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Lansing Porter family papers

Identifier: LaRC-1065

Scope and Contents

Correspondence between Captain Lansing Porter of the 75th New York Infantry and his wife, Elizabeth Porter. Capt. Porter served first at Fort Pickens, Florida, but was soon transferred to Louisiana under the command of General Godfrey Weitzel. The correspondence dates from January 1861 to March 1863.


  • 1861-1863, 1906.


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Biographical / Historical

Captain Lansing Porter served in the 75th New York Infantry out of Auburn, New York. He was first stationed at Santa Rosa island but soon moved to Fort Pickens on Pensacola Bay, Florida. His military career brought him under the command of General Godfrey Weitzel once the 75th was moved to Camp Kearney in Louisiana, allowing him to travel up the Mississippi River through New Orleans, Donaldsonville, Napoleonville, Labadieville, and eventually making camp in Thibodeaux, Louisiana. He received a leave of absence in March of 1863.

From January of 1861 to March of 1863, Lansing and his wife Elizabeth wrote a series of letters to one another while Lansing was away at war. Elizabeth wrote primarily of issues of the home in Auburn, New York, while Lansing wrote of his experiences fighting in the South. The couple had three children, Libbie, Annie, and Lansing, who lived at home with their mother. The children periodically wrote letters to their father.


2.00 Boxes

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged into two boxes containing folders with letters arranged in chronological order. The envelopes in which the letters were received are also filed with each letter; since some envelopes contained more than one letter, a note has been placed with these envelopes saying what letters it contained.

Method of Acquisition

Gift of John Porter Bloom. Date acquired: 05/01/2013.

Processing Information

Processed by Anna Richards, LaRC CPS intern, supervised by Eira Tansey.

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Repository Details

Part of the Tulane University Special Collections Repository

Jones Hall Room 202
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans 70118 US