A Guide to the George A. Gordon Letters, 1860-1863
George A. Gordon was a Colonel in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. In 1861 he became Captain of the First Regiment Georgia Infantry, which later became the 13th Battalion Georgia Volunteer Infantry, also known as the Phoenix Battalion and Gordon’s Battalion. He was elected Major of the battalion in April 1862. Later that same year Gordon was promoted to Colonel of the Field, Staff and Band of the 63rd Regiment Georgia Infantry, also known as the Phoenix Regiment and Gordon’s Regiment. Organized at Savannah, Georgia, this regiment defended the Georgia and South Carolina coasts. Eventually Gordon’s regiment merged into the Army of Tennessee, where it participated in Commander John Bell Hood’s Atlanta Campaign of 1864.
During Gordon’s military career he corresponded with his wife Krilla and their daughter Agnes, his mother Lydia, and his sisters Nellie and Ann.
Source: Colquitt County School. "63rd Regiment, Georgia Infantry." http://www.colquitt.k12.ga.us/gspurloc/Cobbslegion/gasca/units/63rd_gvi.htm (accessed July 14, 2010).
The George A. Gordon Letters, 1860-1863, consist of correspondence concerning the activities of Gordon and his wife. The letters relate to Gordon’s antebellum activities in Charleston and to his activities during the Civil War. Krilla’s letters relate to her home and family in Gordon’s absence. Additionally, the letters contain correspondence between Gordon and his parents and siblings.
George A. Gordon Letters, 1860-1863, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
Subsequent revisions were made by Deborah Bloys, October 1992.
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