Family donates Civil War writings to NSU archives

A family with roots in northwest Louisiana has donated a Civil War diary and several letters of that era to the archives at Northwestern State University. The John Coleman Sibley Collection, presented to NSU’s Cammie G. Henry Research Center at Watson Library, details the experiences of Sibley, a 1st Sergeant and later 2nd Jr. Lieutenant of Co. E 2nd Louisiana Cavalry. 

Sibley’s descendants and their families presented the collection to NSU at the suggestion of another distant relative, Dr. Donald Parker, who discovered the existence of the diary while doing research for a book on the Unit, in which eight of his ancestors served. 

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