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Adjutant General's report, Kansas Colored Volunteers correspondence

Adjutant General's report, Kansas Colored Volunteers correspondence
Creator: United States. Adjutant General's Office
Date: 1863-1864
This bound letter book contains copies of letters sent and received by the Adjutant General's Office in Fort Scott, Kansas. They were assigned to recruit a regiment of colored soldiers. Letters were received from the War Department in Washington, D.C. and from the Office of the Governor in Kansas. The letters focus on the recruitment and commissioning of troops and officers for the Kansas Colored Volunteer's regiments. Many of the letters were written by or sent to General James G. Blunt. It appears the book was kept by Major T. J. Anderson, Assistant Adjutant General. Names of many individuals appear in the volume.


Andrew Horatio Reeder to unknown man

Andrew Horatio Reeder to unknown man
Creator: Reeder, Andrew H. (Andrew Horatio), 1807-1864
Date: July 16, 1863
A letter written by former Kansas Territorial Governor Andrew Horatio Reeder to an unknown man regarding the payment of Reeder's taxes. A searchable, full-text version of this letter is available by clicking "Text Version" below.


Appointments  Commissioners of deeds

Appointments Commissioners of deeds
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1863-1865 : Carney)
Date: 1863 - 1864
This folder on Appointments Commissioners of deeds comes from the Correspondence series of the Governor Thomas Carney Papers. Thomas Carney was Kansas' second state Governor, serving from 1863 to 1865. He was born near Tipton, Delaware County, Ohio in 1824 and came to Kansas in search of better health care and new business opportunities. Thomas Carney and his business partner Thomas C. Stevens were the first to open a wholesale house in Leavenworth, Kansas. This file contains several letters from individuals of different states such as, New York, Massachusetts, California, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania requesting to either be appointed as Commissioner of deeds for the state of Kansas, recommending someone else for the appointment, or someone that resides within their city and county of said state. This is important because during the nineteenth-century Commissioner of deeds was vital in assisting with the acknowledgment of property located in a particular state. Furthermore, the Commissioner of deeds is unique to the United States. As of today, there are only four states in which still have a Commissioner of deeds, Kansas is not included.


Appointments  Federal

Appointments Federal
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1863-1865 : Carney)
Date: 1863
This folder on Appointments Federal comes from the Correspondence series of the Governor Thomas Carney Papers. Thomas Carney was Kansas' second state Governor, serving from 1863 to 1865. He was born near Tipton, Delaware County, Ohio in 1824 and came to Kansas in search of better health care and new business opportunities. Thomas Carney and his business partner Thomas C. Stevens were the first to open a wholesale house in Leavenworth, Kansas. This file contains letters from potential prospects written to the governor concerning open appointments. There are also letters written to the governor from individuals on behalf of another person, recommending them for a position. First, is a letter from C K Holliday requesting the appointment of Governor of Dakota Territory. There is also a follow-up letter from C K Holliday again calling the governor's attention to appointing him the position as Governor of Dakota Territory. Next, is a letter from H. W. Martin requesting a position for Dr. Fletcher, that does not require him to go into the army.


Appointments  Justices of the peace

Appointments Justices of the peace
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1863-1865 : Carney)
Date: 1863 - 1864
This folder on Appointments Justice of the peace comes from the Correspondence series of the Governor Thomas Carney Papers. Thomas Carney was Kansas' second state Governor, serving from 1863 to 1865. He was born near Tipton, Delaware County, Ohio in 1824 and came to Kansas in search of better health care and new business opportunities. Thomas Carney and his business partner Thomas C. Stevens were the first to open a wholesale house in Leavenworth, Kansas. This record includes two written bonds and oaths of office for the appointments of Justice of Peace of Marysville, Marshall County in April of 1863, for John Laclure and William Hess. A letter from S. M. Strickler of Junction City relating to the organization of Clay county on April 7, 1863. The letter discusses Clay county's attempt at an election and requests that D. H. Myers and D. W. Shepperd be appointed as Justices of Peace. The following letters also pertain to filling the appointments of Justice of the peace for the following counties: Brown, Douglas, Nemaha, Shawnee, Riley, Johnson, Bourbon, Coffey, Atchison, Davis, Ottawa, Franklin, Jackson, Allen, and Leavenworth between 1863 to 1864. This is important because Justice of the peace are appointed or elected by citizens of the area in which they serve in and at the time it was not required for them to have any formal legal education to qualify.


