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Thomas W. Bullitt Diary,1862-1864

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Thomas W. Bullitt Diary




The Filson Historical Society Special Collections Louisville, Kentucky 40208 USA

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to researchers.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Thomas W. Bullitt Diary, 1862-1864, Special Collections, The Filson Historical Society, Louisville.


1 v. (64 p.)

Scope and Content

Lawyer, and a captain in John Hunt Morgan's cavalry. The diary (a copy) is written in retrospect and covers the period from May 1862 to July 1862, resumes in August 1863 and continues to November 1864. The early portion of the diary describes Bullitt's reaction to the sectional crisis and his growing determination to join the Confederate forces. He describes the journey south into Tennessee to join the army. This portion ends shortly before Bullitt went on John Hunt Morgan's Kentucky raid in 1862. The narrative resumes with Bullitt imprisoned in Columbus, Ohio. While some details of prison life are given along with occasional references to contemporary events, the diary consists in large part of religious and philosophical meditations along with reflections on the nature of government and society. Photocopies. Card index in repository


  • Breckinridge, John C. (John Cabell), 1821-1875.
  • Buckner, Simon Bolivar, 1823-1914.
  • Bullitt, Cuthbert, 1810-1906.
  • Bullitt, Henry Massie, 1842-
  • Bullitt, Susan P., 1829-
  • Bullitt, Mildred Ann.
  • Bullitt, William C. (William Christian), 1799-1877.
  • Cuba-- History-- Insurrection, 1849-1851-- Sources.
  • Forrest, Nathan Bedford, 1821-1877.
  • Kentucky-- History-- Civil War, 1861-1865-- Sources.
  • Lopez, Narciso, 1797-1851.
  • Morgan, John Hunt, 1825-1864.
  • Powell, L.W. (Lazarus Whitehead), 1812-1867.
  • Preston, William, 1816-1887.

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