William Terry letter to Lemuel Pratt Grant

William Terry letter to Lemuel Pratt Grant

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Terry, William
Title: William Terry letter to Lemuel Pratt Grant
Dates: 1845 February 11
Quantity: 0.02 Linear feet (1 folder; housed with minor collections MS 1470 to MS 1477)
Coll. Number: ms1474(m)

Biographical/Historical Note

"Lemuel Grant was a railroad engineer who designed the fortifications for Atlanta during the Civil War (1861-65)... Grant was born in 1817 in Frankfort, Maine. He first came to the Atlanta area to survey for railroad lines in 1849 with a line known as the Atlanta and LaGrange. He incorporated several railroads, including the Georgia Western Rail Road Company in 1854 and the Georgia Air Line Railroad in 1856. He became president of the Georgia Railway in 1848 and president of the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1858; he served as superintendent of the Montgomery and West Point Railway and of the Atlanta and West Point... During the Civil War Grant was chief engineer of the Confederate Department of Georgia and was responsible for fortifying the city of Atlanta... Grant served the city of Atlanta in many official roles in the years following the Civil War. He helped name the city's streets in 1867, and he was one of the forty-nine citizens selected to review a new city charter in 1873. In 1872 he served on the city council for the third ward, and he served as a Fulton County commissioner in 1886. He was elected water commissioner in 1879 and was a member of the city board of education. Grant was also one of the citizens who petitioned for a charter in 1884 for West View Cemetery, where he was buried in 1893." -- "Lemuel Grant (1817-1893)" New Georgia Encyclopedia. http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/ (Retrieved February 26, 2009)

J. Edgar Thomson was an "American civil engineer and president of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company who consolidated a network of railroad lines from Philadelphia to various cities in the Midwest and the South, extending as far as Chicago and Norfolk, Va." -- "J. Edgar Thomson." Encyclopaedia Britannica. http://www.britannica.com/ (Retrieved February 26, 2009)

"Messr. Williard" was probably Levi Willard, who was a historian, schoolteacher and founder of the Decatur Union Sunday School. -- "A brief history of the land in question." Waldorf School of Atlanta Dispute. http://www.waldorfdispute.org/ (Retrieved February 26, 2008)

"Mr. Bird" was probably John Bird, pioneer settler of DeKalb County.

"Messr. Williams" was probably Ammi Williams, early Atlanta resident.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of a letter, dated February 11, 1845, from William Terry to Lemuel Pratt Grant, resident engineer of the Georgia Railroad at Decatur, DeKalb County, Georgia. Terry, lumber contractor for the railroad, asks for an extension of time to complete his contract for lumber for the depot at Decatur and inquires as to whether other lumber is needed "either at Decatur or at the terminus [Atlanta]." Terry in his letter mentions Mr. Thompson, Mr. Bird, and Messrs. Williard and Williams.

Index Terms

Bird, John
Georgia Railroad. -- History
Grant, Lemuel Pratt, 1817-1893 -- Correspondence
Railroad engineering--Georgia--Atlanta.
Railroad engineering--Georgia--Decatur.
Terry, William -- Correspondence
Thomson, J. Edgar, (John Edgar), 1808-1874
Willard, Levi
Williams, Ammi

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William Terry letter to Lemuel Pratt Grant. MS 1474. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Letter, 1845 February 11