John McKinney Howell letters to his wife

John McKinney Howell letters to his wife

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Howell, John McKinney, 1833-1889
Title: John McKinney Howell letters to his wife
Dates: 1864
Quantity: 0.1 Linear feet (1 portfolio)
Coll. Number: ms3259

Biographical/Historical Note

John McKinney Howell (1833-1889) was born in Houston County, Georgia. In 1862 he enlisted in Company C, Mell's Regiment at Greensboro, Georgia. In July 1864 he was sent to Andersonville Prison (Sumter County, Ga.) as a surgeon. He was married to Emma Berrien Heard (1841-1918).

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of five letters that John McKinney Howell wrote from Andersonville Prison to his wife Emma Berrien Heard. There are also two pages of biographical information. In the letters Howell describes the prisoners and his duties as examining surgeon. He also answers his wife's questions about the number of prisoners (and that there are no female prisoners) and fighting or hanging of prisoners and asks her for family news. Transcripts are included.


Arranged in chronological order.

Index Terms

Andersonville Prison.
Georgia--Civil War, 1861-1865--History--Prisoners and prisons.
Heard, Emma Berrien, 1841-1918 -- Correspondence
Howell, John McKinney, 1833-1889 -- Correspondence
Prison physicians--Correspondence.
Prisoners of war--Death.

General Notes

Portions of this collection have been digitized and are available online as part of America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John McKinney Howell letters to his wife, MS 3259. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

1Letters, 1864 View online.