Alexander Hamilton Stephens letters and clipping
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Alexander Hamilton Stephens letters and clipping

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Title: Alexander Hamilton Stephens letters and clipping
Dates: 1836-1865
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0755

Biographical/Historical Note

Alexander Hamilton Stephens (1812-1883) was born in Wilkes County, GA. He graduated from the University of Georgia and taught for a few years in rural schools. Then he read law and was admitted to the Georgia bar. He was active in Georgia politics, was elected to the Georgia Legislature, and then to the U.S. Congress. He was Vice-President of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War. See Dictionary of American Biography (1964), IX, pt 1, 569-575 and other biographies in the Georgia Historical Society library.


Scope and Content Note

Assembled by the Georgia Historical Society, this collection consists of four items relating to Alexander Hamilton Stephens. First is a letter from John L. Stephens to his brother, A. H. Stephens. The letter contains news of their brother, Linton, and other members of the family, specifically, trouble with Lindsay. The second item is Stephens holograph recommendation for a person not named. Item three is a facsimile of a letter from Abraham Lincoln to Alexander H. Stephens in regards to a prisoner exchange. Lincoln has agreed to release Stephens nephew in exchange for a prisoner, at Richmond, of equal rank whose health would require his release. The final item in the collection is a newspaper clipping from The Savannah Republican, March 23, 1861, of a speech by Alexander H. Stephens delivered at Savannah Atheneum on March 21, 1861.


Index Terms

Letters (correspondence)
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Stephens, Alexander H., (Alexander Hamilton), 1812-1883.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Prisoners and prisons.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Item 1 purchased from John W. Stine, Edwardsville, IL; Item 2 purchased from Carnegie Book Shop, New York, NY.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Alexander Hamilton Stephens letters and clipping, MS 755, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of David M. Sherman, 1973, and St. Augustine Historical Society, 1987; purchased items 1 and 2, 1955.


Restrictions

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.


Sponsorship

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

Container List

 
Item 1: John L. Stephens to his brother, A. H. Stephens. Hamilton, GA. ( 3.0 p. )
News of their brother Linton and others of the family; trouble with Lindsay. Note from Linton added.
 
Item 2: Stephens' holograph recommendation for a person not named, undated
Signed “MC of Ga.”
 
Item 3: Abraham Lincoln to Alexander H. Stephens. Washington, D.C., 1865 February 10 ( 1.0 p. )
Regarding exchange of Stephens’ nephew for a Union prisoner of same rank.
 
Item 4: Newspaper clipping from The Savannah Republican, 1861 March 23 View online.
Clipping of speech of Alexander H. Stephens delivered at Savannah Atheneum on March 21, 1861.
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