Lafayette McLaws collection
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Lafayette McLaws collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: McLaws, Lafayette, 1821-1897.
Title: Lafayette McLaws collection
Dates: 1874-1888
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0534

Biographical/Historical Note

Lafayette McLaws was born in Augusta, Georgia on January 15, 1821. He attended the University of Virginia in 1837, but before he completed his first year he was appointed a cadet at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He graduated from West Point in 1842. McLaws served in the U.S. Army on the Texas frontier and distinguished himself during the Mexican War (1846). When Georgia seceded from the Union he resigned his commission and was commissioned into the Confederate Army. He served with distinction during the Civil War rising to the rank of Major General. After the Civil War he returned to Georgia and entered the insurance business and was appointed to two separate public offices. Lafayette McLaws died in Savannah, Georgia on July 24, 1897, and is buried in Laurel Grove Cemetery.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of seven documents. They cover personal news such as taxes on the McLaws' Reynolds Street home and other financial and business dealings. Also included is a letter from Joseph S. Afford dated August 29, 1888 asking General McLaws about a flag of the 10th Georgia Regiment and telling him about a reunion of the Regiment.

Index Terms

Confederate States of America. Army. Georgia Infantry Regiment, 10th.
McLaws, Lafayette, 1821-1897.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Lafayette McLaws collection, MS 534, 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.


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

Container List

Item 1: O.E. Smith letter to Lafayette McLaws, 1874 July 10 ( 1.0 p. )
Sent from Egypt, Ga., Request to pay $23.27 to S.A. Wilson. Smith was Deputy Collector.
Item 2: Joseph Shepard letter to McLaws, 1878 January 9 ( 1.0 p. )
Sent from Fernandina, Fla., Regarding a plantation for sale near St. Marys, Georgia.
Item 3: A.S. bailey letter to McLaws, 1882 October 25 ( 1.0 p. )
Sent from New York. Regarding a business transaction.
Item 4: August Bremer letter to Postmaster, 1883 May 8 ( 1.0 p. )
Sent from Savannah. Applying for position as postal clerk.
Item 5: B.A. Pratte letter to McLaws, 1883 May 9 ( 4.0 p. )
Sent from Atlanta, Ga., Gives reasons for not recommending Cunningham as a person to "tie to."
Item 6: J.L. Maxwell letter to McLaws, 1885 February 26 ( 1.0 p. )
Sent from Augusta, Ga., Regarding taxes on McLaws' Reynolds St. house. Bears unsigned note on verso: McLaws? to "Sister" regarding taxes on the house.
Item 7: Joseph S. Afford letter to McLaws, 1898 August 29 ( 1.0 p. )
Sent from Atlanta, Ga., Regarding whereabouts of the flag of the 10th Ga. Regt. and the reunion of the regiment.