Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History

Joseph W. Southwick Papers

Manuscript Collection: MC191

Collection Summary

Creator: Southwick, Joseph W.
Title: Joseph W. Southwick papers
Dates: circa 1862
Abstract: These papers consist of a circa 1862 letter from Joseph W. Southwick, a soldier stationed in Fredericksburg, Virginia, to his father regarding military life and an undated photograph of Joseph Southwick.
Identification: MC191
Quantity: 2 items
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History, La Porte, Texas

Creator Sketch

Joseph W. Southwick, a native of Galveston, Texas, was a Confederate soldier who joined the "Lone Star Rifles" in 1861. He remained with the troops as they merged with other regiments to form Company L of the Texas Brigade, better known as Hood’s Texas Brigade. Southwick was killed in 1863 at the Battle of Gettysburg. The donor of the collection, Charles Southwick, is the great-nephew of Joseph W. Southwick.

Scope and Content Note

The Joseph W. Southwick Papers are comprised of a circa 1862 letter and an undated photograph. The circa 1862 letter is from Joseph W. Southwick to his father Stephen Southwick. The letter is written from a camp near Fredericksburg, Virginia, and describes a large-scale snow battle following an 8-inch snow storm in late January. There is also an undated photograph of Joseph W. Southwick.


Arrangement is chronological.


Restrictions on Access


Terms Governing Use

Open for research by appointment.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the San Jacinto Museum of History. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Library Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Jacinto Museum of History as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Index Terms

Southwick, Joseph W.
Southwick, Stephen
Confederate States of America. Army. Texas Infantry Regiment, 1st. Company L
Military life--1860-1870.
Fredericksburg (Va.)

Administrative Information


[Identification of Item], Joseph W. Southwick Papers, MC191, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.


Charles Southwick, March 1957.

Processing Information

Processed by Lisa M. Lomas, 2012.


box folder
170.2 1 Correspondence circa 1862

box folder
170.2 2 Photograph undated: between 1855 and 1863