David Hopkins letter
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David Hopkins letter

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Hopkins, David, 1739-1816.
Title: David Hopkins letter
Dates: 1779
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0393

Biographical/Historical Note

David Hopkins was born in Virginia and married Mary Bowles. During the Revolutionary War, he served as a 1st Lieutenant, then a 2nd Lieutenant of the Rangers, beginning his service in 1775. He became a captain in 1779 and was at the fall of Charleston.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a negative photocopy of a letter from David Hopkins to Captain Charles Sims, October 8, 1779. Hopkins reports on the bombardment of and anticipated attack on Savannah. During this time period, the British troops had seized control of Savannah and the American troops were planning to recapture the city. A typed copy is filed with the letter.

Index Terms

Georgia--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.
Hopkins, David, 1739-1816.
Letters (correspondence)
Savannah (Ga.)--History--Siege, 1779.
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.

Location of Originals

Original letter,in possession of Porcher Hopkins, Columbia, South Carolina, as of 1964.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

As of 1964, the original letter was in the possession of Porcher Hopkins of Columbia, South Carolina.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], David Hopkins letter, MS 393, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of South Carolina Archives Department, 1964.


Access Restrictions

Not to be reproduced without the permission of the owner of the original letter.

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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