The Thompson Family Papers, 1862-1892  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Thompson family
Title
The Thompson Family Papers
Dates
1862-1892
Quantity
5 folders
Collection Number
Collection 2493, MtBC, us (collection)
Summary
The Thompson Family Papers consists of two diaries kept by Henry Elliot Thompson while serving with the Twentieth Wisconsin Infantry dating from July 9,1862 to August 17, 1863 and May 11, 1864 to February 21, 1865, a diary detailing Thompson's trip through Yellowstone National Park in the summer of 1891, correspondence, and self published materials. Descriptions include experiences at the battle of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, the siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi, the capture of Yazoo, Mississippi, the campaign to capture Mobile, Alabama, the siege of Fort Morgan. Other items discussed include entering Yellowstone National Park and visiting some of the principal sites within the park and the difficulties in managing the horse herd they were driving.
Repository
Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Montana State University-Bozeman Library
Merrill G Burlingame Special Collections
P.O. Box 173320
Bozeman, MT
59717-3320
Telephone: 406-994-4242
Fax: 406-994-2851
spcoll@www.lib.montana.edu
Access Restrictions

All literary property rights retained by the donor. No publication beyond "fair use" permitted without express approval by the donor, his heirs or assigns.

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Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Henry Elliot Thompson was born on March 13, 1841 in Cooperstown, Pennsylvania. He was the fifth child of Hugh G. And Martha Thompson, and had a twin brother named Joseph. Hugh Thompson was a tailor by trade, and he moved his family from Pennsylvania to Ohio and back before settling in Vernon County, Wisconsin sometime prior to 1850. Henry and his twin Joseph grew up in the Springville area and worked as farmers before enlisting in the Wisconsin volunteers when the Civil War broke out. Henry joined the Twentieth Wisconsin Infantry in the summer of 1862 and was assigned to Capt. Augustus H. Pettibone's Company A. Thompson saw service in Arkansas, Missouri, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and Alabama. Henry survived the war and returned to Wisconsin briefly, but he pursued a career as a carpenter and surveyor in Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska, and finally South Dakota where he died on November 17, 1912.

John Nevins Thompson was the oldest son of Henry E. Thompson, born on February 10, 1869 at Hebron, Indiana. He lived in Belle Fourche, South Dakota and, in 1904, took up a homestead claim thirty-five miles south of Ekalaka, Montana. In the summer of 1891 John, along with his brother William, drove a herd of horses with John T. "Buckskin Johnny" Spaulding through Yellowstone National Park and kept a diary of their experiences. John Thompson died on March 15, 1943 in Bozeman, Montana. His son, J. Nevin Thompson, is the donor of this collection.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Thompson family papers consist of two diaries kept by Henry Elliot Thompson while serving with the Twentieth Wisconsin Infantry. The first diary, dating from July 9,1862 to August 17, 1863 details Thompson's experiences at the battle of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, the siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi, and the capture of Yazoo, Mississippi. The second diary, dating from May 11, 1864 to February 21, 1865, describes Thompson's experiences while serving at Brownsville, Texas and participating in the campaign to capture Mobile, Alabama, most notably the siege of Fort Morgan. An additional diary kept by John Nevins Thompson details his trip through Yellowstone National Park in the summer of 1891. The Thompson-Spaulding party entered the park near Mammoth and exited on the west side heading towards Henry's Lake. The entries describe visiting some of the principal sites within the park and the difficulties in managing the horse herd they were driving. An additional folder of loose materials includes an 1880 letter to Henry Thompson from Augustus H. Pettibone, then a newly-elected member of the United States House of Representatives from Tennessee. The last folder contains a self published Thompson.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

All literary property rights retained by the donor. No publication beyond "fair use" permitted without express approval by the donor, his heirs or assigns.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1 Diary 1862-1863
1/2 Diary 1864-1865
1/3 Diary 1891
1/4 Miscellaneous papers
1/5 "A Thompson Historical Genealogy"

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Cowboys-Yellowstone National Park-Diaries
  • Prairie Grove, Battle of, Ark., 1862-Personal narratives
  • Soldiers-United States-Diaries
  • Personal Names :
  • Pettibone, Augustus Herman, 1835-1918
  • Spaulding, John T., 1849-1932
  • Thompson, Henry Elliot, 1841-1912-Diaries
  • Thompson, John Nevins, 1869-1943-Diaries
  • Corporate Names :
  • United States-Army-Wisconsin Infantry Regiment, 20th (1862-1865). Company A.
  • Family Names :
  • Thompson family
  • Geographical Names :
  • Brownsville (Tex.)
  • Fort Morgan (Ala.)
  • Mobile (Ala.)-History-Civil War, 1861-1865-Personal narratives
  • United States-History-Civil War, 1861-1865-Personal narratives
  • Vicksburg (Miss.)-History-Siege, 1863-Personal narratives
  • Wisconsin-History-Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Yazoo (Miss.)
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Diaries