McWhorter family papers

McWhorter family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Title: McWhorter family papers
Dates: 1859-1998
Quantity: 0.4 Linear feet (1 document box)
Coll. Number: ms3012

Biographical/Historical Note

Robert Pierce McWhorter (1840-1864), his brother James Hamilton McWhorter, Jr. (1842-1865) and their uncle Major Robert Ligon McWhorter were in Company C, 3rd Georgia Regiment, Wright's Brigade, Greene County, Georgia, "Dawson Grays." The brothers lived in Oglethorpe County, Georgia, with their parents James Hamilton McWhorter (1811-1885) and Eliza Penn McWhorter (1812-1867). Their siblings included Mary (Mollie), Matilda, and Matthew.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of letters, photographs, biographical information, writings, friendship album (Mary McWhorter), account book (James Hamilton McWhorter, Jr.), and information on family reunions and the family cemetery in Oglethorpe County. Most of the letters were written by the McWhorter brothers to their parents and sisters during the Civil War. Their company moved through many Virginia locations, such as Chancellorsville, Orange Court House, Spotsylvania Court House, Madison Run Station, and Petersburg, where Robert McWhorter was killed in battle on June 20, 1864. There are also several pre-war letters from James McWhorter while he was a student at the University of Georgia. A set of typescripts is included for many of the letters dated 1859-1865. The later correspondence deals mainly with genealogy research done by McWhorter Milner, son of Mary McWhorter Milner. In addition to photographs of the family and the family cemetery, there are three of Grady Memorial Hospital staff in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. W. Hal Moncrief, a friend of McWhorter Milner, was a doctor at the hospital and is in one of the photographs.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Account books
Confederate States of America. Army. Georgia Infantry Regiment, 3rd. Company C.
Grady Memorial Hospital (Atlanta, Ga.). -- Employees--Photographs
McWhorter Family Cemetery (Oglethorpe County, Ga.). -- Photographs
McWhorter Family Cemetery (Oglethorpe County, Ga.). -- Records and correspondence
McWhorter family -- Photographs
McWhorter, James Hamilton, 1842-1865 -- Correspondence
McWhorter, Robert Pierce, 1840-1864 -- Correspondence
Milner, McWhorter -- Family
Moncrief, W. Hal -- Photographs
University of Georgia. -- Students--Correspondence
Virginia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Writings (document genre)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

McWhorter family papers. MS 3012. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Biographical information/genealogy
2Correspondence, 1859-1861
3Correspondence, 1862-1863
4Correspondence, 1864
5Correspondence, 1865
6Correspondence typescripts, 1859-1865
7Correspondence typescripts, 1884-1903
8Correspondence typescripts, 1930-1993
9Correspondence typescripts, undated
10Empty envelopes
11Family reunions, 1926-1928
12Widow's application (Mary McWhorter Milner), 1926
14Account book, Quartermaster account (James Hamilton McWhorter, Jr.)
15Friendship album (Mary McWhorter), 1860-1865
16McWhorter Cemetery (Oglethorpe County, Georgia)
17Photographs McWhorter Family
18Photographs Grady Memorial Hospital (Atlanta, Georgia) staff, 1899