Reverend Richard Colden Ketchum letters
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Reverend Richard Colden Ketchum letters

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Creator: Ketchum, Richard Colden, Reverend, 1813-1876
Title: Reverend Richard Colden Ketchum letters
Dates: 1861 January 13
Quantity: 1.0 Folder
Identification: ahc.MSS198f

Biographical/Historical Note

Reverend Richard Colden Ketchum (1813-1876) was born in Augusta, Georgia, to Ralph and Christina Ketchum, the eldest of five children including: William, Charles, John, and George. Richard graduated from the University of Georgia, in Athens, in 1833 and a seminary in Columbia, South Carolina, in 1836. He preached in Newberry and Habersham, South Carolina, and also in Clarksville and Rock Spring, Georgia. He married S.E. Ketchum and had four daughters: A.M. (b. 1856), Clara A. (b. 1857), Julia P. (b. 1859), and Georgia (b. 1861). Additional biographical information about the Reverend Richard Colden Ketchum has not been determined.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of two letters sent to Ketchum about Georgia's Ordinance of Secession. The first is from an unidentified individual who has travelled from Alabama to Georgia in order to sway the vote of the state legislature. His letter praises the passage of Alabama's Ordinance of Secession, and discusses the nobility of the cause. The second letter, from R. Campbell, is strongly opposed to secession. Campbell urges Ketchum to read a newspaper article entitled "South Carolina Sentiments," which Campbell claims exposes a group of South Carolinians who have worked toward the destruction of the Union for over thirty years. He also writes about "preventing bloodshed" and about trade along Georgia's borders.

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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

Reverend Richard Colden Ketchum letters, MSS 198f, 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.

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1Letters, 1861 January 13 View online.