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Thomas F. Leech Letters,1862

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Thomas F. Leech Letters




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): 0562(A)

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Thomas F. Leech Letters, 1862, 91SC05,Library Special Collections and Archives, Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort.


2 items

Scope and Content

This collection contains two letters by Leech written in 1862. The first, written August 10 from Cumberland Gap, Tennessee, describes activities of his unit and others in the battle of Tazewell [Virginia, and refers to John Hunt Morgan's raid in Kentucky. The letter also includes Leech's expression of his approbation of Abraham Lincoln's intent "not to accept armed Negros" [Negroes]. This letter is also noteworthy for its letterhead. The letterhead depicts "Our Gun Boats Attacking the Rebel Forts" with three boats, two prominently displaying the Union flag, engaging in battle with land batteries. A quote from the RICHMOND DISPATCH, dated February 21, 1862, is printed next to the illustration. The quote bemoans the success of Union gunboats against Confederate land batteries. The second letter, written from Georgetown, Kentucky to Irene on November 2, describes the march of Leech's unit's from Cumberland Gap to Ohio through Kentucky.

Arrangement: Chronological

Creator's Occupation: Union soldier

County: Scott

Originally from the C. Frank Dunn Collection.


  • Civil War

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