DUGGAN, IVY WALKER, 1831-1917.
Ivy Walker Duggan papers, 1838-1931

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322



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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Duggan, Ivy Walker, 1831-1917.
Title: Ivy Walker Duggan papers, 1838-1931
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 53
Extent: .25 linear ft. (1 box) ; 1 microfilm reel (MF)
Abstract:Microfilmed papers of educator and Confederate soldier Ivy Walker Duggan, who served in the 15th and 49th Georgia Infantry Regiments during the Civil War. The microfilm includes two scrapbooks, a record book, and memorial booklet dating from 1830 to 1917.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Loaned for microfilming, 1961.


[after identification of item(s)], Ivy Walker Duggan papers, Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library, Emory University.


Processed by MRD, 1961.

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Collection Description

Biographical Note

Ivy Walker Duggan (December 22, 1831-September 6, 1917) was born in Washington County, Georgia, and died in Atlanta. He attended country schools near his home and taught for a while in Hancock County, beginning before his 19th birthday, 1849-1853. In 1853 he entered Sparta Academy, from which he graduated. In 1858 he studied chemistry for a while under Dr. James P. Woodrow of Old Oglethorpe. He taught at Old Bethlehem Academy, Washington County, 1857-1859; and Washington Institute, 1860-1861. Duggan served as a private in the 15th Georgia Infantry Regiment until October 1862 (he enlisted in July, 1861, in Company K, Hancock Guards, 15th Georgia Infantry Regiment). In October, 1862, he transferred to the 49th Georgia Infantry Regiment and served with that unit until the end of the war. He was a Baptist, deeply religious, and he tells much about religious aspects of camp life. He is a very articulate soldier, and his letters are exceptionally informative and full. (Note: Henderson's Roster II, 476, states that Duggan became quartermaster sergeant in 49th Georgia Infantry Regiment on July 15, 1861. But his letter in the scrapbook, dated April 10, 1863, states that he was transferred on October 1862). He returned to Washington Institute after the war and taught there, 1866-1872, Sandersville High School, 1873-1883, Washington Institute, 1883-1900, Shorter College, 1891-1897, Anniston, Alabama, College, 1898-1907, and Tenth District Agricultural School, 1907-1909. He served in the legislature from Hancock County, 1886-1887.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of a microfilmed copy of 4 items. 1) The principal item is a scrapbook, which is an old ledger, the first part of which is a grade book used by Duggan when he was teaching at Washington Institute, January-March 1861. It lists students in Latin and Greek, and records daily grade for each in the courses. Washington Institute was in Linton, Hancock County, Georgia. The next portion of the scrapbook is several pages of clippings treating of Bethlehem Academy, where Duggan taught, 1857-1859. Bethlehem Academy was in Washington County. Some material on these pages also treats Washington Institute. Included are announcements of openings, reports of examinations and commencements, a Fourth of July oration, etc. There is also some miscellaneous material in this section -poetry, "enigmas," and letters to the editor, some of them by Duggan. Clippings seem to be mostly from the Central Georgian, published at Sandersville. The major portion of the scrapbook consists of letters, clipped from Sandersville Central Georgian (which later became Sandersville Progress) and written by Duggan while he was in the Confederate Army. A few of the letters are to the Christian Index. First of these letters is dated July 24, 1861 and last is September 1, 1864. The letters total 28, and some of them are very long. All except the first are written from Virginia. Interspersed with the letters are some poems, presumably written by Duggan, and some miscellaneous clippings.

2) Another scrapbook containing (1) Announcement for Sparta Female Model School (Hancock County, Georgia) dated December 8, 1838 (2) Catalog of the Board of Advisement, Educators and Pupils of Sparta Female Model College for the year 1836. This lists all the pupils and gives their addresses; (3) Picture of this school, presumably issued with the catalog.

3) Booklet, Ivy Walker Duggan, A. M. LL. B. 1831-1917, A Memorial. This booklet gives a sketch of Duggan's life and contains several pictures of Duggan, including one in Confederate uniform.

4) Bethlehem Academy (Warthen, Georgia) Record Book, January 12, 1858-November 9, 1859. It lists names of students, attendance, courses, tuition and board payments, and programs of special events. There are annotations throughout about the weather, deaths, "infairs," visits, additions to the church, sales and purchases. About September 1, 1859 Duggan notes that he "received and accepted an offer of $1000.00 to assist at Linton for the next year (1860-61)." The last of that month he sold a slave, Eli, for $50.00, perhaps to pay for a lot in Linton which he bought about the same time. Duggan apparently returned to Linton (Washington Institute) soon after the war for there are about 6 pages of school records (July 17-October 24, 1865) for that place included in the records.

Pasted into the record book are clippings of a series of articles by Duggan, "Hancock Boys in Gray," listing and giving information about the men of the 15th Georgia Infantry Regiment, CSA.

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Box Folder Content
1 1 Bethlehem Academy Record Book; Jan 12, 1858 – Nov 9, 1859; photocopy
1 2 “Hancock Boys in Gray,” 15th Ga. Regiment, Confederate States of America; photocopy
MF1 Scrapbooks and booklet: Ivy Walker Duggan, A. M. LL. B. 1831-1917, A Memorial