53,110 days ago, or, February 20, 1865

The Stibbs family papers were given to the Louisiana Research Collection over 30 years ago by Dean Stibbs, dean of students at Tulane University. His family papers contain a considerable amount of material written by John Howard Stibbs, who enlisted in the First Infantry Iowa Volunteers in 1861. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 1863 and to Colonel in 1865. Stibbs was a POW following the battle of Shiloh, and would go on to serve as a member of the military court which tried and convicted Henry Wirz.

In 1865, US Representative William B. Allison and Senator James Harlan wrote to Lincoln's Secretary of War asking for Stibbs' leave of absence to be extended (click image for larger view):

Apparently the matter was referred to the President, who noted his approval on the back of the letter:


The Louisiana Research Collection preserves extensive Civil War holdings, including the papers of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, and Generals Albert Sidney Johnston and Stonewall Jackson. In addition, we have many papers, diaries and letters both of Confederate soldiers from Louisiana and Union soldiers who served in Louisiana. As the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War approaches, we plan to continue highlighting our Civil War archives, acquisitions, and increasingly, our digital collections.

Posted by Eira Tansey.

(Image from the Stibbs family papers, Manuscripts Collection 246, Louisiana Research Collection, Tulane University Libraries. Image may not be reproduced without permission.)

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