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John Archibald Campbell papers

Identifier: WLU-Coll-0022

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of photocopies of letters, papers, and printed material by or about John Archibald Campbell, including nine letters to his son, Duncan G. Campbell (1853-1865), material relating to John A. Campbell's interviews with Abraham Lincoln in Richmond, April, 1865, and to his imprisonment in Fort Pulaski; printed speeches and interviews; five letters (photocopies) from Campbell to Secretary of State William H. Seward relating to Campbell's efforts to mediate the problem of Fort Sumter.Also included are the papers of Duncan G. Campbell. Other correspondents include George Washington Parke Custis and Horace Greeley.


  • Creation: 1975

Conditions Governing Use

The materials from Washington and Lee University Special Collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user assumes full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used should be fully credited with the source. Permission for publication of this material, in part or in full, must be secured with the Head of Special Collections.

Biographical Note

John Archibald Campbell was born on June 24, 1811 in Georgia. He served as Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1853-1861 and as Assistant Secretary of War for the Confederacy from 1862-1865. He died in Maryland on March 12, 1889.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 half document box)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Duncan G. Groner, 1946 and 1975.

Existence and Location of Originals

The original items are owned by Duncan G. Groner. These copies were made in 1975.



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Repository Details

Part of the Washington and Lee University, University Library Special Collections and Archives Repository

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Lexington VA 24450 USA