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Papers, 1861-1905, of the Quattlebaum and Atkinson Families
    A gift to the SCL Manuscripts Division announced in 2003

| Gifts to Manuscripts 2003 | Front Page 2003 | Endowments | Friends of the Library |

Eleven manuscripts, 1861-1905 and undated, manuscript volume, 1865, and three photographs, ca. 1861-1870, document something of the collective experiences of the Quattlebaum and Atkinson families during the Civil War and soon thereafter. The collection includes Civil War letters written by J.L. Atkinson, David B. Quattlebaum (1835-1862), and J.E. Quattlebaum, who wrote from the Fredericksburg, Va., area on 4 May 1862—“I think that any Man that is abel to go and has the rite kinde of principals will be better Satisfied in the army than at home....our Country Our Southern Soil are invadid....and I Say Let Every man that are abel to Sholder a Musket Let him go into the field at wonst and protect our homes. it is true thare has bin many good Southerners fell on the battel field and I feare thare will be many more before this unhappy war is Closed.”

A fragmentary stationer’s pocket diary intended for use in calendar year 1858 contains notations of J.E. Quattlebaum concerning his capture outside Petersburg, Va., in 1865 and his transportation by boat to New York, where he was imprisoned at Hart’s Island.

Post-Civil War items include three pieces dating from September 1905 that relate to the publication of a newspaper notice to advertise a gathering of the survivors of Co. G, Thirteenth South Carolina Volunteers, on 30 September 1905 at Prosperity, Newberry County, for the purpose of organizing “a camp of the Daughters of the Confederacy.” Confederate veteran J[oseph] E[lijah] Quattlebaum (1839-1914), under whose name the notice was submitted, wrote—“there is such organizations all over the South in memory of our Bloody but lost cause.”

This page updated 16 Jan. 2004
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