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Cobb family papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS820f

Scope and Content

This collection contains letters to and from Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb; his mother Sarah 'Birdie' Rootes Cobb; his wife Marion Cobb; and Marion's sister, Callie King (1826-1905). Thomas wrote about his children, his travels throughout the southern states, and the Civil War, as well as poems to his wife. Sarah, Marion, and Callie wrote about their families and home life. Included with some of the letters are photocopies and typed or handwritten transcripts. The collection also contains one letter, dated 1849, from Sarah R. Davenport to her son, Henry K. Davenport, congratulating him on the birth of his son, as well as legal documents from Charles C. Jones. Of special note is a copy of a letter written by Isaiah Reynolds to President James Buchanan regarding the slave ship Wanderer.


  • 1843-1890, 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Thomas Reade Rootes 'T.R.R' Cobb (1823-1862) was born in Jefferson County, Georgia, to John Addison Cobb (1788-1855) and Sarah Rootes Cobb (1792-1865). In 1842, he graduated from the University of Georgia and afterward practiced law in the Western Circuit of Georgia. In 1844, he married Marion Lumpkin (1822-1897), daughter of the Georgia Supreme Court Justice Joseph Henry Lumpkin (1799-1867) and Callender 'Callie' Cunningham Grieve Lumpkin (1803-1871). Thomas and Marion had six children; Lucy Cobb (1844-1857); Sarah Addison Cobb Jackson (1845-1915); Callender McHenry Cobb Hull (1848-1911); Joseph Henry Lumpkin Cobb (1850-1851); Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb (1852-1853); and Marion Birdie Cobb Smith (1860-1919).

Administrative/Biographical History

From 1849 to 1857, T.R.R. Cobb worked as reporter for the Georgia Supreme Court. In 1859, he founded the Lucy Cobb Institute, a girls' school located in Athens, Georgia, named in honor of his eldest daughter who died of scarlet fever. He also served as a delegate to the Georgia Secession Convention in 1861 and wrote a treatise in support of slavery titled, An Inquiry into the Law of Negro Slavery in the United States of America. During the Civil War, Cobb served in the Confederate Congress as chairman of the Committee on Military Affairs. In the summer of 1861, he organized Cobb's Legion and was commissioned as a colonel in the army. He was promoted to brigadier general in November 1862. At the Battle of Fredericksburg in 1862 he was mortally wounded in the thigh by an artillery shell.


6 folder(s)




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

This collection was re-processed in 2018.

Cobb family letters
Louanne Heintz
October 2018
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Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305