Stephen Alfestus and Margaret Palmer Corker papers

Stephen Alfestus and Margaret Palmer Corker papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Corker, Margaret Myrtis Palmer, 1840-1916
Creator: Corker, Stephen Alfestus, 1830-1879
Title: Stephen Alfestus and Margaret Palmer Corker papers
Dates: 1859-1916
Quantity: 0.2 Linear feet (1 half box)
Coll. Number: ms3099

Biographical/Historical Note

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).

Scope and Content Note

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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Index Terms

Confederate States of America. Army. Georgia Infantry Regiment, 3rd. Company A.
Corker, Frank -- Correspondence
Corker, Margaret Myrtis Palmer, 1840-1916 -- Correspondence
Corker, Stephen Alfestus, 1830-1879 -- Correspondence
Gettysburg, Battle of, Gettysburg, Pa., 1863.
Johnson Island (Ohio)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Lee, Robert E., (Robert Edward), 1807-1870 -- Correspondence
Legislators--United States--Correspondence.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Prisoners and prisons.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Stephen Alfestus and Margaret Palmer Corker papers. MS 3099. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

2Correspondence, 1859-1862
3Correspondence, 1863
4Correspondence, 1864
5Correspondence, 1865-1898
6Correspondence, 1902-1916 & undated
7Empty envelopes
8Photocopies of letters (used for transcribing)