Camden Evans letters

Camden Evans letters

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Evans, Camden, 1838?-1864
Title: Camden Evans letters
Dates: 1862-1864
Quantity: 0.5 Linear feet 1 box
Coll. Number: ms3756

Biographical/Historical Note

Camden Evans (1838?-1864) enlisted in the 45th Alabama Volunteers, Company C, Confederate army 1862 and served during the Civil War. He married Susan Emma Laney in 1861, daughter of Robert P. Laney of Russell County (Ala.), and they had a son Bobbie and a daughter Daisy. Evans died of a wound received on July 20, 1864 near Atlanta (Ga.)

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of letters Camden Evans wrote to his wife and her father in Columbus (Ga.) from 1862-1864. He wrote from numerous camps in towns including Tupelo (Miss.), Murfreesboro (Tenn.), and Ringgold and Dalton (Ga.). In his letters he complained about how badly privates were treated and the lack of food and clothing. He asked Mr. Laney to bring him a boy to wash his clothes and forage for food, and he constantly tried to arrange for a furlough or a substitute. He gave his opinions of Generals Grant, Johnson, Bragg and Hardee. By May 22, 1864 he was near Atlanta and described having no clean clothes for three weeks, and being on picket duty for 24 hours without relief. By July 12, 1864 he had learned of his son Bobbie’s death. His last letter is dated July 17, 1864. There is one letter from Emma to her husband and several letters from her after the war to her mother. In these she mentioned her second husband Steve Smith, her daughter Daisy, and a move to Birmingham (Ala.)

Index Terms

Confederate States of America.
Confederate States of America. Army. Alabama Volunteer Infantry Regiment, 45th..
Soldiers--Confederate States of America--Correspondence.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Correspondence.

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

Camden Evans letters, ms3756, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Letters, 1862 January-June View online.
2Letters, 1862 July-August View online.
3Letters, 1862 September-October View online.
4Letters, 1862 November-December View online.
5Letters, 1863 January-February View online.
6Letters, 1863 March View online.
7Letters, 1863 April View online.
8Letters, 1863 May View online.
9Letters, 1863 June View online.
10Letters, 1863 July-August View online.
11Letters, 1863 September View online.
12Letters, 1863 October View online.
13Letters, 1863 November-December View online.
14Letters, 1864 January-March View online.
15Letters, 1864 April-May View online.
16Letters, 1864 June-July
17Letters, 1870-1872
18empty envelopes