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Don D. John Collection, 1858-1960

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Author

Archives Staff

Title

Don D. John Collection

Date

1858-1960

Repository

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 Clift number(s): None.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Don D. John Collection, 1858-1960, 96M08,Library Special Collections and Archives, Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort.

Extent

5 boxes, 2.5 c.f.

Scope and Content

The Don D. John collection is an artificial compilation of records put together by Mr. John concerning the Civil War in general, and John Hunt Morgan's Brigade in particular. The collection includes documents received from the relatives of Morgan's men, newspaper accounts, government records, books, and original records created by those involved in the war. The collection was assembled between 1955-1958 and covers the period 1858-1960. Mr. John's original order was maintained and has little or no organizational structure. Newspaper clippings and oversized materials have been removed to separate boxes. A folder list was created to facilitate use. Various non-textual items have been transferred to the Society's museum and photo archives. Those items are also listed on the folder list.]

Subjects

  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Autographs
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Campaigns
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Prisoners and prisons
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Veterans
  • Brandt, Otis -- Correspondence
  • Claybrook, Joseph P. -- Correspondence
  • Didlake, Mary -- Correspondence
  • Fowler, Clyde A. -- Correspondence
  • John, Don D., -- d. 1957 -- Correspondence
  • Milton, William Agun -- Correspondence
  • Pershing, John J. (John Joseph), -- 1860-1948 -- Correspondence
  • Porter, John M. -- Correspondence
  • Davis, Jefferson, -- 1808-1889
  • Didlake, George W. -- Diaries
  • Morgan, John Hunt, -- 1825-1864
  • Richards, A.E
  • Confederate States of America -- Army -- Morgan's Cavalry Division
  • Confederate States of America -- Army -- Kentucky Cavalry Regiment, 5th
  • Johnson Island Prison
  • Ku-Klux Klan (1866-1869) -- History
  • Johns family
  • Kentucky -- Genealogy
  • Collectors and collecting -- Kentucky -- 20th century
  • Black-and-white photographs
  • Clippings
  • Magazines (periodicals)
  • Maps
  • Scrapbooks
  • Nelson, Joseph A
  • Wyeth, J. Allen

