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Collection on the Civil War in Kentucky photographs, circa 1861-1865

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Author

Finding aid prepared by Desirae Carron

Title

Collection on the Civil War in Kentucky photographs

Date

circa 1861-1865

Repository

University of Kentucky Special Collections

Arrangement

Collection is arranged by source of acquisition.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research; access requires at least 24 hours advance notice.

Preferred Citation Note

2007av037 : [identification of item], Collection on the Civil War in Kentucky, circa 1861-1865, University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Extent

0.6 Cubic feet

75 items

Abstract

The collection on the Civil War in Kentucky photographs (dated circa 1861-1865; 0.6 cubic feet; 75 items) contains photographs showing prominent civil war figures such as Ulysses Simpson Grant, John Hunt Morgan, and Mary Todd Lincoln.

Biography/History

During the Civil War, Kentucky was a borderline state--politically, and physically. Though the state officially chose to remain with the Union, there was much discontent within the Commonwealth over slavery. The Great Compromiser, Henry Clay, made Kentucky proud of its tradition of preserving the Union. However, by the time of the Civil War, the state was split down the middle. Kentucky was a slave state by law; however, most people did not own slaves. Many of those who lived in slave owning areas chose to join the Confederate army, while south central Kentucky became a sort of recruiting post for colored troops who were guaranteed freedom for fighting in the Union army. Kentuckians experienced Confederate army bandits ruining Union supplies, raiding small towns, and harming personal property. In the midst of battles and Confederate raids, Kentucky also had the worry of losing the Southern/European markets and/or the Northern markets for its goods--the loss of either would have caused a serious amount of damage to Kentucky's economy. Despite the split public opinion on slavery and the representative vote to remain neutral, the Kentucky General Assembly failed to ratify the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments.

Source: Overview of the Civil War in Kentucky. http://www.ket.org/civilwar/kyrole.html.

Scope and Content

The collection on the Civil War in Kentucky photographs (dated circa 1861-1865; 0.6 cubic feet; 75 items) contains photographs showing prominent civil war figures such as Ulysses Simpson Grant, John Hunt Morgan, Mary Todd Lincoln as well as a group portrait of the Kentucky Division of United Confederate Veterans. The collection was drawn together artificially from various purchases and is arranged by source of acquisition.

Subjects

  • Anderson, Richard Heron, 1821-1879
  • Breckinridge, John Cabell, 1821-1875
  • Buckner, Simon Bolivar, 1823-1914
  • Burnside, Ambrose Everett, 1824-1881
  • Croxton, John Thomas, 1837-1874
  • Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889
  • Fry, Speed Smith, 1817-1892
  • Grant, Ulysses S., 1822-1885
  • Heflin, John L., Jr.
  • Helm, Benjamin Hardin, 1831-1863
  • Hendershott, Gary
  • Hunt, Henry Jackson, 1819-1889
  • Johnston, Albert Sidney, 1803-1862
  • Johnston, Joseph E., (Joseph Eggleston), 1807-1891
  • Lewis, Joseph Horace, 1824-1904
  • Lincoln, Mary Todd, 1818-1882
  • Longstreet, James, 1821-1904
  • Lowry, Jon
  • McClellan, George Brinton, 1826-1885
  • Morgan, John Hunt, 1825-1864
  • Pope, John, 1822-1892
  • Preston, William, 1816-1887
  • Scott, Winfield, 1786-1866
  • Semmes, Raphael, 1809-1877
  • Seymour, Horatio, 1810-1886
  • Sypert, Leonidas Armstead, 1832-1893
  • Williams, John S., (John Stuart), 1818-1898
  • Zollicoffer, Felix Kirk, 1812-1862
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Photographs
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.

Collection Inventory

Series I. John L. Heflin, Jr. Acquisitions, undated
Felix Kirk Zollicoffer (1812-1862); served as a General in the Confederate States Army, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 1] browse
Simon Bolivar Buckner, Sr. (1823-1914); served as a General in the Confederate States Army and as Governor of Kentucky (1887-1891), undated
[Box: 1, Item: 2] browse
Albert Sidney Johnston (1803-1962); served as a General in the Confederate States Army, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 3] browse
Richard Heron Anderson (1821-1879); served as a General in the Confederate States Army, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 4] browse
Richard Heron Anderson (1821-1879); served as a General in the Confederate States Army, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 5] browse
Series II. Gary Hendershott Acquisitions, undated
Scope and Content Note:

Folder consists of a 20 page cartes de visite album containing 16 images. Inscription on inside cover reads "Miss Mollie Minor / Danville, Ky. / September 7, 83." Album contains cartes de visite and tintypes and includes as its subjects both Minor family members and American Civil War figures.

