Chatham Artillery records
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Chatham Artillery records

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Georgia. Chatham Artillery of Savannah.
Title: Chatham Artillery records
Dates: 1786-1986
Extent: 19.6 cubic feet (45 boxes, 1 microfilm roll)
Identification: MS 0966

Biographical/Historical Note

The Chatham Artillery is the oldest military organization in the State of Georgia, form on May 1, 1786. It has always been, and continues to be, an important unit of the State Militia and participated in every war fought by United States forces with the exception of the War with Mexico, 1845-1848, at which time another Savannah military unit was chosen by lot. The company was called upon for both festive and solemn occasions, such as escorting President George Washington in 1791, the Marquis de Lafayette in 1825, and the funeral of General Nathanael Greene in 1786. In earlier days, the Chatham Artillery was known for its colorful dress uniform, worn for parades and celebrations. It still exists as a separate corporation and still celebrates its anniversary in May of each year. Its present military designation is Battery B., 1st How. Battalion, 118th Artillery and Headquarter and Headquarter Battery, 48th Armored Division Artillery.


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of the records of the Chatham Artillery and includes account books and other account records, minute books, correspondence, orders, muster rolls and payrolls, rosters, enlistment records, rules and regulations, and a large number of miscellaneous records. It includes accounts of the Quartermaster stores, 1862-1865, an undated copy of Civil War Centennial Manual for Georgians, and Report of A.C. Ulmer, Mayor of the Town of Tybee, 1890 and 1891.

Also included in the collection is a roll of microfilm containing Chatham Artillery muster rolls, 1793-1865; returns, July 1863-December 1864; a register, 1861-1865; and enlistment records, 1894-1900. These records were microfilmed by the Genealogical Society of Salt Lake City, Utah.

The cashbooks for 1896-1904 are located outside of the boxes. The minute books for 1893-1940 and January 14, 1942 are located outside of the boxes. A register, 1861-1865, is located outside of the boxes. Service and enlistment record book, 1894-1900 is located outside of the boxes.


Index Terms

Account books.
Administrative records.
Bylaws (administrative records)
Cashbooks.
Charters.
Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Georgia. Chatham Artillery of Savannah.
Letters (correspondence)
Microfilms.
Minute books.
Muster rolls.
Orders (military records)
Payrolls.
Photographs.
Scrapbooks.
World War, 1914-1918.
World War, 1939-1945.

Physical and Technical Access Restrictions

A microfilm reader is required to access portions of the collection.


Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was deposited by creating body in 1950; it was gifted in 2002.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Chatham Artillery records, MS 966, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Deposited by the Chatham Artillery Corporation, 1950, 1978, 1980, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1993. Gifted 2002.


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.


Separated Material

Artifacts were separated and cataloged with the Georgia Historical Society Artifacts Collection. View digital images of artifacts at the end of this collection inventory or search the Digital Image Catalog for further information.


Sponsorship

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

Container List

 

Box

1Accounts, 1860-1880
Audits, 1860, 1900, 1940-1946; bank statements, 1913-1952; bills, receipts and cancelled checks, 1860-1880.
 

Box

2Accounts. Bills, receipts and cancelled checks, 1881-1890
 

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3Accounts. Bills, receipts and cancelled checks, 1891-1953
 

Box

4Accounts, 1860-1933
Council books, 1925-1933; dues, fines, donations, 1860, 1903-1917, March 1, 1949; payrolls, 1863-1865, 1922-1930.
 

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5Accounts. Payrolls, 1931-1937, 1942 July 1
 

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6Accounts, 1813-1972
General, 1813, 1873-1878; promissory notes, 1914-1921; Quartermaster stores, 1862-1865; stocks, 1901-1972; Treasurers' reports, 1860, 1938-1952; vouchers, 1925-1956.
 

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7-8Accounts. Cashbooks, 1872-1892, 1894-1916, 1924-1952 ( 7.0 volumes )
 

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9Minute books, 1841-49, 1872-1942 ( 5.0 volumes )
 

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10Anniversary and other celebrations, circulars, communications, correspondence, 1791-1972
Circulars, 1862, 1898-1938; communications, 1909-1928-1938; correspondence, 1812-1972; correspondence, Centennial Legion, 1928-1949; correspondence, Tennessee Corps; correspondence, Republican Blues, 1860-1877.
 

