Union Civil War soldier's letter
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Union Civil War soldier's letter

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Unknown.
Title: Union Civil War soldier's letter
Dates: 1865
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0893

Biographical/Historical Note

"George" was a Union soldier during the Civil War.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a letter from "Nephew George," a Union soldier during the Civil War, to his uncle. Writing from Savannah, Georgia, in 1865, George announces that he has mustered out of service and is leaving for New York. He mentions his route through Georgia: Hawkinsville, Macon, Atlanta, and Augusta to Savannah. He fears trouble with ex-slave holders will necessitate more troops. He declares that people are behaving as "conquerors rather than conquered," and that they are disposing of slaves by occasionally shooting them. He believes that the South contains some of the meanest and most ignorant people living.

Index Terms

Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Letters (correspondence)
Savannah (Ga.)--History.
United States. Army--History Civil War, 1861-1865.

Administrative Information

Custodial history


Preferred citation

[Identification of item], Union Civil War soldier's letter, MS 893, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition information

Purchased, 1970.


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: Nephew George to Dear Uncle. Savannah, Georgia, 1865 October 11 ( 4.0 p. ) View online.
Mustered out and leaving for New York; mentions route through Georgia: Hawkinsville, Macon, Atlanta, Augusta, to Savannah; fears trouble with ex-slave holders which will necessitate more troops; people here behave as conquerors rather than conquered; dispose of slaves by shooting one occasionally; shares his opinions on Southerners.