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Wright family papers

Wright family papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Wright family papers
Creator: Richardson, Gilbert M.
Creator: Wright family
Inclusive Dates: 1861-1865
Language(s): English
Extent: 1 folder(s) (4 items)
Collection Number: ms592
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Scope and Content

The collection consists of a diary and correspondence of the Wright family of Georgia for 1861 and 1865. Included is a diary of Gilbert M. Richardson, a farmer near Lumpkin, Stewart County, Georgia from March to the following February. The entries discuss work on the farm - planting, plowing and picking cotton, wheat, corn, and vegetables; hauling and splitting logs; and building outbuildings. Also mentions visits to friends and relatives, trips to town to buy supplies (lists what was purchased and price), and attending church meetings. The correspondence consists of a letter from George W. Wright dated Manassas Junction, August 18, 1861 to his brother William D. Wright. The letter discusses camp life, weather, health, rumors of battles and peace, hopes for a furlough, complaints of the post office, and lists clothes he needs. The second letter is from James W. Wright, dated near Augusta, Georgia, March 11, 1865, to his brother William W. Wright and mentions troop movements and rumors of a battle victory.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Wright family papers, ms592, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2014.

General Notes

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.

This collection has been digitized and is 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. Army
Farm management -- Georgia.
Georgia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Soldiers -- Georgia.
Virginia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Wright, George M.
Wright, James W.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

1Diary and correspondence, 1861-1865 Access Online