|Creator:||Bullard, J. M.|
|Creator:||Cunningham, George A., 1832-1894|
|Creator:||Cunningham, Mary, fl. 1862|
|Title:||George A. Cunningham family papers|
|Dates:||1849-1874, bulk 1862-1865|
|Quantity:||0.2 Linear feet (1 half box)|
George A Cunningham served with Company K of the 3rd Regiment Georgia State Reserves in South Carolina and Georgia during the Civil War.
The collection consists of papers of the George A. Cunningham family of Thomaston, Upson County, Georgia from 1849, 1862-1865, 1874. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence between George A. Cunningham and his wife Mary (Mollie) from 1862-1865. These letters document Cunningham's service with Company K of the 3rd Regiment Georgia State Reserves in South Carolina and Georgia including information on the battles at Broxton's Bridge and River's Bridge (S.C.), casualties, troop movements, and the evacuation of Savannah (Ga.). They also discuss his participation in the fighting in Macon, Camp Lawton, Milledgeville and Augusta and in South Carolina from Coosahatchee, Broxton's Bridge, all in the period of 1862 to 1865. There is discussion of health problems, money, the fighting, the supplies he sends to his family and what crops she should plant. Mollie's letters discuss activities of the Confederate Government, Union attacks on civilians, and Sherman's march through Georgia. The collection also contains a few letters from Mollie's brother J.M. Bullard (1862-1865) discussing farming, family news, and disease. Eleven letters from 1874 are to George Ernest Cunningham while he was a student at the University of Georgia.
Other items in the collection are photos of Mary A. E. Johnson Cunningham and George Cunningham, reproduced from the included tin-type; a state of Georgia 25 cent note; a 33-page soft-bound book Address Delivered at the Unveiling of Confederate Monument, Thomaston, GA, May 1909 with Upson County rosters of soldiers. Many letters have accompanying envelopes, many with period stamps, and one item, a CSA Circular dated 17 October 1862 was removed & catalogued as Confederate Imprint CR 1225.
Arranged in chronological order.
Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.
Portions of this collection have been digitized and are available online as part of America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia.
Cunningham family papers. MS 2679. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.
All materials were cleaned, flattened, the Civil War letters restored and photos put into protective enclosures.