Felix Hargrett collection

Felix Hargrett collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Hargrett, Felix
Title: Felix Hargrett collection
Dates: 1739-1964
Quantity: 3.5 Linear feet (7 boxes and 1 oversize folder)
Coll. Number: ms302

Biographical/Historical Note

Felix Hargrett was a university alumnus (graduated in 1924) who contributed significantly to the University of Georgia. He began donating materials as early as the 1940s, but his first considerable donation came in 1951, and included a significant amount of Civil War materials. The Special Collections Library was renamed in his honor, due to his many contributions and support.

Of particular interest are the Confederate States of America (CSA) Nitre and Mining Bureau Corps records. This military unit was intended to supply the Confederacy with metals and minerals. Nitre could be mined across the South and was needed for explosives and gunpowder. The Nitre and Mining Bureau was officially formed in 1863 and continued to the war's end in 1865. Notably, Nathaniel E. Pratt, John LeConte, and Joseph LeConte all helped create maps for the Nitre and Mining Bureau. This organization significantly helped the Confederacy continue the war effort, supplying a tremendous amount of niter and saltpeter.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists primarily of letters, but also includes reports, petitions, furloughs, receipts, depositions, indentures, court orders, soldier tickets, payrolls, invoices, notes, statements, land orders, and certificates. The collection documents the Colony of Georgia, slavery, the Confederacy, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. There is a large amount of material about the Nitre and Mining Bureau of the Confederacy, Georgia Home Insurance Company, and Nathaniel A. Pratt.


Arranged alphabetically by personal or company name, and occasionally by subject.

Index Terms

Birth records.
Book collectors--Georgia.
Confederate States of America--Ordnance and ordnance stores.
Confederate States of America.
Death records.
Georgia--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
Indians of North America--Arkansas.
Indians of North America--New York (State)
Marriage records.
Mines and mineral resources--Georgia.
Missionaries--United States.
Missions, Spanish--Arkansas.
Registers of births, etc.--Arkansas.
Slave trade--Georgia.
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.
Universities and colleges--Georgia.
University of Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Felix Hargrett collection, ms302, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.


Conditions Governing Access note

Several items in this collection are located in the vault.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Alabama. Benton County. Citizens meeting regarding the hostile movements of the Creek Indians, 1836
2Alabama. Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands. Letter regarding setting apart property of the Rebel Government for the benefit of freedmen and refugees, 1865
3Alexander, William H. Letter, 1866
4Allan, Thompson. Letter to the state tax collector of North Carolina (handwritten copy), 1863
5Allston, Washington. Letter to discontinue the receipt of the Southern Literary Messanger, 1843
6Asbury, Francis. Receipt to pay E. Cooper and J. Wilson from the M.E. Chrurch, Philadelphia, 1808
7Baker, John. Liberty County. Petition regarding the estate of Thomas Perkins, 1783
8Barnaby, James. Sunbury. Promissory Note, 1789
10Bassett, Stephen E. Fort Valley. American Home Missionary Society form letter requesting funds, 1892
11Beauregard, G.T. Letter to Colonel Early ordering his brigade to Camp Walker, 1861
12Beck, J.J.E. Lumpkin, Georgia. Letter to his cousin S. H. Latimer, 1856
13Beck, Jesse. Lumpkin, Georgia. Letter to his cousin S. H. Latimer regarding farming and mentions John Stovall, 1858
VB31Beckley, Alfred. Petition for debt, 1862 October 29
114Benney, A. Letter to A. S. Jeffries concerning the taking of corn and meat by the soldiers, 1865
VB32Benton, Thomas Hart autograph
