ROSECRANS, William Starke, 1819-1898


Guide to Research Collections

New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: Military papers (November 2-26, 1861); official correspondence (1862-1863); and personal correspondence (September 6, 1868; December 14, 1880).
Finding aid in repository.


Texas A&M University
Cushing Memorial Library
College Station, TX
Papers: In the Brigadier General William Wallace Burns Papers, ca. 1848-1910, 1 linear foot.
Correspondents include General William Starke Rosecrans. Also included are copies of military orders and official reports focused on Burns’ thwarted ambitions to become Major General and lead a Division in the Army of the Cumberland under the command of General Rosecrans.


University of California, Los Angeles
Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library
Los Angeles, CA
Papers: 1810-1920, 59 linear feet.
The collection consists of correspondence, papers, diaries, accounts, photographs, maps, realia, and related printed material of Major General William S. Rosecrans and his family. The papers cover nearly a century of American history and are comprised of materials from three generations of the Rosecrans family. Topics covered in the collection include Civil War campaigns, mining and railroad activities in Mexico and the Western United States, California land issues, and U.S. politics. The bulk of the material in the collection documents the life of William S. Rosecrans, from his years at West Point through his ten years with the Army Corps of Engineers, his role in the Civil War, his brief appointment as U.S. Minister to Mexico, his participation in local and national politics, and his involvement with mining and railroads in the West. His wartime correspondence and papers form a nearly complete record of his Civil War campaigns in West Virginia, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Missouri. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.

Papers: In the William Mathias Lamars papers, ca. 1952-1971, 5 linear feet.
The collection consists of papers relating to William Larmars’s book, The Edge of Glory (Harcourt, Brace & World, 1961), a biography of Major General William Starke Rosecrans, commander for the North during the American Civil War. The collection includes the preliminary manuscript, final transcript, correspondence, research notes, reviews, and various printed material concerning the Civil War.