McCord diary

McCord diary

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: McCord, J. R.
Title: McCord diary
Dates: 1920
Quantity: 0.1 Linear feet (1 portfolio)
Coll. Number: ms2958

Biographical/Historical Note

At 18 years old, J.R. McCord left Jackson, Georgia, and enrolled in the Confederate army in 1863. His company was made up of men from Georgia and were in charge of defending a fort on the Savannah River. When General Sherman broke through Atlanta and began to head to Savannah, his company left for Charleston, South Carolina, where they arrived on Christmas Eve, 1864. Sherman followed them up to Charleston, and several battles ensued. The company retreated further to Silver Hill, North Carolina, where they were again followed. McCord and his company were continuing to move and fight when news reached them that General Lee had surrendered. He and many of his fellows took trains home to Georgia. The destruction of bridges made soldiers' return particularly difficult.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of one original handwritten diary written in November 1920 by Mr. J.R. McCord remembering his experiences during the Civil War. There is one typed transcript of the diary. There is also one typescript, one letter, the front page of The Sale City Aviatrix, with a photograph of Mr. McCord.


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Index Terms

McCord, J. R. -- Correspondence
McCord, J. R. -- Diaries
McCord, J. R. -- Photographs
Sale City aviatrix.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

McCord diary. MS 2958. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

1Diary, copies, misc., 1920