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Colonel Thomas Spencer photographs

Collection number: ahc.VIS459

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photographs taken by Colonel Thomas Spencer of buildings and sites related to the American Civil War, largely the Battle of Chickamauga and battlesites in the Atlanta Campaign. Most of the photographs were taken in Georgia, with some in Tennessee and Alabama. Many buildings depicted served as headquarters and hospitals of one or both armies during the Civil War. This collection also contains photographs of historical markers, maps, and confederate flags. In addition to the photographs there are informational pages about the location and marker for the grave of Lieutenant Edward Peter Clingman (1842-1864) and Major Daniel Chishom's (1790-?) home, and a handwritten key to the photographs. Of special note is a hand-drawn map showing the location of Leet’s Tanyard in Chickamauga, Georgia.


  • 1950-1954, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This material is 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.

Biographical / Historical

Colonel Thomas Dodson Spencer (1889-1973) was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, to Thomas Aaron Spencer (1849-1937) and Annie Courts Scott (1869-1947). He worked for the American Locomotive Company in Richmond, Virginia, before enlisting in the United States Army in 1914. Following his service, he moved to Cross Keys (later renamed Brookhaven), Georgia. He later became a noted Civil War historian and journalist in Georgia, and wrote several articles for the Atlanta Constitution. He was a long time member of the Atlanta Civil War Round Table.


91 item(s) (80 black and white photographic prints, four negatives, four contact prints, two informational pages, and one map)




This collection is arranged alphabetically by titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1975

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Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2024.

Colonel Thomas Spencer photographs
Akash Das
March 2024
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305