Curtis Carroll Davis collection on William A. Caruthers
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Curtis Carroll Davis collection on William A. Caruthers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Davis, Curtis Carroll, 1917-1997
Title: Curtis Carroll Davis collection on William A. Caruthers
Dates: 1841-1957
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 1068

Biographical/Historical Note

Curtis Carroll Davis (1916-1997) of Baltimore, Maryland was a freelance author and critic. He wrote Chronicler of the Cavaliers (1949) and other studies on Dr. William A. Caruthers, a physician from Savannah, Georgia. Caruthers was also the author of Knights of the Golden Horse Shoe.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of photocopies of William Alexander Caruthers' correspondence collected by Curtis C. Davis, as well as an original draft of Davis' article about Caruthers which was published in the 1957 Spring issue of the Georgia Historical Quarterly. A number of the letters concern Caruthers' strides to gain entry for his son into either the Naval Academy or West Point.

Index Terms

Caruthers, William Alexander, 1802-1846.
Davis, Curtis Carroll, 1917-1997
Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
King, T. Butler, (Thomas Butler), 1800-1864.
Letters (correspondence)
United States Military Academy.
United States Naval Academy.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Hospitals.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from collector.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Curtis Carroll Davis collection on William A. Caruthers, MS 1068, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Curtis Carroll Davis, 1972.


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.

Publication Note

Article published in the Georgia Historical Quarterly, Spring 1957.


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

Container List

Item 1: William Alexander Caruthers letter to John Bell, Secretary of War, 1841 March 27 ( 2.0 p. )
Sent from Savannah. Attempts to persuade Bell to admit his son to either the Naval Academy or to West Point.
Item 2: William Alexander Caruthers letter to John Bell, 1841 April 8 ( 1.0 p. )
Sent from Savannah. He is not satisfied with Bell's noncommittal reply and asks that the matter of entering his son in the Naval Academy or at West point be forwarded to his friend, President Tyler.
Item 3: Thomas Lawson, Surgeon General, letter to John Bell, Surgeon General's Office, 1841 August 6 ( 1.0 p. )
Explains that there is no plan to locate a military hospital in Savannah despite the fact that Dr. Caruthers insists that such a hospital will be established.
Item 4: J.B. (John Bell) letter to W.S. Caruthers, 1841 August 9 ( 1.0 p. )
Sent from Washington. Notes that Caruthers' request to be named resident surgeon for the sick transferred from Florida to Savannah has been received and he is transmitting the report to the Surgeon General as an answer to the letter.
Item 5: W.A. Caruthers letter to Thomas Butler King, 1845 November 14 ( 2.0 p. )
Sent from Savannah. Seeks King's help to get his son appointed to the Naval Academy.
Item 6: Thomas Butler King letter to George Bancroft, Secretary of the Navy, 1845 November 21 ( 1.0 p. )
Sent from Washington. Asks Bancroft to place the name of Horace Caruthers on the list for admission to the Naval Academy.
Item 7: Bancroft letter to King, 1845 November 22 ( 1.0 p. )
Sent from Washington. Explains that there are no openings at present for the Naval Academy but will add Caruthers' name to the list for consideration when a vacancy occurs.
Item 8: W.A. Caruthers letter to T.B. King, 1846 January 15 ( 3.0 p. )
Sent from Savannah. Thanks King for his efforts on behalf of his son to obtain admission to the Naval Academy; describes his fear of war with Mexico and England which he believes Polk's policies will bring.
Item 9: W.A. Caruthers letter to T.B. King, 1846 February 6 ( 1.0 p. )
Sent from Savannah. Notes that the chances for his son, Gibson Caruthers, to enter the Naval Academy appear good and urges King to keep trying to secure the appointment.
Item 10: W.A. Caruthers letter to Thos. Butler King, 1846 March 8 ( 2.0 p. )
Sent from Savannah. Complains of the slow postal delivery under Postmaster General Johnston; is sending under separate cover a copy of The Knights of the Horse Shoe to Mr. Bancroft.
Item 11: W.A. Caruthers letter to Thos. Butler King, 1846 May 8 ( 2.0 p. )
Sent from Savannah. Asks whether or not there is now an increased demand for midshipmen now that President Polk has gotten the country into war and, if so, wants his son, Gibson, placed in the Naval Academy or at West Point.
Item 12: "Dr. Caruthers Confronts the Bureaucrats," by Curtis Carroll Davis ( 53.0 p. )
Typeritten. A sketch of the frustrations encountered by Dr. Caruthers in his unsuccessful efforts to place his sons, Horace and Gibson, in the Naval Academy.
Item 13: Biographical sketch of Thomas Lawson, Surgeon General of the United States Army, 1836-1861, by James Evelyn Pilcher ( 7.0 p. )
Article published by the Association of Military Surgeons, 1905.
Item 14: C. Howard Hill letter to Curtis Carroll Davis, 1957 June 16 ( 1.0 p. )
Sent from Jacksonville, Florida. Writes about his discovery of a three-volume set of John Burk's History of Virginia which was published in 1804 and was at one time owned by Dr. Caruthers. Attached to the letter is a newspaper article from the Florida Times Union, June 16, 1957, which also describes the Burk volumes. Also attached is a photocopy of a piece of paper found in the third volume which appears to have been written by Dr. Caruthers.