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George Hewitt Daniel civil war correspondence, 1862-1864

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Type: Correspondence | Text
Creator: Daniel, George Hewitt, 1816-1864
Title: George Hewitt Daniel civil war correspondence, 1862-1864
Date: 1862-1864
Description: This collection contains five letters written by George Hewitt Daniel to his daughters, Emmaret and Virginia. These letters were written between January 24, 1862 and July 3, 1864 both before and during Daniel's service in the 8th Georgia Infantry (St. Guards) Company I. Adj. The first letter in the collection was written prior to Daniel's enlistment and includes details on his visit to the battlefield during the battle of Chickasaw Bayou2. With this letter he also includes a copy of the official report of Colonel Robert J. Henderson of the 42nd regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry that documents the causalities of the battle. Other letters in the collection were written from Rome, Georgia and mention his probability of being forced to fight in the Battle of Chattanooga and the decreasing morale of the Confederate army. The collection also includes a newspaper clipping from Augusta, Georgia that was written May 1, 1864. The article contains a speech made by Zebulon B. Vance. Daniel's letters also include instructions to his daughters and his Cousin Zac to maintain his farm and home in Covington, Georgia.

Processing Information: Collection reprocessed in 2008

George Hewitt Daniel was born October 2, 1816 in England. He married Huldah Battle, who was born on December 29, 1821 and died on April 25, 1857. The couple had four daughters, the first two of whom Emma May (1843- 1845), and Mary Colley (1857), died in infancy. Little is known about his younger daughters Emmaret (1846-?), and Virginia (1850-?). Daniel was a merchant and lived with his wife in Covington, Georgia. He served in the 8th Georgia Infantry (St. Guards) Company I. Adj. from 1863-1864. George Hewitt Daniel died on July 22, 1864.

America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia received support from a Digitizing Historical Records grant awarded to the Atlanta History Center, Georgia Historical Society, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Digital Library of Georgia by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Subjects: Daniel, George Hewitt, 1816-1864 | Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives | United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns | Vicksburg (Miss.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865 | Vicksburg (Miss.) | Georgia
Contributors: Atlanta History Center
Online Publisher: [Athens, Ga.] : Digital Library of Georgia in association with the Atlanta History Center, 2012
Original Material: [identification of item(s)], George Hewitt Daniel civil war correspondence, MSS 85F, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center.
Rights and Usage: Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

This collection is open for research.

Cite as: [identification of item(s)], George Hewitt Daniel civil war correspondence, MSS 85F, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center., as presented in the Digital Library of Georgia.

Persistent Link to Item: http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/ahc/turningpoint/id:ahc0085f-001

Related Institutions: Digital Library of Georgia
Georgia Historical Society
Atlanta History Center
Hargrett Library
Collection Information: America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia