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Joseph Desha Letter, 1861

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Joseph Desha Letter




Kentucky Historical Society. Special Collections & Archives. Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-1931

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For microfilmed copies see Clift number(s): 0234 (A)

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Joseph Desha Letter, 1861, 86SC45,Library Special Collections and Archives, Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort.


1 item (1 folder), .1 c.f.

Scope and Content

This letter was written by Desha August 25, 1861 at Camp Bartow (near Manassas) to his brothers, Cave and Lucius Clay. It describes the aftermath of the first battle of Bull Run (Manassas), the possible invasion of Kentucky by Union forces, and Confederate activity in Harrison County, Kentucky (such as the burning of Robertson Bridge). Other subjects discussed are the death of Desha's men from fever (Daniel Taylor, Wash Shumate, and D.L. Taylor), the burial methods of Union soldiers, and army music.

Arrangement: Chronological

Variant Name: Jo Desha letter

Creator's Occupation: Captain, 1st Regiment Infantry, Kentucky Volunteers Confederate Army


  • Civil War

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