William H. Scofield letters
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William H. Scofield letters

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Scofield, William S.
Title: William H. Scofield letters
Dates: 1865
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 1042

Biographical/Historical Note

Lieutenant William S. Scofield was a member of Company A, 137th Regiment, New York Volunteers. He marched with the Union forces from Atlanta to Savannah. After capturing Savannah, his company remained in the city about a month before being ordered to pursue the Confederate General Joseph Johnston in South Carolina.


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of photocopies of four letters from William H. Scofield to his father and sister. All of the letters, written from Savannah, 1865, concern Scofield's role in the march from Atlanta to Savannah. In the first letter, Scofield describes his march from Atlanta to Savannah and remarks on the kindness of the residents of Savannah. In the second letter, he states that he does not want to leave Savannah, a beautiful city, but that he has been ordered into South Carolina; he also notes that the weather is more like a northern spring that winter (the letter was written in January). Scofield writes to his father "Camp in the pines, three miles from Sister's Ferry, Savannah River, Georgia," in the third letter, explaining that he thinks his troops should have been permitted to remain and guard Savannah since they captured the city. He warns the people of South Carolina to beware of the invading "Yankees" (to whom he belongs). The fourth letter reveals that all the troops are elated over the recent peace terms and everyone is anxious to return home.


Index Terms

Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Letters (correspondence)
Savannah (Ga.)--History.
Scofield, William S.
Sherman's March to the Sea.
United States. Army. New York Infantry Regiment, 137th (1862-1865)

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Unknown.

Preferred Citation

[Item identification], William H. Scofield letters, MS 1042, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of D.H. Sullivan, 1969.


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.


Sponsorship

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

Container List

 
Item 1: William H. Scofield letter to his father, 1865 January 22 ( 12.0 p. )
Sent from Savannah, describes his march from Atlanta to Savannah, the kindness of the residents of Savannah.
 
Item 2: William H. Scofield letter to his sister, 1865 January 25 ( 4.0 p. )
Sent from Savannah, writes that he does not want to leave Savannah, a beautiful city, but has been ordered into South Carolina; notes the weather is more like northern spring than winter. Photocopy.
 
Item 3: William H. Scofield letter to his father, 1865 February 2 ( 3.0 p. )
Sent from Camp in the pine, three miles from Sister's Ferry, Savannah River, Georgia. Explains that he thinks his troops should have been permitted to remain and guard Savannah since they captured the city; warns the people of South Carolina to beware of the invading "Yankees." Photocopy.
 
Item 4: William H. Scofield letter to his father, 1865 April 29 ( 4.0 p. )
Sent from Camp, 137th Regt. N.Y. Vols., Raleigh, N.C. Reveals that all the troops are elated over the recent peace terms and everyone is anxious to return to their homes. Photocopy.