William Murray Davidson letter
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William Murray Davidson letter

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Davidson, William Murray, 1821-1894.
Title: William Murray Davidson letter
Dates: 1862 April 13
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0201

Biographical/Historical Note

William Murray Davidson (1821-1894) was a native of Scotland. He served as 2nd Lt. in the Chatham Artillery and later as a captain. Davidson was a wholesale wine and liquor distributor in Savannah, Georgia. His business, W.M. Davidson, was established in 1844 and was still operating in 1874 on Bay Street. He was the sole distributor for Wm. Massey and Co. Philadelphia Ale in Georgia and Florida. Davidson's wife was Sarah; they had a son, William, Jr.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a photocopy of a letter from William Murray Davidson to his wife, Sarah, written from Camp Claghorn, Chatham Artillery, on April 13, 1862. In the letter, Davidson relates the events of the siege on Fort Pulaski by the Union forces and his activities at his port. He urges Sarah and her mother to leave Savannah before the Yankees attack. Davidson informs his wife of a shipment of rice he has sent up to Macon for safekeeping. He wants her to be aware of the cargo in case she should need to recover it in the event that something happens to him.

Index Terms

Davidson, William Murray, 1821-1894.
Fort Pulaski (Ga.)--History.
Georgia. Chatham Artillery of Savannah.
Letters (correspondence)
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from grandson of creator.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], William Murray Davidson letter, MS 201, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of William Murray Davidson, 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.


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