Samuel Woodson Price Papers,1861-1892

Descriptive Summary

Samuel Woodson Price Papers,1861-1892
Price, Samuel Woodson, 1828-1918
.5 cubic ft
Garfield, James A. (James Abram), 1831-1881
Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885
Hayes, Rutherford Birchard, 1822-1893
Price, Samuel Woodson, 1828-1918
Thomas, George Henry, 1816-1870 -- Portraits
United States. Army. Kentucky Infantry Regiment,21st (1861-1866)
United States. Postmaster General.
United States. President (1881 : Garfield)
United States. President (1869-1877 : Grant)
United States. President (1877-1881 : Hayes)
Artists -- Kentucky.
Chickamauga (Ga.), Battle of, 1863.
Kennesaw Mountain (Ga.), Battle of, 1864.
Murfreesboro (Tenn.), Battle of, 1862-1863.
Georgia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Campaigns.
Tennessee -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Campaigns.
United States -- History -- Civil War,1861-1865.
United States -- Officials and employees -- Selection and appointment
Military records
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: staff; machine-readable finding aid created by:Bonnie Cox
Transylvania University

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Samuel Woodson Price was born in Nicholasville, Kentucky in 1828. He received early training from noted Lexington painter, Oliver Frazer and in the decade preceding the Civil War gained some renown as a portraitist. During the Civil War Price served as a colonel in the Twenty-First Kentucky Infantry. After being severely wounded at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain (1864), he was reassigned to duty in Lexington. In 1869 he was appointed postmaster of Lexington and continued to paint. In 1876 Price was removed as postmaster by President Ulysses S. Grant, and two years later moved to Louisville to continued his career as a portraitist. Price's career ended in the early 1880s when he lost his sight. In his later years he wrote a history of the Twenty-First Kentucky Infantry, and OLD MASTERS OF THE BLUEGRASS, a history of early Kentucky artists. He died in St. Louis in 1918.
Scope and Content
This collection is comprised of correspondence and other personal papers relating principally to Samuel Woodson Price's service as a Union officer during the Civil War and to his subsequent attempts to secure employment through political appointment. The collection of letters, miscellaneous orders, reports, telegrams, and memoranda provide details of Price's commands in Tennessee; the Battles of Stone River (Murfreesboro, Tenn.; 1862-1863) and Chickamauga (Ga.; 1863), and the effects of the war on Price's family. Other letters present relate to Price's attempts in 1877 and 1881 to secure appointments, first as a foreign minister, and later as a surveyor of the port of Louisville. Included are numerous letters of recommendation written by friends and former colleagues to various cabinet secretaries and to Presidents Hayes and Garfield. Also included are a number of letters relating to the sale by Price of his portrait of General George Henry Thomas. Condition of material: fair