From the Archives: Civil War Letter
Atlanta Ga April 17th 1864
My own Dear Johnnie
Yours of the 1st + 8th + 11th has all been received. for each and all accept my most sincere thanks. though they came pretty close to each other they were each none the less welcome + proved to me that you would embrace evry [sic] opportunity to write to me even though you are not due me a letter. I never have the pleasure of receiving your letters from the hands of those by whom you send them. I wish I could for I would like to see some one who received them from you hand, one who has just conversed with you, but by the time I get them the person is far on his way. They hand them over in the office. they are send in to Ma + she sends them to me + I never know how long they will be here when they will leave nor anything about them only that they brought me a letter. I learned this morning at Mr P’s that there had been a battle at Shrevesport. I suppose you were not there though Mr P. said it was likely you had moved. I will send this any how. perhaps it will reach you. We have had very changeable weather for sometime rain + sunshine alternately + for several days quite cool. the sun shines warm today but the wind is cool + high. We went to Sabbath school but did not remain for church as I felt so bad have been suffering for several days with a bad cold. indeed all of us have a cold at present. so if you do not find this epistle very interesting just lay it to my cold. I received a letter from Jane the other day. they were all well, told me of the Feds visiting her + eating up her dinner in the pots. says Kilpatrick has gone to the Yankees left his wife in Nashville no doubt he sold my things + Billys for his own use. her post-office is Tomotla. shall I direct to Murphy or Tomotla? Emelines health is still bad. Jane calls her babe Cora. My garden is not doing much yet. the weather has been so bad. I am going into it in the morning if I am not worse + put in some more seed. I fear I will have trouble with the chickens. I have no plank yet to finish the coop + have no way to keep them up. I have killed some + I want to keep one or two until you come home if you ever succeed in doing so. I must tell you the news before I go any farther. Jeny has a daughter + a fine one too + no mistake born the 12th the day after you wrote me by Capt Hughes + I was up there the 13th when I received it. She speaks of calling it Anna Maria. I called them this morning. she was sitting up + is doing as well as could be expected. indeed I think very well. Parrott is very proud indeed + I expect you would be proud although I know you are glad such is not the case with me + I am very well satisfied to remain as I am. My friend has not forsaken me. indeed she comes too often to please me. I fear when summer comes that her visiting here so often in connection with my other labors will injure my health. she does not give me much trouble yet but you know a person is so much weaker in the heat of Summer + then to have company so often makes it that much worse. she was here last week again. Ma has advised me to tell her plainly that I can not have her come so often but as yet I have used no means to cause her to discontinue her visits. There has been some excitement in town among the printers Editors + c. the printers struck for higher wages. the Editors refused. no papers were issued for several days. they sent to Johnston’s Army for printers. do not know whether they succeeded or not. Mr P. sent you several papers did you get them. We received a letter from Lizzy. they are nearly over the chills. she says Fany diseased Billy sure enough. it cost him $15.00 to get medicine for her. She came to church the other Sunday with Mrs. Baggerly never spoke to her nor she to us. Have you written to Billy? Have you hard from Cousin Zeb. I still have some provisions though my meat is getting low. I am going out this week to see if I can not make a raise. I have not called on Goodson yet besides they owe me for milk. I hope I will get along some how. I still take in work + intend to have more for my work than heretofore or not do it. provisions have not come down. peas are $30.00 pr bu beef is $5.00 + 6.00 pr lb though I am not well posted not having bought any lately. If Mr. Fair had let me know he was going to camps I would have sent your things to you. he was talking about going home. I am so sory [sic] he did not come up again before he left. Where will Col C. go if he leaves your Brigade.
Oh I am so lonesome today. I am here alone only Hattie with me. everything is to still how I do wish my dear husband could be with me or I with him today. I wold [sic] have been very glad to have met you at Montgomery had it been possible, but in the first place I have not the money to go on + then if I had I would have had such a short time to stay with you that it would hardly justify the expense. If I have to go I would rather go all the way + then I would feel like I could stay some time but I hope + trust you will get home again soon. Ma talks of going to Salisbury in May. I wish you could be here while she is gone for I will feel lost without her + yet she wishes to be here when you come on account of trying to get planks to fix the house with. one more month + you will be three months away, as long as we have been seperated [sic] without seeing each other but you will just come when you can I know and as to sending me money I know you have done the best you could. I have not a word to say against you though I have had to depend on Ma. that hurts me worse than any thing else. she has furnished me with a good deal of money + the Good Being alone knows when I will be able to return it. some day I hope. she has indeed been very good to me. what I would have done without her I can not tell. May the Lord reward her. How are your shoulders + arms? have you made any arrangements about a horse. Have you received your appointment. I suppose Harden has not come in. Johny I do not feel able to answer your very interesting letter now as my cold wholly unfits me for the task as I merely scribble these few lines to inform you that it was received + that we are tolerable well +c. You must write soon. give me all the news. Tender my compliments to Capt. Mount. My love to Joseph + receive a very large share for your own dear self. Good bye. Please write soon to your. Jeny + Ma send love to you. Miss Chattie also wished to be remembered.
