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The William Robertson Boggs Family Papers



Repository: The Littlejohn Collection at Wofford College 


Creator: Boggs, William Robertson, 1829-1911 


Title: The William Robertson Boggs Family Papers 


Dates: Predominantly 1878–1900, Inclusive 1845–1911 


 Quantity: Approximately 420 items; 4 archival boxes; 3 linear ft. 

Full Inventory of collection contents




Abstract: This collection consists of the family papers of William Robertson Boggs, a Georgia native perhaps best known for serving as a General specializing in artillery in the Confederate States Army. Though named after Boggs due to its apparent provenance, a considerable portion of the collection consists of correspondence between and records relating to Boggs’ relations, including that of his daughter Elizabeth (née Boggs) Taylor, his wife Mary Sophia (née Symington) Boggs, his son Archibald Boggs, as well as his son-in-law William Barrett Taylor, and Taylor’s brother Henry P. Taylor. 






Language: En-us 






Biographical/Historical note: William Robertson Boggs, born in Augusta, Georgia in 1829, was an ordnance officer and subsequently general officer in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. Boggs served under Beauregard in Charleston, S.C., under Bragg in Florida, under Kirby-Smith in the Trans-Mississippi. Prior to war he was in the Army Corps of Engineers and following it he worked as as civil engineer in St. Louis, Mo. and then as an instructor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, Va. Boggs married Mary Sophia Symington in 1855; he had five children: William Robertson, Jr., Elizabeth McCaw, John Symington, Edith Allston and  Henry Patterson. Around 1881 Boggs settled in Winston-Salem, N.C., where he died in 1911.  




In 1913 Bogg’s memoir of the war “Military Reminiscences of General William R. Boggs, C.S.A.” was published.   




Scopes and Contents note: This collection consists primarily of correspondence between individuals part of or associated with the Boggs family. A significant portion of the collection consists of correspondence of Bogg’s daughter Elizabeth McCaw Boggs. The collection consists of over 400 discrete items. 




Series List 


I. Correspondence to/from and documents concerned with William Robertson Boggs.  


II. Correspondence to Elizabeth (“Bessie”) McCaw (née Boggs) Taylor. 


III. Correspondence to M.R. (Rebecca or “Becky”) Boggs. 


IV. Correspondence Mary Sophia (née Symington) Boggs. 


V. Correspondence to William (“Willie”) Barrett Taylor. 


VI. Miscellaneous records and documents, ancillary information, archival processing notes, etc.