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John W. Finnell Letter Book,1861-1862

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John W. Finnell Letter Book




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

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Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], John W. Finnell Letter Book, 1861-1862, 99SC35,Library Special Collections and Archives, Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort.


1 v.; 29 cm.


General John W. Finnell was born in Winchester, Kentucky, on December 1821. He graduated from Transylvania University at the age of seventeen and studied the art of printing with his father. He later studied law with Richard H. Menefee and graduated from Transylvania law school in 1841. Finnell was elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 1843 and served as secretary of state under Gov. John J. Crittenden in 1848. Among other offices, Finnell held the position of Kentucky's adjutant general from 1861-1863. He later became editor of Louisville's Daily Commercial newspaper. Finnell died in 1888.

Scope and Content

This one item collection is a letter book kept by John W.Finnell, Adjutant General of Kentucky. The book, dated October 23, 1861, to January 9, 1862, contains copies of letters sent by Finnell to various officials. The letters concern the camps in Kentucky during the Civil War and supplies needed for the troops.

Arrangement: Original order maintained


  • Kentucky -- Adjutant-General's Office -- Archives
  • Kentucky -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Finnell, John William, 1821-1888

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