Gustavus A. Bull Papers

Gustavus A. Bull Papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Title: Gustavus A. Bull Papers
Dates: 1850-1862
Quantity: 0.4 Linear feet (1 document box)
Abstract:The collection consists of writings, correspondence, and University of Georgia souvenir programs written and collected by Gustavus A. Bull during and immediately following his time spent as a student at the University.
Coll. Number: ms3528.TEMP

Biographical/Historical Note

Gustavus A. Bull was born in LaGrange, Georgia, in 1835. He attended the University of Georgia Franklin College in the early 1850s and graduated with 1st Honors in 1854. While at the University, he was a member of the Phi Kappa Literary Society and, as such, was selected as a Junior Orator in 1853 and a University Commencement Speaker in 1854. After graduating, Bull moved to Newnan, Georgia, where he taught in local schools and later studied law. In 1861, he enlisted in the Confederate Army as a Lieutenant. By 1862, he had been promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel of the 35th Georgia regiment. While serving with this regiment, Bull was fatally wounded at the Battle of Seven Pines on May 31, 1862. He was regarded by contemporaries as one of the most promising men of his generation in the state, and many prominent statesmen and military officers published articles detailing such beliefs shortly after his death.

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Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Athens (Ga.)--Description and travel.
Speeches, addresses, etc.
University of Georgia. Phi Kappa Society.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Gustavus A. Bull Papers. MS 3528. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library. University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Speeches and Essays

11"Legislation upon Liquor Traffic"
2Reflection on Latin and its use
3"Should the African Slave Trade be Revived?"
4"Uncle Tom's Cabin" Junior Exhibition Speech as Phi Kappa Representative, Aug 1853
5"Music and its Influences"
6"European Politics - Should the Western Powers assist Turkey?", 1854
7"Cuba" Commencement Speech as Phi Kappa Representative, Aug. 1854
8"[Louis] Kossuth", Feb. 1853
9Address to the LaGrange High School on Kossuth, Feb. 1852
10"Lord Chancellor Jeffreys"
11"Influence of the Discovery of America upon human Liberty", June 20, 1853
12Essay on the development of abilities/faculties, Feb. 21, 1853
13"The Last Legislature - a Pangyrie"
14"Intemperence a greater evil than Ambition"
15"Influence of the Reformation upon Literature", 1854
18Speech: "Valedictory to the Audience", c. 1854
19"Don Juan"
20"Syllogism and Induction"
21Speech on Presidents and Presidential Nominees
22Speech: "Connection Between the Bible and Literature", July 1855
23"Fra Giovanni di Vincenza"
24"The Influence of Commerce upon War", 1852
25Essay on forms of education



126Letter to the "Brothers of the Senior Class"
27Letter to Maj. C. A. Bull (father), Aug 18
28Letter to Mother, April 15, 1854
292nd copy of letter to Mother, April 15, 1854
30Partial letter discussing Civil War Battles

Letters to Media

131Letter to the Editor - "Franklin College", July 3, 1854
32Letter to the Editor "for the Chronicle and Sentinel"


133Poem: "A Dream of the Deluge"
35Poem: "Twas once upon a time that I counted Nelly Bly"
35Poem: "Twas once upon a time that I counted Nelly Bly"
36Poem: "So long have I lived disappointed"
37Poem: "Lady if in life's here-after"
38Poem: "Lady if in life's here-after" version 2
39Poem: "Me thought I heard a brother sigh"

Printed Materials

140Program - Junior Exhibition, August 12, 1853
41Program - UGA Commencement, August 2, 1854

Misc. Documents

142Satiric Program - "Auburn College"
43Untitled manuscript (pages missing)
44Discussion of an issue relating to the Demosthenian Society and UGA, 1853
45"Meeting of the Senior Class", June 15, 1850