George B. Cadwallader papers
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George B. Cadwallader papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Creator: Cadwallader, George B., 1830-?
Title: George B. Cadwallader papers
Dates: 1865, 1912, undated
Quantity: 5.0 Item(s)
Identification: ahc.MSS451f

Biographical/Historical Note

George B. Cadwallader (1830-?) was born on October 20, 1830, in Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He was educated at Danville Academy while working as an assistant in a drug store. In 1858 he bought his own drug store in Shamokin, Pennsylvania. On April 22, 1861, he was mustered into the Federal Army as a 2nd Lieutenant and was eventually promoted to Captain and Assistant Quartermaster by President Abraham Lincoln. In this position he supplied the Union army from Alexandria, Virginia to Savannah, Georgia. He achieved the rank of Brevet Brigadier General before leaving the Federal Army. On November 1, 1864, he joined the 1st Division, 20th Army Corps and participated in General Sherman’s March to the Sea. During this campaign he was in charge of supply trains and the evacuation of citizens of Atlanta. On December 24, 1864, he was appointed Chief Depot Quartermaster in Savannah, Georgia. For a year after the Civil War ended he worked on reconstruction projects in the South. He was mustered out on September 10, 1866. After leaving he became a Fire Chief and was elected Chief Burgess of Sunbury, Pennsylvania. He was also President of the Sunbury Grouse Club. Additional biographical information about George B. Cadwallader has not been determined.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains an annual report from George B. Cadwallader, two newspaper clippings, a menu for a dinner honoring his 82nd birthday and a transcription of a speech given at this dinner. The annual report is dated September 11, 1865, and is written to the Quartermaster General in Ohio. This report notes the duties of the Assistant Quartermaster throughout the year and the difficulties endured trying to supply Union troops in Georgia due to blocked roads and rivers. The newspaper clippings are biographies of Burgesses in Pennsylvania that focus on George B. Cadwallader and his early life. The speech at the Sunbury Grouse Club’s dinner was given by one of Cadwallader’s friends and it details both his military and civilian accomplishments.

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

George B. Cadwallader papers, MSS 451f, James G. Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, 1992

Description Control

Collection reprocessed in 2009


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.

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1Papers, 1865, 1912 View online.