Robert Falligant papers
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Robert Falligant papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Falligant, Robert, 1839-1902.
Title: Robert Falligant papers
Dates: 1858-1939
Extent: 0.55 cubic feet (3 folders, 2 volumes, 1 tube)
Identification: MS 0972

Biographical/Historical Note

Robert Falligant (1839-1902) was a distinguished citizen of Savannah, Georgia. He was a lawyer and served in both houses of the Georgia Legislature. He was Judge of the Eastern Judicial Circuit from 1889 until his death. During the Civil War he served first with the Southern Guards (a company of University of Virginia students), and then as a 2nd Lieutenant with Cabell's Battalion of Artillery. After the war, he joined the Oglethorpe Light Infantry; in 1872 he was appointed captain. He became a life member of the Savannah Volunteer Guards in 1886. He was an active member of the Georgia Historical Society and for many years served as its corresponding secretary. Falligant was also a noted orator.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of letters from Robert Falligant to his daughter, Ellen F. Carter, an album of autographs which he began while a student at the University of Virginia, abstracts of class notes at the University of Virginia, commissions, and other papers. The autograph album includes a letter from Robert E. Lee, Jr., dated April 12, 1870, which General Robert E. Lee autographed on a visit with Judge Falligant in Savannah in 1871. Included in the personal papers are Falligant's Civil War parole, dated August 7, 1865, and his oath of allegiance to the United States, dated September 25, 1865.

Index Terms

Autograph albums.
Chatham County (Ga.)
Clippings (information artifacts)
Confederate States of America. Army. Georgia Infantry Regiment, 8th. Company B.
Falligant, Robert, 1839-1902.
Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Georgia--Politics and government--1865-1950.
Lee, Robert E., (Robert Edward), 1807-1870.
Letters (correspondence)
Loyalty oaths.
Military commissions.
University of Virginia.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from granddaughter of creator.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Robert Falligant papers, MS 972, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of the estate of Ellen Falligant Carter Badger, 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.

Separated Material

Sarah Falligant's copy of Four Years Under Marse Robert, by Robert Stiles (1904) was separated and cataloged with the Georgia Historical Society's rare book collection.

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.


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

Container List



1Autographs, 1858-1870
Notes and signatures from fellow students at the University of Virginia.


2Abstract, kept by William W. Minor, Jr., University of Virginia, 1858-1860
Contains abstracts of modern history, French literature, German literature, Greek history, Greek literature, and examinations for Natural Philosophy, German literature, Greek history, mathematics, French literature, Latin, and modern history.



13-12"Personal papers of Value - Captain Robert Falligant" (note on envelope in which papers were kept), 1865-1890
Parole, August 7, 1865; Oath of Allegiance to the United States, September 26, 1865; receipted bill for jewelry, 1870; commission as Captain of the Oglethorpe Light Infantry, 1872; agreement between William Law and Robert Falligant re income of law partnership, 1873; receipted promissory note, John Wannamaker of Philadelphia to account of Robert Falligant, Oglethorpe Light Infantry, 1886; certificate of payment of dues for life membership in Savannah Volunteer Guards to Robert Falligant, 1886; notice of meeting of the German Club, 1890.



213-16Robert Falligant's letters to his daughter, Ellen F. Carter, 1898-1900
Letters dated July 27, September 30, 1898; September 11 and 18, 1900.



317-99Clippings from various newspapers re the illness, death, funeral, and tributes of Judge Robert Falligant, 1902 January 1-18



1100-105Two diplomas of Robert Falligant from the University of Virginia, from School of Latin and School of Moral Philosophy; Robert Falligant's commission from the State of Georgia as Judge of the Eastern Judicial Circuit; extracts from Minutes of Commissioners of Chatham County recording their appreciation of Judge Falligant; certificate for distinguished service from the Savannah Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy to Mrs. Barron Carter (daughter of Judge Falligant), 1860-1939
Diplomas dated July 4, 1860 and July 5, 1889. Minutes dated February 3, 1902. Certificate dated 1939.
A-0972-001 Judge Robert Falligant’s dress sword and scabbard View online.
A-0972-002 Judge Falligant’s sword belt View online.