Appointments  Military

Appointments Military
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1863-1865 : Carney)
Date: 1863 - 1864
This folder on Appointments military comes from the Correspondence series of the Governor Thomas Carney Papers. Thomas Carney was Kansas' second state Governor, serving from 1863 to 1865. He was born near Tipton, Delaware County, Ohio in 1824 and came to Kansas in search of better health care and new business opportunities. Thomas Carney and his business partner Thomas C. Stevens were the first to open a wholesale house in Leavenworth, Kansas. The first letter is from Reverend O. B. Gardner on February 23, 1863, accepting the appointment as Chaplain of the 9th kV. A letter recommending an individual for Quartermaster general. A letter to R. C. Anderson on March 10, 1863, from Reynard at Camp Henning, Fort Scott, relating to conflicts between Governor Carney and General Blunt along with other gossips. The following documents also pertain to recommendations of certain individuals or the individuals themselves for specific positions within the army, requests for promotions, and inquiries of positions available within the army.


Appointments  Miscellaneous [sic]

Appointments Miscellaneous [sic]
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1863-1865 : Carney)
Date: 1863 - 1864


Appointments  Notaries public

Appointments Notaries public
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1863-1865 : Carney)
Date: 1863 - 1864
This folder on Appointments notaries public comes from the Correspondence series of the Governor Thomas Carney Papers. Thomas Carney was Kansas' second state Governor, serving from 1863 to 1865. He was born near Tipton, Delaware County, Ohio in 1824 and came to Kansas in search of better health care and new business opportunities. Thomas Carney and his business partner Thomas C. Stevens were the first to open a wholesale house in Leavenworth, Kansas. This record includes letters to the governor from multiple counties in Kansas, requesting certain individuals for the appointment of Notaries public in their said county between March 4th, 1863 and July 14th, 1864.


Battle of Milliken's Bend

Battle of Milliken's Bend
Date: June 7, 1863
An illustration from Harper's Weekly, July 4, 1863, depicting the Battle of Milliken's Bend where African-American soldiers of the 8th, 9th, 11th, and 13th Louisiana Infantry Regiments and 1st Mississippi Infantry fought valiantly along side the 23rd Iowa Regiment against Confederate troops. Although the African-American soldiers were recently recruited and ill-equipped, they engaged the Confederate troops in one of the longest hand-to-hand battles of the Civil War. The battle finally ended after the Union gunboats Choctaw and Lexington arrived and began firing on the Rebels.


Benjamin Talbot Babbitt to Governor Thomas Carney

Benjamin Talbot Babbitt to Governor Thomas Carney
Creator: Benjamin Talbot Babbitt
Date: December 30, 1863
In this letter, prominent New York soap manufacturer B.T. Babbitt writes to Kansas governor Thomas Carney to offer 100 packages of his soap to the victims of Quantrill's raid on Lawrence.


Bluemont Central College (later Kansas State University) founders and early professors, Manhattan, Kansas

Bluemont Central College (later Kansas State University) founders and early professors, Manhattan, Kansas
Date: 1863
This is a photograph of Robert L. Harford, J. G. Schnebly, Washington Marlatt, Joseph Denison, and Isaac T. Goodnow, the first five professors at Bluemont Central College, which later became Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas.


B. W. Lewis Bros. To Governor Thomas Carney

B. W. Lewis Bros. To Governor Thomas Carney
Creator: B. W. Lewis Bros.
Date: August 24, 1863
B. W. Lewis Bros. of Glasgow, Missouri, writes Governor Thomas Carney of Topeka, Kansas, concerning its plan to send emancipated slaves to Kansas. The letter claims a high number of slaves are escaping their masters and are only recovered at considerable expense. The firm outlines a plan to free its slaves by November 1, 1863 and send them to Kansas by boat. The letter asks Governor Carney if he is aware of any objections to this plan. The letter claims that most of the slaves near Glasgow will have escaped to Kansas by year's end. President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, which freed slaves in areas controlled by Confederate forces, became effective January 1, 1863. As a Union slave state, Missouri was not legally affected by the proclamation.


