James L. Bryant Civil War letter
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James L. Bryant Civil War letter

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: Bryant, James L., 1841-?
Title: James L. Bryant Civil War letter
Dates: 1864 June 8
Quantity: 1.0 Item(s)
Identification: ahc.MSS652f

Biographical/Historical Note

James L. Bryant (1841-?) was one of seven children born to Benjamin and Francis Bryant in New Hampshire. In 1860, he lived in Middlesex in Framingham County, Massachusetts. James enlisted as a Union soldier in Company C, 33rd Regiment of the Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. This regiment participated in the siege and occupation of Atlanta and General Sherman’s March to the Sea. James survived the war and married Eliza A. Bryant in 1867. Additional biographical information about James L. Bryant has not been determined.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains one letter dated June 8, 1864. It was written from James L. Bryant to his parents from his position outside Marietta, Georgia. He writes that the Federal Army does not yet have control of Marietta, but they expect to take the city before they continue marching towards Atlanta, Georgia. He describes talking with Confederate soldiers at the picket lines and explains their strange way of speaking by quoting their conversations briefly. He writes that the land in Georgia is good because it provides fruit to supplement his rations, but that the terrain is dangerous because the woods provide cover for the Confederate soldiers. In this letter he conveys news of fellow Company C soldiers Henry Entwistle and John N. Grover to their families also living in Framingham County, Massachusetts.

Index Terms

Atlanta Campaign, 1864
Entwistle, Henry
Grover, John
Marietta (Ga.)--History.
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

James L. Bryant Civil War letter, MSS 652f, James G. Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, 1998

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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