GORDON, JOHN BROWN, 1832-1904.
John Brown Gordon papers, 1876-1904

Emory University

Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322



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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Gordon, John Brown, 1832-1904.
Title: John Brown Gordon papers, 1876-1904
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 196
Extent:.25 linear ft. (1 box)
Abstract:Papers of Confederate veteran, Georgia Governor and United States Senator John Brown Gordon including correspondence, a biography, an engraving, and photographs from 1876 to 1904.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

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Unrestricted access.

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All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Related Materials in Other Repositories

John Brown Gordon family papers, University of Georgia, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Related Materials in This Repository

Joseph Emerson Brown papers


Unknown, prior to 1955.


[after identification of item(s)], John Brown Gordon papers, Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library, Emory University.


Processed by MRD, prior to 1960.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

John Brown Gordon, governor of Georgia and United States Senator, was born February 6, 1832, in Upson County, Georgia, and died January 9, 1904, in Miami, Florida. He is buried in Atlanta's Oakland Cemetary. In 1854, he was admitted to the Georgia Bar, married Fanny (Frances) Haralson, and began to practice law in Atlanta. He was elected captain of the "Racoon Roughs" at the start of the Civil War and was promoted to lieutenant general by the end of the war. He was elected to the U.S. Senate (1873), resigned (1880), ran for governor of Georgia (1886; re-elected 1888), was again elected to the U.S. Senate (1891-1897). He served as commander-in-chief of the United Confederate Veterans (1890-1904), was author of Reminiscences of the Civil War (1903), and toured America with a lecture on "The Last Days of the Confederacy" during his last years.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of papers of John Brown Gordon from 1876-1904, including correspondence, a biography, an engraving, and photographs. The letters were written by Gordon during his tenure as a U.S. senator and as Georgia's governor; there is also a letter written to Gordon's wife, and a letter written by his daughter Frances Gordon Smith. Topics include political offices, veterans' affairs, Reconstruction activities, and Gordon's lecture tour. A general order from the United Confederate Veterans, a printed letter from the Gordon Monument Association, a biographical sketch of Gordon, an engraving of Gordon, and family and miscellaneous photographs are also included.

Arrangement Note

Arranged by record type.

Container List

Box Folder Content
1 1 Correspondence, 1876-1903
1 2 J.B. Gordon Monument Association, 1904
1 3 Newspaper clippings
1 4 Photograph, Fanny Gordon
1 5 Photographs, John B. Gordon
1 6 Photograph, Harralson sisters
1 7 Photograph, reunion of the "Raccoon Roughs"