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Collection on the Civil War in Kentucky Photographs Now Available

Another fantastic Civil War-related collection has been added to the Kentucky Digital Library! 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. Housed at the University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections Research Center, the collection was drawn together artificially from various purchases and is arranged by source of acquisition.

The full finding aid can be found here.

Above: Unidentified man in military dress

Above: Leonidas Armstead Sypert (1832-1893); served as a Colonel in the Confederate States Army, 1865

Above: R. F. Morris; United States Army, 1862

Above: Unidentified man in military dress

Filed under Civil War University of Kentucky Confederacy Kentucky soldiers veterans

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Appleton Sturgis papers, 1862-1874 online

The Appleton Sturgis papers (dated 1862-1874; 0.45 cubic feet; 72 items) consist of 70 letters written by Appleton Sturgis, who served for ten months on a Union transport steamer, the Achilles, in the Peninsular campaign in Virginia and Maryland. These lengthy letters contain detailed descriptions of military life, battles, strategy, and a variety of hand-drawn illustrations and maps. They also include Sturgis’ personal observations of a tour of the ironclad Monitor (Box 1, Folder 19); of President Abraham Lincoln (Box 1, Folder 21); and various military personnel, including Admiral David Farragut, General Nathaniel P. Banks, General Benjamin Butler, General Ulysses S. Grant, and General William T. Sherman (Box 1, Folder 43). Sturgis also describes in these letters the work he does on behalf of his father, obtaining charters and certificates for company ships to be contracted out to the Union. Additionally, the collection includes one telegram and one general release document.

The collection is housed at the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Filed under Civil War Union soldier Union Army Virginia Maryland