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Barkley & King family Civil War correspondence

Collection number: ahc.MSS681f

Scope and Content

The letters from Martin Barkley and George R. Barkley to their family members at the beginning of the war describe the hard living conditions, the health and wellbeing of the soldiers. Towards the end of the war the letters describe the demoralized attitudes of the soldiers, the regular occurrence of soldiers deserting their duties, and the significant loss of life. The letter from Edward King to his aunt, Elizabeth Barkley describes the hardships towards the end of the war.


  • 1862-1864


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright law.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

Martin Barkley (1838?-) and George R. Barkley (1833?-) were sons of Josiah M. Barkley (1797?-) and Elizabeth Barkley (1799?-) from Anderson, South Carolina. The sons served together in Company D, 18th Infantry Regiment of South Carolina. Edward King (1832?-1864) served as a private in Company G, 1st Confederate Infantry Regiment of Georgia. Born in South Carolina, he moved to Floyd County, Georgia and was killed at Jonesboro, Georgia on August 31, 1864. Additional biographical information on the Barkley and King families has not been determined.


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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.

Description Control

Collection reprocessed in 2009.

Barkley & King family Civil War correspondence
Paul Crater
December 2011
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Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

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Atlanta GA 30305