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Huguenin and Johnston family papers, 1827-1877.

October 12, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Creator: Huguenin and Johnston family.
Collection number: 2439-z
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Abstract: Items on microfilm are correspondence and other papers, 1827- 1866, of the Huguenin, Johnston, and related families of Early and Sumter counties, Ga. The Huguenin material relates to family news, plantation affairs, the cotton business, and hiring free labor after the Civil War. A plantation journal, 1836-1862, from the Huguenin plantation in Early County includes slave lists and detailed instructions to overseers. Johnston family material, 1862-1865, focuses on Civil War events. Most of the letters are to and from J. M. Johnston, stationed in Tennessee. Troop provisions, Johnston’s appointments as commissary officer and to the rank of captain, and his parole after being taken prisoner-of-war are the main topics included. Other correspondence describes a battle in Macon, Ga. The second series consists of nine letters, 1868-1877 and undated, chiefly between Joseph Marshall Johnston (1837-1905) and his wife, Martha “Mattie” Fannin Huguenin Johnston (1848-1934). The couple resided in Athens, Ga. The letters chiefly discuss family life, but also include several poems and an item, 1868, signed “Grand Cyclops, K.K.K.” Also included is an album containing photographs and prints of Confederate leaders.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights:The Huguenin material relates to plantation management and hiring of free labor after the Civil War. A plantation journal from the Huguenin plantation (1836- 1862) includes slave lists and detailed instructions to overseers. There is also a poem from 1868 signed “Grand Cyclops, K.K.K.”  [Note: some items are on microfilm].

Some of the materials in this collection have been digitized and are available online. Click here to link to the finding aid for this collection and to access the digitized content.

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