John W. Bentley letters
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John W. Bentley letters

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Bentley, John W.
Title: John W. Bentley letters
Dates: 1861-1862
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0066

Biographical/Historical Note

John W. Bentley lived in Bartow County, Georgia. He served during the Civil War in Company A of the 23rd Georgia Volunteer Infantry, the Bartow Yankee Killers.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of five letters written by John W. Bentley to his father and sister between 1861 and 1862. Bentley was stationed at Camp Causton Bluff near Savannah, Georgia during the Civil War. The letters written from Causton Bluff describe camp life, fortifying rivers, federal prisoners, federal gunboats, Fort Pulaski, and Fort Jackson. Bentley’s letter dated July 31, 1861, was written from Richmond, Virginia and describes his trip from Decatur, Georgia to Richmond, conditions of that city, and numerous federal prisoners being brought to the city.

Index Terms

Bentley, John W.
Fort Jackson (Ga.)
Fort Pulaski (Ga.)
Letters (correspondence)
Military prisons.
Richmond (Va.)--History.
Savannah (Ga.)--History.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Prisoners and prisons.

Administrative Information

Custodial history


Preferred citation

[Identification of item], John W. Bentley letters, MS 66, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition information

Exchange with Stuart Miller, 1960.


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.

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Container List

Item 1: John W. Bentley letter to his father. Richmond, Va., 1861 July 31 ( 4.0 p. )
Describes his trip from Decatur, Ga. to Richmond; conditions in Richmond; numerous Yankee prisoners being brought into the city.
Item 2: John W. Bentley letter to his sister. Camp Costain Bluff, 1862 January 25 ( 4.0 p. )
Describes camp; mentions friends. Includes photocopy.
Item 3: John W. Bentley letter to his father. Camp Costain Bluff, 1862 February 8 ( 4.0 p. )
Yankee gunboats nearby; hears firing of cannon and roar of bombs; mentions Forts Pulaski and Jackson; fortifying rivers and forts.
Item 4: John W. Bentley letter to his father. Camp Causton Bluff, 1862 March 31 ( 4.0 p. )
Yankee prisoners brought into camp; have captured Yankee gun boat.
Item 5: John W. Bentley letter to his sister. Camp Causton Bluff, 1862 June 1 ( 1.0 p. )
Tells of life in camp; mentions friends.