Loving wife Julia D
Monday Morning. I am some better of my cold this morning + have been working in the garden. am not done as I have this scribble done I will not write any more. it is a poor apology for a letter, but will try + do better next time. let me hear from you soon. all are tolerable though I have not heard from Jeny today. suppose she is doing well.
Yours in Love Julia
Playing basketball on a lot at 14th and Peachtree in Atlanta in 1902.
Left to right: (front row) Julia Porter, May DuBignon, and Josie Stockdell; (middle row) Florence Jackson, Nan DuBignon, Louise Black, Mary Ann Phelan, and Estelle Stewart; (back row) Sarah Calhoun, Louise Gay, Daisy Stewart, Anita Black, Ada Alexander, and Cordelia Gray.
From the Archives: Civil War Letter
Camp Cobbs Georgia Legion
Near Charlottsville Virginia April the 14 64
L. B. Underwood
I seat my self to write you a few lines to let you know whare [sic] we are we left bristol the 12 inst and after two days and a night travel on the cars we landed at Charlottesville Va Charlottesville is the capital of Albemarle County 7 miles from Richmond about 30 miles from Orange C. H. I. probley [sic] will get to see Jackey I hope + may see him before long I suppose Grant is a going to try Richmond but I think he will have a hard time of it I dont know whare [sic] we will go from hear [sic] our corps has not all go hear [sic] in a few days we probley [sic] will move when they all get hear [sic] Pa Fannie wrote me that you were sick which has trubble [sic] me ever sence [sic] it has been on my mind ever sence [sic] but I hope the next letter I receive will bring me better news that you are well write me all the news how wheat is and how money matters is with you all and the general news bud said that you and uncle Fayett had gone into bisness [sic] how you are geting [sic] along with it + c I must come to a close write soon
A. C. Underwood
April 2014 marks the 150th anniversary of Union General William Tecumseh Sherman’s 1864 march into Georgia. Georgia Public Broadcasting and the Atlanta History Center are commemorating this event with the launch of a new original series, “37 Weeks: Sherman on the March.”
Each of the 90-second “37 Weeks” segments will air multiple times on GPB’s television and radio platforms during the week paralleling the same week in Shermanʼs campaign and tell a story that brings an understanding to the human dimension of war. What did it feel like when Shermanʼs army - 100 thousand strong - was bearing down on your city? What was motivating Shermanʼs fateful decisions? What was it like for the foot solider on either side of the battlefield? What were some of those twists of fate or ironic moments that war inevitably produces? These are among the stories “37 Weeks” will explore.
From the Archives: Civil War Letter
Camp Lee near Pollard Ala April 8th 1864
My Dearest Julia,
Your highly interesting letter of the 29th March was received a few days since. I was so thankful to learn that you was all well. As usual it affords me a great pleasure to hear from you and that you are in enjoyment of good health. My health is vry good with the exception of pains in my left arm + shoulder. I received a long letter from Brother Sam a few days since. it was directed to Atlanta. His family + HHD was all pretty well with the exception of colds + c. they had a hard time running and dodging from the Yankees. All the friends are well. They all sent their love to you and Jane said she would write but had about as much as she could do to take care of the Babe. I havent news to write. We are still at this place but do not know how long we will remain. We are minute men subject to be called to any point Col Reynolds of the 1st Ark. has been appointed Brigadier and Col Coleman his superior by nearly 2 years. C has petitioned to be removed from the Brigade does not feel willing to serve in a Brigade with an officer so long his Junior.
Well Julia I suppose I will get the appointment of Adjt and will take charge of the office so soon as Harden returns. Col Coleman is going to send my appointment to the Secretary of War and have it confirmed. It is an office that keeps a man closely confined but it is a very nice position and I am entitled to a House. That is one thing I fear. I am affraid that it will be hard for me to get one unless some of my friends assist me. I have my Poney that I will have to turn over to Capt Harden but I am satisfied he will let me keep it until I can make some other arrangement. Col Coleman was very anxious for the Officers to make an application to be sent to Dalton to Genl AW Reynolds’ Brigade but the most of them was opposed to it and I am thinking it would have been best as this climate will be so hot in the Summer and if Mobile is besieged into the ditches we will go and there remain and stand another Vicksburg Affair and Stand a very good chance of going to Camp Chase of Johnsons Island. We have received letters from Lt Bristol + Lt Leatherwood. they write they are at Camp Chase all well + rooming with Genl Vance. They say the Genl is in good health and enjoys his cell better but I fear there will be many Battles to be fought before peace is proclaimed and many be slain before that blessed period arrives. And perhaps I may be among that unfortunate class. God forbid.
