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Finding Aid for the Richard C. Bridges Collection




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Summary Information

University of Mississippi Libraries
– Collector
Batton, George, Mrs.
– Creator
Bridges, Richard C.
Richard C. Bridges Collection
0.42 Linear feet (1 box)
Language of Materials
The collection contains correspondence of Richard C. Bridges, a soldier in the 11th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, Company
A (commonly known as the University Greys) during the Civil War.

Preferred Citation

Richard C. Bridges Collection (MUM01789), Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The University of Mississippi

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Biographical Note

Richard C. Bridges was a student at the University of Mississippi in 1861. After the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter, he
joined the University Greys. Bridges fought with the Greys in Virginia, and sustained a fatal injury at the Battle of the
Wilderness in 1864.

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Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence, chiefly written by Richard C. Bridges to family members while fighting with the University
Greys in Virginia. Bridges’s letters concern health, worries, holidays, lack of receiving letters, homesickness, battles and
wound history.

Also included are a letter from fellow soldier J.T. Alford to Bridges; a letter from nurse Louisa A. Smith to Bridges’s sister
Matilda Norman after Bridges’s death; and a letter from May Alford to Matilda Norman, concerning domestic matters.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Mississippi Libraries February 2013

Access Restrictions

The Richard C. Bridges 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

Received from descendents of Richard C. Bridges, 2012

Processing Information

Collection processed by Troy Smith, October 2012. Finding aid created by Kathryn Michaelis, February 2013.

Alternative Formats

This collection has been
digitized as part of the
Civil War Archive.

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Related Materials

Related Materials at the University of Mississippi

For more collections related to the Civil War, please see the Archives’
Civil War subject guide.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Confederate States of America — Social conditions
  • Confederate States of America. Army. Mississippi Infantry Regiment, 11th. Company A
  • Confederate States of America — Archives


  • correspondence

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Collection Inventory

 Folder 1.1 Richard C. Bridges to sister, 26 January 1861 

 Folder 1.2 Richard C. Bridges to mother, 10 July 1861 

 Folder 1.3 Richard C. Bridges to sister, 25 October 1861 

 Folder 1.4 Richard C. Bridges to mother, 3 November 1861 

 Folder 1.5 Richard C. Bridges to Sister M., 5 November 1861 

 Folder 1.6 Richard C. Bridges to his sister, 31 December 1861 

 Folder 1.7 Richard C. Bridges to his friend Mr. Norman, 18 January 1862 

 Folder 1.8 Richard C. Bridges to his sister, 22 February 1862 

 Folder 1.9 Richard C. Bridges to his sister, 2 January 1863 

 Folder 1.10 Richard C. Bridges to his sister, 10 January 1863 

 Folder 1.11 Richard C. Bridges to his sister, 29 January 1863 

 Folder 1.12 Richard C. Bridges to Sister M., 4 February 1863 

 Folder 1.13 Richard C. Bridges, presumably to his sister, [28 February or 1 March 1863] 

 Folder 1.14 Richard C. Bridges to his Sister M., 27 March 1863 

 Folder 1.15 Richard C. Bridges to his Sister M., 16 April 1863 

 Folder 1.16 Richard C. Bridges to his sister, 5 May 1863 

 Folder 1.17 Richard C. Bridges to his sister Carrie, 15 May 1863 

 Folder 1.18 Richard C. Bridges to his sister Carrie, 22 July 1863 

 Folder 1.19 Richard C. Bridges to his sister Matilda, 31 July [1863?] 

 Folder 1.20 Richard C. Bridges to his sister Matilda, 16 August 1863 

 Folder 1.21 Richard C. Bridges to his sister, 30 January 1864 

 Folder 1.22 J.T. Alford to Mr. Bridges, 25 March, 1864 

 Folder 1.23 Richard C. Bridges to his sister, 25 April 1864 

 Folder 1.24 Richard C. Bridges to his sister, 26 May 1864 

 Folder 1.25 Louisa A. Smith to Matilda Norman, 3 June 1864 

 Folder 1.26 May Alford to Matilda Norman, 6 December [?] 

 Folder 1.27 Richard C. Bridges to his sister, undated 


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