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


Finding aid, scans and typescripts (Click on "Additional Files" below) 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 a hospital in New Orleans, and George writes from Bowling Green, where he and Peter continue on duty after the war. The brothers were England-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.


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