Charles Colcock Jones papers, 1757-1926

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Jones, Charles C. (Charles Colcock), 1831-1893
Jones was a lawyer, collector, Confederate soldier and historian from Savannah, GA. Collection includes correspondence, journals, commonplace books, lecture notes, scrapbooks, autograph albums and other papers. The material ranges in date from 1757-1926.
4.5 Linear Feet
approx. 920 Items
Material in English
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Scope and content:

The collections contains correspondence, journals, commonplace books, lecture notes on literature, natural philosophy, and physics, scrapbooks, addresses, autograph albums, and other papers, many dealing with the collecting of historical materials. Many letters from famous literary and civic figures are in acknowledgment of copies of Jones' books. Other subjects include Washington's Indian policy; hardships of travel to and life in California in the mid-19th century; Union volunteer generals of foreign birth; numbers of troops furnished to the U.S. Army by certain states (1861-1865); campaigns, battles, and conditions during the Civil War; manufacturing in Georgia; militia in Chatham Co., Ga., during the Revolution; slavery; and abolitionists. Includes records of the Harvard Law School Moot Court, and the manuscript texts of Jones' The History of Georgia (1883) and of The History of the Church of God (1867) by Jones' father, Charles Colcock Jones. There are also two manuscript maps with information on the Battle of Savannah (29 Dec. 1778) drawn by Jones for his books Siege of Savannah and The Life and Services of the Honorable Maj. Gen. Samuel Elbert, of Georgia.

Biographical / historical:

Charles Colcock Jones, Jr. was born October 28, 1831 in Savannah, GA to a Presbyterian Minister. He graduated from Princeton University in 1852 and received a law degree from Harvard University in 1855. That same year, Jones returned to Savannah and was elected mayor in 1860. Jones served in the Confederate army during the Civil War and moved to New York City after the war to rebuild his lost fortune. In 1877, Jones returned to Georgia where he began to write and publish books about Georgia's history and collecting historical materials. He died in 1893.

Acquisition information:
The Charles Colcock Jones Papers were acquired by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book Manuscript Library as between 1941-1958.
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Processed by Kimberly Sims, January 2010

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, January 2010

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