Thomas R.R. Cobb family letters
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Thomas R.R. Cobb family letters

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Creator: Cobb, Thomas Read Rootes, 1823-1862
Title: Thomas R.R. Cobb family letters
Dates: 1849-1857
Quantity: 6.0 Item(s)
Identification: ahc.MSS62F

Biographical/Historical Note

Thomas Read Rootes Cobb (1823-1862) was born in Jefferson County, Georgia to John A. Cobb and Sarah Rootes Cobb. In 1842, he graduated from the University of Georgia and was admitted to the bar. In 1844, he married Marion Lumpkin (1822-1897), daughter of the Supreme Court of Georgia Chief Justice Joseph Henry Lumpkin and Callender G. Lumpkin. The couple had six children together: Lucy, Sarah, Marion, Callie, Joseph and Thomas. Marion Lumpkin had a sister, Callie Lumpkin (1826-1905), who married Porter King. This couple had 8 children, 5 of whom died in infancy. From 1849 to 1857, Cobb worked as reporter for the Georgia Supreme Court. In 1857 the Cobb’s oldest daughter Lucy died. Thomas Cobb had earlier helped found the Athens Female Institute, and in 1859 it was renamed the Lucy Cobb Institute in her honor. Cobb also served as a delegate to the Secession Convention and wrote a treatise in support of slavery titled, An Inquiry into the Law of Negro Slavery in the United States of America. During the Civil War, he served in the Confederate Congress where he was chairman of the Committee on Military Affairs. In the summer of 1861, he organized Cobb’s Legion and was commissioned as a colonel in the army. In November 1862, he was promoted to brigadier general. At the Battle of Fredricksburg, he was mortally wounded in the thigh by an artillery shell and died on December 13, 1862.

Scope and Content Note

This collection mostly contains correspondence from Thomas and Marion Cobb to Mrs. Callie King. One of the five letters is a sympathy letter written to Mrs. King regarding the loss of her daughter, Callie, in 1853. Three of the letters are from Thomas and Marion Cobb to Mrs. King regarding the death of their daughter, Lucy, in 1857. The fifth letter, dated 1848, is from Sarah R. Davenport to her son, Henry K. Davenport, congratulating him on the birth of his son.

Index Terms

Cobb family
Cobb, Thomas Read Rootes, 1823-1862
Lumpkin family

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

[identification of item(s)], Thomas R.R. Cobb family letters, MSS 62F, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center.

Acquisition Information


Processing Information

Collection reprocessed in 2008


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.

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1Family letters, 1849-1857 View online.