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1 Title:   William Joseph and Nancy Wallis Short family papers  Requires cookie*
  Creator:   Short, William Joseph, 1834-1924  
  Dates:   1862-1916  
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The collection consists of correspondence, Army clothing and roll book, writings, and photographs. The letters were written 1862-1865 among members of the Short family. Most letters are between Joe and his wife Nannie in Buena Vista, Georgia. He frequently advises his wife about financial matters and the operation of his farm, but also describes the battles and his view of the war. January 23, 1863 - "...will never forget the scenery after the fight. It seemed as if the most terrible hurricane had swept over the earth." July 31, 1863 - "I am enlisted for life or until the yankees are whipped." "They are fighting for plunder, we for our homes, wives and children." Her letters tell of family matters and their son William Bascom "Billy." In a 1914 letter, L. M. Spinks remembers their time together in the war and tells of his life now in Texas. There are also several letters from his brother John Robert Short (1837-1920), who was in the 9th Georgia Battalion Artillery, Co. C. A personal account of the war was written by William Joseph Short when he was 90 and lists locations of his camps and the main battles he was in - Murfreesboro (TN) on July 14, 1862; Perryville (KY) on October 8, 1862; Murfreesboro (TN) on December 31-January 2, 1863; Chickamauga (GA) on September 19-20, 1863; and Lookout Mt. (TN) on November 22, 1863. There is a speech by William Bascom Short on the the unveiling of a Confederate memorial in Buena Vista (GA) in 1916; a notebook listing the roster of Co. G and clothing issued during 1864-1865; and two photographs of William Bascom Short and his wife Mollie. Transcripts area included with most letters.
 
  Identifier:   ms3863  
  Repository:   Hargrett Library  
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