115Bibb, J. B. Montgomery, Alabama. Letter to Judge W. A. Cobb regarding family, 1855
VB33Black, Robert. Petition for debt, 1862
116Bonde (Bindo?) John C. Letter to J. G. Steele regarding debt, 1862
17Bright, H.T. - Soldier's Furlough, 1865
19Burnley, Samuel. Inventory of Estate, 1793
20Burritt, E.H. Milledgeville. Receipt for subscription to Statesman & Patriot, 1827
21Candler, William & Elizabeth. Parish of Saint Paul. Deposition, 1773
VB35Charles I, King of England autograph
122Clark, John. Letter to Alabama Govenor William Bibb regarding the fugitives William Morgan (alias Lemuel Redden) and three slaves, 1820
23Clarke County, Georgia. Indenture between Alonzo Church and the UGA Trustees selling land to Asbury and Henry Hull [includes survey], 1844
24Clarke, Elijah. Document giving land to Daniel McKief of Walker County, 1784
25Clay, C.C., Jr., U.S. Senator Huntsville, Alabama. Letters, 1857, 1866
26Clay, Joseph. Savannah. Letter to Edward Telfair regarding the estate of Mrs. Elbert, 1792
27Clemens, Jere. Huntsville, Alabama. Letters regarding public opinion and the war, 1861
28Cobb, Howell. Macon. Letter regarding Virginia seceding, 1861
30Coddington, Francis. Rees, David Executors of Estate of John Kell, 1786
31Cogswell, Elizabeth. Blooming Prairie, Minnesota. Letter to her brother asking for financial aid, 1874
32Confederate States of America. Western District of Virginia. Court Order for E. G. Booth, 1862
33Confederate States of America. 29th Georgia Volunteers. Documents including requisitions, roll calls, accounts, 1862
34Confederate States of America. 29th Georgia Volunteers Officers Pay Account Vouchers, 1862-1863
35Confederate States of America. Bonds and Certificates, Receipts (photocopies - originals in vault)
VB38-9Confederate States of America. Bonds and Certificates, Receipts
136Confederate States of America. Soldiers rail road tickets
VB37Colfax, Schuyler. Autograph
137Connectional Preacher's Aid and Mutual Relief Association. African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1907
38Cook, Nap (?), Judge. Near Adairsville. Letter regarding "Vigilance Committee"
39Cowper & Telfairs. Savannah. Receipt for shipping including enslaved people, 1775
40Creighton, Alexander. Savannah. Bond between Creighton and Thomas Johnston and James Thompson, 1782
45The Daily Era. Atlanta, GA. Brown, Joseph E. regarding the reconstruction measures of Congress, 1867
46The Daily Press, Augusta, GA. Brown Jos. E. regarding the reconstruction measures of Congress, 1867
47Davis, Jefferson. Richmond, Va. Letter to T. H. Watts regarding the shipping of cotton for the benefit of Alabama soldier's in U.S. prisons, 1865
48Davis, Newton N. & Others. Military Prison Johnson's Island Ohio. Letters regarding prisoners of war, 1865
49Delano, E. & J.N.B. Invoice Ocmulgee (Macon) Steam-Boat Company, 1836
21Depriest, John - Bond between Depriest, Daniel Perrow, and Thomas Jefferson of Albemarle, Virginia, 1791
2Dixie Salt Works. Statement regarding Col. Seach's "free negro servant", 1864
3Dunmore, James. Order for Land in Franklin County, 1785
4Dunn, W.M. Report on the laws and orders relating to registration under the reconstruction acts of Congress, 1868
5Edmondson, Samuel P. Certificate of Disability for Discharge, C.S.A., 1862
6Ellis, Henry. Receipts and brief summary of Ellis' life, 1758, 1760
7Ezzard, William, Mayor of Atlanta. Resolution of a Convention of seceded states, 1861
8Farrand, Eben. Letter to Gov. Thomas Watts regarding the release of Engineer Riddle from jail, 1865
9Farrow, Henry P. Letter (Simpson, O. F.). Form letter regarding claims atainst the United States, 1868
10Finley, Robert. Letter, 1809
11Fitzhugh, William. Receipt with signature, 1806
12Florida. John C. McGehee. Secessionist Convention, 1861
13Florida. John C. McGehee. Ordinance of Secession, 1861
14Forney, John H. Letter to George Goldthwaite regarding the defense of Pensacola, 1861
15Forrest, Nathan Bedford. Letter regarding the Selma Marion and Memphis Rail Road, 1873
16Fort Tomlinson manuscript account of journey home after the war
VB310Fulkerson, Samuel V. Court summons, 1862