John Pope (1822-1892); served as a general in the United States Army, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 6] browse
John Thomas Croxton (1837-1874) in military dress; noted on album page as Col. John T. Croxton; served as a Colonel in the 4th Kentucky Mounted Infantry, eventually reaching the brevet rank of Major General in the United States Army, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 7] browse
Noted on album page as Jim Shannon, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 8] browse
Noted on album page as Aunt Mary Elder, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 9] browse
Speed Smith Fry (1817-1892) in military dress; noted on album page as Col. Speed S. Fry; served as a Colonel in the 4th Kentucky Mounted Infantry, eventually reaching the rank of Brigadier General in the United States Army, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 10] browse
Noted on album page as Uncle Sam as a young man, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 11] browse
James Minor; noted on album page as Uncle Jim Minor / Rev. F. C. of M. E. South / Grandpa Minor's brother, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 12] browse
Martha Minor; noted on album page as His wife Aunt Martha; layout of the page indicates this a reference to image #12 subject Jim Minor, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 13] browse
John Minor; noted on album page as Cousin Johnnie Minor / Dr. Minor / Shelbyville, Ky., undated
[Box: 1, Item: 14] browse
Noted on album page as Mr. Henry Hankla / Polksville, Ky., undated
[Box: 1, Item: 15] browse
Noted on image as T. Johnson, Esq.; same man as image #17, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 16] browse
Noted on image as Terry Johnson, Esq.; same man as image #16, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 17] browse
Noted on album page as Rev. Ramsey, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 18] browse
Noted on album page as Mrs. Ramsey, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 19] browse
Noted on album page as Ansel Scamp, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 20] browse
Noted on album page as Webster, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 21] browse
Noted on album page as Willie Clarkson / Jackson City, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 22] browse
James L. West (?-1862); served as 2nd Lieutenant in 2nd Kentucky Cavalry in the Confederate States Army and as a member of John Hunt Morgan's Lexington Rifles militia unit; noted on image: Morgan's Lieut.. / James L. West/ (Killed at Shiloh.), undated
[Box: 1, Item: 23] browse
Blank album, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 6a] browse
Series III. Jon Lowry Acquisitions, 1862, undated
Unidentified Confederate States Army Lieutenant, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 24] browse
Unidentified solider, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 25] browse
Kenneth Davis; served as Private in 32nd Virginia Infantry in the Confederate States Army, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 26] browse
Unidentified solider, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 27] browse
Benjamin F. Dade; served as Captain in 21st Alabama Infantry in the Confederate States Army, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 28] browse
Unidentified solider, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 29] browse
R. F. Morris; United States Army, 1862 August
[Box: 1, Item: 30] browse
Noted as Captain in the Alabama Volunteer Corps, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 31] browse
Noted as Captain - Louisiana State Militia, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 32] browse
Unidentified solider, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 33] browse
Unidentified solider, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 34] browse
John Cabell Breckinridge (1821-1875); served as a General in the Confederate States Army; Confederate States of America Secretary of War (1865), United States Congressman (1851-1855) and Vice-President of the United States (1856-1860), undated
[Box: 1, Item: 35] browse
George Brinton McClellan (1826-1885); served as a General in the United States Army, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 36] browse
Jefferson Finis Davis (1808-1889); President of the Confederate States of America (1861-1865), undated
[Box: 1, Item: 37] browse
Ezra P. Clowes (?-1865); served as First Sergeant in Company D of the 37th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, United States Army; noted on back of mounting: Wounded at the Battle of Saylor's Creek April 6th and died April 7th 1865, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 38] browse
Noted on back as: Mr. R. M. Webb / Chilesburg / Fayette Co. / Ky; image was created by a Camp Douglas photographer, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 39] browse
Series IV. Central Kentucky Antique Mall Acquisitions, undated
Joseph G. Gillis (1840-1886); served in the United States Army (1860-1865); noted in frame: Joseph G. Gillis Co. F 4th Regt. Ky. Vol. 3rd Division. Enlisted for war service in 1860, under Captain Wood. Honorably discharged at Louisville, July 16, 1864. Reenlisted, Dec. 18 1865 served till close of war. Born Nov. 3rd 1840. Died Oct. 24th 1886. By accidental gun shot while hunting. Grandfather of Hazel C. Sharp, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 40] browse
