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Finding aid for the John Preston Young Collection



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Summary Information

University of Mississippi Libraries
Gwin, Laurie Powell
John Preston Young Collection
Date [inclusive]
8 boxes
Correspondence, clippings, personal notes and the diary of Confederate Army Soldier John Preston Young.

Prefered Citation

John Preston Young Collection, 1862-1930, Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The University of Mississippi

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Biographical Note

John Preston Young was born 18 April 1847 in Chulahoma, Mississippi and attended the University of Mississippi. He served in the Confederate Army under General Nathan Bedford Forrest, eventually writing The Seventh Tennessee Cavalry (Confederate) : a history. After the war, Young became a prominent citizen and Judge in Memphis, Tennessee. He wrote several works concerning the history Memphis, including  Standard History of Memphis. Young died 6 June 1934.

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Scope and Content Note

The John Preston Young Collection includes the Civil War diary, correspondence, newspapers and personal notes of Young. Particularly notable are the reports and correspondence pertaining to the Civil War and early-twentieth century Memphis, Tennessee. Finally, the collection includes manuscripts of Young's work.

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This collection is arranged chronologically and by subject.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Mississippi Libraries 2008

Access Restrictions

The John Preston Young Collection is open for research.

Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use", that user may be liable for copyright infringement.


No further additions are expected to this collection.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Laurie Powell Gwin.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Stephanie McKnight.

Finding aid encoded by Jason Kovari, 7 May 2009.

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Related Materials

Separated Material

Six photographs were separated from this collection and stored in the cold room for preservation purposes.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Confederate States of America. Army


  • clippings (information artifacts)
  • diaries
  • manuscripts (document genre)
  • photographs

Geographic Name(s)

  • Memphis (Tenn.) -- History
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865

Personal Name(s)

  • Forrest, Nathan Bedford, 1821-1877
  • Young, John Preston, 1847-1934


  • Judges -- Tennessee -- Memphis

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Collection Inventory

Box 1 

1.1 Handwritten notes on Confederate Army, 24 May 1867 

1.2 Number of forces in each army corp. 

1.3 Fragment of "Our Boys Who Fell in Battle" 

1.4 List of Confederate Generals 

1.5 Address delivered at Robert E. Lee Birthday Celebration: 19 January 1907 

1.6 Ribbon: Forrest Cavalry Corps: Memphis, May 1901 

1.7 Ribbon: Forrest Reunion: Memphis, 1907 

1.8 Ribbon: Forrest Reunion: Memphis, 1907 

1.9 Southern War Songs 

1.10 Weekly Report of the 2nd Brigade: 30 March 1862 

1.11 Morning Report of the 33rd Reg. Tennessee: 19 April 1892 

1.12 Army of the Mississippi: General Orders No. 30, Corinth, MS, 30 April 1862 

1.13 Headquarters Forrest’s Cavalry Department: Tupelo, 14 May 1864 

1.14 "Old Sorrel (Stonewall Jackson’s Mount)" by: F.E. Wright, Florence, South Carolina (poem) 1921 

1.15 Numbers of killed or wounded soldiers 

1.16 Number of forces at Franklin 

1.17 Photograph of A.H.D. Perkins, Color Bearer Seventh Tennessee Cavalry 

1.18 Picture of Nathan Bedford Forrest 

1.19 Picture of Confederate soldiers 

1.20 Picture of Confederate soldiers 

1.21 Picture of Gen. Joe E. Johnston 

1.22 Picture of Jefferson Davis 

1.23 Picture of Gen. P.T. Beauregard 

1.24 Picture of Gen. W.H. Jackson 

1.25 "The Confederate Flag: A Neglected American Asset?"By: Oy Ack, Spanish War veteran 