218Furman, James C. Letter to Mary Furman regarding the South Carolina ordinance of secession, 1860 December 21
19Fury, Peregrine. Letter to General Oglethorpe regarding Captain Dunbar, 1743
19Gardner, Samuel S. Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, Selma, Alabama. Letter concerning the case of a freedman being abused by a couple of white men and another case concerning freedmen providing "colored evidence" in court, 1866
21Galphin, George. Administrators Bond, 1775
22Georgia, Liberty County. FIFA, 1790
23Georgia. Liberty County. Summons to Jury Duty, 1789
24Georgia. Railroad Commission Order for the Covington and Macon Railroad Company, 1889
25Gibbons, William. Receipt, 1785
26Gignilliat, James. Liberty County. Petition against James Barnaby, 1791
27Goldsmid, Edmund, Ed. A Collection of Epitaphs
28Goulding, John. Liberty County. Will, 1789
29Govan, Daniel C. Letter regarding the history of Govan's Brigade with Cleburne's Division including the Battle of Franklin "if we must die, let us die like men", 1867
30Grice, Herbert L. List of Georgia authors, 1910
31Grier, John. Washington County. Order for Land, 1784
32Gunn, James. Account, 1794
33Habersham, John. Letter to Lachlan McIntosh regarding rate of exchange and prospects of war; to Joseph Clay request for public arms to be delivered to Daniel Pendleton; and letter to Garret Wall, 1787, 1798, 1799
34Hackett, John. Lieut. Prisoner of War at Savannah, Parole of Honor, 1814
VB311Hale, F. L. Court summons, 1863 July 25
235Hampton, Wade - Note to Brig. Gen. Dearing regarding work on fortifications by slaves, 1864
36Hancock, William H. Pay account & discharge papers, 1863
37Hancock, William. Land Grant, Bedford County, Virginia, 1782
38Hargrett, Felix and Kellam, Porter photographs of donation, 1964
39Harris, William - Note between Willam Harris, James Pinn, John Callaway, Edmond Cobbs, and Thomas Jefferson of Albemarle, Virginia, 1791
40Henry, Patrick. Signatures. Court summons for John Bates (Virginia); declaration of ejectment; Hunt vs. Handifer plea, 1791, 1792
41Higgins, H. H. Letter to William Smith regarding Company F, 13 Regiment, U.S. Infantry, 1853
42Hill, Benjamin Harvey. Letter regarding a speech, 1856
43Hinson, Clayborn. Account of the Estate with the Sunbury Academy, 1795
44Holcombe, Henry B. Letter to Louis B. Parsons regarding application for Postmaster of Mobile, states he did not want secede from the Union, 1865
45Holden, William W. Proclamation to convene a Constitutional Convention to alter the Constitution, 1865
46Hoskins, Z.T. Account of Hoskins battery in the Battle of Kennesaw
VB312Humboldt, Alexander, Baron. Autograph
247Inzer, J. W. Letter to Gov. R. M. Patton regarding conditions in St. Clair County, 1868
48J.K. (?) Letter regarding the progress of the war and morale of soldiers, 1864
49Jackson, Thomas J. (Stonewall). Letter on promotion of an officer, 1863
50Jenkins, Ervin. Deposition about the burning of a Negro school, 1870
VB313Johnson, T. Letter to Phineas Porter regarding clothing soldiers, 1782 May 7
251Johnston, Albert Sidney. Letters to A.B. Moore regarding defences in the northern frontier and needs for arms, 1861
52Johnston, J. D. Letter to E. Farrand regarding naval affairs and insubordination, 1865
53Johnston, Joseph Eggleston General Orders, No. 18 (Copy) regarding terms of surrender, 1865
54Johnston, Richard Malcolm. Letter to James Thomas requesting help to put up a sugar mill, 1864
55King, John P. Letter to W. W. Clark regarding the railroad, 1862
56Knight, Lucian Lamar. Letter regarding Francis Orray Ticknor's poetry, 1898
57Lanier, Sidney. Order for adjournment of the court on the death of Col. A. W. Persons, 1872
58Lee Letters (photocopies of letteres found in ms302a) and pamphlet for Custis-Lee Mansion Robert E. Lee Memoria
59Leitner, H.D. Letters, 1838, 1888
OS Folder
1BLiberty county, GA, tax return for Capt. E. Lewis's Militia Company District, 1787
260Lomax, Tennent. Pensacola District. Letters regarding difficulties in holding troops in military service and report of the position near Fort Pickens, 1861
