William Thomas Overby papers

William Thomas Overby papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Overby, William Thomas, 1837-1864
Title: William Thomas Overby papers
Dates: 1890-1980
Quantity: 0.2 Linear feet (1 half box)
Abstract:The collection consists of a brief biographical sketch of William Thomas Overby, a letter from Overby to his sister, Rosa Overby Christian, letters to Mrs. Christian and her daughter, Martha Catherine Christian (later Mrs. James Walter Mason) concerning the location of Overby's grave, photographs of Overby and the Front Royal Monument, and letters, clippings, etc., concerning the process of locating the Overby grave, marking it and erecting a marker on the square in Newnan, Georgia.
Coll. Number: ms2287
Location: 32108050756165

Biographical/Historical Note

William Thomas Overby was a Confederate soldier from Newnan, Georgia who was hanged September 23, 1864 in Front Royal, Va. after refusing to reveal the hiding place of his unit. Overby and four others were captured September 23, 1864, along with a 17 year-old boy who had wanted to join the Confederate army. Within four hours, Overby and Thomas Carter were hanged and other four were shot. He and Carter were hanged from a walnut tree. Several years later, the tree was cut into small pieces and sold to create a memorial in Front Royal for the six men. The Fayette Citizen-News Page - Speaker: Overby revealed Southern spirit / by Carolyn Cary, Friday, September 25, 1998.


Arranged in chronological order.

Index Terms

Christian, Martha Catherine -- Correspondence
Christian, Rosa Overby -- Correspondence
Executions (events).
Executions and executioners--Virginia--Fort Royal.
Hanging--Virginia--Fort Royal.
Overby, William Thomas, 1837-1864 -- Correspondence
Overby, William Thomas, 1837-1864 -- Death and burial
Overby, William Thomas, 1837-1864 -- Monuments
Soldiers' monuments--Virginia--Fort Royal.
Soldiers' monuments.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William Thomas Overby papers, 1890-1980. MS 2287. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.