George A. Cunningham family papers

George A. Cunningham family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Bullard, J. M.
Creator: Cunningham family
Creator: Cunningham, George A., 1832-1894
Creator: Cunningham, Mary, fl. 1862
Title: George A. Cunningham family papers
Dates: Bulk, 1862-1865
Dates: 1849-1874, bulk 1862-1865
Quantity: 0.2 Linear feet (1 half box)
Coll. Number: ms2679

Biographical/Historical Note

George A Cunningham served with Company K of the 3rd Regiment Georgia State Reserves in South Carolina and Georgia during the Civil War.


Scope and Content Note

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.


Arrangement

Arranged in chronological order.


Index Terms

College students--Georgia.
Confederate States of America. Army. Georgia State Reserves, 3rd. Company K.
Cunningham, George Ernest
Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns.
Sherman's March to the Sea.
Soldiers--Georgia.
South Carolina--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Universities and colleges--Georgia.
University of Georgia. Press.

General Notes

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.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cunningham family papers. MS 2679. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

Processing Information

All materials were cleaned, flattened, the Civil War letters restored and photos put into protective enclosures.


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

Series 1: Correspondence, 1849-1874

BoxFolder
11ALS Cobb County, GA to Mr. A.A. Rose from Charles J. McDonald, 30 July View online.
1ALS Milledgeville, GA, to Miss M.A.E. Johnson, Griffin, from A.A. Rose with envelope, 23 June 1849
1ALS Hearnsville, GA, to Mollie from J.M. Bullard, 3 May 1862
1ALS Hearnsville, GA, to Mollie from J.M. Bullard, 29 May 1862
1ALS Macon, to Mollie from George A. Cunningham, 2 September 1862
1Note in pencil, Mrs. M.A.E. Cunningham to Mr. A. Brown, Thomaston, response from A.W. Broomwright, 14 March 1863
1ALS George A. Cunningham to Mollie with envelope, 14 March 1863
1ALS Hearnsville, J.M. Bullard to Mollie, 6 August 1863
1ALS in pencil George from Mollie, 6 May 1864
1ALS Rocky Hill, Eunice Cunningham to Mollie, 9 November 1864
1ALS Camp Lawton, George to Mollie, 20 November 1864
1ALS in pencil from Camp [G]antrell, Augusta, George A. Cunningham to Mollie, with envelope, 3 December [1864]
1ALS in pencil Coosahatchee Station, S. C. to Mollie from George, 12 August 1864
1ALS in pencil Coosahatchee George A. Cunningham to Mollie, 24 December 1864
1ALS in pencil Coosahatchee George A. Cunningham to Mollie envelope, 31 December 1864
1ALS to Sister Mary from Margaret E. Cunningham, with envelope, January 1865
1ALS in pencil George to Mollie, 16 January 1865
1ALS in pencil from B[rox]ton Bridge, George A. Cunningham to Mollie, 27 January 1865
1Note from Broxton Bridge, George A. Cunningham to Mollie, with envelope, 29 January 1865
1ALS Macon, George A. Cunningham to Mollie, 21 February 1865
1ALS Ollie C. to Mollie (place & date torn away)
1ALS W.C. Cunningham to sister, 21 January 65
2Eleven letters to George Ernest Cunningham while he a student at University of Georgia in some with envelopes, some extra envelopes and sheet of English lessons, 1874 View online.
 

Series 2: Photographs and Ephemera, 1909, undated

BoxFolder
13State of Georgia 25 cent note ( 1.0 item ) View online.
3 Address Delivered at the Unveiling of Confederate Monument, Thomaston, Ga. with roster of companies going to the War from Upson County, Georgia, 1909 ( 2.0 item ) (Book, 33 pages, wrappers)
3Newspaper clipping from 'The News & Courier' Charleston, S. C. regarding Rivers Bridge Battle ( 3.0 item )
4Mary A. E. Johnson, wife of Capt. Geo. A. Cunningham, Griffin, GA ( 1.0 item ) (Photo) View online.
4Tin-type of George Cunningham [not a war photo] ( 2.0 item ) (Photo)