Collection Inventory

Newspapers and Newspaper Articles, 1890 - 1960s
Papers and Articles pertaining to Kentucky Confederate Veteran Reunions and stories of the Civil War, 1890 - 1960
[box: OVERSIZED, folder: 1]
Maps and Newspaper Articles, 1860 - 1880s
a. Johnson's Ky. & Tn. Map (possibly, n.d
[box: OVERSIZED, folder: 2]
b. Reprinted by Don D. John, The Book Nook, "The Corydon Weekly Democrat", July 14, 1863
[box: OVERSIZED, folder: 2]
c. Highway map, Ohio, traces the route taken by Morgan on his raid through Ohio in, 1862
[box: OVERSIZED, folder: 2]
d. Photocopy, Central City Brunswicker, Brunswick Mo., Article of John H. Morgan's Escape. Page 1 only copied in two sections, January 30, 1864 -
[box: OVERSIZED, folder: 2]
e. Newspaper, "The Williamsburg Times", Ohio. Their motto: Cussed by a few, discussed by many, but read by all. Numerous articles concerning John H. Morgan's raid on the town in Images for these articles have been cut out, May 8, 1936
[box: OVERSIZED, folder: 2]
f. Map, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky by J. Bartholmew. printed by T. Ellwood Zell, Davis & Co., Philadelphia, n.d
[box: OVERSIZED, folder: 2]
g. Magazine Ad for Old Crow, Ky. Stright Bourbon Whiskey, Article features John H. Morgan, 1955
[box: OVERSIZED, folder: 2]
h. Johnson's Map of Indiana, See a., above, n.d. (1860s)
[box: OVERSIZED, folder: 2]
i. Harper's Map of the Southern States, 1861
2 pgs. [box: OVERSIZED, folder: 2]
j. Lexington Daily News, Concerning a reunion in Lexington, Ky. Of Morgan's Men, July 26, 1883
[box: OVERSIZED, folder: 2]
k. Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky. Morgan's Men Reunion at Estill Springs, Ky, Dated September 7, 1924
[box: OVERSIZED, folder: 2]
l. Newspaper page, Mr. Goebel's Speech at Lebanon, Hartford and Madisonville. Page double-sided with each speech printed
[box: OVERSIZED, folder: 2]
m. Muster Roll of Company C, 2nd Regiment Morgan's Cavalry, Kentucky Volunteers, CSA
4 pgs. [box: OVERSIZED, folder: 2]
n. Pictorial War Record (Newspaper) incomplete issues
[box: OVERSIZED, folder: 2]
1, July 29, 1882
[box: OVERSIZED, folder: 2]
2, August 5, 1882
[box: OVERSIZED, folder: 2]
3, December 9, 1882
[box: OVERSIZED, folder: 2]
o. Images from Harper's Weekly
[box: OVERSIZED, folder: 2]
1. pgs. 661-62, October 19, 1861 -
[box: OVERSIZED, folder: 2]
2. pgs. 215-16, April 5, 1862 -
[box: OVERSIZED, folder: 2]
3. pgs. 653-54, October 11, 1862 -
[box: OVERSIZED, folder: 2]
4. pgs. 513-14, August 15, 1863 -
[box: OVERSIZED, folder: 2]
Newspaper Articles #1, n.d
Newspaper articles about the Civil War and Kentucky's Confederate Veterans, no info on papers or dates
[box: 1, folder: 1]
Newspaper Articles #2, n.d
Newspaper articles about the Civil War and Kentucky's Confederate Veterans, no info on papers or dates
[box: 1, folder: 2]
Farewell Letter - John J. Pershing
G.H.O., AEF, General Order # 38-A., France, General John J. "Black Jack" Pershing's farewell letter to members of the AEF. This copy was issued by Captain Clyde A. Fowler to _____D. Harrod, Co A, 28th Infantry. The document is in a black leather folder with the YMCA logo and states Honorable Discharge, U.S. Army. This document is not a discharge certificate, February 28, 1919
[box: 1, folder: 3]
The Ku Klux Klan -, 1900
Typed copy of an article by Miss Anna Claiborne Maxwell, Nashville, Tn. On the history of the Ku Klux Klan, a note states the article was in the edition of the American Historical Magazine, January 5, 1900
[box: 1, folder: 4]
Scrapbook
Scope and Contents note:

A scrapbook compiler unknown. Primarily consists of newspaper articles taken from newspapers during the Civil War, during the first couple of years of the war. In the back are numerous buttons and badges from Confederate soldier reunions held around the country as well as U.D.C. meetings. Additionally, postcards of civil war battle sites and monuments are attached. Attached to the back cover is a copy of a sermon preached by Rev. Henry J. Van Dyke at the First Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, December 9, 1860, entitled, "The Character and influence of Abolitionism."

