Webb Family letters
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Webb Family 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: Webb family
Title: Webb Family letters
Dates: 1861 – 1888, 1908
Quantity: 23.0 Item(s)
Quantity: Extent: 23 Items
Identification: ahc.MSS452f

Biographical/Historical Note

Robert R. Webb (?-1862) was married to Elisabeth A. Nash on October 25, 1855 in Dekalb, Georgia. He achieved the status of 3rd Corporal in Company E of the 22nd Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry, Army of Northern Virginia as a Confederate soldier. In December of 1861 he was reduced in rank. During his time at the base in Portsmouth, Virginia he became sick and later died in a General Hospital in Petersburg, Virginia on July 12, 1862. Additional information about Robert R. Webb has not been determined.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains 18 letters and 5 of the envelopes in which the letters were sent. Some are photocopies and some are original letters. Nine of the letters are from Robert R. Webb to his wife Elisabeth A. Webb dating from September 15, 1861 to May 15, 1862. Written first from Camp McDonald then later from his station at Portsmouth, Virginia and a General Hospital in Petersburg, Virginia, the letters deal mostly with matters of money. Robert R. Webb directs his wife in paying debts and the management of his land while he is away at war. Webb also describes life in the army, occasionally noting drilling practice and guard duty as well as sickness in the regiment. In May of 1862 he notes the Confederate Secretary of War’s order to evacuate Portsmouth and Norfolk, Virginia and the subsequent Union control of these bases. Further correspondence to Elisabeth A. Webb describes the death of her husband, conditions of Confederate hospitals and directions for obtaining her husband’s personal effects and remaining due wages. Letters from J.W. Nash in 1864 to his wife Sarah C. Nash describe general conditions and sickness in his army camp as well as the shooting of Mr. Coock, a soldier of the 56th Georgia Sentinel. Letters in subsequent years were exchanged between James M. Webb, W.G. Nash, J.W. Nash, Amanda Nash, E.E. Weaver and J.D. Foster and detail family news such as sicknesses and the announcement of births and deaths.

Index Terms

United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives

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

Webb Family Letters, MSS 452f, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center,

Acquisition Information

Gift of Beverly B. Boland 1982 (1982.38 and 1982.124)

Processing Information

Reprocessed in 2009


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Restrictions on Use

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

Container List



1Letters, 1861-1908 View online.