, 2013

Access Restrictions:

None

Source(s)

LaGrange Military Academy (Florence, Ala.). (local)

Williams, A. S., III (local)

Account books (lcsh)

Franklin County (Ala.) (lcsh)

Ledgers (account books) (aat)

Military cadets--Alabama (lcsh)

School records (aat)

Ledger Box W0055.01