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John Thomas Mercer family papers

John Thomas Mercer family papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: John Thomas Mercer family papers
Creator: Mercer, John Thomas, 1830-1864
Inclusive Dates: 1842-1882
Language: English
Extent: 1 Linear Feet 1 box, 1 oversized folder
Collection Number: ms3714
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

John Thomas Mercer (1830-1864) was born in Crawfordville, Georgia to Leonidas Bennington Mercer (1804-1859) and Lovicia Janes (1811-1841). He graduated from the United States Military Academy (West Point, N.Y.) in 1854. He served as Lt. Colonel in the 4th Georgia Infantry and Colonel in the 21st Georgia Infantry, Confederate Army. He was killed in action on April 18, 1864 in Plymouth, North Carolina.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of a photograph of Mercer, an 1880 poem copy book, and a scrapbook started by Leonidas Mercer and finished by his son-in-law Council B. Wooten (1832-1900). The scrapbook contains newspaper clippings of speeches, letters to editors, poems, and obituaries. The oversize folder contains military commissions and diplomas.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John Thomas Mercer family papers, ms3714, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2013.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Columbian College in the District of Columbia
Military commissions.
United States Military Academy
Wooten, Lovicia (Minnie), 1862-1900

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

1Framed photograph of John Thomas Mercer; poem copy book by "Minnie" Wooten (Mercer's niece), scrapbook of clippings , 1880, 1842-1872
1John Thomas Mercer documents, 1850-1861
1st Honor Scholar diploma from Columbian College (Washington, DC) (1850); Member of Dialectic Society - United States Military Academy (1853); Diploma - United States Military Academy (1854); Appointment as Brevet Second Lieutenant of Infantry signed by President Franklin Pierce (1854); Appointment as First Lieutenant in First Regiment of Dragoons signed by President James Buchanan (1861).
1Council B. Wooten Appointment as a Georgia superior court judge , 1882