Hubbard Kavanaugh Milward Civil War diary

Abstract

The Hubbard Kavanaugh Milward diary (dated 1864-1865; 0.03 cubic feet; 1 folder) contains the handwritten account of Major Hubbard Kavanaugh Milward of Lexington, Kentucky, during his Civil War service in the Union Army.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Hubbard Kavanaugh Milward Civil War diary
Date
1864-1865 (inclusive)
Creator
Milward, H.K. (Hubbard Kavanaugh), 1835-1892
Extent
0.03 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Atlanta Campaign, 1864.
Slavery, abolition, and emancipation
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by subject.
Finding Aid Author
Aaron Reynolds
Preferred Citation
56m4 : [identification of item], Hubbard Kavanaugh Milward diary, 1864-1865, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Hubbard Kavanaugh Milward (known as H.K. Milward) served as a Lieutenant Colonel of the 18th Kentucky Regiment during the Civil War. He was born in Lexington, Kentucky, on November 23, 1835, to Eliza Young and Joseph Milward. He attended Transylvania College in Lexington, read law, and worked as a harness maker. He enlisted as a private in the Union Army in August 1861. He initially worked as a drill master at Camp Dick Robinson. From there he transferred to the 18th Regiment where he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. He and his regiment were the only regiment from Kentucky to participate in the infamous "Sherman's March to the Sea". After the war, he returned to Lexington where he purchased the National Unionist Newspaper, renaming it The Union Standard. After that publication ended, he was associated with the Republican newspaper, The Statesman. After briefly moving to Louisville to manage The Daily Commercial, he moved back to Lexington to work as coroner. In 1873, he married Kate White Adams of Barboursville, Kentucky. In 1876, President Grant appointed him Postmaster of Lexington. In 1891, he was elected Cashier of the National Exchange Bank. He died at the age of 57 on April 19, 1892 in Lexington. He was survived by his wife Kate and his children Susan, Amelia, and William Kavanaugh.
Scope and Content
The Hubbard Kavanaugh Milward diary (dated 1864-1865; 0.03 cubic feet; 1 folder) contains the handwritten account of Major Hubbard Kavanaugh Milward of Lexington, Kentucky, during his Civil War service in the Union Army. This collection also includes photocopies of each page of the diary, a brief family history of the Milward Family, an envelope addressed to Mr. Burton Milward of the Lexington Leader, and a photocopy of that envelope. The family history was written by Margaret Taylor Macdonald and contains biographical information concerning H.K. Milward and service in the army as well as his life after the war.
The diary entries are short and concise. Milward became a Colonel of the 18th Kentucky Regiment in the Union Army during the Civil War, and his diary recounts the day to day life of a soldier. The diary runs from October 6, 1864 to May 7, 1865, and mostly contains information about where his regiment marched and for how long. The diary includes entries pertaining to General William T. Sherman's campaign, the burning of Atlanta, the capturing of Savannah, and the freeing of enslaved persons.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to researchers by appointment. Due to the delicate physical nature of the diary, it is recommended to use the photocopies as an access copy.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Hubbard Kavanaugh Milward diary, 1864-1865

  • Box VF-12, folder 1
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Milward family history, undated

  • Box VF-12, folder 1
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Hubbard Kavanaugh Milward diary, photocopies

  • Box VF-12, folder 1
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