William Letcher Mitchell papers, 1823-1929.

Creator: Mitchell, William Letcher, 1805-1882.
Collection number: 2983
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Abstract: William Letcher Mitchell of Athens, Ga., was a lawyer; chief engineer of the Western & Atlantic Railroad; graduate, trustee, and professor of law at Franklin College (later the University of Georgia); and active Presbyterian and Mason. He was married twice, first to Sarah Caroline Neisler, and upon her death to Lucia Bass. Mitchell had nine children. Chiefly correspondence relating to Mitchell and Neisler family affairs, and to William Letcher Mitchell’s various business and civic activities, including his law practice; the construction of the Western & Atlantic Railroad, including use of slave and convict labor; affairs of the University of Georgia; and local social and Presbyterian Church affairs. Civil War materials include letters from Confederate soldiers, some serving as chaplains, and family letters, mostly from women, discussing life on the home front and rumors of military actions. There are scattered letters, 1870-1882, from Albert Pike, concerning the Masons. Later papers are those of William’s daughter, Frances Letcher Mitchell, mainly relating to her research on and publication of the book, “Georgia Land and People” (Atlanta, 1893). Also included is her 1875 household affairs and recipe book.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection