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Alfred West Papers,1841-1864

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Alfred West Papers




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

Conditions Governing Access note

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

For microfilmed copies see Family Collection: Alfred West Papers.

Associated Materials / Related Records

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Alfred West Papers, 1841-1864, 96SC05,Library Special Collections and Archives, Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort.


52 items


The bulk of the collection was written by Alfred West, just prior to, and during the Civil War. In 1860, he was a musician who played in a band in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and other Southern cities before the war began. He later was a musician in the Union Army. Although West lived in Cincinnati, Ohio, many of the Civil War documents pertain to Kentucky. West's heirs later moved to Northern Kentucky.

Scope and Content

This collection of family papers consists of correspondence from 1841 to 1864, and Civil War diary and discharge papers from the war. Several of the letters were written by family members, Mary Miller and Sarah Dougdale. The Civil War letters were written to West's wife Sarah.

Arrangement: Chronological


  • West, Alfred--Correspondence
  • West, Sarah, 1860--Correspondence
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives
  • Cincinnati (Ohio)--Social life and customs
  • Burlington (Ky.)--Social life and customs
  • Miller, Mary, fl. 1847
  • Dougdale, Sarah

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