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Pigman family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Pigman family.
Creator: Pigman, Mary Theresa Sprigman, 1833-1916.
Creator: Pigman, William Penn, 1820-1877.
Title: Pigman family papers
Dates: 1842-1948
Extent: 0.2 cubic feet (2 folders)
Identification: MS 0618

Biographical/Historical Note

William Penn Pigman (1820-1877) married Mary Theresa Sprigman (1833-1916). He owned steamboats operating between New Orleans and Havana, Cuba. At the outbreak of the Civil War he joined the Confederate States Army as Lieutenant in the 8th Florida Regiment, was taken prisoner at Gettysburg and imprisoned on Johnsons Island in Ohio. The Pigman home at Wake Key, Florida, was destroyed in an attack by Federal gunboats and Mrs. Pigman came to Savannah with her son to live with her sister. After the war, the Pigmans moved to Macon, Georgia, where William worked in a drug firm, William Augusts Pigman, his son, started working in the drugstore at the age of 15. He came to Savannah at 19 years-old and bought a drug business there. He married Edna A. Breeze of Rome New York; she was a well-known poet in Savannah.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of papers of Pigman family members: William Penn Pigman; Mary Theresa Sprigman Pigman; Penn A. Sprigman (1786-1863), Mary Theresa's father; and Edna Pigman, William Augustus Pigman's wife (he was William Penn and Mary Theresa Pigman's son). The collection includes family letters, notes, clippings, and three pocket diaries. One of the diaries belonged to Margaret Elizabeth Cooper Sprigman, Mary Theresa Sprigman Pigman's mother. Another diary belonged to William Penn Pigman, 1862-1864; the 1862 entries are summaries of his experiences in the Civil War. The entries of April and May 1863 relate to his last battle experience and his capture. The remainder of the diary was written at Fort Delaware and on Johnsons Island, where William was a prisoner of war. The third diary belonged to Mary T. Pigman and includes an account of her visit to her husband at Johnsons Island prison.

Index Terms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Fort Delaware (Del.)
Johnson Island Prison.
Letters (correspondence)
Pigman family.
Pigman, Mary Theresa Sprigman, 1833-1916.
Pigman, William Penn, 1820-1877.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Prisoners and prisons.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Pigman family papers, MS 618, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Zoe Coburn, 1963.


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.

Separated Material

Artifacts were separated and cataloged with the Georgia Historical Society Artifacts Collection. View digital images of artifacts at the end of this collection inventory or search the Digital Image Catalog for further information.


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

Container List



1Letters, etc.

Mary T. Sprigman to unknown recipient, 1843 March 5, 2.0 p.
Religious sentiment.

Mary T. Sprigman to the Rev. John Galloway, 1843 March 8, 1843 March 12, 1.0 p.
Religious sentiment.

Receipt to Penn A. Sprigman for pew rent in the Second Presbyterian Church, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1846 November 1, 1.0 p.

Penn A. Sprigman to his daughter, Augusta, 1864 May, 4.0 p.
Bears note that this was his last letter, written from his death-bed, to his daughter on her death-bed.

Mary T. Pigman to her husband. Savannah, 1864 June 28, 1.0 p.
News of family.

Letter of Edna G. Pigman and letters to her regarding the Penn and Pigman families, 1911 January 19-September 30
Other correspondents are the Librarians of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the Maryland Historical Society, and Mary A. Fulton.

A.E. Henry to Mary A. Pigman. Cincinnati, Ohio, 1913 July 20, 1.0 p.
Notification of death of Sarah Sprigman.

Note, undated and unsigned. Concordia, Kansas, undated
Regarding a Dr. and Mrs. Pigman.

Note with genealogical information on the Cooper family, undated


Photograph of William Penn Pigman

3 obituaries of William Penn Pigman, 1877; 2 on the life and career of William Augustus Pigman, 1932, 1948; regarding Peter A Sprigman & Co., undated; 2 regarding Penn and Pennington families, undated.

Removed and cataloged with the Artifacts collection



225Diary. Margaret Elizabeth Cooper Sprigman, 1842-1857
Irregular entries.



226Diary. William Penn Pigman, 1862 July 16-1864 October 13



227Diary. Mary T. Pigman, 1865 May 25-September 10
A-0618-001 "my father’s hair: James Cooper, 80 years old." View online.