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Charles Erasmus Kennon papers

Identifier: LaRC-948

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of correspondence of Charles Erasmus Kennon (1839-1878) to his wife, Susan Kent Kennon (1848-1922); his older sister, Elizabeth Almeria Kennon; his mother, Nancy Nelson Kennon; and others.  Also included are other documents of the Kennon family of Louisiana as well as poems, a map of the Battle of Shiloh (1862), and special military orders (1865).


  • 1854-1969
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1860-1880
  • Other: Date acquired: 01/10/1997


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

Dr. Charles Erasmus Kennon was born in Mecklenburg County, Virginia on April 6, 1839, the son of Dr. Clement Read Kennon and his wife and cousin, Nancy Nelson Kennon (both were Kennons before their marriage). The family moved to Tangipahoa, Louisiana, in St. Helena Parish. Charles Erasmus Kennon enrolled in the medical program at the University of Louisiana (an earlier name of Tulane University) in 1860, but the Civil War interrupted his studies. On April 30, 1861, he enlisted as a private in Company I, 4th Louisiana Infantry, Confederate States of America. He was promoted to Captain and Commanding Officer. On December 17, 1864, he was captured near Franklin, Tennessee, and transferred to Johnson's Island Military Prison in Ohio. He was released upon an oath of allegiance to the United States on June 16, 1865. After the war, he returned to Louisiana, became a physician and a businessman. He and his wife, Susan Kent Kennon, had seven children, four of whom survived to adulthood. Kennon and two of his sons succumbed to the yellow fever epidemic of 1878.


2 Linear Feet

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Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged chronologically. The collection consists of 2 boxes and one oversize folder. It is 2 linear feet.

Source of Acquisition

Helen Kennon.

Method of Acquisition


Other Descriptive Information

OCLC Number: 463322105

Processing Information

Archon collection-level record created in February, 2010.

Archon Finding Aid Title
Jazmin Smith
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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