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Collection Number: 02510

Collection Title: Habersham Elliott Papers, 1820-1898

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 148 items)
Abstract Chiefly letters from John Barnwell Elliott (1841-1921) while a Confederate soldier on the South Carolina and Georgia coasts, in Charleston, in Paris after the Civil War, and as a professor and physician at the University of the South, 1870-1885, written to his brother, Habersham, his father, Bishop Stephen Elliott of Georgia, and other relatives (21 original items, 3 typed transcriptions). Also included are papers (on microfilm) of J. B. Elliott's mother-in-law, Mary Esther (Huger) Huger (b. 1820), daughter of Francis Kinloch Huger, including her reminiscences, written 1890-1892, of her early life at Pendleton and Charleston, S.C.; a plantation record book, 1858-1863; and her essays on slavery and the causes of the Civil War; and a memoir of the Prioleau family of Charleston, S.C. Scattered other family correspondence and letters to J. B. Elliott from prominent persons is included.
Creator Elliott, Habersham.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
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 Habersham Elliott Papers #2510, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Charlotte Elliott of Highlands, N.C., in November 1942, November 1946, and February 1949, and lent for filming by Esther Elliott of Highlands, N.C., in November 1957.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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John Gibbes Barnwell Elliott was born on 26 September 1841 in Beaufort, S.C., the son of Reverend Stephen Elliott and Charlotte Bull Barnwell. Among his siblings were Habersham, Hesse, Robert Woodward Barnwell, Sarah "Sada" Barnwell, and Ester. He joined the South Carolina College Corps at the bombardment of Fort Sumter and became a lieutenant of the Light Artillery in the 10th Regiment of Georgia Regulars. After the Civil War, he became a professor of chemistry and health officer at the University of the South, 1870-1885. John B. married Harriott Lucas Huger in 1870.

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Chiefly letters from John Barnwell Elliott (1841-1921) while a Confederate soldier on the South Carolina and Georgia coasts, in Charleston, in Paris after the Civil War, and as a professor and physician at the University of the South, 1870-1885, written to his brother, Habersham, his father, Bishop Stephen Elliott of Georgia, and other relatives (21 original items, 3 typed transcriptions). Also included are papers (on microfilm) of J. B. Elliott's mother-in-law, Mary Esther (Huger) Huger (b. 1820), daughter of Francis Kinloch Huger, including her reminiscences, written 1890-1892, of her early life at Pendleton and Charleston, S.C.; a plantation record book, 1858-1863; and her essays on slavery and the causes of the Civil War; and a memoir of the Prioleau family of Charleston, S.C. Scattered other family correspondence and letters to J. B. Elliott from prominent persons is included.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1840-1898.

144 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Chiefly letters from John Barnwell Elliott written during the Civil War from camps in South Carolina and Georgia to his brother Habersham and other members of his family. After the war, there are letters from John B. Elliott to his parents and his sister, Hesse, while he was in Savannah, Ga., and Charleston, S.C., 1866-1868, and Paris in winter 1868-1869. There are also letters written by John B. Elliott from the University of the South to Habersham. John B. Elliott's letters touch on family matters, politics, sports, religion, social life in Charleston and Savannah, and the medical profession, including smallpox in Charleston and cholera in Savannah.

Other correspondence includes two letters, 1840, from Francis Kinloch Huger to Judge Daniel Elliott Huger and one letter from the judge to his son, Joseph Allston Huger. There is also one letter, 1898, from Dr. William Porcher Dubose (1836-1918) to Mrs. Joseph Huger commenting on her article written for Esther Huger Elliott (see Folder 10) on the causes of the Civil War and emphasizing the constitutional rights of the South.

Folder 1

1840-1865 #02510, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1840-1898." Folder 1

Folder 2

1866 #02510, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1840-1898." Folder 2

Folder 3

1867-1868 #02510, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1840-1898." Folder 3

Folder 4

1869-1870 #02510, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1840-1898." Folder 4

Folder 5

1871-1872 #02510, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1840-1898." Folder 5

Folder 6

1873-1878 #02510, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1840-1898." Folder 6

Folder 7

1882-1898 #02510, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1840-1898." Folder 7

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 3. Microfilm, 1890-1892.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Suzanne Ruffing, September 1996

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.

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