1.26 Writings on Walter Malone 

1.27 Notes on Tennessee Army 

1.28 Notes on Gen. Chalners and Gen. Brown 

1.29 Fragments of Comments on Gen. Forrest 

1.30 Notes on the ordering of Army supplies 

1.31 Chapter 3: coversheet 

1.32 Writings on DeSoto’s arrival in Mississippi 

1.33 Writings on DeSoto’s arrival in Mississippi 

1.34 Writings on David Crockett 

1.35 Notes on passages from the Christian Bible 

1.36 Special Meeting of Board of Commissioners of the City of Memphis 9 December 1926 

1.37 "Early Beginnings of Memphis" By: Judge J.P. Young 

1.38 "What $2,500 of Memphis Money Did" Report of Boys’ Corn Club Committee 

1.39 "Sage of Yazoo Mediates upon Trend of the Times" 

1.40 Poster of National Park Seminary 

1.41 Memphis Civic League 

1.42 Writings on Memphis law 

1.43 Memphis Commercial Appeal, Inc. : Notes on landscape 

1.44 Officers and Members of the Civic Progress League of Memphis 

1.45 Rules and Regulations Governing The Civic Progress League of Memphis 7 November 1908 

1.46 Civic Progress League of Memphis 

1.47 Council Chamber: City Hall, Memphis, TN, 21 November 1908 

1.48 Fragment of Chapter 10 

1.49 Story of Memphis 

1.50 "The Point of Crossing" 

1.51 Notes on the City Club of Memphis 

1.52 Notes on Memphis, TN 

1.53 Notes on Memphis, TN 

1.54 Notes on Memphis, TN 

1.55 Notes on Memphis, TN 

1.56 Notes on Memphis, TN 

1.57 Notes on Bureau membership 

1.58 "Legends of Memphis and Vicinity" 

1.59 "Legends of Memphis and Vicinity" 

1.60 Notes on earthquakes 

1.61 "Early Beginnings of Memphis" 

1.62 "Early Beginnings of Memphis" 

1.63 Contract for equestrian statue of Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest 

1.64 Chapter 5: coversheet 

1.65 Notes on early Southern U.S. settlements: pages 31-53 

1.66 Chapter 4: Incorporation of Memphis, etc. 

1.67 Memphis Historical Society: List of Members 

1.68 Bank of Commerce and Trust Company: Insurance Policy 

1.69 American Building, Loan and Tontine Savings Association Certificate 21 February 1908 

1.70 Article: The "Lost Cause" 

1.71 Handwritten notes 

1.72 Handwritten notes 

1.73 Photocopies of notes in Folder 1.72 

1.74 Handwritten notes 

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Box 2 

2.1 Handwritten notes 

2.2 Photocopies of notes in Folder 2.1 

2.3 Typed notes 

2.4 Handwritten notes 

2.5 Photocopies of notes in Folder 2.4 

2.6 Handwritten notes 

2.7 Fragment of handwritten notes 

2.8 Fragment of handwritten notes 

2.9 Photocopy of notes in Folder 2.8 

2.10 Handwritten notes 

2.11 Photocopies of notes in Folder 2.10 

2.12 Fragment of handwritten note 

2.13 Photocopy of note in Folder 2.12 

2.14 Handwritten notes 

2.15 Handwritten notes 

2.16 Photocopies of notes in Folder 2.15 

2.17 Notes handwritten on A.R. Taylor Co. stationery 

2.18 Handwritten notes 

2.19 Handwritten notes 

2.20 Photocopies on notes in Folder 2.19 

2.21 Note cards with individual information on people of Memphis 

2.22 Fragments of notes 

2.23 Photocopy of notes in Folder 2.22 

2.24 Fragments of notes 

2.25 Photocopy of notes in Folder 2.24 

2.26 Marian Young, etal vs. Alma W. Young, etal 

2.27 The Neale Publishing Company Pamphlet 

2.28 B.M. Stratton and Co. Dealers in Staple and Fancy Groceries ; Order sheet December 1879 

2.29 Fragment of article with picture of Judge J.P. Young 

2.30 Shipping information of Hon. J.P. Young 

2.31 Story of the "Volunteer State" nickname 

2.32 Address of Miss. E.L. Henry 

2.33 Receipt from Seessel’s 

2.34 Southern Express Company Label 

2.35 Envelope addresses to Miss Lucy Barksdale Young 

2.36 History 1301 Course Syllabus – Leslie Powel (Summer 1966) 

2.37 "The Story of New Orleans" 

