Benjamin T. Hunter papers
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Benjamin T. Hunter papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Creator: Hunter, Benjamin T., -1835
Title: Benjamin T. Hunter papers
Dates: 1861-1869
Quantity: 3.0 Folders
Identification: ahc.MSS179f

Biographical/Historical Note

Benjamin T. Hunter (b. 1835) was born in South Carolina. He married India Hunter on May 29, 1860, and had four children: Fannie (b. 1861), Alice (b. 1863), India L. (b. 1865), and Ben T. (b. 1873). In 1863, Hunter served as 1st lieutenant of a Georgia militia unit during the Civil War. After being mustered out of the service in January 1864, he was mustered in again during October 1864. His experiences in the military consisted primarily of drilling, picket duty, skirmishing, and procuring cattle. During his break in military service from 1863-1864, Hunter taught writing in Atlanta, Georgia. After the war he taught at and later became President of the University High School in Athens, Georgia. Additional biographical information about Benjamin T. Hunter has not been determined.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains Benjamin T. Hunter's diary, in which he wrote extensively about the weather, his school, hunting, Civil War battles, drilling and camp life with the local militia, the cost of items he had purchased, and various activities he pursued in his workshop. Also included are military documents in which Hunter is ordered to arrest deserters. There are letters from J. DeWitt Burkhead regarding a teaching position in Athens, Georgia. The collection also contains papers related to Hunter's teaching career, such as a booklet entitled "Compositions of the Students of Grove Academy," and papers from the University High School which include a school pamphlet, minutes of a Civil War veterans' organization in the school, and minutes from the Alpha Nu Society of the University High School.

Index Terms

Atlanta Campaign, 1864
Georgia. Militia--History--Personal narratives.
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

Existence and Location of Copies

A transcription of Benjamin T. Hunter's diary is included in folder three of this collection.

Preferred Citation

Benjamin T. Hunter papers, MSS 179f, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

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



1Diary, 1861-1864 View online.


2Papers, 1861-1869 View online.


3Transcriptions, undated View online.