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Antebellum and Civil War Collection

Collection number: ahc.MSS645

Scope and Contents of the Records

This is a collection of documents, most of which chronicle the history of the American Civil War, particularly the Atlanta Campaign. In addition, there are several documents which reflect the history of the Antebellum South, including African American slavery. The collection includes letters, diaries, special orders, pardons, requisitions, poems, pamphlets, newspapers, personal narratives, biographies, circulars, broadsides, muster rolls, currency, bibles, research papers, and other private papers, publications, and government documents.


  • 1832-1935, undated

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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.

Administrative History of

Antebellum is a Latin expression meaning "before war." In the context of United States history it is commonly used to refer to the period before the Civil War. The Civil War, also known as the War Between the States and several other names was fought between 1861-1865 after eleven slave states seceded from the United States and formed the Confederate States of America. The war ended when Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia on April 12, 1865.


1.5 linear ft.



Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged in three series: (1) Correspondence, 1856-1865, undated; (2) Government Documents, 1860-1935, undated; (3) Private Papers and Publications, 1832-1935, undated. Folders are arranged chronologically within each series.

General Physical Description note

Extent: 1.5 cubic ft. (3 document boxes and 1 oversize box, 156 documents)


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.

Processing Information

Collection reprocessed in 2008.

An Inventory of Their Records at the Kenan Research Center of the Atlanta History Center
Inventory prepared by Paul Crater
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305