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Dr. Erwin and Emma Eldridge papers

Dr. Erwin and Emma Eldridge papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Dr. Erwin and Emma Eldridge papers
Creator: Eldridge, Erwin James, 1833-1902
Creator: Eldridge, Emma Louisa Ronaldson, 1840-1878
Inclusive Dates: 1860-1865
Language(s): English
Extent: 3 folder(s)
Collection Number: ms4352
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Dr. Erwin James Eldridge (1833-1902) was a surgeon with 16th Georgia Infantry Regiment, and then Cobb's Legion, serving in Virginia and then in Atlanta and Macon, Georgia, during the Civil War. He married Emma Ronaldson. He resided in Flat Pond (Lee County) and then Americus (Sumter County), Georgia.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of fourteen handwritten letters between Dr. E. J. Eldridge and his wife, Emma, while he served as a surgeon with the 16th Georgia Infantry Regiment and later with Cobb's Legion from 1861-1865. His letters tell of his duties, provide descriptions of battles, and document his health. Emma's letters discuss family and political issues. Also included are fifty-seven photocopies of letters, nineteen loose envelopes, and two photographs of the Eldridges.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Item, box, folder],Dr. Erwin and Emma Eldridge papers, ms4352, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Army spouses -- Confederate States of America -- Correspondence.
Georgia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Letters, 1860-1865
12Photocopies and transcriptions of letters, 1860-1865
13Envelopes, photographs, and articles, 1860-1865