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William Richard Caswell Papers.

Identifier: MSC 0018

Scope and Contents

Papers of William Richard Caswell (1809-1862), a lawyer, military officer, and director of the East Tennessee and Virginia Railroad. He was the son of Richard William and Sarah Lytle Caswell of North Carolina, and was the great-grandson of the first governor of North Carolina, Richard Caswell. He married Elizabeth Carter Gillespie, a descendant of Landon Carter and Col. John Carter. William Richard Caswell lived in Knox County, Tenn, and was politically active, served as an officer of the Tennessee Militia, and was a captain in the Mexican War (1846-1848). He was a brigadier general in the Confederate Army and was murdered near his home at Caswell Station in 1862. Papers include: correspondence and documents re: Caswell’s military and legal work; muster rolls; family letters with his wife and members of the Gillespie and McCulloch families; letters and papers to his son William at Edgehill School in Princeton, N.J., and at Washington College, Va.; account books; pamphlets; clippings. For a list of selected correspondents, see A Guide to the Manuscript Collections of the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection by Linda Posey (1974).


  • 1805-1900

Conditions Governing Access

Material is available for research. Prior arrangement MUST be made by contacting the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection at


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Included in Linda Posey thesis of McClung Collection Manuscript holdings and the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections. Papers were microfilmed by the Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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Repository Details

Part of the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection Repository

601 S Gay Street
3rd floor
Knoxville Tennessee 37902 United States