2.38 Envelope with J.P. Young’s address 

2.39 Memorial for Judge J.P. Young 

2.40 Newspaper clipping: Minneapolis, Kansas – 10 September 1882 

2.41 The National Tribune: Washington, D.C. 6 February 1890 

2.42 Springfield Daily Republican: Springfield, Missouri 29 September 1895 

2.43 Newspaper clipping: Minneapolis, Kansas 1896 

2.44 The Odd Fellows: Memphis, TN 1 January 1902 

2.45 Commercial Appeal: 9 December 1909 

2.46 Commercial Appeal: 10 December 1909 

2.47 Commercial Appeal: "Founders of the WM. R. Moore College of Technology and Men Who are Making the Endowment Effective" 18 August 1912 

2.48 Commercial Appeal: Memphis, TN 23 April 1933 

2.49 Newspaper clipping about Nancy Davis 

2.50 Newspaper clipping concerning voting results 

2.51 Newspaper article: "Decision Reached After Long Hours of ‘Wire Pulling’" 

2.52 Newspaper article about J.P. Young’s book on the Seventh Tennessee Cavalry 

2.53 Newspaper article: "The Seventh Tennessee Cavalry" 

2.54 Newspaper article: "The Old Seventh" 

2.55 Newspaper article: "Veteran Survivors" 

2.56 Newspaper article: "To the Hon. J.P. Young, Judge of the Circuit Court of Shelby County, Tenn., Division 1" 

2.57 Newspaper article: "J.P. Young Gets Largest Vote" 

2.58 Newspaper article: "Battle of Franklin" 

2.59 The Daily Picayune: Confederate Column "The Battle of Franklin" 

2.60 Newspaper clipping about Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest 

2.61 Newspaper clipping: "News of the World" 

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Box 3 

3.1 Partial Newspaper clipping 

3.2 Partial Newspaper clipping 

3.3 Partial Newspaper clipping 

3.4 Newspaper clipping ; Picture: "Plan and Movements at the Battle of Nashville, Dec. 15-16" 

3.5 Newspaper clipping ; Picture: "The Old Gin House Opposite Carter’s" 

3.6 Newspaper clipping ; Picture: "Gen. Emerson Opdycke" 

3.7 Newspaper clipping ; Picture: "Hood’s Flank Movement" 

3.8 Newspaper clipping ; Picture: "The Columbia Pike at Carter’s Place" 

3.9 Newspaper clipping ; Picture: "The Carter House from the Side Next to Town" 

3.10 Newspaper clipping ; Picture: "View on Nashville, Looking Southwest from the Capitol" 

3.11 Newspaper clipping ; Picture: "Hot Work on the Right" 

3.12 Newspaper clipping ; Picture: "Getting Hood Back from Richmond", "The Bridge at Franklin over the Harpeth River" 

3.13 Newspaper clipping ; Picture: "A View of Allatoona…", "Gens. Hatch and Forrest…" 

3.14 Newspaper clipping ; Picture: "Burning of the Wagon Bridge at Franklin" Map of Franklin 

3.15 Newspaper clipping ; Picture: "A Union Casement in the Fortifications at Nashville" ; "Hood Watching the Union Forces Hurrying North on the Franklin Pike" 

3.16 Newspaper clipping ; Picture: "Bridge Over the Cumberland at Nashville" ; "Fort Negley at Nashville" ; "On the Line of Works at Nashville" 

3.17 Newspaper clipping ; Picture: "Hood’s Forces Crossing Duck River" ; "Caring for the Wounded at Franklin" 

3.18 Newspaper clipping ; Picture of Confederate soldiers in battle 

3.19 Newspaper clipping ; Picture: "A View of Franklin and the Battleground from the Hill Where the Rebels Formed" ; "Watching the Magnificent Spectacle of Hood’s Advance" 

3.20 Newspaper clipping ; Picture: "View on the Franklin Pike at the Carter House" ; "The Bullet-Scarred Smoke House at Carter’s" 

