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Samuel L. Roe family papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS715f

Scope and Content

This collection consists primarily of letters written by Samuel L. Roe and C.W.G. Roe while the brothers were serving in Company H, 15th Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry, during the United States Civil War. The letters describe troop movements; weather conditions; rations; the lack of adequate shoes, clothing, and pay; and other details regarding living and battle conditions during the war. Of particular interest are comments in the letters about taking "Yankee" prisoners, religious meetings in camp, and nighttime exchanges of newspapers, tobacco, and other items between Union and Confederate troops. Also included are military records such as an 1865 oath of allegiance; land records including an 1841 petition for Lavina Roe's widow's dower; receipts and envelopes; and a prescription and handwritten recipes for homemade remedies to cure "rheumatism," "consumtion" (sic), and "liver complaints."


  • 1841-1875, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Administrative/Biographical History

Samuel L. Roe (1840-1864), was born in Hart County, Georgia, the ninth child of Lavina Glover (1802- ) and Samuel Roe (1793- ). Samuel L. was a farmer. His sister, Elizabeth Roe Hubbard (1830-1917), married Levi Hubbard in 1847 and the couple had at least three children: Joseph E., Rubin J., and Mary. Their brother C.W.G. (Charles William Gilbert) Roe (1826-1863) was born in Franklin County, Georgia, and married Dicey E. Hall in 1846. The couple had two children: Alpha and John. Samuel L. and C.W.G. enlisted in Company H of the 15th Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry, on 15 July 1861. Their regiment was involved in some of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War including Antietam, Maryland, in September of 1862 where C. W. G. was wounded; Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in June-July of 1863; Chickamauga, Georgia, in September of 1863 where C.W.G. was killed; and Petersburg, Virginia, in June of 1864 where Samuel L. was killed.


0.209 linear ft. (one half document case)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2011, with subsequent additions


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.

Samuel L. Roe family papers
Sue VerHoef
August 2013
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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