Langdon Cheves papers
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Langdon Cheves papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Cheves family.
Title: Langdon Cheves papers
Dates: 1819-1947
Extent: 0.35 cubic feet (6 folders, 1 volume)
Identification: MS 0144

Biographical/Historical Note

Langdon Cheves (1776-1857) was a Congressman and financier. His son, Langdon Cheves (d. 1863) was a planter. His son, grandson to the first Langdon Cheves, was Langdon Alexander Cheves (ca. 1854-1878), was a doctor. Langdon Alexander's sister, Emma Cheves, married Gilbert Wilkins.


Scope and Content Note

This collection contains papers mainly concerned with family matters; some are of Civil War interest. Included in the collection is a gold pin with a photograph miniature of L.A. Cheves while a student at VMI (Virginia Military Institute), with braided hair in the back, a gold medal awarded by the Howard Medical Corps to Dr. L.A. Cheves in recognition of his services in the yellow fever epidemic in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1878, during which epidemic he died; and an album of photographs of members of the family and friends.


Index Terms

Cheves family.
Cheves, Langdon Alexander, approximately 1854-1878.
Cheves, Langdon, 1776-1857.
Cheves, Langdon, 1814-1863.
Genealogies (histories)
Gourdin, Robert N., 1812-1894.
Habersham, Robert, 1783-1870.
Letters (correspondence)
Obituaries.
Ogeechee River (Ga.)
Photographs.
Plantation life.
Receipts (financial records)
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives.
Warships.
Wilkins, Emma Cheves.
Yellow fever.

Location of Originals

Mary Elizabeth to Joseph H. Dulles, January 27, 1819 original in Cheves Collection, South Carolina Historical Society.

Mary Elizabeth (Dulles) Cheves to her husband, April 4, 1836 original in possession of Langdon Cheves of Charleston, 1929.


Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from collecting family.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Langdon Cheves papers, MS 144, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Milla Cheves Wilkins, 1857; Mrs. Frank A. Hollowbush, 1978 (Addenda).


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.


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.


Sponsorship

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

Container List

 

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11Receipt of Robert Habersham for $20,000 purchase money of a tract of land on Ogeechee River, 1846 January 27 ( 1.0 p. )
 

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12Langdon Cheves to his son (Langdon Cheves, Jr.?). Portman Shoals, 1846 August 30 ( 3.0 p. )
Signed L.C. Re plantation crops and instructions for repairs upon his plantation house.
 

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13Robert N. Gourdin to Langdon Cheves, Jr. Charleston, 1851 March 5 ( 1.0 p. )
Regarding casks of sherry.
 

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14 Charleston Daily Courier, 1857 June 27
Front page with Langdon Cheves' obituary.
 

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15B.F. Buckner to F.P. Hardee, Langdon Cheves and Joseph Huger. Robertville, 1861 October 11 ( 1.0 p. )
Appointing them "Committee on Relief" for recently formed (Lawtonville) Volunteer Relief Association.
 

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16 The Charleston Mercury, 1861 December 3 ( 4.0 p. )
 

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17W.L. Haskell to his aunt, Mrs. Langdon Cheves. Camp Gregg (Virginia?), 1863 March 21 ( 4.0 p. )
Describes trip to camp with stop in Richmond where he visits Mrs. Chesnut. Describes camp life.
 

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18Langdon Cheves II to his son, Langdon Alexander Cheves. Battery Wagner, 1863 April 21 ( 2.0 p. )
Incomplete. Contains sketch of Union ironclad.
 

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19-10Two notes from the young Langdon Alexander Cheves to his father, Langdon Cheves II. Abbeville, South Carolina, 1863
 

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111W.L. Haskell to Mrs. Langdon Cheves. "Bivouac 7 miles from Chambersburg, Pa", 1863 June 28 ( 4.0 p. )
Describes march through Virginia into Pennsylvania countryside, camp life, etc.
 

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112Langdon Cheves (II) to his son, Langdon Alexander Cheves. Charleston, 1863 June 17 ( 1.0 p. )
Marked "Langdon's last letter to little Lang, 1863." Unsigned.
 

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113Theodore D. Wagner to Mrs. Cheves. Charleston, 1863 July 10 ( 2.0 p. )
Tells of death in action of her husband and also of Captain Charles T. Haskell.
 

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114William Ravenel to Mrs. Langdon Cheves. Charleston, 1863 July 20 ( 1.0 p. )
Letter of condolence; is sending her late husband's servant, Sam.
 

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115J.W. Miles to Mrs. Cheves, 1863 July ( 2.0 p. )
Letter of condolence.
 

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116John A. Oliver to Mrs. Cheves. Delta, Savannah, 1863 August 30 ( 2.0 p. )
Letter of condolence and account of conditions at her plantation.
 

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117C.R. Starke to Mrs. Cheves. Sand Hills, 1863 August 4 ( 4.0 p )
Letter of condolence.
 

