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Garnett Andrews papers

Identifier: CHC-1984-001

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the papers of Garnett Andrews that primarily document his role as an officer for the Confederate States of America during the Civil War from 1861 to 1865. The collection also contains papers of Oliver and Andrew Beirne, relatives of Andrews.


  • Creation: 1799-1895

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This collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Garnett Andrews was born in Washington Georgia on May 15, 1837 and died in Chattanooga Tennessee on May 16, 1903. Andrews graduated from the University of Georgia and was admitted to the bar of Georgia in 1859, joining his father's law practice shortly thereafter. In 1861, he left the law practice and became the first man in Wilkes County, Georgia to enlist in the Army of the Confederate States of America, which he entered as a 2nd Lieutenant. He was quickly promoted to 1st Lieutenant. Several more promotions followed until he reached the rank of Colonel. Most of the papers in this collection were assembled from Andrews's time in service to the Army of the Confederate States of America.

When the war concluded, he moved his family to Yazoo City, Mississippi, where he resumed his law career. In 1881, the family moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee, where Andrews once again practiced law and also served as mayor from 1891 to 1893. Andrews remained in Chattanooga until his death in 1903.


1.46 Linear Feet (6 containers)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Joseph B. Waters Jr., donated this collection to the Chattanooga History Center on 1984 October 23. The Chattanooga History Center donated this collection to the Chattanooga Public Library and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on 2017 June 12.

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Part of the Chattanooga History Collections Collection Area

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Library
c/o Special Collections
600 Douglas Street
Chattanooga Tennessee 37403 United States