J. H. Everett letters
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J. H. Everett letters

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Everett, J. H.
Title: J. H. Everett letters
Dates: 1864-1865
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0241

Biographical/Historical Note

J. H. Everett served as a captain in the 120th Regiment, New York Volunteers during the Civil War, and Divine served in the 143rd Regiment, New York Volunteers, 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 20th Army Corps.

Scope and Content Note

The J.H. Everett Letters are copies made by Joseph Frederick Waring, II of two letters written from Capt. J. H. Everett of the 120th Regiment, New York Volunteers, Sherman's Army, to Divine of the 143rd Regiment, New York Volunteers. The first letter written December 19, 1864 from near Savannah, Georgia describes Sherman's march from Atlanta to Savannah. Everett notes the army's destruction, destroying all that could not be eaten, burning cotton and cotton gins, and ruining the railroads. He outlines the path they took and their halt at the defenses outside of Savannah, Fort McAllister. Everett describes the capture of Fort McAllister by the 2nd Division, 15th Army Corps and states that "Savannah has got to succumb, we shall soon control the river." Everett's letter of January 29, 1865, was posted from the field in South Carolina, as his company was campaigning through the state. He describes the destruction of all supplies by the rebels in anticipation of their approach. Everett mentions the re-election of President Lincoln.

Index Terms

Everett, J. H.
Letters (correspondence)
Sherman's March to the Sea.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], J. H. Everett letters, MS 241, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Joseph Frederick Waring, II, 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.


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

Container List

Item 1: J. H. Everett to Divine, Near Savannah, Georgia, 1864 December 19
Item 2: J. H. Everett to Divine, South Carolina, 1865 January 29