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Robert H. Earnest Papers, 1863-1863

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Robert H. Earnest Papers




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

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

For microfilmed copies see Clift number(s): 0262

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Robert H. Earnest Papers, 1863-1863, 88SC03,Library Special Collections and Archives, Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort.


3 items


Both Robert H. and James H. Earnest were apparently natives of the Simpson County area of Kentucky. Robert Earnest originally served with a Kentucky unit, Company B, of the 26th Regiment of Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, where he rose to the rank of Captain. Robert later became a colonel with the 115th U.S. Colored Infantry. James Earnest apparently was living in Wisconsin during the period in which these letters were written to him.

Scope and Content

This collection contains three Civil War letters written by Robert H. Earnest, an officer in the Union Army, to his brother James H. Earnest. All three letters date from Robert Earnest's service with the Kentucky military unit. Two were written from camp in Russellville, Kentucky and the third was written from the Earnests' native region at Franklin, Kentucky. The letters are filled with Robert's political observations about the war and the conduct of the federal government. He chided his brother for his failure to write frequently and his denigration of the U.S. President [Abraham Lincoln] and the Republicans. Robert expressed some reservations about James' support for the Democrats and their dissension with the war. Robert also talked about his wish to marry if he survived the war and asked his brother for assistance in finding a suitable wife or sweetheart.

Two letters concerning the donation of these materials to the Kentucky Historical Society are also included.

Arrangement: Chronological

Creator's Occupation: Union Army officer

County: Simpson; Logan

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