Josiah Tattnall letter to Henry C. Wayne

Josiah Tattnall letter to Henry C. Wayne

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Tattnall, Josiah, 1795-1871
Title: Josiah Tattnall letter to Henry C. Wayne
Dates: 1861 February 10
Quantity: 1.0 folder(s)
Coll. Number: ms3602

Biographical/Historical Note

Commodore Josiah Tattnall (1794-1871) was an officer in the United States Navy during the War of 1812, the Second Barbary War, and the Mexican-American War. He later served in the Confederate Navy during the American Civil War. He commanded the naval station at Sackett's Harbor on Lake Ontario at the time of this letter.

Scope and Content Note

A letter from Josiah Tattnall to General Henry C. Wayne that conveys Tattnall's intent to travel to Washington, D.C. to resign his post as Commodore of the U.S. Navy, in response to Georgia's vote to secede from the Union, and to immediately return to Georgia to join the state navy. After many battles as a flag officer of the Confederate Navy, Tattnall was later captured by Sherman in Savannah in late 1864.

Index Terms

Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Naval operations.
Wayne, Henry C., (Henry Constantine), 1815-1883

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 note

Josiah Tattnall letter to Henry C. Wayne, ms3602, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

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