ELLIS, Ezekiel John, 1840-1889


Guide to Research Collections

Louisiana State University
Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections
Baton Rouge, LA
Papers: 1862, 1 letter.
A letter from Ezekiel John Ellis to an unidentified recipient written on May 25, 1862. In the letter, Ezekiel Ellis comments on General P.G.T. Beauregard’s tactics and gives information concerning the evacuation from a camp near Corinth, Miss., after the Battle of Shiloh.

Papers: 1862-1865, 4 volumes.
The collection is comprised of the Civil War memoirs and diary of Ezekiel John Ellis. They are accompanied by a transcript and research manuscript written by Martina Buck Ellis, which present an edited version of the diary and a biography of Ellis. A copy print of a Civil War photograph shows E. John Ellis in his Confederate uniform at Ringgold, Ga. in 1862. Memoirs record events leading up to the Civil War and conclude upon Ellis’ arrival at Johnson Island Prison. They describe his political views, the formation of Confederate military forces, battles in Mississippi, Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee, and his capture at Missionary Ridge, Tenn. Diary documents Ellis’ daily observations and experiences as a prisoner of war. In a narration of the trip back to Louisiana, he describes the destruction along the Mississippi River. Included is a political speech (ca. 1865) and an incomplete work of fiction concerning a Louisiana planter at the onset of the Civil War (Oct. 1865). The diary also is available on microfilm. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.

Papers: 1875, 1 letter.
A letter from Ezekiel John Ellis to Major Benjamin Perly Poore, editor of the Congressional Directory. The letter includes an autobiographical sketch of Ezekiel Ellis.

Papers: In the Ezekiel Park Ellis Family Papers, ca. 1812-1914, 180 items.
The bulk of the correspondence consists of Civil War letters from E. John Ellis while he was Captain of the 16th Louisiana Infantry, serving in Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee, and Kentucky.