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John Screven military orders

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Screven, John, 1827-1900.
Title: John Screven military orders
Dates: 1850-1864
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0497

Biographical/Historical Note

John Screven was born on September 18, 1827, the son of James P. Screven and Hannah Georgia Bryan. He attended Franklin College (but did not graduate) and studied law. He was admitted to the bar in Savannah in 1849. That same year, he married Mary Footman (1827-1864). In 1852, Screven was appointed a justice of the Inferior Court, a position he held until 1866. He became the president of the Atlantic and Gulf Railroad in 1859. Screven was captain of the Savannah volunteer guards and had a short military career as a Major of Artillery in 1861, commanding the 18th Georgia Battery. In 1864, Screven received a commission as Lieutenant-Colonel for the defense of Savannah. Screven married his second wife, Mary Eleanor Brown (1844-1883) in 1865. He served two terms as Savannah's mayor, the first beginning in 1869. He was elected a trustee of the University of Georgia in 1889. Screven died on January 9, 1900.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains two military orders for the Local Troops and City Lines of Georgia, a local militia group. The first is General Order No. 1 from Savannah, 1864, establishing the Depot of Atlantic and Gulf Rail Road Office as headquarters. It also includes orders for assemblies and equipment, and names the officers. Major John Screven was Commandant. The second orders are from Major John Screven to Captain M. Hogan from Headquarters, Savannah, 1864. Screven orders Hogan to assemble his Company.

Index Terms

Cotton trade--Georgia--Savannah.
Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Georgia. Militia.
Letters (correspondence)
Orders (military records)
Savannah (Ga.)--History.
Screven, John, 1827-1900.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John Screven military orders, MS 497, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information



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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Container List

Item 1: General Order No. 1. Headquarters, Savannah, 1864 July 29 ( 2.0 p. )
Headquarters established at Depot of Atlantic and Gulf Rail Road Office; orders for assemblies, equipment; officers named. Major John Screven was Commandant.
Item 2: Major John Screven to Capt. M. Hogan. Headquarters, Local Troops and City Lines, Savannah, 1864 August 1 ( 1.0 p. )
Orders to assemble his Hogan's Company.