William H. Mickle (1839-1922) was from Marianville, Schenectady County, N.Y., and was commissioned as an infantry officer in the 134th New York, serving in Virginia. He was promoted to Assistant Adjutant General on the staff of the Chief of Artillery for XX Corps, commanded by General Joseph “Fighting Joe” Hooker, when it took part in the campaigns in Tennessee, Georgia and the Carolinas. Mickle wrote home regularly to his wife, Oleavia Ploss, and several family members. These letters were written in the summer of 1864 during the Atlanta Campaign, primarily while Mickle was stationed near Marietta. His writings tell of the progress of the campaign, discussing key figures and locations such as General Joseph Hooker and the Battle of Rocky Face Ridge. Health, family, and personal matters are also addressed.
Allen C. Jordan (d. 1865) was the son of Thomas G. and Lovicey/Louvisa Crocker Jordan in Banks County, Georgia. During the Civil War he served in Company A, 24th Georgia Regiment. The collection consists of letters written by Allen C. Jordan, his brother Thomas W. Jordan, and several other family members. Allen Jordan’s regiment moved through Virginia (Gordonsville, Culpeper, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania Courthouse, and Winchester) and Tennessee (Chattanooga, Greenville). His letters describe battles, the food and clothing he needs from home, and his desire to see his family again. A final letter (August 19, 1864) to his parents from their nephew Floyd Jordan tells them of a battle at Front Royal (VA) and the names of the men captured, including Allen and Thomas Jordan. Both were sent to Elmira Prison (NY) where they died in 1865. Also included are several financial papers of the Jordan family and two poems/verses written by Hattie Barton.
Captain Robert Blair Smith commanded Company K of the 7th Florida Infantry. During the course of the war, he corresponded with Miss Anna Jane Clark of Social Circle, Georgia, whom he later married. The collection consists of twenty-five letters, written by Robert Blair Smith to Anna Jane Smith of Social Circle, Georgia during the Civil War. The earliest letter was actually written in 1859, but others date from wartime and were written from various infantry camps throughout the Southeast. His letters report on combat and the daily operations of the infantry, including camp life.
A number of collections documenting the Civil War have been digitized and are available online as part of America’s Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia through the Digital Library of Georgia.