Box

11Correspondence books and miscellaneous, 1921-1955 and undated
Correspondence books, 1921-37; Cuyler (Telamon) gifts; business and official directory, Savannah and Chatham County, n.d. (includes table of Courts in all Georgia Counties) pp. 17-18, 22-32, 3 unnumbered; flags, 1931; map of Savannah, 1940; blank forms (2 Civil War pd); manuals of arms, etc.; correspondence re medals and badges, 1926-32, 1955; Regimental Insignia, 118th Field Artillery.
 

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12Charters, by-laws, resolutions and miscellaneous, 1813-1935 ( 1.0 p. )
Charters, by-laws, resolutions; citation, 1961; memorials, 1848; newspapers, 1813, 1847, 1886, 1933, 1935, 1952; Philadelphia Sesquicentennial, 1926; poetic tributes, 1854, 1916; rules and regulations, 1797, 1808, 1811, ca. 1812-1815, undated ms., 1842, 1849, 1860, 1895, 1908; letter from George V. presented officers of A.E.F. during World War I, April 1918, 1 p. photocopy.
 

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13Orders. Battery and Company, 1841-1939
Battery and Company, 1841-1849, 1872-1889, 1875-1886, 1904-1939.
 

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14Orders, 1786-1948 ( 2.0 p. ) (photostat.)
Special, 1862-1865, 1910-1936; General, 1795, 1861-1865, 1891-1895, 1923-1948; Arrangement of Militia of Chatham County, 1786-1790
 

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15Personnel, 1812-1939
Attendance records, 1860-1889; clothing accounts, 1861-1865, Henry S. Colding; Courts martial, 1812-1939; dependency claims (alphabetical), 1832-1840; elections, 1912, jury duty exemptions, 1911-1951; Edward Lloyd, 1st Captain; membership applications, 1812-1813, 1860; reports: drill and instruction, 1935; reports: duty, 1915, 1923-29; reports: duty, 1930-1932.
 

Box

16Personnel, 1786-1937
Reports: duty, 1933-1937; reports: morning, 1861-1937; reports: sick, 1861-1937; returns: 1863-1913; rosters, muster rolls and payrolls, 1786-1860.
 

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17Personnel, 1836-1972
Rosters, muster rolls, and payrolls, 1861-65, 1886-1926, 1932-1939, 1962-72, 1836-1940 (typed copies in binder).
 

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18Personnel. Service and enlistment records, A-Q
 

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19Personnel, 1907-1940
Service and enlistment records, R-Z; service and enlistment record book, 1907-1912; service and enlistment records, 1907-1913, 1911-1932, 1934-1940; staff assignments, 1928-1931; strength of returns; record of events diary, 1923-1938; uniforms, designs, insignia.
 

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20Property, 1853-1946 View online.
Online Inventory Contains Digitized Items
Armory, 1860, 1913-18, 1933-35; armory, leases rentals mortgages, 1889-1946; armory, photographs; gas and oil allowances, etc., 1934-1936; horses and stables, 1853-1934; inventory and inspection reports, G.N.G., 1924-39; memo receipts; ordinances, 1862-1864, 1898-1937.
 

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21Property, 1812-1939
Radio, 1936-37; receiving reports, 1934; requisitions, purchase orders, 1924-1937; returns, 1812-1895; returns of clothing, etc., 1863-1937; shipping tickets and correspondence, 1876-1939; transfers, 1924-1938; typewriters, 1932-1937; vehicles: reports of surveys, etc., 1934-38; Washington guns.
 

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22Training, 1860-1937
Army extension and other courses, 1929-37; drill schedules, 1927; maps and problems (Camp Jackson and Gettysburg, Antietam); memos: encampments (National Guard, etc.) 1860, 1909-1931.
 

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23Training, 1878-1944
Memos: encampments (National Guard, etc.), 1932-1944; target practice, 1878-1937.
 

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24History. Official history emblems; references to and records of the collection
 

