F.A. Maddox collection on Lafayette McLaws
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F.A. Maddox collection on Lafayette McLaws

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Title: F.A. Maddox collection on Lafayette McLaws
Dates: 1837-1977
Extent: 0.54 cubic feet (1 box, 1 folder and 1 oversize folder)
Identification: MS 2087

Biographical/Historical Note

Lafayette McLaws was born in Augusta, Georgia on January 15, 1821. he attended the University of Virginia in 1837, but before he completed his first year was appointed a cadet at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He graduated from West Point in 1842. McLaws served in the U.S. Army on the Texas frontier and distinguished himself during the Mexican War (1846). When Georgia seceded from the Union, he resigned his commission on March 14, 1861, and joined the Confederate States as Major on March 23, 1861. McLaws served with distinction throughout the Civil War, rising to the rank of Major General. After the war he returned to Georgia and entered the insurance business. In 1875 he was appointed collector of internal revenue for the First District in Savannah, Georgia and also served as postmaster at Savannah, 1876-1884. He was appointed to both of these posts by President Ulysses S. Grant. McLaws died in Savannah on July 24, 1897, and is buried in Laurel Grove Cemetery.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of documents relating to the life of Lafayette McLaws. The collection contains military commissions for both the Unites States Army and the Confederate States Army. Also included are letters and partial manuscripts containing primarily Civil War recollections of General McLaws. There are also newspaper and magazine articles written by and about General McLaws. There are also photographs of Lafayette McLaws in his Confederate uniform and civilian clothes, his grave marker, and the house at 10 East 52nd Street in Savannah, Georgia.

Index Terms

Gettysburg Campaign, 1863.
Loyalty oaths.
Maddox, F.A.
McLaws, Lafayette, 1821-1897.
Savannah (Ga.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Taylor, Emily Allison, active 1890.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], F.A. Maddox collection on Lafayette McLaw, MS 2087, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Acquired from Capt. Maddox.


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.

Separated Material

Artifacts were separated and cataloged with the Georgia Historical Society Artifacts Collection. View digital images of artifacts at the end of this collection inventory or search the Digital Image Catalog for further information.


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

Container List




11Biographical material
2Commission into the United States Army, 1st Lieutenant, 7th Regiment, 1847 February 16
3Confederate States of America military commissions (major, colonel, brigadier general), 1861 ( 4.0 items. )
4Letter from Joseph E. Johnston, 1862 May 23
Appointing McLaws to Major General.
4Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America, 1865 May 12
4Letter from McLaws from Augusta, Ga., 1867 August 5
The letter discusses the defense of Savannah during Sherman's March to the Sea.
5Memorial proceedings in honor of Lafayette McLaws, 1897 September 7
6Letter from Lafayette McLaws to his brother, "W", 1872 September 3
6Letter from Lafayette McLaws to B.F. Johnson Publishing Company, Richmond, Virginia, 1895 July 23
7Miscellaneous manuscript, Civil War ( 3.0 pages )
7Miscellaneous manuscript, Civil War ( 2.0 pages. )
7Miscellaneous manuscript, Civil War ( 4.0 pages. )
8Miscellaneous manuscript by Alexander M. Lawton referring to another manuscript ( 2.0 pages. )
9Letter to Lafayette McLaws from Bellee, 1937 August 30
9Letter of recommendation from General N.Q. Gresham of Col. A.J. McBride
9Envelope from Lafayette McLaws, University of Virginia, circa 1837
10Account of the life of Emily Allison Taylor McLaws
This also includes a transcript of a letter from John Gibson Taylor to his sister Margaret Lewis Taylor, June 16, 1861. [Emily was the daughter of John]
11Newspaper articles, Civil War topics, McLaws, etc.
12 Weekly Press, Philadelphia, Pa., 1886 September 8
1313 publications with information regarding Lafayette McLaws, 1893-1977
Confederate War Journal, vol. 1, no. 1, April 8, 1893; Civil War Times, October 1971; The Savannahian, May 1977.
13Bylaws of Altamaha Lodge, No. 227, A.Y.M. 5868, 1986


1Framed diploma from United States Military Academy, West Point, 1842 June 18


1Photographs. View images: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6.
A-2087-001 Commissioner badge from the World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Illinois View online.
A-2087-002 Coconut cup, polished and trimmed with a silver rim and a name plate engraved with ”Genl. McLaws” View online.
A-2087-003 Tortoise shell pocket knife View online.
A-2087-004 Ivory blade of a letter opener with the remains of a wooden handle View online.
A-2087-005 ab Cup and saucer with orange and blue glaze over white, and bands of purple fruit with gold vines and leaves, finished on the edges with gold View online.
A-2087-006 Leather officer’s belt, with a brass ”C.S.” buckle of the Virginia type View online.
A-2087-007 ab Large iron spurs with oversized spikes View online.
A-2087-008 Model 1851 Colt ”Navy” revolver, .36 caliber, percussion lock, rifled barrel View online.
A-2087-009 abc Brass and gold epaulets, complete with staff buttons View online.
A-2087-010 ab Model 1840 Cavalry Saber with scabbard View online.
A-2087-011 ab Pair of U.S. Pattern 1850 pistol holsters for use on horses View online.
A-2087-012 Leather saddle bag View online.
A-2087-013 Brass hat plate with a metal seal of the State of Georgia View online.