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Thomas Speed Letter Book,1863-1896

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Thomas Speed Letter Book




The Filson Historical Society Special Collections Louisville, Kentucky 40208 USA

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Open to researchers.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Thomas Speed Letter Book, 1863-1896, Special Collections, The Filson Historical Society, Louisville.


1 v. (94 items)

Scope and Content

Kentucky soldier, lawyer, and writer. Speed served in Western Kentucky, East Tennessee, the Atlanta campaign, Columbia, Franklin and Nashville, Tenn. campaigns; and the capture of Wilmington, N.C. Correspondence of Thomas Speed with members of his family during his service as a Union officer, first with the 8th Kentucky Cavalry and later with the 12th Kentucky Infantry. The letters describe life in the army, activities, and military actions. The letter book also contains post war correspondence with Governor Jacob D. Cox of Ohio, General James M. Shackelford, Colonel Lovell H. Rousseau, Colonel J. S. White, R. J. Wood, John M. Draper, and J. W. Gault concerning details of Civil War actions, particularly the details of the battle of Franklin, Tenn. A memoir of Speed's activities during the Civil War, written 1871-1872, is contained between pages 77-201. The volume contains several clippings from newspapers and magazines concerning Civil War battles, some written by Thomas Speed. Card index in repository. A calendar of the letters is filed with the volume. Memoir published in: The Filson Club History Quarterly v. 44 no. 3 (July, 1970): 235-272


  • Buckner, James Francis, 1813-1889.
  • Cox, Jacob D. (Jacob Dolson), 1828-1900.
  • Rousseau, Lovell Harrison, 1818-1869.
  • Shackelford, James Murrell, 1827-1909.
  • Kentucky and Louisville Mutual Insurance Co.-- History-- Sources.
  • United States.-- Army.-- Kentucky Cavalry Regiment, 8th (1862-1863)-- History-- Sources.
  • United States.-- Army.-- Kentucky Infantry Regiment, 12th (1861-1865)-- History-- Sources.
  • United States-- History-- Civil War, 1861-1865-- Campaigns-- Sources.
  • United States-- History-- Civil War, 1861-1865-- Participation, Afro-American-- Sources.
  • United States-- History-- Civil War, 1861-1865-- Personal narratives.
  • United States-- History-- Civil War, 1861-1865-- Underground movements-- Sources.

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