MSS Finding Aids

Publication Date



This collection is archived in Manuscripts & Folklife Archives at Western Kentucky University; 270-745-6434;


Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 2840. Letters of brothers Peter, Alfred and George Battey to a sister and a brother James, written during their Civil War service in the Union Army. From the “Colo Barracks” in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Peter describes his duties as a teamster, criticizes the length of the war, and relays news of the killing of John Hunt Morgan by one “Gillman” and the capture of his men. Alfred writes from hospital in New Orleans, where he is recovering from wounds. George writes from Bowling Green, where he and Peter continue on duty after the war. The brothers were English-born but refer to their home in Ohio. A last letter (extremely faded) appears to be from a cousin to James Battey with farm and family news.


Military History | United States History