Nancy Harts / Morgan-Hill Papers Collection
SOURCE: Alexander S. Hopkins
SIZE: .4 Linear Feet
SHELVING UNITS: 3 folders manuscript, 1 folder photographs
PROCESSING: FCJ 2014
The Nancy Harts were a woman’s militia company formed in April of 1861 to offer security to the City of LaGrange in the event of an invasion or raid by hostile troops of the United States. Area women realized the necessity for such an organization when most of the able-bodied men left LaGrange for service in the Confederate Army. Dr. Augustus Colquitt Ware trained the women and his cousin, Nancy Colquitt (Hill) Morgan, wife of Jeremiah Brown Morgan, a Major in the Confederate Army, served as their captain.
SCOPE AND CONTENT
The collection is comprised of documents, correspondence, and photographs. The first folder includes photocopies of letters written between Jeremiah Brown Morgan and Nancy Colquitt “Nannie” Hill, before and after their marriage, as well as letters from Nancy (Hill) Morgan’s brothers Joseph N. Hill and Miles H. Hill, and other relatives. There are also genealogical items and portraits photocopied from publications; a hand-drawn pedigree chart for Nancy C. Hill; and copies of pages from the Family Bible of Joseph and Elizabeth (Hill) Lane, the maternal grandparents of Nancy (Hill) Morgan and Dr. Augustus C. Ware. An original copy of the speech given by Leila (Pullen) Morris in 1896 for the United Daughters of the Confederacy concerning the Nancy Hart Militia is included. Other items include copies of photographs of various family members of the Morgan and Hill families.
Folder 1 Letters
1. 2-9-1857 LaGrange, Jeremiah Brown Morgan to his fiancée, Nancy Colquitt “Nannie” Hill
2. 3-26-1857 LaGrange, Jeremiah Brown Morgan to his fiancée, Nancy Colquitt “Nannie” Hill
3. 6-17- (1857) Pine Bluff, Ga. Chesley Bostwick Howard to Nancy Colquitt “Nannie” Hill. Howard was married to Tabitha E. Hill, sister of Nancy C. Hill. The letter was written before his wife died.
4. 6-27-1858 Pine Bluff, Ga. Chesley Bostwick Howard to Nancy Colquitt “Nannie” (Hill) Morgan. This was written after his wife died.
5. 6-16-1861 From the Army. Jeremiah Brown Morgan to his wife, Nancy C. (Hill) Morgan. Letter is incomplete but accompanied by a typed transcript.
6. 8-14-1861 Camp LaGrange, Headquarters of 4th Georgia Regiment. Joseph N. “Joe” Hill to his and Nancy (Hill) Morgan’s mother, Eudocia (Lane) Hill.
7. 8-26-1861 Pigg Point, Va. Jeremiah Brown Morgan to his wife Nancy C. (Hill) Morgan.
8. ca. Dec. 1862 From the Army, in Va.. Miles H. Hill to his sister, Nancy C. (Hill) Morgan. Typed transcript only; photocopy of letter missing, It mentions the death of their brother Joseph N. Hill, which occurred 12-13-1862 at Fredericksburg, Va. and was apparently sent before letter # 9., below.
9. 12-24-1862 near Fredericksburg, Va. Miles H. Hill to his sister Nancy C. (Hill) Morgan. Photocopy and typed transcript.
10. 9-6-1863. “Cousin Emily” to Augusta M. Hill, a sister of Nancy C. (Hill) Morgan. Letter mentions they are expecting “refugees from Chattanooga.”
11. 10-15-1863 From the Army. Jeremiah Brown Morgan to his wife, Nancy C. (Hill) Morgan. Photocopy and typed transcript.
12. 2-27-1864 From “8 miles below Baldwin.” Jeremiah Brown Morgan to his wife, Nancy C. (Hill) Morgan.
13. 9-20-1898 LaGrange, Ga. William Swanson Evans to Nancy Colquitt (Hill) Morgan. He refers to her as “Cousin Nannie” although no known blood relationship exists between either Evans or his wife and either Nancy (Hill) Morgan or her husband.
14. 1-12-1904 Barnesville, Ga. (illegible) K. Rogers to “My Dear Cousin.”
Folder 2 Genealogical material
1. Photocopied photographs from a publication (unnamed) of Maj. Jeremiah Brown Morgan (author of letters 1, 2, 5, 7, & 11 in folder 1); Capt. Howard Tinsley; Capt. Samuel McComb; Capt. Robert F. Evans; Lt. John Thomas Gay, second husband of Caroline (Ware) Poythress Gay who was a sister of Dr. Augustus C. Ware and first cousin of Nancy (Hill) Morgan; Lt. William Swanson Evans (author of letter # 13, in folder 1); Capt. Miles H. Hill (author of letters 8 & 9 in folder 1); and Robert J. Morgan, brother of Jeremiah Brown Morgan.
2. Circular pedigree chart of Nancy Colquitt Hill, two copies.
3. photocopies relating to the family of Robert J. Morgan (brother of Jeremiah B. Morgan) and his wife, Martha Fannin Fort, daughter of Tomlinson and Martha (Low) Fort taken from Memoirs of the Fort and Fannin Families (Chattanooga: Press of MacGowen & Cooke Co., 1903) by Kate Harper Fort.
4. Photocopies from Family Bible of Joseph and Elizabeth (Hill) Lane, maternal grandparents of Nancy Colquitt (Hill) Morgan.
Folder 3 Manuscript, appears to be an original, of the address of Leila (Pullen) Morris, given to the United Daughters of the Confederacy on 12-17-1896 concerning the history of the Nancy Hart Militia, of which she was a member.
Photographs one folder, filed separately with photographs
1. Robert J. Morgan and wife Martha Fannin Fort.
2. Joseph N. Hill and three girls, unidentified.
3. believed to be Charles E. Morgan, brother of Jeremiah Brown Morgan.
4. Nancy Colquitt (Hill) Morgan, when young
5. Nancy Colquitt (Hill) Morgan, later in life
6. unidentified, two soldiers in Confederate Uniform
7. Joseph N. Hill
8. unidentified woman
9. unidentified girl
10. Jeremiah Brown Morgan
11. Miles H. Hill
12. believed to be Charles E. Morgan.
Fannin, Fort, Hill, Lane, Morgan, and Ware Families
Civil War History
MS-107 Forrest C. Johnson, III Collection (Fannin, Hill, Lane, Morgan, and Ware Families)
VF Nancy Harts Militia