John McCorkle correspondence
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John McCorkle correspondence

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: McCorkle, John, 1824-1865.
Title: John McCorkle correspondence
Dates: 1863-1864
Extent: 0.1 cubic feet (3 folders)
Identification: MS 0961

Biographical/Historical Note

John McCorkle was a private in Company H, 37th Georgia Volunteer Regiment, during the Civil War. He was captured near Nashville, Tennessee, on December 16, 1864, and died of pneumonia at Camp Douglas Prison in Chicago, Illinois, on February 6, 1865. He was buried in the Confederate Cemetery at the prison camp.

McCorkle married Martha Stallings on March 16, 1829.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of the letters of John McCorkle to his wife, Martha, and to his sister. The letters were written from Oliver Hospital in La Grange, Georgia; Missionary Ridge; Dalton, Georgia; Gamble Hospital in Newnan, Georgia; near the Chattahoochee River; Atlanta; Tuscumbia, Alabama; and Florence, Alabama. One letter, January 17, 1864, is from his wife to McCorkle. There is also a telegram from Dalton, Georgia, dated April 23, 1864, notifying McCorkle that his wife received the $30.00 he sent. Also included is a daguerreotype of John and Martha McCorkle.

Index Terms

Daguerreotypes (photographs)
Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Letters (correspondence)
McCorkle, John, 1824-1865.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John McCorkle correspondence, MS 961, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Bill Moffat, 1975.


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



1Correspondence, 1863-1864 April ( 15.0 items. ) View online.


2Correspondence, 1864 May-November ( 14.0 items. ) View online.


3Daguerreotype of John and Martha McCorkle, undated View online.