Francis Stebbins Bartow letters and other materials
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Francis Stebbins Bartow letters and other materials

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Bartow, Francis S., (Francis Stebbins), 1816-1861.
Title: Francis Stebbins Bartow letters and other materials
Dates: Bulk, 1835-1861
Dates: 1835-1941 bulk 1835-1861
Extent: 0.25 cubic feet (5 folders)
Identification: MS 1156

Biographical/Historical Note

Francis Stebbins Bartow (1816-1861) was born in Savannah, Georgia, the son of Dr. Theodosius and Frances Louise Bartow. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1835, after which he studied law and was admitted to the bar. He married Louisa G. Berrien, daughter of John Macpherson Berrien, and succeeded his father-in-law as partner of Judge William Law. In 1857, he was elected Captain of the Oglethorpe Light Infantry which was one of three companies sent by Governor Brown to occupy Fort Pulaski in January 1861. He was elected by the Georgia Secession Convention as one of the three members from Georgia on the Provincial Congress of the Confederate States of America, where he was chairman of the Committee on Military Affairs. At the outbreak of the hostilities he left the Congress and led the Oglethorpe Light Infantry to Virginia and joined the 8th Georgia Regiment of which he became Colonel. At the first battle of Bull Run in Virginia, he was leading a brigade of five regiments and was killed in action. Just prior to his death, he was brevetted Brigadier-General, but did not live to serve in this capacity. Francis S. Bartow's siblings included John T. Bartow, who served in the Confederate States Navy; Theodosia Bartow, who was married to the Rev. Edward D. Ford, D.D.; and Elizabeth Wilhelmina Bartow Rees ("Willie"), who was married to Henry Kollock Rees (1822-1893), a minister of First Presbyterian Church and later the Episcopal Church. For a biography of Francis S. Bartow see Men of Mark in Georgia, by W.J. Northen (1911, reprinted 1974), v. III, p. 115-116.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of correspondence of Francis S. Bartow to his parents, 1835-1861, correspondence of Henry Kollock Rees, 1840-1898, as well as other papers and printed materials about Francis S. Bartow and miscellaneous items. Items are arranged chronologically unless otherwise noted. A later addendum includes a newspaper clipping from the Savannah Daily Morning News, September 27, 1860, of a speech of Francis S. Bartow to the people of Chatham County, Georgia, delivered at Masonic Hall on September 17, 1860.

Index Terms

Bartow family.
Bartow, Frances Louisa, active 1840s.
Bartow, Francis S., (Francis Stebbins), 1816-1861.
Bartow, Louisa G., active 1850s.
Bartow, Theodosius, d. 1857.
Christ Church (Savannah, Ga.)
Church of the Good Spring (Cave Spring, Ga.)
Clippings (information artifacts)
Confederate States of America. Army. Georgia Infantry Regiment, 1st (1861-1862). Oglethorpe Infantry Company.
Elliott, Stephen, 1806-1866.
Letters (correspondence)
Rees, Henry Kollock, 1840-1898.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Donald G. Mitchell, one of the donors of this collection, was the great-nephew of Francis Stebbins Bartow.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Francis Stebbins Bartow letters and other materials, MS 1156, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Donald G. Mitchell, 1978.

Gift of St. Augustine Historical Society, 1987.


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 Historic Publications and Records Commission.

Container List



1Francis S. Bartow correspondence to his parents, 1835-1848
Includes letter from Theodore Bartow to his sister, Elizabeth W. Bartow.


2Francis S. Bartow correspondence to his parents, 1850-1861, undated ( 21.0 items. )
Included is a letter of June 23, 1861, written from camp near Winchester and describes life in the army; Ms. copy of a letter of F. S. Bartow to Dr. John M. Green, 1860, regarding the coming war; letter dated Spotswood Hotel, July 22, 1861 from Louisa (Berrien) Bartow to Frances Louisa Bartow telling her of the death of F. S. Bartow on the battlefield, with the last portion added by her sister.


3Miscellaneous ( 8.0 pages. ). View images: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4.
No specific arrangement. Includes paper in the hand of F. S. Bartow on the constitutionality of slavery; tributes to F. S. Bartow by Paul H. Hayne and Theodosia Ford; letter to Mrs. Donald G. Mitchell, 1941, enclosing two snapshots of the monument to F. S. Bartow on the filed of the first battle of Manassas; poem "Autumn Leaves," signed by W. B.; sketch with snapshot of the "Church of the Good Shepherd, Cave Spring, Ga." of which Dr. Theodosius was a founder.
Online Inventory Contains Digitized Items


4Henry Kollock Rees correspondence and other papers, 1840-1898, undated ( 24.0 items. )
Includes correspondence of H. K. Rees to his sister, Emma; Dr. Theodosius Bartow to his daughter, Mrs. H. K. Rees; Edward E. Ford to H. K. Rees; Mrs. Theodosius Bartow to her daughter; H. K. Rees to his wife; H. K. Rees to his mother; Bishop Stephen Elliott to H. K. Rees; Henry E. Rees to his mother, Mrs. H. K. Rees; Eliza Grilly to H. K. Rees; Mrs. H. K. Rees to Mamie; Charles H. Smith ("Bill Arp") to Mrs. H. K. Rees enclosing obituary of Mrs. Edward E. Ford; Clifford C. Cotton to Mrs. H. R. Rees. Also included are a poem written on the birthday of H. K. Rees by Theodosia B. Ford; a letter to Mrs. H. K. Rees with enclosed Resolutions of the Wardens and Vestry of Christ Church, Savannah, on the death of Bishop Elliott; notes on the Rev. H. K. Rees' life copied from a sermon by him, 1875.


5Printed material and photographs ( 5.0 items. ). View images: 1 | 2 | 3.
No specific arrangement. Includes Proceedings of the Congress of the Confederate States on the Announcement of the Death of Francis S. Bartow (1861); Trinity Parish Record (Hartford, Conn., May 1919) containing tributes to Henry E. Rees; The Church in Georgia, May 1893, containing memorial tribute to Henry K. Rees (2 copies); A Sermon, Preached in Christ Church, Savannah, on Sunday, July 28 th, 1861, by the Rt. Rev. Stephen Elliott... photographs of the unveiling of the bust of Francis S. Bartow in Monterey Square, Savannah.
Online Inventory Contains Digitized Items
Addendum: Newspaper clipping
Speech of Francis S. Bartow to the people of Chatham County, delivered at Masonic Hall on 17 September 1860 from the Savannah Daily Morning News, 27 September 1860.