62Longstreet, Augustus B. Letter to Gov. R. Patton regarding the presidency of the Mobile and Ohio Railroad and letter regarding Longstreet's amnesty, 1865, 1866
63Lumpkin, John H. Autograph
64Lumpkin, Joseph Henry. Letter regarding sermons on the loss of the Steamboat Home and the Theatre, 1838
65Lumpkin, Wilson. Letters regarding Commission from U.S. President to run lines between lands ceded by 1818 Treaty; request for copies of Stephen Douglas' speeches on slavery; and Judge Cuyler, 1818, 1840, 1854
66Lunday, Francis. Social letter, 1849
67Lutheran Church, constitution, resolutions, minutes, certificates, pertaining to the establishment of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Confederate States of America, 1862-1863
68McCalla, Charles P. Letter regarding the sale of an engine, 1862
69McIntosh, A. C. Oath of Justice of Inferior Court, 1862
70McIntosh, John, Sr. accounts with George Troup for indigo, rice, and enslaved people, 1783-1786
71McIntosh, Lachlan. Letter to John Wereat regarding the treatment McIntosh received from the Govenor and Council, 1780
72McMichael, Stephen E. Letter and certificate regarding his retirement from the Confederate Army Co. A 30th Ga. Regt., 1864
VB332McPhil, John. Oath of amnesty, 1865
273Marion, Pseud. Letter to a "rascally abolitionist", 1861
74Martin, John. Letter to General Green regarding Col Wylly, who has been a prisoner of the British, 1782
75Mary Lizzie. Social letter during the Civil War, 1860s
76Meigs, Josiah. Letter about family and "Tory newspapers", 1818, 1822
77Miles, Samuel vs. Nicholas Beatzman, 1802
78Milledge, John. Letter, 1800
79Miller's Ferry Rates for horses, waggons, carts, people, cattle, hogs, and sheep, 1865
80Millner, William. Note William Millner, William Miller, and Simon Miller of Beford Co. to Thomas Jefferson, 1792
81Montpelier Female Institute letter and receipts of tuition, 1849-1852
82Moulton, C. F. Mobile, Alabama. Letter regarding Reconstruction, 1867
83Murray, James A. Letter regarding skulkers from military service, 1862
84Neil, William. Land Grant Montgomery Co., 1794
85Longstreet, Augustus B. Letters recommending Professor Wilson Richardson, 1860, 1866
86Georgia. Manuscript List of Acts of Assembly., 1755-1762
31Nisbet, Eugenius A. Fire Insurance Policy Southern Mutual Insurance Company of Georgia, 1854
2North Carolina. Chatham Co. Drumond vs. Clarke, 1771
3North Carolina. Chowan County Indenture for the orphan of William Harris, 1739
4North Carolina. Chowan Co. (?) Indenture. Coffield vs. Walter Ferguson, 1788
5North Carolina. Chowan Co. (?) James Hayes vs. John Watkins, 1788
VB36North Carolina. Chowan Co. Trail and Judgement of a Slave named Esther for poisoning her mistress
36North Carolina. Davidson Co. Report of Military Committee, 1861-1865
7North Carolina. Davidson Co. Case of Charles Haines, a free person of color, taken into custody as a possible runaway slave, 1862
8North Carolina. Davidson Co. Report of Salt Agent, 1864-1865
9North Carolina. Stokes Co. petition to pay tithes in money instead of provisions, 1863-1864
10Oswald, Joseph. Savannah. Certificate. refugee entitled to 250 acres of land, 1784
11Otes, Karl. Letters regarding Indian attacks and considering moving to California, 1845
12Palmer, Benjamin M. Letter recommending Professor Wilson Richardson, 1866
13Parker, Ephraim. Letter to Jefferson Davis regarding 16 year old son who has joined the army without his father's consent, 1861
14Parsons, Lewis E. Letter (Copy) to Andrew Johnson regarding difficulties of restoring civil order and seizing of cotton, 1865
15Peachey, Samuel. Appointment to be Sheriff of Essex, Virginia, 1772
16Pearce, W.M. War Tax Receipt, 1862
VB333Peel, Robert. Autograph
317Pelham, Atkinson. Letter regarding his son John Pelham entering military service, 1861
18Pepper, Dr. John. Report on hospital care of North Carolina troops, 1862
19Phi Delta Society (Letter to), 1853
20Phillips, J.N. Invoice for shipping, 1845
21Pickett, A.J. Letters about his travels to Texas, 1856
22Picture - For Stereopticon "15th Amendment Bringing His Crop to Town" [Man on an oxcart loaded with hay.]
