Wesley O. Connor family papers

Wesley O. Connor family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Connor, Wesley Olin, 1841-1920 -- Diaries
Title: Wesley O. Connor family papers
Dates: 1825-1951
Quantity: 7.2 Linear feet 3 document boxes, 4 oversized boxes
Coll. Number: ms3102

Biographical/Historical Note

Wesley Olin Connor (1841-1920), son of John Wesley Connor (1800-1857) and Henrietta Mayson (1807-1894), was born in Anderson District, South Carolina. He came to Cave Spring, Georgia in 1849 to live with his married sister. In 1857 he began working as an assistant teacher at the Georgia Asylum for the Deaf and Dumb (later named the Georgia School for the Deaf). At the beginning of the Civil War he enlisted in the Cherokee Artillery and served throughout the war in campaigns in Vicksburg, Cumberland Gap, Resaca, Atlanta, Franklin and Nashville. In April 1865 he was captured at Salisbury, North Carolina and held prisoner at camp Chase near Columbus, Ohio. After the war, he returned to Cave Spring and the Georgia School for the Deaf, where he became Principal and then Superintendent from 1867 until 1916.

The Cherokee Artillery unit was organized on Aug. 10, 1860 and, in April of 1861, were ordered to join Gen. Phillip's Brigade of Georgia Troops at Big Shanty. On June 13, 1861 they were mustered into state service for the war as Co. A of Stovall's Battalion of Artillery (later known as the 3rd Georgia Battalion). During October and November, 1861, the Cherokee Artillery was stationed at Goldsboro, North Carolina, and from November, 1861 until September, 1862, they served in eastern Tennessee guarding against Union and Pro-Union forces. In September and October, 1862 they were involved in the Kentucky Campaign, though not in action. Then, sometime during October or November, 1862 they returned to eastern Tennessee. Sons of Confederate Veterans website. (http://www.scvcamp469-nbf.com/cherokeeartillery.htm) Retrieved 10/5/2009.

Northwest Georgia's picturesque Vann's Valley is the home of the Georgia School for the Deaf, Georgia's only residential school serving Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students. GSD was established in 1846 on the grounds of the Hearn Academy by one of its teachers, O. P. Fannin. A log cabin and a $5000 legislative grant began a more than 160-year-long tradition of service to children across the state. GSD was the eleventh residential school for the Deaf established in the United States. GSD has an expansive campus of over 300 acres in the small community of Cave Spring. The relationship between Cave Spring and GSD is unique because many residents and business owners are able to communicate with sign language. Georgia School for the Deaf website. (http://www.gsdweb.org/History/history.html) Retrieved 10/5/2009.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of Connor's diaries (1861-1866) with transcripts, genealogy, photographs, Cherokee Artillery roll, printed material of the Georgia School for the Deaf, and newspapers.

Index Terms

Confederate States of America. Army. Georgia Artillery Battalion, 3rd. Company A.
Connor, Wesley Olin, 1841-1920 -- Family
Georgia School for the Deaf.
Muster rolls.
Rich family
Wright family

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Wesley O. Connor family papers, ms3102, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Genealogy - Family Life and Ancestry of Tillie Rich and Connor Wright of Cave Spring, Georgia compiled by Margaret W. Hollingsworth
2Genealogy-Butler family
3Genealogy-Mayson family
4Correspondence, 1850-1941 (photocopies only)
5Diary-Wesley O. Connor, 1861-1863
6Diary-Wesley O. Connor, 1865
7Diary-Wesley O. Connor, 1866
9Will and United Confederate Veterans membership of Wesley O. Connor
12Georgia School for the Deaf-Centennial annual, 1848-1948
13Georgia School for the Deaf-Yearbook, 1951
14Georgia School for the Deaf - The School Helper, 1920
15Writings-"The Blind-Deaf" by William Wade
16Writings re: building the South Carolina Railroad by Major John H. Dent
16Letter to Mr. Dent, 1849
21Correspondence, 1900-1909
2Correspondence, 1910-1919
3Correspondence, 1920-1929
4Correspondence, 1930-1959
5Correspondence, Unated
7Autograph album - Matilda Rich Wright
8Cover made from a piece of Yankee rubber cloth picked up from the battlefield of Franklin, Tennessee and possibly belonged to John Chenowolt [?], Co. F, 51st, Indiana
9Naturalization Papers - Augustus Reiche
10Resignation - Connor, 1861
2Printed material
4Diary - Editha Frances Simmon's transcript only
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41Medals in display case
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51Medals in display case
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61Medals in display case
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71State of Alabama- $1,000 six percent: Stock Certificate
2Membership Certificate: Corput Bater, C.S.H., of Rome, GA
3Cherokee Artillery Roll
4Connor Photographs
5Newspaper Clippings
2Newspapers- The Macon Telegraph, 1865 February 9