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Josiah Tattnall letter to Henry C. Wayne

Josiah Tattnall letter to Henry C. Wayne

Descriptive Summary

Title: Josiah Tattnall letter to Henry C. Wayne
Creator: Tattnall, Josiah, 1795-1871
Inclusive Dates: 1861 February 10
Language(s): English
Extent: 1 folder(s)
Collection Number: ms3602
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Commodore Josiah Tattnall (1794-1871) was an officer in the United States Navy during the War of 1812, the Second Barbary War, and the Mexican-American War. He later served in the Confederate Navy during the American Civil War. He commanded the naval station at Sackett's Harbor on Lake Ontario at the time of this letter.

Scope and Content

A letter from Josiah Tattnall to General Henry C. Wayne that conveys Tattnall's intent to travel to Washington, D.C. to resign his post as Commodore of the U.S. Navy, in response to Georgia's vote to secede from the Union, and to immediately return to Georgia to join the state navy. After many battles as a flag officer of the Confederate Navy, Tattnall was later captured by Sherman in Savannah in late 1864.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Josiah Tattnall letter to Henry C. Wayne, ms3602, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 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

Georgia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Naval operations.
Secession -- Georgia.
Wayne, Henry C. (Henry Constantine), 1815-1883

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Letter Access Online