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218 The Charleston Mercury, 1863 August 12
Pages 1 and 2.
 

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219Amelia Parker to Mrs. Cheves. Charleston, 1863 August 14 ( 2.0 p. )
Letter of condolence; includes reports on dresses she has sent; is planting flowers on Mrs. Cheves' grave, morale in Charleston, etc.
 

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220R.S. Cheves to Mrs. Cheves. Savannah, 1863 August 26 ( 4.0 p. )
Regarding estate of Langdon Cheves; cites expectation of attack at Savannah and lack of men to protect the city; discusses protecting the African Americans or sending them to her; describes life in Savannah, mentioning many friends, prices of fabrics, devaluing of money, etc.
 

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221-23Isabella Cheves to Charlotte Cheves (Mrs. Langdon), 1863 July 15, 1863 July 17, 1863 August
Letters of condolence.
 

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224Clarence Stanton to Commander Thomas T. Hunter. P.S. Chicora, Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, 1864 July 24 ( 1.0 p. )
Regarding Sullivans Island Guard boat. Action noted on back of letter.
 

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225-29Five letters from Langdon A. Cheves to his mother. Abbeville, South Carolina, 1866 September 16, 1866 October 6, 1866 December 2 and 1866 December 9, 1867 May 5
Tells of his lessons and daily life at Abbeville.
 

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230J I?. R. Cheves to T.P. Huger. Chapman's Roadside, 1869 May 21 ( 3.0 p. )
Regarding his desperate condition and the need to borrow money against his projected rents, or any other possible way.
 

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231Langdon Alexander Cheves to Mrs. G.A. Wilkins, his sister Emmie. V.M.I., 1873 January 14
Family news.
 

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232-33L.A. Cheves to his mother. V.M.I., 1873 March 31 and 1873 April 27
Regarding death of his sister Emmie's son and her condition.
 

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334Langdon A. Cheves to his brother-in-law, Gilbert A. Wilkins. Saratoga, 1876 August 7 ( 7.0 p. )
Signed with initials. Describes Centennial Exposition (Philadelphia), especially exhibition of boats and engines.
 

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335A.G. McGrath to L.A. Cheves. Charleston, 1878 April 24 ( 7.0 p. )
Regarding trust estate as pertains to Mr. and Mrs. Wilkins.
 

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336Dr. Henry Le Hardy to Dr. L.A. Cheves. Savannah, 1878 July 31 ( 1.0 p. )
Notifies Cheves of election as member of Georgia Medical Society.
 

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337John F. Wheaton, Mayor of Savannah, to J.D. Langstaff. Savannah, 1878 September 3 ( 1.0 p. )
Introduces L.A. Cheves to Howard Association, Memphis, Tennessee.
 

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338L.A. Cheves to his sister, Mrs. Emma C. Wilkins. Memphis, 1878 September 10 ( 2.0 p. )
Regarding his medical service during the continuing yellow fever epidemic in Memphis.
 

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339"The Martyr Physicians." Memphis, Tennessee, 1878 September 25 ( 2.0 p. )
Unsigned poem.
 

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340Note. Unsigned and undated with directions to L.A. Cheves grave ( 1.0 p. )
 

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341Jas. McFarland to Gilbert A. Wilkins. Memphis, Tennessee, 1878 October 18 ( 4.0 p. )
Describes death of L.A. Cheves from yellow fever and burial.
 

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342Howard Association of Memphis, Tennessee to Mrs. Langdon Cheves. Memphis, 1878 December 25 ( 1.0 p. )
Forwarding "Medal" in appreciation for services of L.A. Cheves during yellow fever epidemic.
 

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343-45Newspaper obituaries of Dr. Langdon A. Cheves
 

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346Draft of inscription for tomb of Dr. L.A. Cheves, undated ( 1.0 p. )
Unsigned.
 

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347Newspaper article, "How to Treat Yellow Fever"
 

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348Joseph R. Anderson to Mrs. Gilbert A. Wilkins. Lee, Virginia, 1909 March 18 ( 2.0 p. )
Regarding receipt of sketch of L.A. Cheves and requesting additional biographical information.
 

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349Langdon Cheves to Mrs. Gilbert Wilkins. Charleston, South Carolina, 1910 December 20 ( 4.0 p. )
Regarding biographical information on Dr. Langdon A. Cheves.
 

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350Funeral notice for Mrs. A.G. McGrath, undated
 

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351Gold broach with miniature of L.A. Cheves. Removed to Artifacts collection
 

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352Gold medal from Howard Association. Removed to Artifacts collection
 

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353Photograph album
 
Addenda 1

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454Oscar M. Lieber to Charlotte McCord, Manassas Junction, Va., 1861 July 28, 5.0 p.
Tells of the actions in the battle of Bull Run.

