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A Guide to the General William Loring Account Book and Letterbook

Finding aid created by Stephen Jackson

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
December 2007

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Loring, William Wing, 1818-1886
Title: General William Loring Account Book and Letterbook
Dates: 1863-1878
Abstract: An account book and a letterbook created by General William Loring during the Civil War and while in Egypt.
Extent: 0.05 Linear feet. 2 volumes.
Identification: PKY 88.008
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

William Wing Loring was born to a prominent North Carolina family in 1818. His family moved to Florida in 1823. He joined the army and served in the Second Seminole War as a Lieutenant. He served with distinction in the Mexican-American war, where he lost an arm in one of the final battles outside of Mexico City. When the Civil War broke out he joined the Confederate Army, serving in many different commands and igniting several famous feuds with Confederate generals like Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee. Old Blizzards, Loring's newfound nickname, became separated from Pemberton's army near Vicksburg and, instead of trying to reunite with his commander, he left the campaign entirely and joined Joseph Johnston's army further south. He participated in the campaigns against Sherman, but eventually surrendered along with the rest of Johnston's army in 1865. After the Civil War he became a businessman in New York representing Southern interests, but became bored without the excitement that he was used to. When he was approached by a representative of the Egyptian Khedive who sought to modernize his army with American experts, Loring leapt at the chance. He served in Egypt for 10 years, and was involved in a costly Egyptian defeat against the Abyssinians. Loring returned to the U.S. and died of pneumonia in 1887.

Scope and Content

There is one account book and one letterbook created by General William Loring during the Civil War (1863-1864) and while in Egypt (1870-1878).

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Related or Separated Material

See also the papers of William Wing Loring, 1818-1886, Smathers, Special Collections- Miscellaneous Manuscripts Ms 01,011. Other resources: Raab, James W. W.W. Loring: Florida's forgotten general (Smathers, Special Collections- Florida History E467.1.L57R321 1996). Wessels, William L. Born to be a soldier; the military career of William Wing Loring of St. Augustine, Florida (Smathers, Special Collections- Florida History FB L874w). Loring, William Wing. A Confederate Soldier in Egypt (Smathers, Special Collections. FB L874).

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], General William Loring Account Book and Letterbook, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Alexandria (Egypt) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
Cairo (Egypt) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
Confederate States of America -- History.
Disabled Veterans -- United States.
Egypt -- Politics and Government -- 19th century -- Sources.
Generals -- United States.
Vicksburg (Miss.) -- History -- Siege, 1863 -- Personal Narratives, Confederate.

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