Algernon Badger Family Papers, 1813-1920

Description

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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Letter from Algernon Sidney Badger to John B. Badger, 1872 October 29
Algernon Sidney Badger describes longshoremen riots and political upheavals in New Orleans. Despite the turbulent times, Badger's domestic life is pleasant and peaceful., larc@tulane.edu
Letter from Algernon Sidney Badger to John B. Badger, 1873 January 24
Political strife in Louisiana has largely quieted down. Algernon Badger discusses mutual acquaintances and financial matters., larc@tulane.edu
Letter from Algernon Sidney Badger to John B. Badger, 1880 January 10
Telegram notifying John Badger of the death of Algernon Badger's wife, Lizzy., larc@tulane.edu
Letter from Algernon Sidney Badger to John B. Badger, 1880 January 26
Algernon Badger writes home about the death of his wife, Lizzie., larc@tulane.edu
Letter from Algernon Sidney Badger to John B. Badger, 1881 February 13
A letter from Algernon Badger describing a fire at his home and Algie suffering from scarlet fever. Letter was sent in an official New Orleans Treasury Department, Custom House, Collector's Office envelope., larc@tulane.edu
Letter from Algernon Sidney Badger to John B. Badger, 1883 May 28
a letter from Algernon Sidney Badger to his father updating him on family news. The letter is signed by Algernon Badger, but not written in his hand. Letter is written on official New Orleans Custom House Collector's Office stationary., larc@tulane.edu
Letter from Allen Howard George to John B. Badger, 1884 February 22
A letter from George Allen Howard to John Badger written on the "glorious birthday of the Father of our country." The letter mentions a story entitled, "Little Hatchet" and mentions Jeremiah and "Brother John.", larc@tulane.edu
Letter from Blanche Badger to Isabelle Badger, 1889 November 26
Letter from Blanche Badger to Isabelle Badger writing that she has "so poor help" and that her cousins will be staying with her for the winter, among other things. "#333 Coliseum" is written on page 5., larc@tulane.edu
Letter from Blanche Badger to Isabelle Badger, 1890 February 27
Letter from Blanche Badger to Isabelle Badger which mentions the engagement of a cousin., larc@tulane.edu
Letter from Blanche Badger to Isabelle Badger, 1888 July 18
A letter from Blanche Badger to Isabelle Badger writing that she and the children are vacationing in the mountains; Algernon Badger will join them later., larc@tulane.edu
Letter from Blanche Badger to Isabelle Badger, 1889 August 1
A letter from Blanche Badger to Isabelle Badger regarding the 3rd district elections, in which Algernon Badger is involved., larc@tulane.edu
Letter from Blanche Badger to Isabelle Badger, 1889 January 24
A letter from Blanche Badger to Isabelle Badger informing her that she has recently suffered an illness. She gives news of the family. The Badgers have taken a new home further Uptown., larc@tulane.edu
Letter from Blanche Badger to Isabelle Badger, 1889 September 16
Blanche Badger congratulates Isabelle on the birth of her child and discusses Algernon Badger's involvement in Louisiana politics., larc@tulane.edu
Letter from Edward Parmele to John B. Badger, 1880 January 11
Edward Parmele announces the death of his sister, Lizzie, who was Algernon Badger's first wife., larc@tulane.edu
Letter from Eliza Blacker to John B. Badger, 1886
Letter from Eliza Backer to John B. Badger. Eliza writes about Father going on walks and having a cough during the winter. She adds that her own health is not good. She mentions that they see the Allens now and then. She mentions Martha, George, Aby, Frances, John's accident, Emily, and Anna., larc@tulane.edu
Letter from Eliza to John B. Badger, 1887 January 9
Letter from "your old sister, Eliza" to John B. Badger. The letter starts with a note at the top asking John if he had heard of the death of Julia and Susan Boscter., larc@tulane.edu
Letter from George Sprague to John B. Badger, 1884 February 7
A letter from George Sprague discussing the weight and slaughter of one of John B.Badger's pigs. Letter includes family news and alludes to the birth of one of Johns's grandsons., larc@tulane.edu
Letter from Harry Badger to John B. Badger, 1887 November 16
Algernon Badger's son, Harry, writes to his grandfather with family news., larc@tulane.edu
Letter from John "Algie" Badger to Hannah Badger, 1884 July 12
A letter from John "Algie" Badger to his grandmother, Hannah Badger. In his letter, JAB mentions his studies as well as Chester, Marion, and little Frank. He goes on to write that he wishes papa would let him spend a winter in Milton so he could sleigh., larc@tulane.edu
Letter from Joseph Badger to John B. Badger, 1874 May 28
A letter from Joseph Badger to John B. Badger regarding financial matters., larc@tulane.edu

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