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Nathaniel Beverley Tucker Papers

Identifier: Mss. Acc. 2003.09

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Scope and Contents

Comprised mostly of letters to, from, and about Nathaniel Beverley Tucker (1820-1890), a Virginian journalist and diplomat, his son Beverley Dandridge Tucker (1846-1930), a bishop, and their friends and family dating between 1830 and 1903.  Family correspondents include Charles Ellis, Thomas H. Ellis, and Powhatan Ellis (brothers of Jane Shelton (Ellis) Tucker); Virginia Sarah Tucker Brooke, sister of Nathaniel Beverley Tucker ; Jane Shelton (Ellis) Tucker, wife Nathaniel Beverley Tucker; Anna Maria Washington Tucker, daughter of John Augustine Washington and wife of Beverley Dandridge Tucker;  and Beverley Dandridge Tucker and Charles Ellis Tucker, sons of Nathaniel Beverley Tucker.  Notable correspondents include Franklin Pierce, Jefferson Davis, John Slidell, Sidney Webster, J.G. Blaine, Walker Blaine, Judah P. Benjamin, Stephen Massett, Hamilton Fish, Benjamin Harrison, and Stephen D. Lee. 

Letters with the following dates deal mostly with the Civil War and the attempts of the Confederate  States to raise money in Europe:  December 29, 1861; January 11, 1862; March 2, 1862; March 20, 1862; October 3, 1862; November 27, 1862; December 13, 1862; April 2, 1863; May 12, 1863;and May 21, 1863.

Addition 2008.27 has been filed chronologically with Acc. 2004.59.  This accession consists of letters, 1861-1863, written from Havana, Cuba, Paris, and London.


  • Creation: 1830-1903
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1850-1890


Language of Materials

English French

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Biographical Information:

Nathaniel Beverley Tucker (June 8, 1820 - July 4, 1890), Confederate Agent, was born in Winchester, Virginia, the grandson of St. George Tucker, the nephew of Nathaniel Beverley Tucker (1784-1851) and the son of Henry St. George Tucker (1780-1897). His mother was Anne Evelina (Hunter) Tucker and John Randolph Tucker (1823-1897) was his brother. He married Jane Shelton in 1841. They had eight children.

From 1853-1856 he edited the Washington Sentinel. In 1857 he became consul at Liverpool. Upon the secession of Virginia during the Civil War, he returned home and joined the Confederate Army. He contracted to provide supplies for the army.

After the war, he was accused of complicity in the plot to murder Lincoln. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .


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Arrangement of Materials:

Chronologically and by Accession Number.

Acquisition Information:

Mss. Acc. 2003.08, 2003.29, 2004.59 and 2008.27 were purchased.

Related Materials:

Mss. 40 T79 Tucker-Coleman Papers

Guide to the Nathaniel Beverley Tucker Papers
Finding Aid Authors: Kristen Boos.
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Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository