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Letters from Inez James, 1864-1868

 File — Box: 1, Folder: 1

Scope and Content

From the Collection: The collection includes letters addressed to Anna Jordan from family and friends, along with personal items of her family. Included are letters to Anna R. Jordan from Inez James, a teenaged girl in Varnell’s Station, Georgia. Two letters from Ms. James describe how she and her neighbors were under siege from Union soldiers who confiscated food and personal items from their farms. Her letters after the war briefly tell of Union occupation, weddings, and her school work. Correspondence from Anna’s mother includes descriptions of her houses in Albany and Atlanta, and that they have taken in borders. Other letters describe family and friends, gardening, Union occupation in Albany, local politics, and Anna’s “duties of a housewife.” Other items include letters to Anna from her son William, and her grandson Joe M. Ford who was stationed at Camp Gordon during World War I. The collection includes obituaries for two of Anna’s daughters, a children’s book belonging to Joe Ford, and a collection of handwritten essays. The essays were perhaps written by Anna Jordan when she was a student and include corrections and comments made in red ink, presumably by an instructor. The essays include such titles as “Resist the Beginnings of Evil;” “Is the Mind of Woman Inferior to that of Man?” “Independence Must Have Limits;”; “Knowledge is Power;” and “The Wrongs of the Indian.”


  • 1864-1868

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


From the Collection: 0.23 linear ft.


From the Collection: English


Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305