Nathaniel Wyche and Sarah R. Hunter papers

Nathaniel Wyche and Sarah R. Hunter papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Hunter, Nathaniel Wyche, 1811-1849
Title: Nathaniel Wyche and Sarah R. Hunter papers
Dates: 1820-1869
Quantity: 1.0 Linear feet (2 document boxes, 1 half box)
Coll. Number: ms331

Biographical/Historical Note

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.

Scope and Content Note

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.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Athens (Ga.)--Social life and customs.
Hardee, William Joseph, 1815-1873
Hitchcock, Charles M.
Linton, John L.
McDowell, Irvin, 1818-1885
Mexican War, 1846-1848.
Mexico--Description and travel.
Stevens, William Bacon, 1815-1887
United States. Army. Cavalry, 2nd.
Wood, John S.
Wool, John E., 1789-1869

General Notes

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Nathaniel Wyche and Sarah R. Hunter papers, ms331, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Series 1: Biographical, military service and pension records

11Series 1 Biographical, military service and pension records

Series 2: Letters

91845 January-February
101845 March-May
111845 June-September
121845 October-December
211846 January
21846 February
31846 March
41846 April
51846 May
61846 June
71846 July
81846 August
91846 September 1-15
101846 September 16-24
111846 September 25-30
121846 October
131846 November 1-15
141846 November 16-30
151846 December
161847 January
171847 February
181847 March
191847 April
201847 May
211847 June
221847 July
231847 August
241847 September
251847 October
261847 November
271847 December
311848 January
21848 February
31848 March
41848 April
51848 May
61848 June
71848 July
81848 August
91848 September
101848 November
111848 December
121849 January-February
131849 March
141849 April-December
151850 January-March
161850 April-November

Series 3: Military affairs


Series 4: Bills, 1845

322Series 4 Bills, 1845

Series 5: Diaries

323Wyche Hunter, October 1-15, 1846
24February 21-March 12, 1848
25Sarah G. Hunter, 1848
26Sarah G. Hunter, June-July 1849

Series 6: Miscellaneous

327Letter, 1917
29Empty Envelopes