Lt. Joseph P. Claybrook, CSN, 1862 - 1865
Commissioning Document, Richmond, CSA, Navy Department, dated June 2, 1864
[box: 2, folder: 1]
Message, Calais, advising him of his detachment from one ship and to report to Flag Officer, S. Baum, signed by Chas. M. Fauntleroy, dated August 8, 1864
[box: 2, folder: 1]
Letter, Paris, from S. Baum, letter concerns Claybrook's acting as courier for funds of the Confederacy, dated August 23, 1864
[box: 2, folder: 1]
J. Allen Wyeth
Articles written by J. Allen Wyeth, M.D., LL.D. which appeared in the editions of the Confederate Veteran Magazine. Title of the Articles, "Trials with General John H. Morgan", image cutout of March article pg, 118, photo of young Wyeth pn pg 121, 1901 photo of Wyeth appears in the April article, pg 161, March and April 1911
[box: 2, folder: 2]
Autograph Albums
Copy, Autograph Album of Confederate Officers Imprisoned at Johnson's Island, OH, 1863-1865
[box: 2, folder: 3]
3 copies of typed list of names in autograph album made at Ohio Penitentiary, August 28, 1863
[box: 2, folder: 3]
Original, Autographs of Gen. Jno. H. Morgan and his Officers confined in the Ohio Penitentiary, Columbus, OH, Note to Miss Mary S. Dunham with the compliments of Elmore D. Wardel(?). Since some of the names which appear on the hand-written list are no longer in the album, the following is a list of names which currently appear in the book, Setpember 10, 1863
[box: 2, folder: 3]
1. W.G. OWEN
[box: 2, folder: 3]
2. R.D. LOGAN
[box: 2, folder: 3]
3. J.C. BENNETT
[box: 2, folder: 3]
4. M.B. PERKINS
[box: 2, folder: 3]
5. A. THOMAS
[box: 2, folder: 3]
6. THOMAS H. SHANKS
[box: 2, folder: 3]
7. J. HENRY WOLFE
[box: 2, folder: 3]
8. THOMAS A. MORELANDS
[box: 2, folder: 3]
9. E.F. CHEATHAM
[box: 2, folder: 3]
10. W.R. CUNNINGHAM
[box: 2, folder: 3]
11. THOMAS L. MORGAN
[box: 2, folder: 3]
12. J.S. AMBROSE
[box: 2, folder: 3]
13. E.D. WARDEL
[box: 2, folder: 3]
14. T.M. COOMBS
[box: 2, folder: 3]
15. THOMAS B. BOYD
[box: 2, folder: 3]
16. W.G. BULLITT
[box: 2, folder: 3]
17. G.C. MULLINS
[box: 2, folder: 3]
18. H. CLAY MERIWETHER
[box: 2, folder: 3]
19. B.E. ROBERTS
[box: 2, folder: 3]
20. THOMAS W. BULLITT
[box: 2, folder: 3]
21. THEO STEELE
[box: 2, folder: 3]
22. R. SHELDON
[box: 2, folder: 3]
23. J. B. HUNTER
[box: 2, folder: 3]
24. J. S. CHAPMAN
[box: 2, folder: 3]
25. W. S. EDWARDS
[box: 2, folder: 3]
26. JOSEPH S. SUCKER
[box: 2, folder: 3]
27. W. W. WARD
[box: 2, folder: 3]
28. J. BENNETT McCREARY
[box: 2, folder: 3]
29. E. W. McLEAN
[box: 2, folder: 3]
30. J. R. WILLIAMS
[box: 2, folder: 3]
31. JAMES W. MITCHELL
[box: 2, folder: 3]
32. WASH C. SHANE
[box: 2, folder: 3]
33. SAMUEL B. TAYLOR
[box: 2, folder: 3]
34. JOHN B. COLE
[box: 2, folder: 3]
35. H. C. ELLIS
[box: 2, folder: 3]
36. I. H. CROFTON
[box: 2, folder: 3]
37. C. H. MORGAN
[box: 2, folder: 3]
38. C. L. BENNETT
[box: 2, folder: 3]
39. C. C. MORGAN
[box: 2, folder: 3]
40. E. S. DAWSON
[box: 2, folder: 3]
41. M. D. LOGAN
[box: 2, folder: 3]
42. J. N. TAYLOR
[box: 2, folder: 3]
43. T. HENRY HINES
[box: 2, folder: 3]
44. R. C. MORGAN
[box: 2, folder: 3]
45. B. A. TRACY
[box: 2, folder: 3]
46. R. S. BULLOCK
[box: 2, folder: 3]
47. E. L. ROCHESTER
[box: 2, folder: 3]
48. P. H. THORPE
[box: 2, folder: 3]
49. H. A. HIGLEY
[box: 2, folder: 3]
50. BASIL W. DUKE
[box: 2, folder: 3]
51. HART GIBSON
[box: 2, folder: 3]
52. W. P. ELLIOTT
[box: 2, folder: 3]
53. CICERO COLEMAN
[box: 2, folder: 3]
54. R. S. CLUKE
[box: 2, folder: 3]
A Rebel Prisoner's Soliloquy
A poem, author unknown
[box: 2, folder: 4]
Union Discharge
