David G. Godwin letters
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David G. Godwin letters

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040. reference@atlantahistorycenter.com
Creator: Godwin, David G.
Title: David G. Godwin letters
Dates: 1861-1864, undated
Quantity: 1.0 Folder
Identification: ahc.MSS122f

Biographical/Historical Note

David G. Godwin was born in Tennessee. He was the assistant surgeon for the 51st Tennessee Infantry Regiment, and later for the 3rd Consolidated Tennessee Regiment in the Army of Tennessee. Godwin served under both General Joseph E. Johnston and General John B. Hood. He married Bettie Douglass and had four children: Virgin, Herbert, Chester, and Holland. Additional biographical information about David G. Godwin has not been determined.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains letters written by David G. Godwin to his wife and to an unidentified individual called "Dr. G." He writes about the secession of Tennessee, the fall of Fort Henry, Tennessee, troop movements, skirmishes with the enemy, sickness among the soldiers, religious revivals in the camp, his thoughts on soldiers and deserters, camp life, and the removal of General Joseph E. Johnson from command.

Index Terms

Hood, John Bell, 1831-1879
Johnston, Joseph E., (Joseph Eggleston), 1807-1891
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives, Confederate

General Notes

America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia received support from a Digitizing Historical Records grant awarded to the Atlanta History Center, Georgia Historical Society, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Digital Library of Georgia by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

David G. Godwin letters, MSS 122f, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1970

Description Control

This collection was re-processed in 2012.


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Container List



1Correspondence, 1861-1864, undated View online.