Mercer family papers, 1848-1965.


Mercer, Hugh Weedon, 1808-1877. Mercer family papers, 1848-1965.

Mercer family papers, 1848-1965.

This collection contains diaries and scrapbooks belonging to George Anderson Mercer, 1851-1907, family correspondence, 1848-1913, and genealogies and biographical sketches with correspondence pertaining to them, 1949-1965. Two of G.A. Mercer's diaries cover the Civil War period. The remainder concerns his personal life, notes on wildlife, philosophy, literature, and politics. Two scrapbooks and a volume of case notes are originals. All of the correspondence is original. They are largely family letters, most of them from Gen. Hugh Weedon to his wife, 1848-1851, and to his daughter, Mary (wife of Gen. Henry H. Walker), 1848-1875. Earlier letters are written from Savannah, while later ones are from Baden-Baden, Germany, where he went for his health and where he later died. The letters contain family news and items of local interest. Two of them (March 20, 1849 and May 28, 1959) mention his friend, Col. Robert E. Lee. One letter, December 1, 1868, tells of his second marriage (to Mrs. Bessie Cuyler) and others mention the child of that marriage. The remaining letters are to and from other members of the family as well as various friends.

4 boxes, 1 volume (2.0 cubic feet)

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Mercer, Hugh W. (Hugh Weedon), 1808-1877 (person)

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). From the description of Hug...

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Lee, Robert Edward, 1807-1870 (person)

Robert Edward Lee (1807-1870) served as General of the Confederate Army in the U.S. Civil War and was president of Washington College in Lexington, Virginia from 1865 to 1870. Lee spent the first twenty-three years of his military career in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. From 1837 to 1841 he was superintending engineer for the harbor of St. Louis and the upper Mississippi and Missouri rivers. Robert E. Lee was a United States Army officer, 1829-1861; commander of Virginia forces in the ...

Mercer, George Anderson, 1835-1907. (person)

George Anderson Mercer (1835-1907) was a Confederate officer and lawyer of Savannah, Ga. He was a student in Savannah, Ga., and New Haven, Conn., at Princeton University, and at the University of Virginia, where he studied law. His military experiences include the Atlanta Campaign, 1864; service with Mercer's and Wright's division in Georgia and South Carolina; and his capture in Macon, Ga. Early in the Civil War Mercer married Nannie Maury Herndon of Fredereicksburg, Va. After the war he practi...