Camden Atkinson was born in Camden County, Georgia; he was the son of Edmund Nathan Atkinson (1804-1862) and his wife, Sarah E. Waddell (1809-1858). Edmund was a planter and owned Black Hammock Plantation, a farm of 30,000 acres in Georgia. Camden Atkinson attended the University of Virginia in sessions 26-29 (1849-1853).
Camden’s younger brother, Edmund Nathan Atkinson Jr., was the Colonel of the 26th Georgia Regiment; he was in every battle of the Army of Northern Virginia until he was captured in 1864, and was at the surrender at Appomattox, Virginia.
There is no record of Camden Atkinson serving in the Civil War; in fact, there is no evidence that I can find at this point that he survived past 1853. There is no death date listed in Schele de Vere’s Semi-centennial catalogue of U.Va. students, but that only means he didn’t have any further information. If anyone has information that would be useful in determining the fate of this man, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
[Note: Birthdate from U.Va. Matriculation Books. — JLC]
- Atkinson, Richard Berrie, Jr. The Atkinson Family Tree [website]. c 1996-2009. <http://www.atkinson-family.us> (accessed 7/4/12).
- “United States Census, 1850,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M88L-9GG : accessed 4 July 2012), C Atkinson, Albemarle county, part of, Albemarle, Virginia, United States.
- University of Virginia Matriculation Books, 1825-1904, Accession #RG-14/4/2.041, Special Collections Dept., University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.