Edwin R. Sharpe papers
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Edwin R. Sharpe papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Sharpe, Edwin R., 1841-1899.
Title: Edwin R. Sharpe papers
Dates: 1862-1869
Extent: 0.15 cubic feet (5 folders)
Identification: MS 1485

Biographical/Historical Note

Edwin R. Sharpe, the son of William O. and Susannah Harrell Sharpe, was born in Chambers County, Alabama in 1841. He was at college in Tennessee when the Civil War broke out. In May of 1862, he entered the service of the Confederate Army as a private in the West Point Guards, Company D of the 4th Georgia Brigade under General George Doles. He was a sergeant by the end of the war. After the war, he went to West Point, Georgia, where he taught school for three years. While in West Point, Sharpe entered the newspaper business with Judge Longley in 1869. The two published the West Point "Shield" until 1871, when Sharpe moved to Carrollton, Georgia. There, Sharpe established the "Carroll County Times," which he published until 1882, when he sold it. In 1883, he began publishing the "Carroll Free Press," which he published until his death.

In 1888, Sharpe represented Carroll, Troup, and Heard counties in the state senate, and in 1890, he was elected representative. He was elected state senator again in 1894. In addition to the newspaper business, Sharpe also ran a farm outside of Carrollton, Sharpe married Annie E. Greene of Greene County in 1868, and the two had eight children. Sharpe died and was buried in Carrollton City Cemetery in 1899.

Scope and Content Note

This collection is composed of 7 items; five of Sharpe's personal journals, his obituary, and an 1864 transfer for the Quartermaster's office in West Point, Georgia. The journals are a blend of record-keeping and personal entries. The first three journals (1862-1864) were kept while Sharpe served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. They discuss camp life and military tactics of several major battles and campaigns, such as Gettysburg in Pennsylvania, Fredericksburg in Virginia, Antietam in Maryland, the Battle of the Wilderness in Virginia, and the Valley Campaign led by Stonewall Jackson in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

The first journal contains some quotes from various authors. All of the journals contain some miscellaneous monetary accounts. The third one also has a short list of prisoners of war and a roll of Company D of the 4th Georgia Regiment.

The last two journals contain records of students' tuition and attendance during Sharpe's time as a teacher in the West Point area. The first one is dated 1867 and the second one, 1869. The 1869 log also contains diary entries interspersed with the school records.

Index Terms

Antietam, Battle of, Md., 1862.
Confederate States of America. Army. Georgia Infantry Regiment, 4th. Company D.
Fredericksburg, Battle of, Fredericksburg, Va., 1862.
Gettysburg Campaign, 1863.
Journals (accounts)
Orders (military records)
Quartermasters--Georgia--West Point.
Sharpe, Edwin R., 1841-1899.
Shenandoah Valley Campaign, 1865.
Soldiers' writings, American.
Soldiers--Georgia--West Point.
Teachers--Georgia--West Point.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives, Confederate.
West Point (Ga.)
Wilderness, Battle of the, Va., 1864.

Administrative Information

Custodial history


Preferred citation

[Identification of item], Edwin R. Sharpe papers, MS 1485, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition information

Gift of Lucille Holmes, 1991.


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 Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List



1Journal, 1862 September 10-1863 February 1; 1863 July 15-1863 December 3 View online.


2Journal, 1863 February 27-1863 July 14 View online.


3Journal, 1863 December 10-1864 December 14 View online.


4Journal, 1867


5Journal, 1869


6Sharpe's obituary and a military order transferring Sharpe from West Point, Georgia, 1864-1899 View online.