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455Langdon Cheves to Dr. Ralph E. Elliott, undated, 1.0 p.
Regarding a proposed road.

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456Family tree of the McCord and Turquand, drawn by Elizabeth Pierce for D.J. McCord, 1832, 1.0 p.
Mutilated. Langdon Cheves' daughter, Charlotte, married David J. McCord.

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457Notes on Alexander Cheves and Langdon Cheves, 2.0 p.
Typescript.

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458Certified copy of the marriage record of Charles N. West and Mary C. Cheves, 1869, 1.0 p.
Typescript.

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159Cheves letters, 1830-1863
Album of typed copies of letters to and from members of the Cheves family and others.
 
Addenda 2

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560Joseph H. Dulles to Langdon Cheves. Philadelphia, 1819January 6, 4.0 p.
Reinvestments and proposed land speculation. Photocopy.

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561Mary Elizabeth (Dulles) Cheves to her brother, Joseph H. Dulles. Columbia, S.C., 1819 January 27, 1.0 p.
Regarding Columbia to which they had just moved; also family and friends. Typed copy of original in Cheves Collection, South Carolina Historical Society.

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562Sophia Dulles to her son, Joseph H. Dulles. Orange Grove, Charleston, 1830 December 6, 2.0 p.
News of family and friends; the move of the Cheveses and others to Pendleton, S.C.; weddings, etc. Typed copy.

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563Sophia Dulles to her son, Joseph H. Dulles. Pendleton, S.C., 1834 March 22, 1.0 p.
News of family. Typed copy.

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564Sophia Dulles to her son, Joseph H. Dulles. Pendleton, Portman Shoals, S.C., 1834 June 21, 1.0 p.
Family news; life in Pendleton; description of the Cheves house. Typed copy.

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565Sophia Dulles to Joseph H. Dulles?. Pendleton, S.C., 1834 October 9, 3.0 p.
Family news. First page with name of address and place missing. Handwritten copy.

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566Sophia Dulles to Joseph H. Dulles. Pendleton, S.C., 1834 November 9
Family news. Handwritten copy.

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566AMary Elizabeth (Dulles) Cheves to her husband, 1836 April 4
Requests regarding family religious observances. Original in possession of Langdon Cheves of Charleston, 1929. Typed copy.

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567Mary Elizabeth (Dulles) Cheves to her husband. Totness, 1936 October 1, 1.0 p.
News of family and friends. Typed copy.

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568Joseph H. Dulles to Langdon Cheves. Philadelphia, 1840 April 26
Regarding a lawsuit.

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569William P. Miles to Miss M.E. McCord. Totness, 1842 August 16, 1.0 p.
News of himself. One page only, part missing. Photocopy of a typed copy.

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570D.P. McCord and D.S. McCord to Charlotte (McCord) Cheves. Columbia, S.C., 1855 February 5-6, 2.0 p.
News of themselves and family.

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571Langdon Cheves, Jr., to his Mother. Charleston, 1860 December 28, 2.0 p.
Signed with initials. Regarding the evacuation of Fort Moultrie by Maj. Anderson; seizure of forts in Savannah River by Georgians.

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572Unknown sender to Charley. Lexington, 1869 September 29, 6.0 p.
News of himself; visit of Gen. R.E. Lee; description of Lexington. Last page or pages missing.

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573Richard H. Clark to Charles N. West. Atlanta, Ga., 1895 October 22, 2.0 p.
Regarding a memo on West to appear in a publication.

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574Langdon Cheves to Charles N. West. Charleston, 1896 January 25, 3.0 p.
Regarding West's compilation, "Courts and Judges of Georgia." Photocopy.

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575Richard L. Denison to Mrs. John Bennett, 1947 March 27, 2.0 p.
Regarding the Turquand family. Typed copy.

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576Mary E. Magrath to Mary —, undated, 6.0 p.
Regarding life in the village of Totness; sketch of Major James Lovell. Typed copy.
 

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678-84Miscellaneous
Sketch of Langdon Cheves from Appleton's New American Cyclopedia; notes regarding Charlotte (Dulles) Cheves (Mrs. Langdon, Jr.,) regarding her painting of miniatures; notes on the Turquand family; "Robert Y. Hayne;" scrap of embroidered organdy in an envelope labeled "Part of Old Mrs. Mott's dress, Mary Hugers grandmother." M.E. McCord; "Captain Langdon Cheves, Jr., and the Confederate Silk Dress Balloon," ed. by J.H. Easterby, Part III (photocopy of extract from The South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine, XLV, (1944), 99-110; pencil sketch of the Genillat (Gignilliat) Court-of-Arms.
 
Artifacts
A-0144-001 Gold mourning brooch with miniature photograph of Dr. Langdon Cheves View online.
A-0114-002 Gold medal presented posthumously to Dr. Langdon A. Cheves by the Howard Medical Society View online.