S.D. Clements letter
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S.D. Clements letter

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Clements, Stephen David, 1832-1921.
Title: S.D. Clements letter
Dates: 1863
Extent: (1 folder) 0.05 cubic feet
Identification: MS 0155
Collection materials are in English.

Biographical/Historical Note

Stephen David Clements (1832-1921) was born August 14th in Baldwin County Georgia. He was enrolled at Emory College in Oxford, Georgia, and graduated in 1854. He received his license to preach at County Line Church in 1854. In 1861, Clements volunteered for the Confederate army. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel with the 2nd Georgia. Clements was captured at Vicksburg in 1863, but eventually freed. In 1864, he was critically wounded in Atlanta and returned home for the remainder of the war. He joined the South Georgia Conference in 1867 and was transferred to the North Georgia Conference ten years later. He was ordained deacon in 1865 by Bishop George F. Pierce; in 1869 he was ordained elder by Bishop H.H. Kavanaugh. Clements married twice, his first wife dying in childbirth. He and his second wife, Fredonia C. Dozier of Muscogee, Georgia, raised two children.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of one letter from S.D. Clements to his wife dated March 8. 1863 and sent form a camp near Vicksburg. It describes camp life and current events, clothing needs and asks his wife to keep a scrapbook.

Index Terms

Clements, Stephen David, 1832-1921.
Confederate States of America. Army.
Letters (correspondence)
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], S.D. Clements letter, MS 155, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Schindler's Antique Shop, Charleston, SC, 1951.


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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