Copy of the Discharge from Company B, 12th Regiment of Infantry, Kentucky Volunteers of Joseph A. Nelson, Sergeant. Item is mounted on cardboard
[box: 2, folder: 5]
Seal
Letter, J. S. & A. B. Wyon, London. Letter pertains to the manufacture of the Great Seal of the Confederacy by that company, and stating the fact that they have never made a duplicate of the seal, dated March 6, 1874
[box: 2, folder: 6]
Framed, photo of the Seal, inscription on back indicates "Presented to Mr. Don John by (?) Morgan VanDyke, 12/4/56
[box: 2, folder: 6]
Otis Brandt Papers, 1949-1956
Correspondence between Don John and Otis Brandt concerning researching the John Family
[box: 2, folder: 7]
Magazines
Material Bearing of the Tennessee Campaign in Upon the Destinies of Our Civil War. W.H. Moore, printer, Washington, D. C, 1862
[box: 2, folder: 8]
Early History of Canton, Canton Home Economics Club, Canton, Indiana, 1938
[box: 2, folder: 8]
Story of The Jefferson Davis Funeral Train, reprint of article published issue of L. & N. Magazine, February 1955
[box: 2, folder: 8]
3 editons of the "Lincoln Herald" Magazine, Spring 1953, Fall 1953 and Winter 1956
[box: 2, folder: 8]
Photographs
See Image Data Work Form for listing of photographs
[box: 2, folder: 9]
Johnson's Island Prison
Article from "Recollections & Reflections", by Wharton J. Green, concerning Johnson's Island Prison
[box: 2, folder: 10]
Pencil sketch of Johnson's Island, by John G. Knighton. Note at bottom of page indicates taken from old scrapbook of John G. Knighton probated at Estate sale Don D. John, dated October 18, 1862
[box: 2, folder: 10]
A. E. Richards
2 prints of Major A. E. Richards, as he appeared in the Spring of 1865. (1 image is B & W to other has been colored)
[box: 2, folder: 11]
Sound recordings, states Richard's Notes, numbers indicate only records 3 - 7 are in the collection. Edison Recording, Thomas A. Edison, Incorporated, West Orange, N.J
[box: 2, folder: 11]
Numerous articles and bio of Richards. (NOTE: These items may have been the start of a publication planned by Don D. John about the Civil War exploits of Major Richards, Titled "Partisan Life with Mosby by an Officer of His Command. John was listing this as John Historical Series No. 1, The Book Nook Press, 1955
[box: 2, folder: 11]
Civil War Stories
Civil War Stories 1
[box: 3, folder: 1]
Civil War Stories 2
[box: 3, folder: 2]
Civil War Stories 3
[box: 3, folder: 3]
Civil War Stories 4
[box: 3, folder: 4]
Wm. Agun Milton
Typed copy of "Some Recollections of the War Between the States." Milton relates his experiences as a soldier in Morgan's Command
[box: 3, folder: 5]
2 typed copies of Civil War letter from William A. Milton to his Sister, letter is like a daily journal starting on March 30th to July 19th, n.d
9 pages. [box: 3, folder: 5]
4 typed copies of Muster Roll of John H. Morgan's Command, note at top of page states sworn in in front of the Green River Baptist Church at Woodsonville, Ky, October 27, 1861
[box: 3, folder: 5]
Civil War Stories About Morgan's Raid
Typed stories from books and newspaper articles concerning Morgan's Raid, Indiana and Ohio Raid. These stories/articles are primarily taken from individuals in Indiana
[box: 3, folder: 6]
Jefferson Davis Material
Typed copies from books and newspaper articles, from and about Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America
[box: 3, folder: 7]
The Atlantic Monthly
The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. XIV No. LXXXIII, September 1864
[box: 3, folder: 8]
George W. Didlake Diary
