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Collection Number: 04999-z

Collection Title: John Bramblett Beall Letters, 1860-1865

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Funding from the Watson-Brown Foundation, Inc., supported the microfilming of this collection.

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Size 12 items
Abstract John Bramblett Beall (1833-1917) was born in Carroll County, Ga. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he served in the 19th Georgia Infantry Regiment in the Virginia campaigns in 1861 and was wounded in the hip at Mechanicsville in 1862. During his recovery, he served as conscription officer at Manning, S.C., and tax collector in Carroll County, Ga. In 1864, he was elected major of a battalion of cavalry raised in Carroll and Heard counties. After the war, he served as a judge and edited several newspapers in Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee. The papers of John Bramblett Beall consist of twelve letters, 1860-1865, addressed to his cousin (later his wife), Mary J. Merrill. The letters discuss various aspects of military life during Beall's service in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, including his time with the 19th Georgia Infantry Regiment and later as a conscription officer in Manning, S.C. Included are second-hand reports of military events, such as Shiloh and Jackson's victory at Winchester, Va., and a discussion of morale among Confederate troops and civilians when Beall was recruiting. The letters refer to aspects of everyday life on the home front in the Confederacy, including the price of food and lodgings in South Carolina.
Creator Beall, John Bramblett, 1833-1917.
Language English
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No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the John Bramblett Beall Letters #4999-z, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Microfilm copy (filmed 2005-2006) available.
  • Reel 1: Entire collection
Alternate Form of Material
There are typed transcripts for two of the letters.
Acquisitions Information
Received from the McGowan Book Company of Chapel Hill, N.C., in October 1999 (Acc. 98487).
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John Bramblett Beall (1833-1917) was born in Carroll County, Ga. He joined the United States Army in 1855 and spent five years serving on the frontier with the 1st Cavalry. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he raised a company that was mustered into the 19th Georgia Infantry Regiment. He served in the Virginia campaigns in 1861 and was wounded in the hip at Mechanicsville in 1862. During his recovery, he was assigned to administrative duties as a conscription officer at Manning, S.C., and as a tax collector in Carroll County, Ga. In 1864, he was elected major of a battalion of cavalry raised in Carroll and Heard counties. He served with this unit until it was indefinitely furloughed at Altamaha Bridge. In the years following the war, he served as a judge and edited several newspapers in Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee.

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The papers of John Bramblett Beall consist of twelve letters, 1860-1865, addressed to his cousin (later his wife), Mary J. Merrill. The letters discuss various aspects of military life during Beall's service in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, including his time with the 19th Georgia Infantry Regiment in Virginia and later as a conscription officer in Manning, S.C. Included are second-hand reports of military events, such as Shiloh and Jackson's victory at Winchester, Va., and a discussion of morale among Confederate troops and civilians when Beall was recruiting. The letters refer to aspects of everyday life on the home front in the Confederacy, including the price of food and lodgings in South Carolina. Also included are typed transcripts of two of the letters, the provenance of which is uncertain.

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12 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Folder 1

Letters, 1860-1865 #04999-z, Series: "Letters, 1860-1865." Folder 1

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Processing Information

Processed by: John Foster, November 2000

Encoded by: John Foster, November 2000

Revisions: Finding aid updated in April 2005 by Nancy Kaiser

Funding from the Watson-Brown Foundation, Inc., supported the microfilming of this collection.

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