Joseph Pearson papers

Abstract

The Joseph Pearson papers (dated 1863-1888, undated; 0.23 cubic feet; 1 box) comprises three diaries from 1863-1865, one account book, and one tintype photograph that document Joseph Pearson's service as Commissary Sergeant in the 44th Ohio Volunteer Infantry and the 8th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Joseph Pearson papers
Extent
0.23 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Military history.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged chronologically and by format.
Finding Aid Author
Scott Kenkel
Preferred Citation
2009ms201: Joseph Pearson papers, 1862-1888, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Joseph Pearson was born February 12, 1827 in England and moved to the United States with his father, William Pearson, in 1832. Joseph Pearson served as Commissary Sergeant in the 44th Ohio Volunteer Regiment from 1862 and reenlisted into the 8th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry in 1864. He served in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia and took part in notable campaigns including the Siege of Knoxville under Gerneral Burnsides and the Shenandoah Valley campaign of 1864 under General Sheridan.
After the war, Pearson returned to Catawba in Clark County, Ohio and lived there until at least 1920.
Scope and Content
The Joseph Pearson papers (dated 1863-1888, undated; 0.23 cubic feet; 1 box) comprises three diaries from 1863-1865, one account book, and one tintype photograph that document Joseph Pearson's service as Commissary Sergeant in the 44th Ohio Volunteer Infantry and the 8th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry. The earliest diary (October 1862-March 1863), details Pearson's life in camp in Kentucky and various duties as commissary sergeant. The second diary (June 1863-January 1864) includes more descriptions of camp life in Kentucky; his experience fighting in Knoxville, Tennessee and the Cumberland region under General Burnsides; the evolution of the unit into mounted infantry; and Pearson's reenlistment into the 8th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry. The third diary (September 1864-February 1865) covers Pearson's experience in the Shenandoah Valley campaign of 1864 in West Virginia and Virginia as well as his return to Kentucky. In each diary Pearson also listed the letters he has written and recieved, tables of purchases, and locations where his regiment made camp.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment
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

Diary, 1862-1863

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Diary, 1863-1864

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Diary, 1864-1865

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Account book, 1885-1888

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Joseph Pearson photograph, undated

  • Box 1, folder 5
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