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Captain Evan P. Howell Civil War Letters

Collection number: ahc.MSS169f

Scope and Content

This collection contains transcriptions and photostats of two Civil War letters written in Atlanta, Georgia by Captain Evan P. Howell to his wife. The first letter, written on July 28, 1864, states that there is light fighting during the day and Yankee attacks on the city each night. He also informs her that one of his grandfather’s slaves has joined him and is now taking care of him. The next letter, written on August 4, 1864, discusses the heavy fire he is experiencing, his health, and the couple’s four year marriage anniversary. Also included in the collection is a letter written August 30, 1956 from Bell I. Wiley to Colonel Allen Julian at the Atlanta Historical Society. Wiley informs Julian that he has sent him photostats and typescripts of the original letters that were loaned to him by Major Clark Howell, grandson of Evan P. Howell.


  • 1864


Conditions Governing Access

The 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Captain Evan P. Howell (1839-1905) was born December 10, 1839 in Warsaw, Georgia. In 1861 he married Julia Adelaide Erwin (1843- 1906) in South Carolina. Julia was born January 17, 1843 in Erwinton, South Carolina and was the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. William Erwin. The couple had seven children; Clark, Albert, Rosalie, Evan, Ida, Effie, and Adelaide. After he married, Howell served in the Civil War as Civil War as Captain of Light Artillery Howell's Company of the Georgia Battery in Hardee's Corps Battery. When he returned from service, Howell practiced law and operated his own lumber company until 1876 when he became publisher of the Atlanta Constitution. Howell remained publisher of the paper until his death in 1905.


7 item(s)



Existance and Location of Originals

The location of Evan P. Howell’s original letters is currently unknown.

General Physical Description note

Extent: 7 items


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 2008.

Captain Evan P. Howell Civil War Letters ahc.MSS 169F
An Inventory of His Papers at the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center
Helen Matthews
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305