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Sawyers/McBee Papers.

Identifier: MSC 0531

Scope and Contents

The Sawyers-McBee Papers span from 1791 to 1866, including a few undated items, and pertain to the Sawyers, McBee, and Peterson families of East Tennessee. William Sawyers of Corryton, Tennessee was the Union Lieutenant Colonel of the Tennessee 3rd Infantry Regiment, Company K. Ganum McBee was a Confederate private who was married to Nancy Sawyers. Ganum received a head injury at the battle in Newtown in November 1864, and was treated at the Wayside Hospital in Bristol, Tennessee between 1864-1865. William Peterson was an early Knox County local, whose papers include his purchase of slaves and land, and the transfer of his slaves via his will to his children, Matthew and Andrew. This document is signed by William Sawyer. This collection features the signatures of historical Knox County individuals including Charles McClung (a Knoxville politician and surveyor who drew the original plat of the town) and Stockley Donelson (1752-1805). Confederate money. Box 2: 2 copper printing plates of Ganum McBee and Mexican War era powder flask. FL 09-09: 3 newspapers Knoxville Register (May 21 and 28, 1822) and Flag of the Union (August 1, 1844).


  • 1791-1866

Conditions Governing Access

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


2 boxes + 2 oversize folders


See also: MSC 0387 (Sawyers/McBee Family Papers) and MSC 0774 (Sawyers McBee Legal Papers) Currency transferred to Currency Collection (MSC 0052a).

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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