Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

George Ewing Eagleton papers, 1822-1925



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Eagleton, George Ewing, 1831-1899
Title: George Ewing Eagleton papers
Dates: 1822-1925
Abstract George Ewing Eagleton (1831-1899) was a Chaplain in the Confederate Army during the Civil War and a Presbyterian minister and evangelist in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Texas. Two and a half inches of sermons, correspondence, historical sketches, and documents relating to the Confederate States of America (1822-1925) document the pastoral career of William Ewing Eagleton (1831-1899), particularly in the Civil War era American South.
Identification: 2007-009
Extent: 2.5 inches
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Austin Seminary Archives, Stitt Library, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Biographical note

George Ewing Eagleton (1831-1899), a Presbyterian minister and evangelist, was born December 31, 1831 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Eagleton was licensed in the Presbytery of Shiloh, and attended Union Seminary in New York. A supporter of the South, Eagleton was a Chaplain in the Confederate Army during the Civil War for the Tennessee Volunteers, 44th Regiment. After his honorable discharge in 1862, Eagleton and his wife, Mary Ethlinda Foute, traveled to Arkansas and Texas where Eagleton played a part in organizing several churches. Eagleton died on April 12, 1899.


Scope and Content Note

Two and a half inches of sermons, correspondence, historical sketches, and documents relating to the Confederate States of America (1822-1925) document the pastoral career of William Ewing Eagleton (1831-1899), particularly in the Civil War era American South. The material is organized in two series: Ministerial, 1848-1897, and General, 1822-1925.

The bulk of the material resides in the first series, Ministerial, 1848-1897. The series is comprised primarily of sermons, the subjects of which include temperance, “National Crisis,” and the coming of the Civil War. Also in this series are historical sketches of several churches in the Presbytery of Paris at which Eagleton preached, and some which he helped found. The second series, General, 1822-1925, contains items that were likely given to Samuel Mills Tenney, a former curator of the Presbyterian Historical Society, by J.M.S. Ramsey, who acquired the items from the wife of one of Eagleton’s sons. A letter from Ramsey to Tenney dated 1925 refers to enclosed documents acquired from Mrs. Exile Eagleton, including a Confederate Bond and a resolution from Grassy Valley Congregation (which pre-dates Eagleton’s birth), both of which are in this collection. Additional items, including an invitation dated after Eagleton’s death, also likely belonged to one of Eagleton’s children.


Organization of Collection

Series 1: Ministerial, 1848-1897
Series 2: General, 1822-1925

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Materials are available by appointment only. Contact the archivist for details.


Index Terms

Personal Names
Eagleton, George Ewing, 1831-1899.
Organizations
Presbyterian Church in the U. S. -- Presbytery of Paris.
Subjects
Sermons, American.
Temperance--Sermons.
Locations
Texas--Church history--19th century.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Sermons.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

George Ewing Eagleton papers, 1822-1925, Austin Seminary Archives, Stitt Library, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Acquisition Information

Materials in accession #2007-009 were originally held at the Montreat office of the Presbyterian Historical Society. They were transferred to the Austin Seminary Archives in 2007.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Ministerial, 1848-1897:

Box
C101 Sermons:
Topical, 1855-1863, undated
Topical, 1871 and undated
Old Testament, 1852-1888
New Testament, 1848-1862
By Text, 1849-1883
Scripture verses, undated
Speeches, 1874 and undated
Historical sketches:
Elm Grove Church, 1890
Honey Grove Church, 1890
Ladonia Church, 1890
New Hope Church, 1890
Wolf City Church, 1890
Honorable discharge from chaplaincy, 1862
Letter to Samuel Mills Tenney, 1897



General, 1822-1925:

Box
C101 Letter, JMS Ramsey to Samuel Mills Tenney, 1925
Bond, Confederate States of America, 1862
Resolution of Grassy Valley Congregation, 1822
General, 1908 and undated