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Camden Evans letters

Camden Evans letters

Descriptive Summary

Title: Camden Evans letters
Creator: Evans, Camden, 1838?-1864
Inclusive Dates: 1862-1864
Language(s): English
Extent: 0.5 Linear Feet 1 box
Collection Number: ms3756
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Camden Evans (1838?-1864) enlisted in the 45th Alabama Volunteers, Company C, Confederate army 1862 and served during the Civil War. He married Susan Emma Laney in 1861, daughter of Robert P. Laney of Russell County (Ala.), and they had a son Bobbie and a daughter Daisy. Evans died of a wound received on July 20, 1864 near Atlanta (Ga.)

Scope and Content

The collection consists of letters Camden Evans wrote to his wife and her father in Columbus (Ga.) from 1862-1864. He wrote from numerous camps in towns including Tupelo (Miss.), Murfreesboro (Tenn.), and Ringgold and Dalton (Ga.). In his letters he complained about how badly privates were treated and the lack of food and clothing. He asked Mr. Laney to bring him a boy to wash his clothes and forage for food, and he constantly tried to arrange for a furlough or a substitute. He gave his opinions of Generals Grant, Johnson, Bragg and Hardee. By May 22, 1864 he was near Atlanta and described having no clean clothes for three weeks, and being on picket duty for 24 hours without relief. By July 12, 1864 he had learned of his son Bobbie's death. His last letter is dated July 17, 1864. There is one letter from Emma to her husband and several letters from her after the war to her mother. In these she mentioned her second husband Steve Smith, her daughter Daisy, and a move to Birmingham (Ala.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Camden Evans letters, ms3756, 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

Confederate States of America.
Confederate States of America. Army. Alabama Volunteer Infantry Regiment, 45th.
Soldiers -- Alabama.
Soldiers -- Confederate States of America -- Correspondence.
Soldiers -- Correspondence.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Correspondence.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Letters, 1862 January-June Access Online
12Letters, 1862 July-August Access Online
13Letters, 1862 September-October Access Online
14Letters, 1862 November-December Access Online
15Letters, 1863 January-February Access Online
16Letters, 1863 March Access Online
17Letters, 1863 April Access Online
18Letters, 1863 May Access Online
19Letters, 1863 June Access Online
110Letters, 1863 July-August Access Online
111Letters, 1863 September Access Online
112Letters, 1863 October Access Online
113Letters, 1863 November-December Access Online
114Letters, 1864 January-March Access Online
115Letters, 1864 April-May Access Online
116Letters, 1864 June-July
117Letters, 1870-1872
118empty envelopes