|Creator:||Corker, Margaret Myrtis Palmer, 1840-1916|
|Creator:||Corker, Stephen Alfestus, 1830-1879|
|Title:||Stephen Alfestus and Margaret Palmer Corker papers|
|Quantity:||0.2 Linear feet (1 half box)|
Stephen Alfestus Corker (1830-1879) was born in Burke County, Georgia and married Margaret Myrtis Palmer (1840-1916). He served as captain of Company A, 3rd Georgia Regiment during the Civil War. He was captured during the Battle of Gettysburg on July 2, 1863 and sent to prison on Johnson's Island, Ohio. He remained a prisoner there until February 1865 when he was transferred to City Point, Virginia and later paroled. After the war he was a lawyer, a member of the Georgia House of Representatives, and a member of the 41st Congress (1870-1871).
The collection consists of correspondence and genealogy. The correspondence is mainly from Stephen Corker to his wife while he was a prisoner of war (POW). In the letters he describes conditions of the prison, food, clothing, fellow prisoners, concerns for his wife, his son, and hopes for a prisoner exchange. There are also letters from Corker while he was a congressman in Washington, DC (1871). The other letters in the collection are from Margaret Corker to her son Frank and from her family and friends. Of special interest is a letter (18 August 1863) from Robert E. Lee to Mrs. Corker concerning the fate of her husband after the Battle of Gettysburg. This is a very important Lee letter (written by an adjuant but likely dictated by Lee). Transcripts of the letter are included.
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Stephen Alfestus and Margaret Palmer Corker papers. MS 3099. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.