William Andrew Reid letters and Civil War scrapbook
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William Andrew Reid letters and Civil War scrapbook

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Reid, William Andrew
Title: William Andrew Reid letters and Civil War scrapbook
Dates: 1846-1865
Extent: 0.15 cubic feet (2 folders)
Identification: MS 0653

Biographical/Historical Note

William Andrew Reid was the son of John Hope Reid and Ruth Welman Reid of Savannah, Georgia. During the Civil War he was Captain of Company I of the 1st Louisiana Infantry Regiment of the Army of Tennessee. He also served as Assistant Inspector General on General Bragg's staff. Reid was wounded in the battles of Murfreesboro and Shiloh. He married Aurelia Murray Wheeler in Mobile, Alabama, on December 17, 1867.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of two family letters and a Civil War scrapbook. The letters are from William and N.C. to a member of the Wheeler family (William Reid's wife's family), telling of William Blanding's wife's death and of his subsequent move to Providence, Rhode Island. The scrapbook contains original Special and General orders, and letters mostly pertaining to Reid's service. Also included are two Confederate imprint broadsides which have been recorded in Collections of the Georgia Historical Society, XVI, as well as a manuscript map of military activities in the Dalton, Georgia, area.

Index Terms

Confederate States of America. Army. Louisiana Infantry, 1st.
Letters (correspondence)
Louisiana--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Reid, William Andrew
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, which received it from Aurelia Wheeler Reid and her siblings, who were William A. Reid's children.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], William Andrew Reid letters and Civil War scrapbook, MS 653, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences (Savannah, Ga.), 1957.


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.

Publication Note

Confederate imprint broadsides contained in scrapbook published in Collections of the Georgia Historical Society, XVI (1975), p. 7, 8, 11.


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

Container List



1William and N.C. Blanding to Mrs. R.B. Wheeler. Philadelphia, 1846 May 30, 1846 June 4
William Blanding tells of the death of his wife and his proposed removal to Providence, R.I. N.C. Blanding writes of his Uncle William and others of the family.


2Scrapbook of William Andrew Reid, 1861-1865 View online.
Contains original Special and General Orders, letters, etc., mostly pertaining to his service.
A-0653-001 Three Confederate postage stamps, ten cent denomination View online.
A-0653-002 Ten dollar bill from the Confederate States of America View online.
A-0653-003 One dollar bill from the Bank of the State of South Carolina, Charleston, S.C., 1862 View online.
A-0653-004 Four dollar bill from the Macon Savings Bank, payable in Confederate Treasurey Notes, Macon, Georgia, 1863 View online.
A-0653-005 Five dollar bill from the Confederate States of America View online.