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Henry Bryan Letter

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3199

This collection houses a letter dated January 25, 1865 from Assistant Inspector General Major Henry Bryan (then stationed in Tombigbee River, Alabama) to Colonel George William Brent documenting the artillery units of the Confederate Army of Tennessee shortly before the Confederate surrender. Bryan recommends that a number of depleted units be merged, discusses arrangements for supplying the soldiers with ammunition and horses, and comments on the state of their morale. He also includes a table showing units that he has inspected and notes that a number of these companies had no ammunition.

Dates

  • 1865 January 25

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection houses a letter dated January 25, 1865 from Assistant Inspector General Major Henry Bryan (then stationed in Tombigbee River, Alabama) to Colonel George William Brent documenting the artillery units of the Confederate Army of Tennessee shortly before the Confederate surrender.

Biographical/Historical Note

Henry Bryan was born to Joseph Forman and Jane (Bourke) Bryan in Savannah, Georgia on October 31, 1835. He worked as a broker in Savannah until the Civil War began. In August of 1861, he joined Confederate Brigadier General John B. Magruder's staff as a volunteer aide-de-camp. He was commissioned as a Captain and became an official aide-de-camp on September 4, 1861. Bryan served briefly with Major General David R. Jones during May of 1862 but soon rejoined General Magruder's staff as an Assistant Adjutant General with the rank of Major. He was wounded in the Battle of Malvern Hill on July 1, 1862 but recovered and went on to serve as Assistant Adjutant and Inspector General in Charleston, South Carolina from late 1862 until he was paroled on April 26, 1865. After the war, Bryan relocated to Bartow County, Georgia, where he continued to work as a broker and banker. He married Jane Wallace Howard (1837-1922) on September 1, 1870 and the couple had three children: Ella Howard (born February 19, 1872), Howard (born August 28, 1873), and Virginia (born January 29, 1876). Henry Bryan died on July 25, 1879 in Lookout Mountain, Tennessee and is buried in Savannah, Georgia.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single folder

Acquisition Note

The University of Tennessee Libraries, Knoxville, Special Collections purchased this collection.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480