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Edwin Farley diary, 1863

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Title

Edwin Farley diary

Date

1863

Repository

Kentucky History Center, Special Collections

Conditions Governing Access note

Access at KHS only. Use microfilm, transcriptions or images when available.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Edwin Farley diary, 1863, 2001SC16, Special Collections, Kentucky History Center, Frankfort.

Extent

1 diary

Abstract

This item is a diary kept by Edwin Farley during his service in the U.S. Civil War which documents his service in Tennessee and Mississippi. Farley served as a Sergeant in the 1st Mississippi Cavalry (Colored Troops) which was later organized into the U.S. Colored Troops, 3rd Regiment Cavalry. After the war, Farley served as Deputy U.S. Marshal from 1875-1878, appointed Collector of Internal Revenue Second District of Kentucky in 1883, appointed Postmaster of Paducah in 1892, elected State Treasurer of Kentucky in 1907, and was Kentucky's Department Commander for the Grand Army of the Republic in 1914.

Biography/History

Edwin Farley was born August 28, 1842, in Walworth County, Wisconsin. He enlisted in the U.S. Army August 26, 1861, and served in Co. K of the 8th Wisconsin Infantry. In December, 1863, he was promoted to Sergeant in the 1st Mississippi Cavalry (Colored Troops) which was later organized into the U.S. Colored Troops, 3rd Regiment Cavalry. After the Civil War, Farley was a cotton farmer in Mississippi then in 1868 moved to Paducah, Kentucky, where he was in the mercantile and manufacturing business. He married Ella M. Nunn in 1871 and raised five children. He was Deputy U.S. Marshal from 1875-1878, appointed Collector of Internal Revenue Second District of Kentucky in 1883, appointed Postmaster of Paducah in 1892, elected State Treasurer of Kentucky in 1907, and was Kentucky's Department Commander for the Grand Army of the Republic in 1914.

Scope and Content

This collection is a diary kept by Edwin Farley during his service in the U.S. Civil War. The diary is dated Feb. 1863-Oct. 1863. It covers his service in Tennessee and Mississippi.

Subjects

  • Farley, Edwin

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