McCowen family papers

McCowen family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: McCowen, Benjamin B., d. 1863
Creator: McCowen, Duncan Green, fl. 1862
Creator: Trammell, E. Cisero, d. 1862
Creator: Whiteside, E. A., fl. 1864
Title: McCowen family papers
Dates: 1861-1864
Quantity: 0.1 Linear feet (1 portfolio)
Coll. Number: ms3398

Biographical/Historical Note

Benjamin B. McCowen, his brother Duncan Green McCowen, and his brother-in-law Emilius Cicero Trammell (husband of Mary Elizabeth "Lizzie" McCowen) were in the 53rd Regiment, Company K during the Civil War. This was known as the "Quitman Guard." The unit participated in many conflicts, including the Seven Day Battles, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and Cold Harbor.

Benjamin was killed in the battle of Gettysburg on July 2, 1863 after being elected lieutenant colonel. Cicero died of measles on August 7, 1862 in Richmond, Virginia. Duncan appears to have survived the war, though was marked sick in late 1865. He had at least one child in 1865 with Isabella Effie Fletcher.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of five letters, a poem and a newspaper obituary of Benjamin B. McCowen. The letters are from Benjamin, Duncan, and E.C. to their family in Monroe County, Georgia. An 1861 letter from Benjamin in Warrington, Florida mentions the fortifications at Fort Pickens, and an 1862 letter from Duncan in Richmond to his sister Lizzie gives the details of her husband's death. The poem written by E.A. Whiteside to her husband, (possibly James A. Whiteside of the 12th regiment, Company E), and her 1864 letter describes the war news she is getting from newspapers and her opinions of General Johnston and General Hood.


Arranged in chronological order.

Index Terms

Confederate States of America. Army. Georgia Infantry Regiment, 53rd.
Fort Pickens (Fla.).
Hood, John Bell, 1831-1879 -- Public opinion
Johnston, Joseph E., (Joseph Eggleston), 1807-1891 -- Public opinion
McCowen, Benjamin B., d. 1863 -- Correspondence
McCowen, Benjamin B., d. 1863 -- Death and burial
McCowen, Duncan Green, fl. 1862 -- Correspondence
Trammell, E. Cisero, d. 1862 -- Correspondence
Trammell, E. Cisero, d. 1862 -- Death and burial
Trammell, Lizzie, fl. 1862 -- Correspondence
Whiteside, E. A., fl. 1864 -- Correspondence

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

McCowen family papers. MS 3398. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

1Five letters, a poem, and a newspaper obituary (Benjamin B. McCowen)