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W. O. Tuggle Collection

Identifier: MC 21

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence concerning the disposition of those papers of W. O. Tuggle which were not deposited with the U.S. government after his expeditions among the Creeks and Yuchi in the 1880s, as well as materials generated during the publication of a journal article and a monograph, Shem, Ham & Japheth: the papers of W. O. Tuggle, comprising his Indian Diary, sketches & observations, myths & Washington Journal in the territory & at the Capital, 1879, both by Eugene Current Garcia and Dorothy B. Hatfield and published in 1961 and 1973, respectively.


  • 1879 - 1969

Biographical / Historical

William Orrie Tuggle was born September 25,1841 in Henry County, Georgia near McDonough. He enlisted in the Confederate Army at LaGrange in Company B of the Georgia 4th Infantry Regiment on April 16, 1861. He was discharged on July 9, 1862 and joined General Morgan's Brigade. The year the War ended he passed the bar and married Margaret Antoinette Cox. He practiced law inLaGrange, Georgia and became active in politics, advocating both Georgia and Indian claims against the federal government, as well as becoming a pioneer folklorist. In the 1880s he went to Indian Territory (Oklahoma) and recorded the myths, traditions and ceremonies of the Creeks and Yuchi, former inhabitants of the Chattahoochee Valley. He died February 3, 1885 at Thomasville,Georgia and is buried in LaGrange.


0.5 Cubic Feet

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Repository Details

Part of the Columbus State University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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Columbus Georgia 31907 United States