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Receipt for Articles for Improvement of Mississippi River, 1838-06-12

 Item — Box: 5, Folder: 5

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

This collection contains primary and secondary resources pertaining to Robert E. Lee and the Lee family. Included are correspondences from, to, and about Lee and various family members; memorabilia, pamphlets, photographs, reminiscences, miscellaneous personal papers, family history and genealogy. The collection includes materials acquired from the Lee family and items donated to and purchased and compiled by W&L University since Lee's tenure as president of Washington College from 1865 - 1870. Adminstrative papers, such as President's Reports, etc..., from Robert E. Lee's presidency of the school may be found within the W&L University Archives. Please contact W&L Special Collections for information regarding the University Archives.


  • Creation: 1838-06-12


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.


From the Collection: 24 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



The receipt made for a $47.50 purchase from J. Swan of the steamboat "St. Louis" for materials for the improvement the Mississippi River on June 12, 1838. The purchase is for 10 bales of oakum stored aboard, as well as a "dragage" fee. It is certified by R.E. Lee, who was supervising engineer for navigation on the Mississippi River in St. Louis, MO at the time. Lee Served 26 years in the US Army Corps of Engineers starting in 1837.

Repository Details

Part of the Washington and Lee University, University Library Special Collections and Archives Repository

204 W. Washington St.
Lexington VA 24450 USA