William R. Avant letter
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William R. Avant letter

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Avant, William R., approximately 1889-
Title: William R. Avant letter
Dates: 1865
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0034

Biographical/Historical Note

William R. Avant (b. ca. 1889) was born in Bibb County, Georgia. He enlisted in the Confederate States Army, 61st Georgia Volunteers, Company I, on September 24, 1861. Avant was captured at the battle of Gettysburg on July 3, 1863 and was held prisoner at Fort Delaware. He was released on June 12, 1865. Avant died in Macon, Georgia.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a letter from William R. Avant, a lieutenant in the 61st Georgia Volunteers, to Mrs. M.D.M. Carpenter. Avant, writing as a prisoner of war at Fort Delaware, Delaware, thanks Mrs. Carpenter for the articles she sent and mentions that he has scurvy. The envelope indicates on the reverse that the note was received on April 5 and acknowledges receipt of edibles sent to General Schoepf without permit. Avant was captured at Gettysburg, July 7, 1863.

Index Terms

Avant, William R., approximately 1889-
Fort Delaware (Del.)
Letters (correspondence)
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Prisoners and prisons.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[Item identification], William R. Avant letter, MS 34, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Schindler's Antique Shop, Charleston, South Carolina, 1952.


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.


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

Container List

Letter, William R. Avant to Mrs. M.D.M. Carpenter. Fort Delaware, Delaware, 1865 April 3
William R. Avant, Lt. 6th Ga. Vols. and now a prisoner of war thanks Mrs. Carpenter for articles sent him; has scurvy; mentions Lt. John Arrington.
Covering envelope bears notes in other hands: Lt. W.P. Avant, C.S.A., 1865 April 3
Acknowledges the Receipt of edibles sent to Genl. Schoepf without permi..." and "The cans, pickles, and sauces donated by Miss G." Received April 5, 1865.