3.21 Newspaper clipping ; Picture: "Rebels Attacking a Railroad Train", etc. 

3.22 Newspaper clipping ; Picture: "Forrest’s Cavalry Attacking the Wagon Train", etc. 

3.23 Newspaper clipping: fragment 

3.24 Newspaper clipping: fragment 

3.25 Newspaper clipping: fragment 

3.26 Fragment of Newspaper clipping: Memphis, TN, 18 January 1935 

3.27 Fragment of Newspaper clipping: Commercial Appeal, 10 January 1935 

3.28 Fragment of Newspaper clipping: Commercial Appeal, "Civil War Sword Combat", 14 January 1917 

3.29 Fragment of Newspaper clipping: Commercial Appeal, "A Good Fight Fairly Won" 

3.30 Fragment of The Lost Cause: A Confederate War Record , Vol. IV No. 10 

3.31 Newspaper clipping: fragment 

3.32 Fragment of The News Scimitar , 1 December 1909 

3.33 Poem: "Capture of the Blockader" by J.P. Young, 17 September 1868 

3.34 ALS. "Gen. [Williamson]" to "General". 2 April 1862. 

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Discussion of orders and what the troops are fighting for.

3.35 ALS. . "L. Polk" to "General". 4 June 1862    (2pp.)

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Writes of orders and supplies.

3.36 ALS. (Illegible) to "Dear Mother". 3 August 1864.    (3pp.)

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News from war.

3.37 TL. (Not Signed). 11 May 1865.M 

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Letter stating Confederate Prisoners of War will not return to Confederate Army.

3.38 ALS. "R.R. Evand" to "I. John (Illegible)". 5 August 1868. 

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Confirmation that Rev. A.W. Young is a minister.

3.39 ALS. "W.H. Jackson" to "Mr. J.P. Young". 4 July 1891. 

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Comments on regiment.

3.40 ALS. "B.B. Walfred" to "Dear Mr. Woods". 25 March 1892.    (4pp.)

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Recommends people that may be of help to him.

3.41 ALS. "[Neaudinell Suaads]" to "My Dear Brethren". 29 March 1892.    (2pp.)

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Writes about a visit from a church member.

3.42 ALS. "M.D. (Illegible)" to "Dear Sir". 1 March 1893. 

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Writes about completing work.

3.43 ALS. "M.D. (Illegible)" to "My Dear Sir". 4 March 1893.    (6pp.)

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Writes about his files and sketches that may be of use.

3.44 ALS. "M.D. (Illegible)" to "J.P. Young Esq.". 30 January 1895.    (10pp.)

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Knowledge on Brigades during Civil War.

3.45 ALS. "Daniel [Hamilton]" to "My Dear Sir". 9 [April] 1895.    (2pp.)

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Information on Civil War.

3.46 TLS. "W.W. Finley" to "Dear Sir". 8 May 1895. 

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Information regarding Confederate veterans.

3.47 ALS. "M.D. (Illegible)" to "J.P. Young". 20 May [1895].    (6pp.)

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Information on Civil War.

3.48 ALS. "W.R. Kendall" to "J.P. Young Esq." 12 August 1895. 

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Kendall is unable to pay a debt.

3.49 ALS. "Jessie Randall" to "Dr. Sr.". 13 August [1895]. 

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Ask to have his name recorded on the roll.

3.50 ALS. "J.R. Kearney" to "Ms. C.W. Frazer and Boo". 11 February 1896. 

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Ask for time to pay back money.

3.51 ALS. "J.S. Gallaway" to "Miriam Young". 29 July 1896.    (3pp.)

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Comments on dividing land and a settlement for a court case.

3.52 ALS. "R.F. Ward" to "J.P. Young". 12 April 1897. 

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Paying dues.

3.53 TLS. "Stephen D. Lee" to "Dear Captain Dinkins". 8 December 1902. 

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Informs Dinkins that he has failed to mention Johnson’s division in a article.

3.54 TLS. "Stephen D. Lee" to "Dear Sir". 8 December 1902. 

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Informs the editor of Picayune about an error in Dinkins’ article.

3.55 ALS. "James Dinkins" to "Dear General". 15 December 1902. 

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Concerns about errors in article.

