Cumming family papers

Cumming family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Cumming family
Creator: Cumming, Henry H., (Henry Harford), 1799-1866
Creator: Cumming, Joseph Bryan, 1836-1922
Creator: Cumming, Julien, 1830-1864
Creator: Cumming, Robert C., (Robert Cushing)
Creator: Cumming, Thomas William, 1814 or 1815-1855
Creator: Smith, C. Shaler, (Charles Shaler), 1836-1886
Title: Cumming family papers
Dates: 1787-1921
Quantity: 0.02 Linear feet (1 microfilm reel and 1 folder housed with minor collections MS 449 to MS 471)
Coll. Number: ms460

Biographical/Historical Note

Thomas Cumming (1765-1834), businessman, married Anne Clay (1767-1849), resided in Augusta, Georgia. Their son, Henry Harford Cumming (1799-1866), married Julia Bryan whose children included Julien (1830-1864) and Joseph Bryan (1836-1922).

For more information, see the article "Henry Cumming (1799-1866)" in the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of a microform copy of the papers of the Cumming family of Augusta, Georgia from 1787-1921. The correspondence includes letters of Thomas Cumming, Henry C. Cumming, Alfred Cumming, and Joseph B. Cumming. Of particular interest are contemporary copies of letters (1863-1864) between Julien Cumming (48th Georgia Infantry Regiment) as a prisoner-of-war at Johnson's Island (Ohio) and family friend Henry W. Hubbell in New York. The letters discuss Cumming's health, prison life, supplies he needs, and family news. Other correspondents include Seaborn Jones, William H. Crawford, Governor James M. Smith, President William H. Taft, and C. Cumming of Baltimore (Md.).

The collection also contains papers relating to C. Shaler Smith, engineer in charge of the construction of the Confederate Powder Works at the Augusta Arsenal (Ga.). These materials include a letter book (1861-1863) containing engineer's sketches, specifications, lists of materials and costs, correspondence, bills of construction, an engraving of the Powder Works, and a plat showing land used for long range cannon practice. Other materials include a letter (August 14, 1863) from William Gabbett of the Confederate States of America Nitre and Mining Dept. in Chattanooga to Isaac M. St. John in Richmond regarding the state of their holdings near Chattanooga when Gabbett assumed command and a letter (1865) from C. Shaler Smith in Chesterville (S.C.) discussing Sherman's drive through North Carolina.

Available in paper form are photocopies of letters exchanged between J.C. Calhoun and Col. Cumming in 1818 regarding the former's offer of the position of Quarter Master General of the U.S. Government to Col. Cumming, a position he refused.

Index Terms

Augusta (Ga.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Augusta Arsenal (Augusta, Ga.).
Chattanooga (Tenn.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Confederate States of America. Army. -- Ordnance and ordnance stores
Confederate States of America. Army. Georgia Infantry Regiment, 48th.
Confederate States of America. Nitre and Mining Bureau. 2nd District.
Crawford, William Harris, 1772-1834
Gabbett, William
Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Hubbell, Henry W.
Johnson Island (Ohio)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Jones, Seaborn, 1788-1864
North Carolina--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Sherman's March to the Sea.
Smith, James M., (James Milton), 1823-1890
St. John, Isaac M., (Isaac Munroe), 1827-1880
Taft, William H., (William Howard), 1857-1930
Tennessee--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.

General Notes

A portion of this collection is available only on microfilm.

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.

Location of Originals

Originals in possession of donor.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cumming family papers, MS 460. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.


Conditions Governing Use note

No photocopying is permitted.

Related Material

Augusta State University, Augusta, Georgia.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

ms460-1Family papers (microfilm only), 1787-1921
11Letters between J.C. Calhoun and Col. Cumming (copies) regarding the former's offer of the position of Quarter Master General of the U.S. Government to Col. Cumming, 1818