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William J. McConathy Papers
The Filson Historical Society Special Collections Louisville, Kentucky 40208 USA
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[Identification of item], William J. McConathy Papers, 1859-1865, Special Collections, The Filson Historical Society, Louisville.
Confederate soldier from Glasgow, Ky. McConathy was held prisoner at Camp Douglas in Chicago. He served in Company A, 2nd Kentucky Cavalry, but when captured belonged to Company A, 14th Kentucky Cavalry. He participated in General John Hunt Morgan's "Ohio Raid: and was captured at Buffington Island, Ohio, on 19 July 1863. He was paroled and took the oath at Danville, Va., 29 Apr. 1865. He settled in Louisville after the war and was an educator. Most of the letters are to his father, Herbert McConathy, and relate prison life, his activities, treatment of prisoners, requests for items from home, his health, etc. Mentions war news and states his feelings regarding the war and the Confederacy
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