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Callender I. Fayssoux Collection of William Walker Papers

Identifier: Manuscripts-Collection 019

Scope and Contents

1856-1860. Correspondence, muster rolls, orders, maps, and other materials collected by Walker's aide-de-camp in Nicaragua. Includes more than 100 letters from Walker to Fayssoux and others about the Walker government in Nicaragua. 489 pieces

This collection is also available in microfilm (4 reels plus printed guide) for purchase from ProQuest:

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The Fayssoux Collection includes letters, documents, and records of C.I. Fayssoux (1820-1897), aide de camp to William Walker. The material dates from 1830-1937 with the majority of it from the period 1855-1860. The collection is catalogued according to subject matter. Pre-1855 material consists of personal letters and papers of Fayssoux. The content of these reflects aspects of life in antebellum New Orleans such as dueling protocol and matters relating to social functions. The majority of the correspondence dates from 1855-1860 and relates chiefly to William Walker's military campaign in Central America. General subjects are as follows: attempts to raise money and recruit men for the Walker forces, efforts to publicize the expedition, and descriptions of military plans for action in Central America. There are over 100 letters from Walker to Fayssoux and others which pertain to military orders and directives. Other correspondence from this period includes communiques between Fayssoux and enemy forces and telegrams relating to the capture, sentence, and execution of William Walker. Most of the documents contained in the collection pertain to military matters and include general order books, muster rolls, payrolls, and cash accounts. Other records related to the Walker administration of Nicaragua and include the granting of commissions and appointments to office, proclamations, and record books of immigrants to Nicaragua. The Fayssoux Collection contains numerous newspaper clippings dating from 1855-1860 which give accounts of Walker's activities in Central America. Post-1860 material relates primarily to the aftermath of the Walker expedition. Among the correspondence are letters from Walker relatives to Fayssoux requesting information regarding Walker. Other letters are from individuals who served in the Walker campaign. Also included in the Fayssoux Collection are miscellaneous items such as maps, photographs, drawings, dauguerreotypes, and journals.


  • 1856-1860


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Copies are open to the public for consultation.  Access to the originals is restricted.

Biographical or Historical Information

William Walker (1824–1860), a self-proclaimed “colonel,” doctor, lawyer, journalist, politician and adventurer, was the most famous of the American filibusters, leading armed expeditions into Mexico, Nicaragua and Honduras in the mid-1800s when the United States was at peace with these countries. The present collection concerns his expeditions in Central America, especially those in Nicaragua. Walker remains one of the most hated figures in Central American history. His exploits, especially those in Nicaragua, gave rise to an anti-Americanism in the region, that persists to some degree up to the present day. Walker proclaimed himself president of Nicaragua and devoted his life to filibustering schemes. Wanted by the United States and Central American countries, Walker eventually surrendered to the British navy and was sentenced and executed in Honduras in 1860. The present collection consists of the papers of Captain Callender Irvine Fayssoux, who was William Walker’s aide- de-camp and also served him variously as Paymaster, Purchasing Agent, Naval Commander, and Minister General of the Republic of Nicaragua. The Fayssoux Collection of William Walker papers was acquired by the Department of Middle American Research (and now belongs to the Latin American Library at Tulane University) from Captain Fayssoux’s daughter-in-law, Mrs. William Mch. Fayssoux, in October 1933. The papers chiefly pertain to the Walker invasions of Nicaragua in 1855, 1857, and 1860, and the Walker regime in that country, 1856-1857, but biographical and miscellaneous data on both Fayssoux and Walker dates from 1834-1933. The papers also disclose Fayssoux’s connection with the Texas Navy, the López expedition and the two forces of the Confederacy. His foresight preserved these documents to the benefit of the historian.


489.00 Pieces

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Arrangement Note

8 Hollinger boxes, 1 Oversize

The materials in the collection are categorized into seven series: biography, correspondence, accounting records, military records, naval records and affairs, combined maps, drawings, artifacts, and photographs, and newspapers and clippings.

The series cross-cut the list of boxes below:

Box 1, Folders 1-46

Box 2, Folders 46-95

Box 3, Folders 96-115

Box 4, Folders 116-146

Box 5, Folders 147-180

Box 6, Folders 180-191

Box 7 Oversize, Folders 93, 111B, 120

Box 8, Daugerreotypes

Callender I. Fayssoux Collection of William Walker Papers
Manuscript Collection 19, The Latin American Library, Tulane University
Barbara Frausto, November 1980; Christine Hernández 2013
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Repository Details

Part of the The Latin American Library at Tulane Repository

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Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, 4th floor
Tulane University
New Orleans Louisiana 70118 US
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