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Kuntz Louisiana Civil War collection

Identifier: MS 0256
Finding aid note: Boxes 1-3 stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via or call 713-348-2586. Box 4 stored onsite at Woodson Research Center.

Scope and Contents

The Kuntz Louisiana Civil War Collection consists of receipts, posters, newspaper clippings, military documents and correspondence arranged chronologically from 1811 to 1959. The earliest are bills of sale and lists of slaves. Most of the material deals with affairs in Louisiana, especially the New Orleans area, and many of the letters are to Thomas Overton Moore (1805- 1876) who was governor of Louisiana during the Civil War. The majority of the receipts are written to him for goods and money received by the Confederate government from the state of Louisiana. A pardon for Governor Moore from President Andrew Johnson is also included.

Of special interest are four letters from President Jefferson Davis. Two are to Thomas Moore, with the others to F.P. Blair and General Marcus J. Wright. The letter to Blair, dated January 12, 1865 includes a reply from Abraham Lincoln to F.P. Blair, January 18, 1865, discussing, "the view of securing peace to the people of our one common country." The remainder of the letters deal mainly with war-related activities and discuss the movement of troops, availability of goods, and financial matters.

A group of newspaper clippings from the New Orleans Times-Picayune pertains to the descendants of Jefferson Davis and other Confederate heroes.


  • 1811 - 1959


Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

Boxes 1-3 stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via or call 713-348-2586. Box 4 stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from the Kuntz Louisiana Civil War Collection must be obtained from Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

Original copies of the Andrew Johnson, Jefferson Davis and Abraham Lincoln letters are separated from the collection (located in Box 4). Please see a staff person for assistance.


1.25 Linear Feet (4 Boxes)

Language of Materials



Correspondence, military documents, posters, receipts, and clippings chiefly relating to the Civil War in New Orleans and Louisiana. Includes bills of sale and lists of slaves, correspondence to Thomas Overton Moore, governor of Louisiana, and from Jefferson Davis.

Acquisition Information

The collection was purchased from Civil War collector Felix H. Kuntz in 1967.

General Note

Portions of this collection are available online at:
Guide to the Kuntz Louisiana Civil War Collection, 1811-1959, bulk 1861-1865
Lee Pecht, Traci Patterson
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Repository Details

Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository

Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston Texas 77005 USA