Edward Clifford Anderson scrapbooks and photographs
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Edward Clifford Anderson scrapbooks and photographs

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Anderson, Edward Clifford, 1815-1883.
Title: Edward Clifford Anderson scrapbooks and photographs
Dates: 1862-1880
Extent: 0.6 cubic feet (4 volumes, 2 folders)
Identification: MS 0006

Biographical/Historical Note

Edward Clifford Anderson (1815-1883), was born in Savannah, Georgia, the ninth child of George Anderson (1767-1847) and Elizabeth Clifford Wayne Anderson (?-1818). In 1834, he entered the U.S. Navy and rose to the rank of Lieutenant before retiring in 1850. A prominent businessman and planter, Anderson served three terms as Mayor of Savannah (1853-1856; 1865-1869; and 1873-1876). He served as a C.S.A. agent during the Civil War, successfully running Federal blockade of the Georgia coast in the ironclad Fingal, and then serving as commander of the Savannah River batteries. After the war, Anderson served as a director of the Atlantic and Gulf Railroad, the Central of Georgia Railroad, and the Southern Bank. In 1841, he married Sarah Williamson, daughter of John Postell Williamson and Sarah McQueen Williamson (ca.1321-1894). They had three children, Mary, Edward Maffitt (1843-1923), and Georgia.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of four scrapbooks, a folder of newspaper clippings, and two photographs. The scrapbooks cover the dates December 20, 1865-January 23, 1867; March 5, 1866-June 17, 1874; January 6, 1869-October 5, 1872; and October 12, 1870-January 6, 1873. The clippings, 1865-1880) pertain to Anderson's term as Mayor of Savannah, Georgia, and include ordinances, proceedings of council, official notices, proclamations, and harbor improvements. The photographs are of CSS Alabama crew members, Thomas C. Cuddy, gunner, and midshipman Eugene Anderson Maffitt, dated 1862.

The folder containing photographs is noted as "VM" (visual materials) in the collection inventory.

Index Terms

Alabama (Screw sloop)
Anderson, Edward Clifford, 1815-1883.
Confederate States of America. Navy.
Cuddy, Thomas C.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Edward Clifford Anderson scrapbooks and photographs, MS 6, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Florence Crane Norvell Schwalb, 1958.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Separated Material

Artifacts were separated and cataloged with the Georgia Historical Society Artifacts Collection. View digital images of artifacts at the end of this collection inventory or search the Digital Image Catalog for further information.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List



1Scrapbook, 1865 December 20-1867 January 23


2Scrapbook, 1866 March 5-1874 June 17


3Scrapbook, 1869 January 6-1872 October 5


4Scrapbook, 1870 October 12-1873 January 6


1Newspaper clippings, 1865-1880


1Photographs. View images: 1 | 2.
Online Inventory Contains Digitized Items
A-0006-001 ab Model 1860 officer’s dress sword and scabbard decorated with American military motif View online.
A-0006-002 ab Edward C. Anderson’s saber with scabbard View online.