From Herrnhut to Savannah

Edited by Achim Kopp and John Thomas Scott

This book offers the first English translation of journals written by four leading figures in the Moravian Church who spent time in the British colony of Georgia between 1735 and 1737. Authored by August Gottlieb Spangenberg, David Nitschmann, Johann Töltschig, and Johann Andreas Dober, these documents are a vital source of historical and cultural information. Offering new insights into the eighteenth-century Atlantic world, the journals address a range of fascinating topics, including missionary travel to the Americas, life in colonial Georgia, and Moravian theology and practices. Originally written in an archaic script and housed in a remote German archive, the journals have not been widely available to readers until the publication of this book. Presenting a valuable resource for scholars and general audiences alike, John Thomas Scott and Achim Kopp have translated the diaries into a readable version of English that also remains faithful to the original German. In addition to featuring explanatory annotations of the journal entries, the book also includes a list of the Moravians who traveled to the Georgia colony, profiles of the settlers and of each of the journal authors, and a timeline of the Georgia Moravian settlement. Supported by this contextual apparatus, The Journals of the Moravian Mission to Georgia offers an important new perspective on a key historical moment in the founding of the modern West.



The book is an invaluable resource for German-American studies, including as it does insights about the Swiss German settlement at Purrysburg, South Carolina and useful background material on individuals such as David Zeisberger. Maps, appendices, a chronology — and, a great gift absent in so many modern publications, an index — make this a powerful scholarly container for the full history of a missionary moment that can be understood either as a failure or as a completed, exploratory effort.
— Medium


With the publication of this expertly edited book, the diaries of Moravian settlers in colonial Georgia have been translated and made available to readers for the first time, providing fascinating firsthand accounts of their journey and their ensuing activities in Georgia. The journals shed light on their religious beliefs and on various issues affecting the missionary community including their practical worries about money and supplies, their struggles with internal conflicts, and their interactions with native people and others in the colonies. Scholars and general readers will find this book to be informative and highly engaging.
— Paul Peucker, PhD, Director and Archivist, Moravian Archives


This well-edited collection by Kopp and Scott makes available to readers in English important and otherwise obscure documents in German script regarding the early European settlement of Georgia. It will help readers deepen their understanding of early pietist immigrant efforts in the colonies, including their conflicts and accomplishments, along with the often tense relations among revival pietist groups. Moreover, these documents shed light on the immigration of non-British settlers into early Georgia and European engagement with Native Americans, as well as life and death during the origins period of a European colony in North America.
— Aaron Spencer Fogleman, Distinguished Research Professor, Northern Illinois University

Cover of Journals of the Moravian Mission showing etching of port with ships and settlement.