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Robert G. Stephens, Jr. collection of Clement Anselm Evans material

Robert G. Stephens, Jr. collection of Clement Anselm Evans material

Descriptive Summary

Title: Robert G. Stephens, Jr. collection of Clement Anselm Evans material
Creator: Stephens, Robert G. (Robert Grier), 1913-
Inclusive Dates: 1830-1904
Language(s): English
Extent: 0.5 Linear Feet 1 box
Collection Number: ms3664
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Robert G. Stephens, Jr. was the grandson of Clement Anselm Evans. The collection consists of primary source materials from which Robert G. Stephens, Jr. compiled his Master's thesis on his grandfather.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of diaries, speeches and an autograph book of Clement A. Evans. The first diary is inscribed "C.A. Evans, 31st Georgia Regiment, Gordon's Brigade, Early's Division, Ewell's Corps." The beginning of the diary is a ledger used to keep accounts of regimental supplies from 1862-1863, and includes some sketches. The second part transitions into a full diary about Evans' daily experiences in the war during 1864. Final pages of the diary include a handwritten roster of students of Law School, Augusta, Georgia, 1833-1859. The second diary contains a list of fees and commissions of C.A. Evans, Stewart County, Georgia, dated 1860-1861. The diary also contains entries regarding Atlanta Trinity Church, 1871-1874. The diaries dated 1903-1904 are rather extraordinary in design. Clement A. Evans, Sarah Lee Evans, and Lucy Evans all write on the same page for each day. Some of their notes mention each other. Sarah Lee and Lucy write more about Sunday school and home life, and Clement writes about state business and anniversaries of Confederate leaders and Civil War battles. In January 1904, Clements comments extensively on General John Brown Gordon's illness, death, and funeral. Likewise, he talks about his visits with Stephen Dill Lee. The family does split up throughout the year, with Clement staying in Augusta and the girls staying in Atlanta. Clement often discusses business with the Board of Pardon Commission.

The collection also consists of The Life of Nathanael Greene, Major-General in the Army of the Revolution, published in 1858; two oration books; and an autograph book. The autograph book contains autographs of federal governmental officials, secretaries, Supreme Court officials, congressmen, and territorial delegates. Some names include Rutherford B. Hayes and Lucy W. Hayes, M.R. Waite, Stephen J. Field, Joseph P. Bradley, John M. Harlan, Alexander H. Stephens, Eppa Hunton, and George C. Cabell.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Robert G. Stephens, Jr. collection of Clement Anselm Evans material, ms3664, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2019.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Evans, Clement A. (Clement Anselm), 1833-1911
Georgia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Methodists -- Georgia.
United Daughters of the Confederacy. Georgia Division

Related Collections in this Repository

The albumen photograph and steel-engraving of Clement Evans accompanying the collection are now located in Oversize images collection, ms3666, oversized folder 69A.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Diary (31st Georgia Regiment, Gordon's Brigade, Early's Division, Ewell's Corps; Law School roster in Augusta, Georgia), 1833-1859, 1862-1864
12Diary (Stewart county, Georgia; Atlanta Trinity Church), 1860-1861, 1871-1874
13Diary (Clement A. Evans, Sarah Lee Evans, Lucy Evans) , 1903
14Diary (Clement A. Evans, Sarah Lee Evans, Lucy Evans), 1904
15 The Life of Nathanael Greene , 1858
16Oration notebook (addresses regarding a Sabbath School, Shakespeare, temperance, and a Masonic Institute), 1830-1833, 1850-1853
17Oration notebook (a speech for secession), 1860
18Autograph book, 1878-1884