WADDELL, JAMES D., 1832-1881.
James D. Waddell papers, 1862-1864

Emory University

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

Atlanta, GA 30322



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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Waddell, James D., 1832-1881.
Title: James D. Waddell papers, 1862-1864
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 296
Extent: 1 microfilm reel (MF)
Abstract:Microfilm copy of the correspondence and biographical memoir of James D. Waddell, a lawyer and Confederate officer of Abbeville District, South Carolina.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Collection Description

Biographical Note

Colonel James D. Waddell (1832-1881), a native of Abbeville district, South Carolina, was born December 22, 1832, the son of Reverend Isaac W. Waddell, and a grandson of Dr. Moses Waddell, many years President of the University of Georgia. His mother, formerly Miss Sarah Rebecca Daniel, was a member of a well-known family of Greene County, Georgia. When quite young, he moved with his parents to Marietta, where his father was pastor of the Presbyterian Church until his death. Here James grew up to manhood. He graduated from Franklin College (University of Georgia) with the class of 1853, receiving one of the honors of his class. The following year he completed the study of law and was admitted to the bar. He entered into co-partnership with Colonel E. D. Chisolm, and settled at Cedartown in Polk County. Early in 1857 he was married to Miss Medora Sparks, a daughter of Thomas H. Sparks of Polk County, Georgia. Mrs. Waddell died in the spring of 1880. Mr. Waddell practiced law until 1861, when he went into the military service as a Captain in the 20th Georgia regiment. He was promoted during the succeeding year, first to the rank of Major and then to that of Lieutenant Colonel, and in the next year to the rank of Colonel of his regiment. Colonel Waddell died on December 15, 1881.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of a microfilm copy of the papers of James D. Waddell including 13 letters and the first 9 pages of a small book, A Brief Memoir of the Late Colonel James D. Waddell Embracing Tributes to His Memory, published in Cedartown, Georgia in 1882 shortly after his death. The remaining 44 pages (not microfilmed) of the book contain public addresses and literary articles by Colonel Waddell.

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Arranged in chronological order.

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MF1 1 1862 January 26 - February 12, 1862; [2] Waddell to wife, Medora; near Manassas, Virginia.
MF1 2 1862 June 2; [1] Waddell to wife, Medora Army near Richmond, Virginia.
MF1 3 1862 October 1-October 20, 1862; [2] Waddell to wife, Medora; Winchester, Virginia.
MF1 4 1863 September 25 - November 17, 1863; [4] Medora to Husband; Cedar Valley, Georgia.
MF1 5 1864 April - August 27; [2] Medora to Husband; Cedar Valley, Georgia.
MF1 6 1864 September 13 - September 19, 1864; [2] Waddell to wife, Medora; Richmond, Virginia.
MF1 7 A Brief Memoir of the Late Colonel James D. Waddell Embracing Tributes to His Memory, pages 1 - 9.