|Creator:||Dickey, William J., b. 1828|
|Title:||William J. Dickey family papers|
|Dates:||1820-1881, bulk 1861-1865|
|Quantity:||0.4 Linear feet (1 document box)|
William J. Dickey (b. 1828) lived in Thomas County, Georgia and was the son of Shadrack Edward Dickey (1804-1847) and Susan Harvin Dickey. He married Anna Maria Reynolds in 1849. Patrick Henry Dickey (b. 1832), Shadrack Arthur Dickey (b. 1837), and John Edwin Dickey (1840-1913) were brothers of William Dickey. W.H. Reynolds, J.M. Reynolds, and John C. Reynolds were brothers of Anna Reynolds Dickey. All of the brothers served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, most of them in the 29th Regiment.
The collection consists mainly of letters from the Dickey and Reynolds brothers to Anna or William Dickey. The letters begin in 1861 on the Georgia coast as the soldiers go from Brunswick, Sapelo Island, Darien, and Savannah, and write from such places as Fort Tattnall, Mackay's Point, Fort Jackson, Causten's Bluff, Camp Millen and Camp Palmyra. The letters mention the firing on Fort Pulaski in April 1862. John C. Reynolds goes to Richmond (Va.) in August 1862. J. M. Reynolds is in Mechanicsville (Va.) in June 1864. W. H. Reynolds is near Vicksburg (Miss.) in June 1863 and Chickamauga (Ga.) in September 1863 and finally in Marietta (Ga.) in July 1864. William Dickey's letters begin in 1864 as he joins the Georgia Militia and is sent to Atlanta (Ga.) during the Atlanta Campaign. As the Army retreats from Atlanta, William goes to Macon, Camp Stephens near Griffin and Lovejoy's Station. The letters describe details of the battles, health of the soldiers, camp life, and concern for families and farms at home.
Arranged in chronological order.
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.
William J. Dickey family papers, 1820-1881 (bulk 1861-1865). MS 3414. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.
Related materials available in the following collections of this repository: MS47 William J. Dickey diaries.