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William Preston letter-book, 1864-1865, 1864

Part of William Preston letter-book, 1864-1865

kukm1m64m120Guide to the William Preston letter-book, 1864-1865Processed by: Archives Staff ; machine-readable finding aid created by:Eric WeigSpecial CollectionsManuscriptsUniversity of KentuckyMargaret I. King LibraryLexington, Kentucky40506-0039 USAPhone: (859) 257-8611Fax: (859) 257-6311Email: sclref@lsv.uky.eduURL: http://www.uky.edu/Libraries/libpage.php?lweb_id=84&llib_id=13<ab_rank=3 Copyright 2002University of Kentucky Libraries. All Rights Reserved.Machine-readable finding aid derived from MARC Database Date of source: n.d.Description is in English.Guide to the William Preston letter-book, 1864-1865Collection number: 1M64M120Contact InformationSpecial CollectionsManuscriptsUniversity of KentuckyMargaret I. King LibraryLexington, Kentucky40506-0039Phone: (859) 257-8611Fax: (859) 257-6311Email: sclref@lsv.uky.eduURL: http://www.uky.edu/Libraries/libpage.php?lweb_id=84&llib_id=13<ab_rank=3Processed by: Archives StaffEncoded by: Eric Weig Copyright 2002 University of Kentucky. All Rights Reserved.William Preston letter-book, 1864-18651M64M120Preston, William, 1816-1887.153 pieces.None online. Must visit contributing institution.The materials are in English.University of Kentucky Special CollectionsLexington, Kentucky 40506Scott, Dr. Caroline P., Lexington, Ky. Gift, August, 1964.Collection is open for research.Copyright has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky.[Identification of item], William Preston letter-book, 1864-1865, 1M64M120, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.Lawyer, diplomat, politician. William Preston, born near Louisville, Ky. in 1816, graduated from Harvard Law School in 1838 and practiced law in Louisville until the outbreak of the Mexican War. He served in the Mexican War as Lt. Colonel of the 4th Regiment, Kentucky Volunteer Infantry and in 1858 was appointed Minister to Spain where he remained until 1861. He entered the Confederate Army in August, 1861 and subsequently was made a brigadier-general. In January, 1864 he was appointed Minister to Mexico from the Confederate States by Jefferson Davis.A negative microfilm of the original is also available; film number: M-568.The collection is comprised of letters written by William Preston to various Confederate officials in an attempt to establish diplomatic relations between the C. S. A. and Mexico. Also included is a typescript of the original. Correspondents include Jefferson Davis, Judah P. Benjamin, John Slidell, James A. Seddon and others written from Havana, Nassau and several other places outside the Confederate States. Preston discusses in detail his efforts to reach Maximilian and Maximilian's intentions. When he was unsuccessful in his mission, he joined E. Kirby-Smith's command in Texas and was elevated to Major-General.Arranged chronologically.Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889.Benjamin, J. P. (Judah Philip), 1811-1884.Slidell, John, 1793-1871.Seddon, James Alexander, 1815-1880.Maxmilian, Ferdinand, 1832-1867.Kirby-Smith, Edmund, 1824-1893.Confederate States of America.--Army.United States.--Army.--Kentucky Volunteer Infantry.--Regiment, 4th.Diplomats.Lawyers.Politicians.Soldiers.Confederate States of America--Foreign relations--Mexico.Confederate States of America--Foreign relations--1861-1865.Confederate States of America--History.United States--Foreign relations--1861-1865.United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.Havana (Cuba).Nassau (Bahamas).Mexico.Correspondence.TypescriptsWilliam Preston letter-book, 1864-1865