A Tragic Tale in Old Savannah

A Tragic Tale in Old Savannah …

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This is a photo of William James Barrett, Jr., Elizabeth Carswell Barrett, his wife, and William Henry Barrett. It was taken at Wilson’s Studio on Bull Street in Savannah, Georgia about 1897 – probably to celebrate Elizabeth and William’s wedding.

William James’ life is full of tragedy. He was only two years old when his father was killed in December 1864 during a skirmish with Union troops near…

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Savannah’s River Street

Savannah's River Street scene

Savannah’s River Street by the author

For much of the second half of the 19th century, Captain Isaac Henry (my great great grandfather) was a riverboat captain carrying goods and people up and down the Savannah River. Today these buildings house shops, restaurants and nightclubs but in Captain Henry’s day there were no landscaped parks or fancy hotels. It was the commercial hub for goods moving…

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Savannah Historic Newspapers Archive

If you are looking for Savannah newspapers, you’ll find them online at the Digital Library of Georgia’s Savannah Historic Newspapers archive. The collection includes the Savannah Georgian 1819-1856,Savannah Morning News 1868-1880, and Savannah Republican 1809-1868 newspapers and offers full-text searching. You can also download each newspaper page as a PDF document.

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