George W. Shaffer reminiscence
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George W. Shaffer reminiscence

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Shaffer, George W., approximately 1814-1895.
Title: George W. Shaffer reminiscence
Dates: 1893
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0723

Biographical/Historical Note

George W. Shaffer (ca. 1814-1895) was treasurer of the Central Railroad Company in Georgia.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of an 1893 reminiscence by George W. Shaffer, former treasurer of the Central Railroad Company of Georgia, of an excavation at the foot of Spring Hill Redoubt (an earthen fortification used by the British in Savannah during the 18th century) for the building of a new depot. During the excavation, the workers unearthed 30 skeletons in Hessian uniform and a solid gold buckle. In a letter written by Shaffer to Henry R. Jackson, president of the Georgia Historical Society, he explains that he is one of two surviving employees of the Central Railroad Company during that time and therefore wanted the memory to be preserved. The belt buckle was presented to the Georgia Historical Society (the buckle is missing as of 2007). A typed copy of the letter is included in this collection; the original remains in the Georgia Historical Society's administrative files. There is also a typed copy of the reminiscence in this collection.

Index Terms

Central Rail Road and Banking Company of Georgia.
Excavations (Archaeology)
Hessian mercenaries.
Shaffer, George W., approximately 1814-1895.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from creator.

Preferred Citation

[Item identification], George W. Shaffer reminiscence, MS 723, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Removed from the Georgia Historical Society administrative files.


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: George W. Shaffer reminiscence, 1893