Henry Lee Gillis; served as a 1st Lieutenant in the 4th Kentucky Volunteers, United States Army; noted in frame: Lt. Henry Lee Gillis Ky. Vol. Co. F, 4th Reg, 3rd Div., Brother of Joseph G. Gillis. Enlisted under Capt. Wood, in 1860. Great Uncle of Hazel C. Sharp, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 41] browse
King Sulivan; served in the 4th Kentucky Volunteers, United States Army; noted in frame: King Sulivan, Ky. Vol., Co. F, 4th Reg, 3rd Div. Age'd 18 years. Brother-in-law of Joseph G. Gillis. Was kicked and killed by horse, three days after returning home to Ky. Served under Lieutenant Col. Harrison and Capt. Wood, 16 Ky. Volunteers, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 42] browse
Series V. Cohasco, Inc. Acquisition, undated
James Longstreet (1821-1904); served as a General in the Confederate States Army; image taken after the war, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 43] browse
Series VI. Glover's Bookery Acquisitions, undated
Mary Todd Lincoln (1818-1882), undated
[Box: 1, Item: 44] browse
Mary Todd Lincoln (1818-1882), undated
[Box: 1, Item: 45] browse
Series VII. Black Swan Book Acquisition, undated
Mary Todd Lincoln (1818-1882), undated
[Box: 1, Item: 46] browse
Series VIII. Acquisitions from unknown sources, 1862-1865
Samuel Carter; served as a Major in the Confederate States Army, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 47] browse
Two unidentified men, one in military dress, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 48] browse
Unidentified man in military dress, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 49] browse
Unidentified man in military dress, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 50] browse
Leonidas Armstead Sypert (1832-1893); served as a Colonel in the Confederate States Army, 1865
[Box: 1, Item: 51] browse
Two unidentified men in military dress, 1865
[Box: 1, Item: 52] browse
John Cabell Breckinridge (1821-1875); served as a General in the Confederate States Army; Confederate States of America Secretary of War (1865), United States Congressman (1851-1855) and Vice-President of the United States (1856-1860), undated
[Box: 1, Item: 53] browse
Joseph Eggleston Johnston (1807-1891); served as a General in the Confederate States Army, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 54] browse
John Hunt Morgan (1825-1864); served as a General in the Confederate States Army, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 55] browse
John Hunt Morgan (1825-1864); served as a General in the Confederate States Army, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 56] browse
William Preston (1816-1887); served as a General in the Confederate States Army, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 57] browse
John Stuart Williams (1818-1898); served as a General in the Confederate States Army, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 58] browse
Ambrose Everett Burnside (1824-1881); served as a General in the United States Army, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 59] browse
General Ulysses Simpson Grant (1822-1885); served as a General in the United States Army; 18th President of the United States (1869-1877), undated
[Box: 1, Item: 60] browse
Noted as L D Bruce, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 61] browse
Horatio Seymour (1810-1886); Governor of New York (1853-1854, 1863-1864), undated
[Box: 1, Item: 62] browse
Unidentified man, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 63] browse
Winfield Scott (1786-1866); served on active duty longer than any other United States Army General in history, 1862
[Box: 1, Item: 64] browse
Raphael Semmes (1809-1877); served as an Admiral in the Confederate States Navy, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 65] browse
Noted as Wm. Reiling, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 66] browse
Noted as Maj. Bob Cinins, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 67] browse
Unidentified man in military dress, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 68] browse
Unidentified man in military dress, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 69] browse
Unidentified man in military dress, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 70] browse
Henry Jackson Hunt (1819-1889); served as a Major in the United States Army, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 71] browse
Benjamin Hardin Helm (1831-1863); served as a Brigadier General in the Confederate States Army, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 72] browse
Joseph Horace Lewis (1824-1904); served as a General in the Confederate States Army, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 73] browse
George Brinton McClellan (1826-1885); served as a General in the United States Army, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 74] browse
Group portrait of the Kentucky Division of the United Confederate Veterans made during the 1901 National Meeting at the Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 75] browse
Blank album, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 76] browse