Algernon Badger Family Papers, 1813-1920

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Badger is best-known as Chief of the Metropolitan Police of New Orleans from 1870 to 1875. As police chief, Badger was on the front lines of the increasing political unrest between Southern white conservatives and Louisiana’s Reconstruction-era government. During his tenure, he defended the city of New Orleans from multiple riots and attempted insurrection by the White League. The most notable of these conflicts was the Battle of Liberty Place. He resigned to become state tax collector and went on to hold a number of political offices in Louisiana, including postmaster of New Orleans and Customs House appraiser. This collection includes correspondence, legal documents, financial records, photographs and ephemera collected or created by the Badger family. Much of the correspondence is focused on the military and political career of Algernon Badger. The majority of the letters are addressed to John Beighton Badger, Algernon Badger's father. A significant portion of the records deal with family affairs taking place in Milton, Massachusetts, Algernon Badger's hometown. Algernon Badger's letters to his father detail his rise through the ranks of the Union Army during the Civil War, as well as his life in New Orleans during Reconstruction. Highlights of his letters include a description of a Union army camp at Harper's Ferry, his account of the Battle of Liberty Place in New Orleans, and his experiences campaigning and working alongside Governor William Pitt Kellogg.

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" Your State, County and Town Tax for the Year 1844"
"Your State, County and Town Tax for the Year 1844" from Simeon Emerson, Collector of Milton, for $7.74., larc@tulane.edu
" Your State, County and Town Tax in Milton, for the year 1861"
"Your State, County and Town Tax in Milton for the year 1861" from Simeon Emmerson, Collector of Milton, for $18.14., larc@tulane.edu
" Your State, County and Town Tax in Milton, for the year 1863"
"Your State, County and Town Tax in Milton for the year 1863" from Simeon Emmerson, Collector of Milton, for $25.10. Tax receipt was printed by David Clapp, Printer, 334 Washington Street, Boston., larc@tulane.edu
" Your State, County and Town Tax in Milton, for the year 1869"
"Your State, County and Town Tax in Milton, for the year 1869" from Simeon Emmerson, Collector of Milton, for $34.55., larc@tulane.edu
" Your State, County and Town Tax in Milton, for the year 1883"
"Your State, County and Town Tax in Milton, for the year 1883" from Simeon Emmerson, Collector of Milton, for $25.00., larc@tulane.edu
" Your State, County and Town Tax in Milton, for the year 1886"
"Your State, County and Town Tax in Milton, for the year 1886" from Simeon Emmerson, Collector of Milton, for $32.15., larc@tulane.edu
Admission for One Promenade Concert, 1869 October 21-23
Admission ticket administered by Henry Washburn, Treasurer, which reads: "Admit Bearer to One Promenade Concert at the Coliseum, On October 21, 22 or 23, 1869. Henry Washburn, Treasyrer.", larc@tulane.edu
B. B. Smith Diary, 1862
The manuscript diary covers B. B. Smith's service from 1862 January 1 to 1862 August 2, in Company A, 30th Massachusetts, which was raised by Major General Benjamin Butler., larc@tulane.edu
Bill of Sale for Land, 1825 April 6
A bill of sale indicating that Badger, John B. bought land from Ebenezer Hanson., larc@tulane.edu
Blanchard-Smith wedding invitation, 1884-1900
An invitation for Margaret Blanchard and Henry F. Smith Jr.'s wedding at the Church of the Firt Parish in Concord, Massachusetts., larc@tulane.edu
Blue Hill Club Sociable program
Program lists the order of dances from the Blue Hill Club Sociable in Milton, Mass. It also shows the order of dances, the Intermission, and that the music is by the Dorchester Quadrille Band., larc@tulane.edu
Check, 1904 September 29
George Y. Badger check paid to the order of A.S. Badger for $1000. Check was printed by Stewart, Warren, & Co. Lithograph, New York., larc@tulane.edu
Civil War Diary of David W. James, 1863-1864
Diary covering David W. James' service in the 56th Ohio Infantry from 1863 August 24 to 1864 May 26., larc@tulane.edu
Clippings (information artifacts), 1872 May 3
Included are two newspaper clippings about the quarantine enforced in New Orleans during an outbreak of yellow fever., larc@tulane.edu
Coffin Warehouse receipt, 1856 September 15
A receipt of payment from Coffin Warehouse ("on the corner of Federal and Purchase Streets, and near the foot of Summer Street.") for $13.50 to Caleb I. Pratt., larc@tulane.edu
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Judicial Summons, 1865 June 18
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Judicial Summons for George Choates, defendant. George K. Gannett is listed as the plaintiff., larc@tulane.edu
Commonwealth of Massachusetts jury duty summons, 1870 May 10
Jury duty summons from the Supreme Judicial Court of Norfolk County in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to John B. Badger. [?] Worthington is identified at the bottom as a Clerk., larc@tulane.edu
Crocker-Badger wedding announcement, 1896 April 13
A wedding announcement for Annette A. Crocker and Frank E. Badger., larc@tulane.edu
Crowell & Thurlow receipt, 1903 November 21
A receipt of payment from George [Y.] Badger to Crowell & Thurlow, and N.B.Dickey, for $187.50. Reciept was manufactered by Hobbs & Warren Co. Lithograph, Boston, No. 21., larc@tulane.edu
Crowell & Thurlow, reciept, 1903 September 14
A receipt of payment from George [Y.] Badger to [E.P.] Crowell of Crowell and Thurlow, for $312.50. Reciept was manufactered by Hobbs & Warren Co. Lithograph, Boston, No. 24., larc@tulane.edu

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