HISTORY: Edward (Ned) C. Robbins of St. Louis, Missouri, 1841-1923, joined the Confederate Army of the West under General Price's command in Arkansas as part of the Landis Battery. In the final two years of the Civil War he served with Johnston and Hood's Brigade. After the war he founded and became president of St. Louis Well Machine and Tool Co. in 1879. The collection was donated by a family member in the 1980s.

SCOPE: The collection spans the years 1861 to 1940. The letters were written by Edward, other family members and friends. They express family concerns of everyday life in St. Louis southern society, which was under Federal military control; father Samuel's banishment; and troop movements and battles.

Leroy K. Robbins did extensive research for a book about St. Louis and the American Revolution. His papers include copious notes, handwritten copies of primary source letters, correspondence, illustrations, newspapers clippings, and handwritten or typescript manuscripts.

HOLDINGS: 1 box of 85 letters written during the American Civil War, 1861-1865;

10 letters by Harry Hance during the blockade of Mobile, Alabama;

2 boxes with 36 notebooks of handwritten historical research;

1 bound volume, no author or title, which deals with the history of St. Louis militia and the formation of the National Guard, 1765-1886. Typescript with handwritten annotations and newspaper clippings. 151pp.;

1 pamphlet, Robbins, Leroy K., St. Louis in the War for American Independence. St. Louis: 1940. 10pp.

ACCESS: A brief guide to Special Collection M-81 is available on site. Some of the material may be photocopied, digitally scanned or photographed, subject to condition.