MERCER, HUGH WEEDON, 1808-1877.
Hugh Weedon Mercer letters, 1861-1866

Emory University

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

Atlanta, GA 30322

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Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/8znh7


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Mercer, Hugh Weedon, 1808-1877.
Title: Hugh Weedon Mercer letters, 1861-1866
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 215
Extent: .125 linear ft. (1 partial box) and 1 oversized papers box (OP)
Abstract:Letters written by Georgia merchant, banker, and Confederate officer Hugh Weedon Mercer to his daughter, Mrs. H. H. Walker, concerning their family and the Civil War.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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

Source

Purchase, 1938.

Citation

[after identification of item(s)], Hugh Weedon Mercer letters, Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library, Emory University.


Collection Description

Biographical Note

Hugh Weedon Mercer, Confederate officer, merchant, and banker, was born on November 27, 1808 in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and died in Baden Baden, Germany on June 9, 1877. He graduated from West Point in 1828. He was commissioned a colonel with the Confederate Army when Georgia seceded; was appointed a brigadier general (1861) and commanded the post of Savannah for most of the war. He was a brigade commander under Hardee during the Atlanta Campaign (1864).

Hugh Weedon Mercer, Confederate officer, merchant, and banker, was born on November 27, 1808 in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and died in Baden Baden, Germany on June 9, 1877. He graduated from West Point in 1828. He was commissioned a colonel with the Confederate Army when Georgia seceded; was appointed a brigadier general (1861) and commanded the post of Savannah for most of the war. He was a brigade commander under Hardee during the Atlanta Campaign (1864).

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of ten letters written by Hugh Weedon Mercer to his daughter, Mrs. H. H. Walker from 1861-1866, concerning family but also the Civil War. Discussed is the defense of Charleston, South Carolina, charges against Mercer by General Carlin, his arrest, imprisonment at Fort Pulaski and Savannah, Georgia, and his release. The collection also includes a membership certificate to the Dialectic Society, U.S. Military Academy in 1853.


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Container List

Box Folder Content
1 1 Financial – receipts, 1856-1859
1 2 Correspondence, 1861-1883
1 3 Military commission, 1861
1 4 Newspaper clipping regarding marriage of Mary S. Mercer to Henry H. Walker, [1863]
1 4 Legal documents, 1893 – Marriage settlement of Mary S. Mercer and Appointment of Henry H. Walker as trustee of Mary S. Walker
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