Josiah Gorgas papers, 1857-1878.

Creator: Gorgas, Josiah, 1818-1883.
Collection number: 279-z
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Abstract: U.S. and later Confederate ordnance officer. Diaries, 1857-1864 and 1864-1878, of Josiah Gorgas, describing his life as a U.S. army ordnance officer stationed at Augusta, Me., Charleston, S.C., and Frankford Arsenal, Pa.; as Confederate Chief of Ordnance in Richmond, Va.; and after the war as a private citizen. Describes home and family life, weather and antebellum social life in New England, the growing sectional political tensions, and, after joining the Confederate cause, economic, political, and social conditions in Richmond, Va., where he spent most of the war years. After the war Gorgas managed the Brierfield Iron Works in Alabama and then was professor of engineering and president of the University of the South at Sewanee, Tenn., 1867-1877. Also, letter, 1863, from Col. Hugh K. Aiken, C.S.A., concerning the sale of the Charleston and Savannah Railroad and the exchange of Confederate prisoners of war.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Journal of Gorgas, ordinance officer in the U.S. Army and later with Confederate forces. Entries include references to the political and social situations of African Americans in Alabama immediately following the Civil War. Microfilm available.