|Creator:||La Hatt, Charles Burdge, 1839-1908|
|Title:||Charles B. La Hatt family papers|
|Quantity:||0.5 Linear feet (1 box)|
Charles Burdge La Hatt (1839-1908) was born in Muscogee County (Ga.), son of Charles Henry La Hatt (1796-1872) and Elizabeth Windham (1824-1906). He was a teacher and Methodist minister, served in Terrell Light Artillery, and married Annie Engram (1844-1901) of Eufaula (Ala.). They later lived in Gainesville (Ga.) where he founded Methodist College of Georgia.
The collection consists of correspondence, writings and printed material. The majority of the letters are between Charles La Hatt and his fiancée Annie 1861-1865. By February 20, 1865 they were married. Charles gives detailed descriptions of the camps around Savannah (Ga.) – Camp Ashby, Camp Boyle, Camp Jackson, and Camp Ogeechee. Although he was not involved in any battles, he describes some that occurred nearby: Fort McAllister (1863 January 26 and 1863 February 14), Fort Sumter (1863 April 14), and “Nashville” explosion (1863 March 1). Letters after the war are from parents and siblings and mention a desire to move from Georgia in hopes of improving their life. Writings include commencement sermons given by Charles at Methodist College of Georgia and later at other schools and churches between 1881 and 1893. Two oaths of amnesty are included with printed material.
Charles B. La Hatt family papers, ms 3778, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.