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George Hewitt Daniel civil war correspondence

Collection number: ahc.MSS85f

Scope and Contents of the Records

This collection contains five letters written by George Hewitt Daniel to his daughters, Emmaret and Virginia. These letters were written between January 24, 1862 and July 3, 1864 both before and during Daniel’s service in the 8th Georgia Infantry (St. Guards) Company I. Adj. The first letter in the collection was written prior to Daniel’s enlistment and includes details on his visit to the battlefield during the battle of Chickasaw Bayou2. With this letter he also includes a copy of the official report of Colonel Robert J. Henderson of the 42nd regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry that documents the causalities of the battle. Other letters in the collection were written from Rome, Georgia and mention his probability of being forced to fight in the Battle of Chattanooga and the decreasing morale of the Confederate army. The collection also includes a newspaper clipping from Augusta, Georgia that was written May 1, 1864. The article contains a speech made by Zebulon B. Vance. Daniel’s letters also include instructions to his daughters and his Cousin Zac to maintain his farm and home in Covington, Georgia.


  • 1862-1864


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Restrictions on 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

George Hewitt Daniel was born October 2, 1816 in England. He married Huldah Battle (1821-1857), the daughter of Joel Colley (1776-1851) and Mary "Polly" Tillery (1783-1864) of Newton County, Georgia. The couple had four daughters, the first two of whom Emma May (1843- 1845), and Mary Colley (1857), died in infancy. Little is known about his younger daughters Emmaret (1846-?), and Virginia (1850-?). Daniel was a merchant and lived with his wife in Covington, Georgia. He served in the 8th Georgia Infantry (St. Guards) Company I. Adj. from 1863-1864. George Hewitt Daniel died on July 22, 1864.


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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.

Processing Information

Collection reprocessed in 2008

George Hewitt Daniel civil war correspondence, 1862-1864
Paul Crater
June 2009
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Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

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Atlanta GA 30305