|Creator:||Jones, Charles C., (Charles Colcock), 1831-1893|
|Title:||Charles Colcock Jones, Jr. remarks on Robert E. Lee|
Known as the "Macaulay of the South," Charles C. Jones Jr. was the foremost Georgia historian of the nineteenth century. Also a noted autograph and manuscript collector and an accomplished amateur archaeologist, Jones in late years became a prominent memorialist of the Lost Cause and critic of the New South.
See also the article, "Charles C. Jones Jr. (1831-1893)" in the New Georgia Encyclopedia.
Robert E. Lee was a Confederate general, commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, the most successful of the Southern armies during the American Civil War (1861-65). In February 1865 he was given command of all the Southern armies. His surrender at Appomattox Courthouse April 9, 1865, is commonly viewed as signifying the end of the Civil War. Encyclopedia Britannica http://www.britannica.com (Retrieved February 16, 2009)
One bound manuscript compiled by Charles Colcock Jones, Jr. entitled "Letter of General Robert E. Lee tendering to the President of the Confederate States his resignation of the command of the Army of Northern Virginia: with explanatory remarks by Charles C. Jones, Jr." Thus, the main body of the manuscript is Jones' transcription of Lee's famous letter. More importantly, however, the volume has tipped in six prints of Lee, six of Jefferson Davis, two of General George Meade, and one each of Generals P.G.T. Beauregard, Braxton Bragg, A.P. Hill, T.J. Jackson, Joseph E. Johnston, John H. Morgan, and J.E.B. Stuart. Views included are two of the Battle of Gettysburg, the Capitol at Richmond, and two unusual views of Richmond, as well as a folding map. In addition three letters are tipped in: 1. opposite page 4. This letter from General G. E. Pickett to General Braxton Bragg, dated 26 April 1864, one page, discusses military matters preparatory to the Battle of the Crater and as such is historically important. 2. opposite page 6. Note signed by Robert E. Lee and addressed to President Davis informing him the the "Florida Brigade cannot be spared from the army." 3. opposite page 11. Note signed by Davis and dated 25 August 1863 referring to the above. Apparently both 2 and 3 are endorsements from the same original piece and separated by Jones for inclusion in this volume. The volume also has clippings of Jones' "A Piece of Secret History" (Scribner's Magazine, February 1876) and a review of this article (The Cycle, 29 January 1876).
Charles Colcock Jones, Jr. remarks on Robert E. Lee, MS 1317. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.
Charles Colcock Jones, Jr. literary and historical manuscripts, ms1066; Rev. Charles Colcock Jones notebook, ms1235; Charles Colcock Jones letters, ms1645; Charles Colcock Jones, Jr. papers, ms 2389