Robert Hamilton Harris letters
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Robert Hamilton Harris letters

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Harris, Robert Hamilton, 1842-1929.
Title: Robert Hamilton Harris letters
Dates: 1862-1864
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 2135

Biographical/Historical Note

Robert Hamilton Harris (April 19, 1842-April 29, 1929) of Thomasville, Georgia, was the stepson of Rev. Robert Fleming. During the United States Civil War Harris served in Company A, 29th Regiment of the Georgia Infantry, reaching the rank of captain. For nearly twelve years after the Civil War, he studied and practiced law. During this period he served as Solicitor of the County Court in Thomas county, railroad attorney, and Mayor of Thomasville. Harris became an ordained minister in 1878. He served as a circuit preacher in rural southern Georgia and as a pastor of Baptist churches in Columbus and Cairo, Georgia, as well as Troy, Alabama. In 1900, he accepted a professorship at Cox Seminary in College Park, Georgia, where he remained until his retirement in the 1920s.

On October 13, 1863, Robert Harris married Martha (Mattie) Love (March 5, 1845-December 28, 1900). Martha Love was the daughter of Peter Early Love (1818-1866) of Thomasville (Love served in the U.S. Congress, 1859-1861).

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of seven letters written by Robert Hamilton Harris to Martha Love ("Mattie") during the United States Civil War, 1862-1864. They relate details of his military service while serving in the Georgia Infantry 29th Regiment, Company A. The letters are arranged chronologically. Some of the letters include maps of the military encampments where Harris was stationed, including Vicksburg, battlefield and troop movements on Wilmington Island, Georgia, a diagram of fortifications, and Sapelo Island map.

Index Terms

Confederate States of America. Army. Georgia Infantry Regiment, 29th. Company A.
Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Harris, Robert Hamilton, 1842-1929.
Letters (correspondence)
Maps (documents)
Sapelo Island (Ga.)--Maps.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Maps.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Vicksburg (Miss.)--Maps.
Wilmington Island (Ga.)--Maps.

Administrative Information

Custodial history


Preferred citation

[Identification of item], Robert Hamilton Harris letter, MS 2135, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition information

Gift of Martha Miller, 1984.


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.

Container List

Letters, 1862-1864 View online.
Item 1: Robert Harris letter to Mattie, October 3, 1862
Written from the cap of the 29th Regiment, the letter describes plans for a march to Florida to face Federal forces. ALS.
Item 2: Robert Harris letter to Martha Love, March 20, 1863
Written while in camp near Vicksburg, Mississippi. Describes a trip to Vicksburg and details events in the area. Diagram of Vicksburg included.
Item 3: Robert Harris letter to Mattie, May 1863
Written from camp near Vicksburg. Describes engagement with Federal forces and his minor injury. A note on the back of this letter indicates that Harris requested that the Chaplain of the 57th Georgia forward his letter to Mattie.
Item 4: Robert Harris letter to Mattie, February 22, 1864
Written from Whitemarsh Island. Describes engagement with Federal landing party at Wilmington Island. Diagram of battlefield and troop movements included.
Item 5: Robert Harris letter to Martha Love Harris, September 26, 1864
Describes camp conditions. Diagram of fortifications included. Incomplete letter.
Item 6: Robert Harris letter to Martha Love, circa 1862-1864
Description of region where stationed (Brunswick). Diagram included.
Item 7: Robert Harris letter to Martha Love, circa 1862-1864
Description of stay on the Atlantic coast. Diagram of Sapelo Island included.
A-2135-001 Ruby glass communion cup with the inscription "Love the giver" View online.
A-2135-002 Ruby glass communion cup with the inscription "Affections Offering" View online.