Harvey Magee Watterson letter
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Harvey Magee Watterson letter

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Watterson, Harvey Magee, 1811-1891.
Title: Harvey Magee Watterson letter
Dates: 1865
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0842

Biographical/Historical Note

Harvey Magee Watterson (1811-1891), representative from Tennessee, was born at "Beechgrove" in Bedford County, Tennessee. He studied law, was admitted to the bar, and practiced law in Shelbyville, Tennessee. He also edited a newspaper there. He was a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives and Speaker of the Tennessee Senate. President Zachary Taylor sent Watterson on a diplomatic mission to Buenos Aires in 1847. In 1860, Watterson was a presidential elector. He moved to Washington, D.C. and practiced law there for 14 years. He then moved to Louisville, Kentucky, and was on the editorial staff of the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of an 1865 letter from Harvey Magee Watterson to President Andrew Johnson, sent from Milledgeville, Georgia. In the letter, Watterson sends a copy of Dispatch No. 10, mentions fine pictures of Georgia and the South, and praises Generals Steadman and Tillson, as well as Governor James Johnson. He quotes a communication from Herschel V. Johnson regarding conditions in Georgia and recommends the removal of Federal troops and the re-establishment of civil authority. Two pages of the letter are missing and the edges appear singed.

Index Terms

Georgia--Politics and government--1861-1865.
Johnson, Andrew, 1808-1875.
Johnson, James, 1811-1891.
Letters (correspondence)
Watterson, Harvey Magee, 1811-1891.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Purchased from Walter R. Benjamin, Autographs, of New York.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Harvey Magee Watterson letter, MS 842, 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: H.M. Watterson to Andrew Johnson. Milledgeville, Ga., 1865 October 30 ( 5.0 p. )
"Copy of Dispatch No. 10;" fine pictures of Georgia and the South; praises Genls. Steadman and Tillson and Gov. James Johnson; quotes a communication from Herschel V. Johnson regarding conditions in Georgia; recommends that federal troops be removed and civil authority re-established. 2p. missing.