I am of the same oppinion of the Preacher that preached to you on that subject. I fear our Nation is so wicked that God will continue his chastineing rod untill a refformation takes place and I fear we are growing worse + worse every day. Oh how distressing the thought but the World has become like it was in the days of Noah. They still continue their wickedness + go hedlessly on not stoping] a moment to reflect.
Well Julia I was so proud of your renewed declaration of Love a devotion to your absent Husband. The language was so much like you and I Pray God I may allways reign supreme in your affections. it is true as you say I perhaps might have secured the hand of one greatly your superior in regard to this Worlds goods and one that could have made a greater show in society and one that would have secured more praise and admiration from the World but I doubt very much whether she would have been the kind loveing affectionate + devoted Julia. I am content to struggle along in poverty if God will only spare our lives and health. I am satisfied we can make a comfortable liveing and then what comfort and enjoyment for two loveing Hearts to work for each others comfort + the Education of them little pledges of love that God in his goodness has given us to unite our Hearts more closely together and that we look too for so much pleasure + comfort in our declineing Years but we know not how thy may do in after years. thy may cause us a great deal of pain + grief provided thy do not act right, but evry parent looks forward with better hopes. we can only do our part in trying to train them up the way they should go + give them proper consel. Joseph Pounders has an opportunity to send a letter home and has just come in to get me to write for him. he send his love to you and the children. Angie was well when he left. Mike Luther is newly gone with that cancer on his face. Jesse Luther Angies Husband is still at home belongs to the Malitia. We have a great deal of cold rainy weather. I went down to Mobile last Monday Morning got back Wednesday night and the weather was vry cool. I took dinner with Lt McLain from Tunnel Hill Ga. he has been stationed a long time near Mobile and married a vrynice Lady there. They treated me vry kindly as a matter of course. they took a great pride in showing me their little Rebel on 3 weeks old and the young Ladies plaid + sang for me. had quite a pleasant time. I also met with A. Millhousen a little fat Dutchman that clerked for Zodack and went down on the stage with you. he belongs to the 22 La. – Heavy Artilery. as soon as I get my appointment confirmed I will make an application for a furlough. my friends thinks I better not apply until the appointment is confirmed. I am working hard evry day to get my business all up by the time Capt H comes in. Well Julia I was glad to hear your old friend was still faithful and still shows a willingness to visit you in your lonely hours. please give her my best Respects. I am affraid to send my Love as she appears to think a great deal of me. you might become jealous sure enough but she has no cause for that for as you very truthfully remarked. I gave her no cause whatever, but imagined I was acting very rude in the company of such a timid Lady. I expect if I should meet with her now I would be more rude than ever as she seems to take all my spark so easy. at all events I am vry anxious to risk the consequences. are you not ha! ha! ha.
I hope you will not let such things distress you as much as some Ladies I have seen. I was sorry that Brother P. was so careless of your comforts. I often thought of you during that cold weather and wondered if you was supplied with wood. if I get off home I intend to stop a day in Greenville Ala and buy some Bacon. I must close as I have got to write a letter for Joe and a great deal of other writing to do. write soon and please accept of my most sincere thanks for your good + affectionate Letter and do so as often as you can get an opportunity. give my best Love to Ma + the children. tell all I often think of them. give my Love to Sister Virginia an Brother P. + Nettie and also to that new issue if he or it is on hands yet. Compliments to Miss Chattie Mrs Morrison + Fmaily + also to Mr + Mrs Mays. tell Mrs Mays that I hope she will not be so shy the next time I come. I must close.
Your devoted + affectionate Husband
Direct care Col Coleman
THE KINSEY COLLECTION - FIVE THINGS YOU MUST SEE (5 of 5)
Sky Poems, ca. 1950
Merton Daniel Simpson, American (1928–2013)
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Originally from the Barnett–Aden Collection
Merton Simpson left South Carolina in 1949 to attend New York University and Cooper Union. During college, he worked in the frame shop of Herbert Benevy where many well-known artists frequented, including Franz Kline, Max Weber, and the Dutch abstract expressionist painter Willem de Kooning. In New York, Simpson also met Hale Woodruff, William Baziotes, and Robert Motherwell. In 1951, Simpson’s work appeared at the Museum of Modern Art and in 1954 within the Younger American Painters exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum. By 1955, Simpson had a one-person exhibition at the Bertha Schaeffer Gallery. In 1963, the Civil Rights Movement led to the formation of the Harlem-based artist’s collective, the Spiral Group, of which Simpson was one of the original founders.
On display at the Atlanta History Center April 5, 2014 - July 13, 2014