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Bull Family Papers, 1833-1906

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Identifier: A0201

Title: Bull Family Papers, 1833-1906


John Bull was born December 4, 1840, in Vicksburg, Mississippi; his brother William was born March 5, 1843, in Augusta, Kentucky. The Bull family moved to St. Louis in 1848. Both brothers enlisted in the Missouri Volunteer Militia and were captured at Camp Jackson in May 1861. After their exchange the brothers enlisted in Guibor's Missouri battery (Confederate), and soon after the Battle of Pea Ridge they transferred to Gorham's/Tilden's/Lesueur's 3rd Missouri Field Battery. In late 1862 John transferred to McDonald's Missouri Cavalry and later Newton's 5th Arkansas Cavalry. In the 1870s William Bull helped form Company E, 1st Regiment, National Guard (Rainwater Rifles), and was later named inspector general. He died January 8, 1928, in Miami, Florida.

Collection contains the Civil War reminiscences of William Bull, dated April 1906, which describe his service mostly in Arkansas, and include transcriptions of his diary entries from July 1862 to January 1863. Reminiscences include accounts of Camp Jackson and affairs in St. Louis; the Arkansas battles of Pea Ridge, Prairie Grove, Helena, and Jenkins' Ferry; the journey of fellow soldier John Tatum through the lines to St. Louis; the assistance offered to Confederates by Southern sympathizers in St. Louis; and information on marches, camp life, and diet. Collection also contains several wartime letters of John and William Bull to their parents in St. Louis; letters of the brothers to their family in St. Louis regarding life in St. Charles while attending college in the 1860s; correspondence to Captain William Bull regarding the Mayor's Guard, Company F, 1st Regiment, police reserves (St. Louis), 1878; invitation to Captain William Bull to meet with the directors of the St. Louis Agricultural and Mechanical Association, 1878; and newsclipping on Captain William Bull's command of the St. Louis police reserves at the inaugural ceremonies of Gov. Crittenden.

Memoir and several of the letters are published in Michael E. Banasik, Missouri Brothers in Gray: The Reminiscences and Letters of William J. Bull and John P. Bull (Iowa City: Camp Pope Bookshop, 1998.)

2 folders; 1 volume

Cite as: Bull Family Papers, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

Rights: UND

Place: United States
St Louis

Dates: 1833-1878

Type(s): Documentary Artifacts

Maker/Creator: Bull, William Jeffery, 1843-1928

Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Camp Jackson (Mo.)
Pea Ridge, Battle of, Ark., 1862
Prairie Grove, Battle of, Ark., 1862
Helena, Battle of, Helena, Ark., 1863
Jenkins' Ferry, Battle of, Ark., 1864
Armed Forces
Military camps
Education, Higher


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