Held by The Filson Historical Society
Creator: Holmes, James Taylor (1836-1916)
Title: Papers, 1911-1912
Rights: For information regarding literary and copyright interest for these papers, see the Curator of Special Collections.
Size of Collection: 0.33 cubic feet
Locator Number: Mss./A/H749
Scope and Content Note
Bound volume of genealogical and historical correspondence to and from Holmes, primarily concerning his ancestor, Obadiah Holmes, and the participation of his Civil War regiment (52 nd Ohio Infantry) in the Battle of Chickamauga. Much of the correspondence with fellow veterans involves Holmes’ attempt to verify the accuracy of a forthcoming book about the battle (The Truth about Chickamauga’) by Archibald Gracie IV. Collection includes over 600 pages of original letters and typed transcriptions.
James Taylor Holmes, oldest child of Asa and Mary Holmes, was born in 1836 and grew up in Harrison County, Ohio. From 1859 to 1862 he was on the faculty of Richmond College, Richmond, Ohio. He enlisted in the 52 nd Ohio Infantry Regiment in 1862 and was promoted to the rank of major. After the war, he settled in Columbus, Ohio, serving as an attorney until his death in 1916. He married his wife, Lucy, ca. 1872 and they had 4 children.
Folder 1: Papers, 1911-1912
Anderson, Edward L. (Edward Lowell), 1842-1916
Atlanta Campaign, 1864
Chickamauga, Battle of, Ga., 1863
Colorado – Description and travel
Gracie, Archibald, 1858-1912
Holmes, James T. (James Taylor), 1837-1916
Holmes, Obediah, 1606-1682
Kennesaw Mountain, Battle of, Ga., 1864
Sheridan, Philip Henry, 1831-1888
United States – History – Civil War, 1861-1865
United States. Army. Ohio Infantry Regiment, 52nd (1862-1865)