Civil War materials opened

October 3, 2013 – 11:21 AM

The Hargrett Library is pleased to announce several newly opened collections of Civil War material:

Hooper Ware family papers

Charles Jefferson Hooper (b. 1806) and Jane Byrd Word (b. 1813) married on June 14, 1832. Their son Charles Word Hooper (1843-1919) served as a Confederate private of Company E, 5th Georgia Regiment and their daughter Sarah Jane (Jennie) Hooper (b. 1838) married Dr. Edward A. O. Ware (1833-1866) in 1859. In 1865, Dr. Ware and his wife fled to Texas. This collection includes correspondence between Edward A. O. Ware and his family while he was in medical school; letters between Sarah Jane Hooper Ware, her mother Jane Byrd Word Hooper, and other family members during the war and concerning the Wares’ trek to Texas at the close of the Civil War; Sarah Jane Hooper’s diploma from Cassville Female College; three photographs of Charles W. Hooper and his discharge from Georgia 8th Regiment; and two slave auction receipts issued to Edward A. O. Ware.

Conrad Chester Pearman letters

Conrad Chester Pearman was a Confederate soldier born November 18, 1830 to Jonathan and Letitia Wakefield Pearman. Differing accounts put his birthplace as either Franklin County, Georgia or nearby in South Carolina. He was married to Emily Irene Mitchell Pearman and had four children. He served as a private in Company H, 15th Georgia Infantry Regiment from 1861 until his capture at Gettysburg in 1863. Pearman died in a hospital at Point Lookout Maryland on December 20, 1863. The collection consists of 24 letters written by Pearman to his wife Emily from 1861 to 1863. Most of them were written from various camps in Virginia and the subject matter deals with family, health, and camp life.

Captain John Binion letter

The letter is written by Frances “Fannie” Binion to her husband Captain John R. Binion, a Confederate soldier. She reports on crops, family members, and acquaintances, and informs him that she has been weaving cloth for his company.

D. C. Love letter

D. C. Love was a soldier in the 42nd Regiment Georgia Volunteer Cavalry of Dublin, Georgia and the letter, written May 22, is from Love, at Camp Randolph, to his father requesting that his father come quickly and bring his lawyer, Mr. Kimberly.

John Ingle letter

One letter, dated August 18, 1864, from Union soldier John Ingle to a friend in Terre Haute, Indiana. Ingle is writing from a camp near Marietta, Georgia, and he writes of his well-being, a recent raid in Macon, and other news of fighting. A typed transcription of the letter is also included.

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