Theodorick Wingfield Montfort letters
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Theodorick Wingfield Montfort letters

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Montfort, Theodorick Wingfield, 1823-1862.
Title: Theodorick Wingfield Montfort letters
Dates: 1862
Extent: 0.1 cubic feet (2 folders)
Identification: MS 0571

Biographical/Historical Note

Theodorick Wingfield Montfort (1823-1862), the son of Theodorick and Elizabeth Terrell Montfort, was a farmer and lawyer in Oglethorpe and Macon County, Georgia. As a 1st Lieutenant in Company B of the 22nd Georgia Battalion, Heavy Artillery, the Macon County Wise Guards he left with the company to serve the Confederacy in September, 1861. They arrived first in Virginia, then the Georgia coast. He was at Fort Pulaski during the Federal attack and the surrender of the fort in April of 1862. He was taken as a prisoner first to Governor's Island, New York, then to other prisons. He was paroled at Vicksburg, Mississippi and returned to Butler, Georgia where his family lived. He died there on September 27, 1862.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of letters written by Theodorick Wingfield Montfort from Camp Wilson, Fort Pulaski, Hilton Head Island, Fort Columbus on Governor's Island, New York, Johnsons Island in Ohio, and Sundusky, Ohio. Several of his letters tell of daily life at Fort Pulaski. There is also a letter in the collection to T.W. Montfort from his cousin, F.W. Montfort, July 9, 1862, and parts of three other letters, probably written from Hilton Head Island.

Index Terms

Confederate States of America. Army. Georgia Artillery.
Fort Pulaski (Ga.)
Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Letters (correspondence)
Montfort, Theodorick Wingfield, 1823-1862.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Prisoners and prisons.

Administrative Information

Custodial history

All items except 3, 6, 17, 21, and 27 purchased from Helen Kilpatrick Lyon of Atlanta, Georgia.

Preferred citation

[Identification of item], Theodorick Wingfield Montfort letters, MS 571, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition information

Items 3,6,17,21,and 27 gift of Katherine K. Lamar, 1962. All other items purchased, 1960.


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.

Publication note

Published, "Rebel Lawyer: Letters of Theodorick W. Montfort, 1861-1862," ed. by Spencer B. King, Georgia Historical Quarterly, XLVIII-XLIX (Sept. 1964-Sept. 1965). Reprinted, Rebel Lawyer: Letters of Theodorick W. Montfort, 1965.

Container List



1Letters, 1861 January 14-1862 February ( 11.0 items. ) View online.


2Letters, 1862 March-August ( 16.0 items. ) View online.