Charles Colcock Jones, Jr. letters
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Charles Colcock Jones, Jr. letters

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Jones, Charles C., (Charles Colcock), 1831-1893.
Title: Charles Colcock Jones, Jr. letters
Dates: 1868-1893
Extent: 0.1 cubic feet (3 folders)
Identification: MS 0438

Biographical/Historical Note

Charles Colcock Jones, Jr. was born in Savannah, Georgia, a son of the Reverend Charles Colcock Jones. He was educated at Princeton and Harvard law School. He practiced law in Savannah as a junior partner with John Elliott Ward. He was mayor of Savannah, 1860-1861. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he entered the Confederate States service with the Chatham Artillery of Savannah of which he was Sr. 1st Lieutenant. After the war he went to New York City where he practiced law with his former partner John Elliott Ward. In 1877 he moved to Augusta, Georgia and continued his law practice there. He was considered Georgia's most prolific historian. His publications include histories of Georgia, Savannah, Augusta, biographies, Native American antiquities, military studies, African American myths and others.

Scope and Content Note

The papers in this collection are letters written by Charles Colcock Jones, Jr., with two enclosures written by others. The letters in the first two folders, 1870-1893, were taken from the correspondence of the Georgia Historical Society. They are letters to William Grayson Mann, William S. Bogart, Henry R. Jackson, Dr. William M. Charters, William Harden, Dr. James J. Waring, and Robert Falligant, all officers of the Georgia Historical Society. They concern Jones' addresses before the Society and the publication of them: Casimir Pulaski: Address Delivered Before the Georgia Historical Society, February 13, 1871 (published in Collections of the Georgia Historical Society, III, 385-410 (1873); Sergeant William Jasper: An Address Delivered Before the Georgia Historical Society...on the 3rd of January, 1876 (Albany, N.Y., 1876); The Life and Services of the Hon. Major-General Samuel Elbert of Georgia: An Address Delivered Before the Georgia Historical Society...6th of December, 1886 (Cambridge, Mass., 1887); The Georgia Historical Society: Its Founders, Patrons and Friends: Anniversary Address...14th of February, 1881 (Savannah, 1881); Indians, Particularly of the Georgia Tribes (N.Y., 1873); The Siege of Savannah in 1779, as Described in Two Contemporaneous Journals of French Officers in the Fleet of Count E'Estaing from Georgia to the Continental Congress (N.Y., 1891). Some Society business and officers are mentioned. The two enclosures mentioned above are: a copy of the resolution of the Society conveying thanks for Jones' address on Gen. Ebert, with the letter of May 19, 1879, and a letter from William Cumming Wilde of New Orleans, November 18, 1885. All letters are ALSs.

Index Terms

Georgia Historical Society.
Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
History publishing.
Indians of North America--Antiquities.
Jones, Charles C., (Charles Colcock), 1831-1893.
Letters (correspondence)

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Items 1-47 from the correspondence of the Georgia Historical Society. Item 48 purchased from Symmachus Trading Company, Boston, MA. Items 49-50 purchased from Schindler's Antique Shop, Charleston, SC.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Charles Colcock Jones, Jr. letters, MS 438, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of E. Milby Burton, 1967 (Item 51). Purchased, 1951 (Item 48); 1969 (Items 49-50).


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



1Items 1-23: Letters to the Georgia Historical Society, 1870-1874


2Items 24-47: Letters to the Georgia Historical Society, 1876-1893



348Charles C. Jones, Jr. to Joel Munsell. New York, 1868 November 7 ( 2.0 p. )
Directions for publishing Tomo-Chi-Chi, Mico of the Yamacraws.



349Charles C. Jones, Jr. to Gen. Marcus J. Wright, 1887 January 3 ( 2.0 p. )
Thanking him for copy of Memoirs of Gen. Robert E. Lee.



350Charles C. Jones, Jr. to Gen. Marcus J. Wright, 1891 December 24 ( 2.0 p. )
Thanking him for copies of List of Staff Officers of the Confederate States Army and List of Field Officers, Regiments and Battalions, in the Confederate States Army, and outlining his own service in the war.



351Charles C. Jones, Jr. to Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, 1893 January 28 ( 2.0 p. )
Photocopy of original in private possession. Regarding recently discovered Native American burial urns and his own research on Southern Native Americans.