John Wilson Sprague letter
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John Wilson Sprague letter

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Sprague, John Wilson, 1817-1893.
Title: John Wilson Sprague letter
Dates: 1847
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0751

Biographical/Historical Note

John Wilson Sprague (1817-1893) was born in White Creek, New York. He attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute but did not graduate. He became a merchant and was for a short time with his uncle in Charleston, South Carolina. Form 1851-1852 he was treasurer of Erie County, Ohio. At the outbreak of the Civil War he was appointed Captain of the 7th Ohio Volunteers. In 1863 he became Colonel of the 63rd Ohio Regiment and then, in 1864, Brigadier-General of the Volunteers. After the war he was associated with several railroads and went to the Washington Territory in 1870 as General Agent of the Northern Pacific Railroad. He was active in building up Tacoma, Washington, and was president of its Board of Trade, and of several banks and corporations there.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a letter form John Wilson Sprague to his mother, Mrs. P. Sprague, written from Charleston, South Carolina in 1847. In the letter, Sprague shares personal news and mentions that opening the Georgia Railroad has increased business. He also writes of his uncle's business. Mrs. Sprague was in Charlton, New York.

Index Terms

Business enterprises--South Carolina--Charleston.
Georgia Railroad.
Letters (correspondence)
Sprague family.
Sprague, John Wilson, 1817-1893.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Purchased from Symmachus Trading Company, Boston Massachusetts.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], John Wilson Sprague letter, MS 751, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Purchased, 1952.


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: John Wilson Sprague to his mother, Mrs. P. Sprague. Charleston, S.C., 1847 August 3 ( 3.0 p. )
Personal news; mentions that opening the Georgia Railroad has increased business; tells of his uncle's business.