Civil War Diary of William Henry Elder – Selections of the diaries kept by Bishop William Henry Elder between 1862 and 1865 are now available in DigitalGeorgetown. Bishop Elder served as Bishop of Natchez, Mississippi during the Civil War. Natchez was largely spared the ravages of the war, but was shelled by a Union ironclad in 1862 and occupied by Union troops under Ulysses S. Grant in 1863. Elder’s diaries present a fascinating look at the daily life of a Confederate city during that time. The diaries are held in the collection of the Woodstock Theological Library.
Books about Saint Ignatius from the library of John Carroll – Two early editions of books about Saint Ignatius of Loyola from the personal collection of Archbishop John Carroll are now available in the Rare Books Collection in DigitalGeorgetown. One of the books is a 1585 biography of Ignatius of Loyola by Giovanni Pietro Maffei, S.J., and includes John Carroll's signature on the title page. The second was published to coincide with Ignatius' canonization in 1622 and tells the story of his life in pictures. Some of the engravings in this work are modeled after drawings attributed to Peter Paul Rubens.