John Hall petition and William James Calais reminiscence
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John Hall petition and William James Calais reminiscence

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Calais, William James, approximately 1839-1917.
Creator: Hall, John, 1767-1792.
Title: John Hall petition and William James Calais reminiscence
Dates: 1791-circa 1863
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0117

Biographical/Historical Note

John Hall (1767-1792) was the only son of Lyman Hall (1724-1790), a prominent planter, physician, and politician in Georgia who was a delegate and a member of the Continental Congress from 1776 to 1780. William J. Calais (ca. 1839-1917) moved to Columbia, South Carolina just before the outbreak of the Civil War. He was in an artillery unit stationed in Charleston Harbor and witnessed the bombardment of Fort Sumter in 1861. Calais served with the 2nd South Carolina Infantry and was then transferred to the 33rd North Carolina Infantry, which his brother commanded. He rose to the rank of Captain and saw action throughout the war with the Army of Northern Virginia. he died in his son John Harvey Calais' home in Savannah on May 19, 1917.


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a petition and a reminiscence. The petition is to the Justices of the Inferior Court of Chatham County from John Hall of Burke County, the administrator of Lyman Hall's estate, for the recovery of a debt owed by the executors of the estate of Solomon Pendleton of Burke County, dated April 1, 1791. The second item is a 13-page manuscript written by Captain William James Calais about his service in the Confederate Army. The narrative ends abruptly after the Battle of Chancellorsville. The collection includes typed transcriptions of both items.


Index Terms

Calais, William James, approximately 1839-1917.
Chancellorsville, Battle of, Chancellorsville, Va., 1863.
Confederate States of America. Army of Northern Virginia.
Confederate States of America. Army. North Carolina Infantry Regiment, 33rd.
Confederate States of America. Army. South Carolina Infantry Regiment, 2nd.
Hall, John, 1767-1792.
Hall, Lyman, 1724-1790.
Petitions.
Reminiscences.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from estates of collectors.

Preferred Citation

[Item identification], John Hall petition and William James Calais reminiscence, MS 117, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of the estates of Mr. and Mrs. John Harvey Calais, 1965 (Item 1) and 1968 (Item 2).


Restrictions

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.


Sponsorship

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

Container List

 
Petition to Justices of the Inferior Court of Chatham County of John Hall of Burke County, admr. of estate of Lyman Hall for recovery of debt owned by executors of estate of Solomon Pendleton of Burke County, 1791 April 1 ( 3.0 p. )
 
Reminiscences of Captain William James Calais in Charleston Harbor to service in Virginia with a North Carolina Regiment, 1860 May 20 ( 13.0 p. )
Penciled script, very faded; typed copy filed with original.