William J. Dickey family papers

William J. Dickey family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Dickey, William J., b. 1828
Title: William J. Dickey family papers
Dates: Bulk, 1861-1865
Dates: 1820-1881, bulk 1861-1865
Quantity: 0.4 Linear feet (1 document box)
Coll. Number: ms3414

Biographical/Historical Note

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.

Scope and Content Note

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.

Index Terms

Atlanta Campaign, 1864.
Confederate States of America. Army. -- Military life
Dickey, Anna Maria Reynolds -- Correspondence
Dickey, John Edwin, 1840-1913 -- Correspondence
Dickey, Patrick Henry, b. 1832 -- Correspondence
Dickey, Shadrack Arthur, b. 1837 -- Correspondence
Dickey, William J., b. 1828 -- Correspondence
Fort Pulaski (Ga.)--Siege, 1862.
Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Reynolds, J. M. -- Correspondence
Reynolds, John C. -- Correspondence
Reynolds, W. H. -- Correspondence
United States. -- History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives, Confederate

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

William J. Dickey family papers, 1820-1881 (bulk 1861-1865). MS 3414. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

Related materials available in the following collections of this repository: MS47 William J. Dickey diaries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Geneology Butler family View online.
2Correspondence, 1859 View online.
3Correspondence, 1861 May-August View online.
4Correspondence, 1861 September View online.
5Correspondence, 1861 October-November View online.
6Correspondence, 1862 January-March View online.
7Correspondence, 1862 April View online.
8Correspondence, 1862 May-June View online.
9Correspondence, 1862 July View online.
10Correspondence, 1862 August-October View online.
11Correspondence, 1863 March-October View online.
12Correspondence, 1864 January-June View online.
13Correspondence, 1864 July View online.
14Correspondence, 1864 September-October View online.
15Correspondence, 1864 November View online.
16Correspondence, 1865 View online.
17Land grant Early County (Ga.), 1820
17Guardianship letter, Sarah Rahn, 1881
17Work account, undated View online.