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Mark Anthony Civil War letter

Identifier: ahc.MSS658f

Scope and Content

This collection contains a letter from Mark Anthony to Miss Lizzie Coleman and its transcription with a reply from Coleman. The letter was written from Kingston, Georgia, and is dated May 22, 1864. Mark Anthony writes to Miss Lizzie Coleman. In this letter he recalls the anniversary of the 2nd assault on Vicksburg, Mississippi. Mark writes briefly of his regiment’s involvement in the Battle of Resaca only mentioning their loss of men to death and injury. He outlines his orders to march to Atlanta, Georgia without rest until the city is taken by the Federal Army. Mark Anthony affirms his belief that the Confederates will be beaten easily, but that the true threat to the Union is the demand for peace with the South made by the Copperheads. In this letter he declares his intent to serve in the infantry until the war is over and then find a wife upon his return home. He also conveys news of Lizzie’s brother Thomas Coleman and her friend Martin Claybaugh. In the reply to Mark Anthony from Lizzie Coleman she thanks him for the information about her brother.


  • 1864 May 22


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This collection is open for research.

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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.

Administrative/Biographical History

Mark Anthony (1843-1864) was born in 1843, in Missouri. He enlisted as a 2nd Lieutenant in Company I of the 6th Regiment Missouri Volunteer Infantry, which was part of the 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 15th Army Corps of the Union Army of Tennessee. The 6th Regiment Missouri Volunteer Infantry was organized in St. Louis, Missouri on June 1, 1861. It participated in the Battle of Vicksburg and the Battle of Resaca and then joined General Sherman for the Siege of Atlanta and the March to the Sea. He was killed during the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain on June 27, 1864, and was buried in Marietta National Cemetery. Additional biographical information about Mark Anthony has not been determined.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, 1998


America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia received support from a Digitizing Historical Records grant awarded to the Atlanta History Center, Georgia Historical Society, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Digital Library of Georgia by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

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Collection reprocessed in 2009
Mark Anthony Civil War letter
Paul Crater
December 2011
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Finding aid is written in English.

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

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