Reconstruction era letter from Edward
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Reconstruction era letter from Edward

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Edward.
Title: Reconstruction era letter from Edward
Dates: 1865
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 1487

Biographical/Historical Note

Edward, whose last name is unknown, was an Englishman caught in South Carolina and Georgia during the Civil War. He was arrested in Charleston, South Carolina and accused of having northern sympathies. He was acquitted for lack of evidence. He later moved to Augusta, Georgia and in 1863 married a British widow. Edward was a printer by trade.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of one letter written in Augusta, Georgia on June 20, 1865. The letter is from Edward, whose last name is unknown, to his brother. Edward discusses his arrest in South Carolina, his wedding to an English widow on Christmas Eve, 1863 in Augusta, Georgia, the generally poor state of affairs in the South due the Civil War, and the emancipation of slaves.

Index Terms

Arrest--South Carolina--History--19th century.
Letters (correspondence)
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
Slaves--Emancipation--United States.
Southern states--Social conditions--1865--1945.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Foreign public opinion.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Reconstruction era letter from Edward, MS 1487, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David Caldow, 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



1Item 1: Letter, 1865 June 20