Samuel Elbert papers
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Samuel Elbert papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Elbert, Samuel, 1740-1788.
Title: Samuel Elbert papers
Dates: 1776-1786
Extent: 0.25 cubic feet (1 box)
Identification: MS 0232

Biographical/Historical Note

Samuel Elbert (1740-1788) was born in Prince William Parish, South Carolina. During the American Revolution he joined the Sons of Liberty. A member of the first Georgia Council of Safety (1775), he entered the Continental service as a lieutenant-colonel in 1776. Elbert was soon promoted to colonel and gained command of the Continental forces in Georgia as successor to Lachlan McIntosh. He commanded a brigade at Yorktown. On January 22, 1783, Elbert became a commissioner appointed to negotiate with the Creek and Cherokee tribes. He became governor of Georgia in July, 1785, after which he served as sheriff of Chatham County. Elbert died in Savannah on November 1, 1788.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains an order book, letter book, and two pieces of correspondence. The subjects of the correspondence include a recommendation of the return of confiscated books, and the "Florida situation." This collection is arranged chronologically. The letter book, February 16, 1785-November 9, 1786. also contains letter book of Edward Telfair, January 27, 1786-October 19, 1786.

Index Terms

Elbert, Samuel, 1740-1788.
Florida--History--Spanish colony, 1784-1821.
Letter books.
Letters (correspondence)
Telfair, Edward, approximately 1735-1807.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Samuel Elbert papers, MS 232, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of William Neyle Habersham, 1894 (order book); Walter C. Hartridge, 1959 (Item 3)


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.

Publication Note

Order book, October 1776-November 1778 published as Collections of the Georgia Historical Society: Order Book of Samuel Elbert, Colonel and Brigadier General in the Continental Army v.5, p.2 (1902).


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

Container List



1Order book, 1776 October-1778 November


2Letter book, 1785 February 16-1786 November 9
Also contains letter book of Edward Telfair, January 27, 1786-October 19, 1786.


3Samuel Stirk to Governor Elbert. Savannah, Georgia, 1785 February 26 ( 2.0 p. )
Recommending return of books of Belcher and Ingram which had been confiscated.


4Nicholas Long et al to Samuel Elbert. Bourbon County near Fort Panmure, 1785 October 14 ( 3.0 p. )
Regarding Florida situation. Signed Nicholas Long, Jr., W. Davenport and Nathaniel Christmas.