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William J. Dickey family papers

William J. Dickey family papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: William J. Dickey family papers
Creator: Dickey, William J., 1828-
Inclusive Dates: 1820-1881
Bulk Dates: 1861-1865
Language(s): English
Extent: 0.5 Linear Feet 1 document box
Collection Number: ms3414
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

William J. Dickey (b. 1828) lived in Thomas County, Georgia and was the son of Shadrack Edward Dickey (1804-1847) and Susan Harvin Dickey. He married Anna Maria Reynolds in 1849. Patrick Henry Dickey (b. 1832), Shadrack Arthur Dickey (b. 1837), and John Edwin Dickey (1840-1913) were brothers of William Dickey. W.H. Reynolds, J.M. Reynolds, and John C. Reynolds were brothers of Anna Reynolds Dickey. All of the brothers served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, most of them in the 29th Regiment.

John C. Reynolds went to Richmond (Va.) in August 1862. J. M. Reynolds is in Mechanicsville (Va.) in June 1864. W. H. Reynolds served near Vicksburg (Miss.) in June 1863 and Chickamauga (Ga.) in September 1863 and finally in Marietta (Ga.) in July 1864. William Dickey joined the Georgia Militia and was sent to Atlanta (Ga.) during the Atlanta Campaign. As the Confederate Army retreated from Atlanta, William went to Macon, Camp Stephens near Griffin and Lovejoy's Station.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of letters from the Dickey and Reynolds brothers to Anna or William Dickey, and other family papers. The letters begin in 1861 on the Georgia coast as the soldiers go from Brunswick, Sapelo Island, Darien, and Savannah, and write from such places as Fort Tattnall, Mackay's Point, Fort Jackson, Causten's Bluff, Camp Millen and Camp Palmyra, and mention the firing on Fort Pulaski in April 1862. The letters describe details of the battles, health of the soldiers, camp life, and concern for families and farms at home.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William J. Dickey family papers, ms3414, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

General Notes

Portions of this collection have been digitized and are available online as part of America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Atlanta Campaign, 1864.
Confederate States of America. Army -- Military life
Dickey family -- Correspondence
Fort Pulaski (Ga.) -- Siege, 1862.
Georgia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Reynolds family -- Correspondence
United States -- History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives, Confederate

Related Collections in this Repository

Related materials available in the following collections of this repository: William J. Dickey diaries, ms47.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Geneology Butler family Access Online
12Correspondence, 1859 Access Online
13Correspondence, 1861 May-August Access Online
14Correspondence, 1861 September Access Online
15Correspondence, 1861 October-November Access Online
16Correspondence, 1862 January-March Access Online
17Correspondence, 1862 April Access Online
18Correspondence, 1862 May-June Access Online
19Correspondence, 1862 July Access Online
110Correspondence, 1862 August-October Access Online
111Correspondence, 1863 March-October Access Online
112Correspondence, 1864 January-June Access Online
113Correspondence, 1864 July Access Online
114Correspondence, 1864 September-October Access Online
115Correspondence, 1864 November Access Online
116Correspondence, 1865 Access Online
117Land grant Early County (Ga.), 1820
117Guardianship letter, Sarah Rahn, 1881
117Work account Access Online