3.56 TLS. "Noah Morrison" to "Dear Sir". 5 November 1906.    (3pp.)

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Asks for more copies of J.P. Young’s book, enclosed pamphlets.

3.57 ALS. "Francis J. Meeker" to "Dear Sir". 19 March 1907. 

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Letter concerning J.P. Young’s book on the 7th Tennessee Cavalry ; Business card enclosed.

3.58 ALS. "Frank Armstrong" to "Judge J.P. Young". 17 March 1908.    (2pp.)

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Recounts river crossing during the Civil War.

3.59 TL. Fragment of letter to Mr. Wilbur A. Nelson. 18 September 1919. 

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Fragment of 1 page

3.60 AL. (Not Signed) to "Dear Sir" (Hon. A.M.J. Cochran). October 1920.    (2pp.)

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Writes about family and connections to Civil War.

3.61 TLS. "Edward B. Klewer" to "Dear Judge Young". 13 December 1926.    (19pp.)

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Enclosed copy of "Early Beginnings of Memphis".

3.62 ALS. "W.C. Alexander" to "Dear Brother". 6 July 1933.    (3pp.)

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Comments on Forrest monument, inscription on monument, and typed letter concerning church services.

3.63 AL. [J.P. Young] to "Dear Miss or Madame". 15 January 1934.    (2pp.)

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Describes meeting Jefferson Davis.

3.64 TLS. "N.C. Hughes" to "Dear Miss Young". 4 January 1964. 

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Asks to access Judge Young’s papers.

3.65 ALS. "J.P. Young" to "My Dear Sir". July.    (6pp.)

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Writes about Generals in the Civil War.

3.66 ALS. "Mr. Percy B. Russell" etc. Undated    (4pp.)

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Establishing a training school in Shelby County.

3.67 ALS. "J.P. Young" to "My Dear Sir". Undated    (13pp.)

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Civil War.

3.68 Photocopy of letter in Folder 3.67 

3.69 ALS. "W.P. Paul" to "Attention Memphis Light Dragoons". Undated    (4pp.)

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Order for members to assemble at the local armory.

3.70 ALS. (Illegible) to "Hon. [Wep Brickinnds]". Undated    (4pp.)

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Gathering of Confederate Veterans of Memphis.

3.71 AL. (Not Signed) to "Dear Sir". Undated    (4pp.)

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Civil War.

3.72 AL. (Not Signed) to "Esq. J.P. Young". Undated    (3pp.)

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Comments on involvement in the Battle of Franklin.

3.73 TL. "C.C. Hanson" to Unknown. Undated    (4pp.)

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Fragment of letter.

3.74 TLS. (Illegible) to Unknown. Undated    (2pp.)

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Fragment of letter concerning Civil War.

3.75 AL. (Not Signed) to Unknown. Undated 

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Fragment of letter concerning list of members.

3.76 Photo Removal Sheet: Six photographs of Nathan Bedford Forrest and Confederate Soldiers removed from collection and placed in cold storage for the purpose of preservation. 

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Box 4 

Original newspaper clippings and fragments of newspaper clippings in poor condition. 

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Photocopies and descriptions can be found in boxes 2 and 3.

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Box 5 

A Boy’s Part in the Civil War by John Preston Young 

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J.P. Young’s typed personal copy with notes. The book recounts his experiences during the Civil War.

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Box 6 

The Seventh Tennessee Cavalry by John Preston Young 

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Box 7 

7.1 "Nathan Bedford Forrest, The Wizard of the Saddle" by Virginia Frazer Boyle 

7.2 Evening Scimitar 17 December 1892 

7.3 Evening Scimitar  18 May 1895 

7.4 Commercial Appeal  7 June 1908 

7.5 Commercial Appeal  2 December 1909 

7.6 Commercial Appeal  12 December 1909 

7.7 Newspaper: Williamson County 30 November 1922 

7.8 Commercial Appeal  1 July 1923 

7.9 Commercial Appeal  9 December 1926 

7.10 Commercial Appeal  22 October [Year?] 

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Box 8 

Historical map of Memphis Dedicated to John Preston Young 

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