John Thomas Mercer family papers

John Thomas Mercer family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Mercer, John Thomas, 1830-1864
Title: John Thomas Mercer family papers
Dates: 1842-1882
Quantity: 1.0 Linear feet 1 box, 1 oversized folder
Coll. Number: ms3714

Biographical/Historical Note

John Thomas Mercer (1830-1864) was born in Crawfordville, Georgia to Leonidas Bennington Mercer (1804-1859) and Lovicia Janes (1811-1841). He graduated from the United States Military Academy (West Point, N.Y.) in 1854. He served as Lt. Colonel in the 4th Georgia Infantry and Colonel in the 21st Georgia Infantry, Confederate Army. He was killed in action on April 18, 1864 in Plymouth, North Carolina.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of a photograph of Mercer, an 1880 poem copy book, and a scrapbook started by Leonidas Mercer and finished by his son-in-law Council B. Wooten (1832-1900). The scrapbook contains newspaper clippings of speeches, letters to editors, poems, and obituaries. The oversize folder contains military commissions and diplomas.

Index Terms

Columbian College in the District of Columbia .
Military commissions.
United States Military Academy.
Wooten, Lovicia, (Minnie), 1862-1900

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

John Thomas Mercer family papers, ms3714, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

1Framed photograph of John Thomas Mercer; poem copy book by “Minnie” Wooten (Mercer’s niece), scrapbook of clippings, 1880, 1842-1872
OS Folder
1John Thomas Mercer documents, 1850-1861
1st Honor Scholar diploma from Columbian College (Washington, DC) (1850); Member of Dialectic Society - United States Military Academy (1853); Diploma - United States Military Academy (1854); Appointment as Brevet Second Lieutenant of Infantry signed by President Franklin Pierce (1854); Appointment as First Lieutenant in First Regiment of Dragoons signed by President James Buchanan (1861).
Council B. Wooten Appointment as a Georgia superior court judge, 1882