Typed copy of the Diary of George W. Didlake, First Lieutenant and Adjutant, 8th Kentucky Cavalry, John H. Morgan's Command
7 copies of the MSS, 17 pages each. [box: 3, folder: 9]
2 pieces of correspondence between Mary Didlake and Mrs. John concerning the transcription and original diary, September 24, 1956 and October 6, 1956
[box: 3, folder: 9]
J. M. Porter Narrative
2 typed copies "A Brief Account of What I Saw and Experienced During the War for Southern Independence", n.d
50 pages. [box: 3, folder: 10]
J. M. Porter Letter
Letter Green River P.O., Hart County, Ky. Not sure who letter is to, talks about wife having been ill currently recovering, his daughter being ill, does not look good for her. Information about friends and relatives, dated October 7, 1858
[box: 3, folder: 11]
Correspondence
Don D. John Correspondence, 1940-1955
[box: 4, folder: 1]
Don D. John Correspondence, 1955
[box: 4, folder: 2]
Don D. John Correspondence (1), 1956
[box: 4, folder: 3]
Don D. John Correspondence (2), 1956
[box: 4, folder: 4]
Don D. John Correspondence, 1957 - 1960
[box: 4, folder: 5]
Notes on Morgan's Command (1)
Numerous typed notecards, scraps of paper with names, addresses and information compiled by Don D. John
[box: 4, folder: 6]
Notes on Morgan's Command (2)
Copy "Morgan's Raid - An Episode in Civil War History - Morgan Raid Literature, Caroline Dunn, Columbia University, This is a bibliographical list of items concerning Morgan's Raid, May 1928
[box: 4, folder: 7]
Niles Weekly Register, Baltimore, Vol. XXXV, No. 885, August 30, 1828
[box: 4, folder: 7]
Printed, Speech of Hon. Wm. E. Simms of Kentucky, State of the Union message. Delivered in House of Representatives, February 9, 1861
[box: 4, folder: 7]
Expedition to Kentucky, Report of General Morgan, Smithville, TN, Battle of Murfreesboro, Report of General Bragg, January 8, 1863
[box: 4, folder: 7]
Print, photo of John H. Morgan, taken from a book(?)
[box: 4, folder: 7]
Lyrics to "Song" by Mr. James Fernie Leuchars, n.d
[box: 4, folder: 7]
"Toast of Morgan's Men", by Captain P.H. Thorpe, copied from Vol. 40, pg. 445, The Confederate Veteran Magazine
[box: 4, folder: 7]
Reprint, Sheet Music, General Morgan's Grand March. Reprinted 1956 by Don D. John at the Book Nook Press
[box: 4, folder: 7]
Numerous articles cut-out of Confederate Veteran Magazine, Southern Biv. Magazine, Harper's Weekly and books dealing with John H. Morgan
[box: 4, folder: 7]
9 Kentucky County Maps tracing the route Morgan took on his raid to Indiana and Ohio
[box: 4, folder: 7]
Photocopy of a letter from John H. Morgan to Dear Doctor, Lexington Information in this letter concerning "Old Crow" Whiskey was used in an advertisement by the Old Crow Distillery Company, 2 July 1858
[box: 4, folder: 7]
Poem, "Red Bess" of Morgan's Cavalry indicates from Weller Scrapbook 1894
[box: 4, folder: 7]
Map, Operations in Georgia and Tennessee, From Davis, Rise and Fall
[box: 4, folder: 7]
Typed newspaper article, Enquirer, Richmond, VA, Death of George Clinton Stedman. Typed copy of letter to his parents before he died, January 1865
[box: 4, folder: 7]
Written account of Battle at Noonday Creek, No information as to who wrote the article or date, June 20, 1864
[box: 4, folder: 7]
Certificate, Cross of Honor, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Application on Lena Bentin, daughter of Dr. Charles H. Bentin, 2nd Kentucky Mounted Rifles, May 10, 1912
[box: 4, folder: 7]
Special Order No. 18, promotion of Sergeant John A. Lewis
[box: 4, folder: 7]

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