African American man driving an ox cart.
23Player, G.C. Letter to Lewis Parsons regarding Lt. Brooks and his cavalry unit holding women hostages to force their husbands to return to command and a committee that protested this action, 1865
VB334Porter, Phineas. Document commanding a Connecticut Regiment, list of 21 men and procured men, 1781
35Pritchard, Benjamin. Letter to Phineas Porter describing the low morale of troops, 1780 August 11
324Quarterman, Joseph & Elizabeth. Marriage bond, 1787
25Raiford, Philip. Creek Agency west of Arkansas. Letter regarding Creek Indians, 1850
VB336Rogers, Edward. Records and receipts of troops, 1776 July
326Sands, J. W. Accounts of Mr. Lewis of the Otsego (sunk during the war), 1865
VB337-38Sands, William. Letters to his parents describing military situation, 1776
327Schmidt, E. Henry. Petition of the estate of Peter Donworth. Liberty County, 1791
28Shank, J.W. Social letter, 1871
29Sherman, William T. Terms of Johnston's Surrender in North Carolina (Copy), 1865
30Shorter, Eli S. Eufaula, Alabama. Letter regarding Reconstruction, 1867
31Singleton, James W. Letter "Relief for Starving People" in Alabama, 1866
VB339Smith, D. Valley Forge. Letter to Major Porter regarding military affairs, 1778 June 10
332Smith, J. Belknap. Appointment as postmaster at Columbia Mine and purchase of Columbia Mine, 1863, 1883
33Smith, Mrs. J. Belknap (Letter to) regarding the birth of her son, 1853
34Smith, J. Little. Letter regarding seizure of cotton, 1865
35Smith, M.E. Letters regarding purchase of brandy and a question of payment, 1866-1867
36Smith, Seaborn. Discharge papers due to billious fever, 1862
37Smithe, James M. Letter to J. W. Shank, Columbia Mine, 1872
38Southern Masonic Female College, Covington, Ga. tuition fee, 1874
39Spalding, James. Petition for money due from Thomas Cater, 1792
40Stephens, Alexander H. Letters including an introduction for Nelson Tift and letter to Joseph Hemphill regarding the New Hampshire platform, 1868, 1871
41Stephens, William. Letter regarding Mr. Wood's debt and sale of lands, 1786 View online.
