|Creator:||Hunter, Nathaniel Wyche, 1811-1849|
|Title:||Nathaniel Wyche and Sarah R. Hunter papers|
|Quantity:||1.0 Linear feet (2 document boxes, 1 half box)|
Nathaniel Wyche Hunter (1811-1849), graduated from West Point (1833), served in the U.S. Army during the Florida Wars and Mexican War in Company H of the 2nd Regular U.S. Dragoons. Married Sarah R. Golding of Athens, Georgia in 1846.
The collection consists of papers of Nathaniel Wyche and Sarah R. Golding Hunter from 1820-1869. The earliest correspondence (1840-1843) is to Sarah R. Golding from family and friends, mainly discussing Athens social life and their experiences at school. The majority of the collection is comprised of correspondence (1843-1846) between Hunter and his fiancee and later wife Sarah R. Golding while he served in the 2nd Cavalry (Dragoons) of the U.S. Army, particularly during the Mexican War. His early letters discuss mostly their budding romance, but later letters describe camp conditions, travel to Mexico, the Mexican countryside, and engagements of his unit. Includes letters from the Augusta Arsenal (Ga.), Fort Columbus (N.Y.), Fort Jessup, Corpus Christi (Tex.), and Camargo (Mexico) with details on the Battle of Palo Alto and Reseca de la Palma (May 1846). The collection contains some official military correspondence such as orders, memos and correspondence documenting the actions of John E. Wool, Zachary Taylor, Irvin McDowell, William Joseph Hardee, and John S. Wood.
The papers also include diaries kept by Hunter from October 1-15, 1846 discussing his trip to Mexico and another from February 21 - March 12, 1848 describing his command of American troops near Monterrey (Mexico); and a diary kept by Sarah G. Hunter from 1848-1849 mainly describing Athens (Ga.) social life and the death of her husband.
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Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.
Nathaniel Wyche and Sarah R. Hunter papers. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.