Family papers consisting primarily of correspondence to and from Blackston McDannel of Greeneville, Greene County, Tennessee. The papers include extensive family correspondence as well as some business papers of McDannel, who was a plasterer by trade, a farmer and a United States Marshal in the administrations of Presidents Lincoln and Johnson. McDannel’s diary kept during his service in the Mexican War of 1847-1848, and letters home to his wife and son, are also in the collection. A typed transcription of the diary and many of the letters, prepared in 1989, is part of this collection.