42Stevens, William Bacon. Letter to E. A. Nesbit regarding the laws of divorce and other legal matters, 1847, 1868
43Stewart, James. Petition. Liberty Co., 1787
44Stone, Samuel. Note, 1758
45Stout, S. H. Order for Surgeon Morrison to report to duty, 1865
46Strother, J. E. Social letter, 1871
47Sykes, F. M. Letter to Louis Parsons regarding crimes committed by freedmen and the Freedmens Bureau, 1865
48Tattnall, Josiah, Jr. Letters concerning taxation, relations with France, and land matters, 1797, 1799
49Teachman, William N. Indenture between Teachman and Isaac P. Cooley, 1839
50Thomas, Rebecca. Land Grant 250 acres in Early County, 1829
51Thompson, W.L. Letter regarding legal case about property, 1861
52Thurman vs. Zachary Depositions concerning three enslaved people, 1792
53Thweatt, Peterson. Note and Form Letters regarding the shipment of corn for indigent widows and orphans, 1866-1867
54Ticknor, Francis Orray. Letters and poems, 1844-1871
55Treutlen, John Adam. Note to pay for riding express to Fort Howe, 1777
56Trice, Z.B. Letter regarding the building of Talbotton Railroad, 1853
VB340Trumball, Johnathan. note
357Turner, Daniel. Social letter and Spanish Privateer at Ameilia Island, sympathy of natives in E. Florida, 1806
57Turner, Joseph Addison. Letter, 1863
59Turner, Terry. Letter regarding the Seminole War, 1837
60Upper Mills, Little River, GA. J. Belknap Smith. Notes & Accounts, 1867
61Waddell, John N. Recommendation for Professor Wilson Richardson, 1866
62Waddel, Moses. Letter to George Jones regarding the Jones boys, 1800
63Wagnon, E. A. Agreement with J. Belknap Smith, Columbia Mines, to hire a slave to accompany him to Pennsylvania, 1853
OS Folder
1BWatkinsville Militia agreement, 1810
364aWalton, George. Washington County. Order for Land, 1784
65Walton, George William. Case Against, 1814
65Watts, Thomas Hill. Letters to Jefferson Davis regarding military affairs, 1864-1865
66Wedburg, Alfred. Letter (Copy) reporting on elections in Cherokee, DaKalb, Paine, Marshall, Clahoun, and Cleburne (Ala.), 1868
67Wereat, John. Letter to Lachlan McIntosh regarding war, prisoners, and confiscated estates. Letter to William Bingham regarding the enemy carrying off everything of value including 4000 slaves, 1782
68Western & Atlantic Railroad Invoice, 1863
69White, Nicolous. Franklin County. Order to Survey Land, 1784
70Whittington, B.F. Letter with list of citizens of Nashville, Ga., 1875
71Williams, Chaplin. Document, 1769
72Williams, W. Thorne. Invoice for shipping, 1855
73Winston, John A. Letters regarding his pardon, 1865
VB341Wiser, Benjamin. Letter to the Committee on Safety of Northumberland Co. (Penn.) for help apprehending deserters, 1777 March 8
374Woods, Milus H. Letter regarding campaign of the Fouche Volunteers in the Indian War, 1836
VB342Wright, Silas, Jr. autograph
375Yazoo Land Grant. Charles Ryan for 1000 acres of land in Tennessee Company, 1797
76Miscellaneous. Court document William Beall vs. John Garsed concerning cotton; engraving of Baron Brougham & Vaux; List of autographs in album [album not included], 1865
26Faiford, Phillip Letter
51Georgia Home Insurance Company Day book
2Georgia Home Insurance Company Index to stock ledger
3Georgia Home Insurance Company General statistics
4Georgia Home Insurance Company Statement book
61-3Confederate States of America Nitre and Mining Bureau notebooks
7Confederate States of America Nitre and Mining Bureau notebooks (copies)
41Nitre and Mining Bureau, 2nd District letter book, 1864-1865 ( 1.0 Volume(s) )
The collection consists of a letter book of official correspondence for the 2nd District (South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Alabama) of the Nitre and Mining Bureau of the Confederate States of America from October 1864 - April 1865. The correspondence, invoices, receipts, and accounts document the activities of the Bureau and contain information regarding a fire (October 1864) that destroyed the Bureau’s Augusta (Ga.) headquarters and the ensuing problems re-establishing the laboratory, shipments received and sent, problems obtaining equipment and supplies, and chemical experiments with nitre and potash. The letter book also contains some descriptions of Confederate and Union troop movements, battles, and actions of the Confederate government. Most of the correspondence was written by either Nathaniel A. Pratt or Capt. B.A. Stovall.
2Nathaniel A. Pratt letter book, 1865-1888 ( 1.0 Volume(s) )
The collection consists of a letter book of Nathaniel A. Pratt from April 1865 - March 1888. The correspondence documents Pratt’s professional and scientific activities in Georgia and Virginia including information on mineral deposits, geological analysis and surveys, and chemical research.
Nathaniel Alpheus Pratt (1834-1906), scientist and educator, served as Superintendent of the Nitre and Mining Bureau of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War.
377Tempera paintings - Civil War battle scenes of Confederate cavalry charges against a Union wagon train, signed J.J.P., 1865