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25Photographs
 

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26-27Books and Pamphlets
Duncan, Roll and legend of Georgia Hussars; Jones, Historical Sketch of Chatham Artillery during the Confederate struggle for Independence (2 copies); Wheaton, Reminiscences of the Chatham Artillery (3 copies); Report of Adjutant and Inspector General of the State of Georgia, 1892; Georgia Historical Quarterly, XIII, No. 1 (March 1929), containing references to Chatham Artillery, p. 20-23; Chatham Artillery 175th Anniversary Celebration, 1961 (2 copies); Chatham Artillery 184th Anniversary Celebration, 1970 (2 copies); By men and deeds: Know your Chatham Artillery, n.d. (2 copies); Civil War Centennial Manual for Georgians, n.d.; Report of A.C. Ulmer, Mayor of the Town of Tybee, 1890 and 1891; World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing, State of Georgia, prepared by the Adjutant General, 1946; Program of Central of Georgia Railway Centennial and Pageant, 1935; Seven Georgia Centennial Tours, prepared by Georgia Department of Commerce, n.d.; City Builder: Georgia Bicentennial (ed. Atlanta Chamber of Commerce), XVII, No. 6 (November 1933); Historical Sketch of the Savannah Volunteer Guards..., 1886; Hicks, French Military Weapons, 1717-1950. J. Duncan Campbell and Edgar M. Howell, American Military Insignia, 1800-1851; The Field Artillery Journal (ed. The United States Field Artillery Association), XXII, No. 1 (January-February 1932); The Belgain People's War, a violation fo international law, translations by the Official German White Book (ed. The Imperial Foreign Office, 1915); The Optimist, XLI, No. 1 (January 1961), Chatham Artillery reference p. 15-17; Centennial Celebration of the Washington Light Infantry, 1907; The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina and the Washington Light Infantry, February 22, 1944; Washington Artillery Souvenir, n.d.; Interesting Moments with the State, Lanard, Fencibles of Philadelphia, 1813-1937; Hallowell and Company, History of the First Troop, Philadelphia City Cavalry, 1774-1874; Brink, Kosciuszko: Forefather of American Artillery (Military Intelligence Division, General Staff), n.d.; The Commander (The Commander Hotel); McLellan, Instructions to mariners in Case of Shipwreck, with information concerning the Life Saving stations upon the Coast of the United States, 1888; Steuben, Regulations for the Order and Discipline of the Troops of the United States, 1803; The Oglethorpe Light Infantry.
 

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28Books and Pamphlets ((2 copies))
Guest Book, 1954 Banquet and ?; Army of the U.S.; 2nd W.W. History, "On the Way", 230th; National Guard Annual, 1930s?
 

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29Minute book, scrapbook, and invitations, 1867-1969
Minute book, 1939-1969; scrapbook, invitations, 1867-1893.
 

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30200th Anniversary

Meetings
Budget
Schedule of events
Publicity

Box

Fldr

316Memorial, dedication
7First Day Issue
8Mantovani (public event)
9Monument
10Ladies' event
11Daufuskie boat trip
12Stamp, first day
13Photography
14Olustee participation

Box

Fldr

3215Awards and medals
16Private banquet
17Grand ball
18Misc. printed materials
19Resolutions, etc
20Misc. notes
 

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33200th Anniversary
Medals. Separated from collection and cataloged with Artifacts collection.
 

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34200th Anniversary
Proclamation by Governor Joe Frank Harris; charts; Mantovani playbills.
 

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35Trip to Philadelphia, 1976
 

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36Scrapbook, 1886-1898
 

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37Scrapbook, 1874-1883
 

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38Scrapbook, 1883-1886
 

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39Invitations, 1886-1938
 

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40Scrapbook, 1901-1917
 

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41Scrapbook, 1917-1922
 

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42Scrapbook, 1917-1933
 

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43Scrapbooks (2), 1930-1956
 

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44Register, enlistment book, and cashbook, 1861-1896
 

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45Minute books, 1893-1941
 

roll

1X-0966-01. Chatham Artillery muster rolls returns, register, enlistment records, 1793-1900
Chatham Artillery muster rolls 1793-1865; returns, July 1863-Dec. 1864; register, 1861-1865; enlistment records, 1894-1900.
 
Artifacts
A-0966-002 Chatham Artillery Gold Award Medal View online.
A-0966-003 George Washington medal presented to the Chatham Artillery for guns captured at Yorktown View online.
A-0966-004 Chatham Artillery 1886 centennial anniversary medal View online.
A-0966-005 Chatham Artillery 200th anniversary souvenir medal View online.
A-0966-006 Chatham Artillery 200th anniversary souvenir medal View online.
A-0966-007 Chatham Artillery 200th anniversary name badge View online.
A-0966-008 Chatham Artillery 200th anniversary name badge View online.
A-0966-009 Chatham Artillery past president medal from the 1986 bi-centennial View online.
A-0966-010 Chatham Artillery past president medal from the 1986 bi-centennial View online.
A-0966-011 Chatham Artillery 200th anniversary medal View online.
A-0966-012 Chatham Artillery 200th anniversary medal View online.