Charles Keeler to Governor Thomas Carney

Charles Keeler to Governor Thomas Carney
Creator: Keeler, Charles G.
Date: May 08, 1863
This letter was written to Governor Thomas Carney from Captain Charles G. Keeler. Keeler advises Carney about the location of a Kansas bridge that is about to be built. He believes the location should be at the Chouteau ferry site in Johnson County, thereby securing trade from the southern portion of the state as well the Santa Fe trail trade. A searchable, full-text version of this letter is available by clicking "Text Version" below.


Civil War Valentine

Civil War Valentine
Date: between 1861 and 1865
Joseph Forrest sent Valentines to Elizabeth Ehrhart during the Civil War. They were residents of Macon County, Illinois, and became engaged in 1858. Joseph enlisted on July 25, 1861 at Decatur, Illinois and fought as a private with Co. A of 8th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. The couple married Aug. 9, 1863. The Forrests moved to Jewell County, Kansas in 1872, where Joseph served as a Methodist Minister. In 1875, they moved to Minneapolis, Kansas.


Civil War Valentine

Civil War Valentine
Creator: W. Momberger
Date: between 1861 and 1865
Joseph Forrest sent Valentines to Elizabeth Ehrhart during the Civil War. They were residents of Macon County, Illinois, and became engaged in 1858. Joseph enlisted on July 25, 1861 at Decatur, Illinois and fought as a private with Co. A of 8th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. The couple married Aug. 9, 1863. The Forrests moved to Jewell County, Kansas in 1872, where Joseph served as a Methodist Minister. In 1875, they moved to Minneapolis, Kansas.


Civil War Valentine

Civil War Valentine
Date: between 1861 and 1865
Joseph Forrest sent Valentines to Elizabeth Ehrhart during the Civil War. They were residents of Macon County, Illinois, and became engaged in 1858. Joseph enlisted on July 25, 1861 at Decatur, Illinois and fought as a private with Co. A of 8th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. The couple married Aug. 9, 1863. The Forrests moved to Jewell County, Kansas in 1872, where Joseph served as a Methodist Minister. In 1875, they moved to Minneapolis, Kansas.


College and university lands

College and university lands
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1863-1865 : Carney)
Date: 1863


Colton's Kansas and Nebraska map

Colton's Kansas and Nebraska map
Creator: Colton, J. H. (Joseph Hutchins), 1800-1893
Date: 1863
An 1863 version of Colton's Kansas and Nebraska map, 1855. It shows the eastern portions of Kansas and Nebraska including rivers, creeks, trails, roads, railroads, forts, towns, and counties.


County affairs

County affairs
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1863-1865 : Carney)
Date: 1863 - 1864


Covered wagons, Coalville, Utah

Covered wagons, Coalville, Utah
Creator: C. R. Savage
Date: 1863
Photo of covered wagons and unidentified people, Coalville, Utah.


Criminal matters

Criminal matters
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1863-1865 : Carney)
Date: 1863 - 1864


Criminal matters

Criminal matters
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1861-1863 : Robinson)
Date: 1862-1863
This folder on Criminal Matters comes from the Correspondence series of the Governor Charles Robinson Papers. The documents here include transcripts of the testimony, examination, and proceedings against Conk Risk and William Pickles from the city and county of Leavenworth, Kansas. The documents include testimonies from victims in Missouri and persons who could account for the two individuals. According to the documents the two individuals are being accused of theft of clothes and money and threatening to shoot members of the Missouri family. This is important because it describes the process that was involved to press charges during that period. Charles Robinson was Kansas' first state Governor, serving from 1861 to 1863. He was born in Massachusetts in 1818 and headed the New England Emigrant Aid Company's first colony to Kansas Territory in 1854.


Cyrus Leland letters

Cyrus Leland letters
Creator: Leland, Cyrus, 1841-1917
Date: 1862-1864
These letters were written by Cyrus Leland, primarily, during his time in the Civil War. Leland served in the 4th Kansas and later the10th Kansas Infantry, after the 3rd and 4th Kansas were consolidated to form the 10th. Many of the letters concern his efforts to be appointed as an aide-de-camp to General Thomas Ewing, Jr, and another mentions Preston Plumb and his actions during a charge by William Quantrill. Leland writes letters from Kansas City, Leavenworth, St. Louis, Rolla, and other places the regiment went. In a letter from Kansas City, MO, dated June 29, 1863, he asks his mother to send him $25 and to make him two white shirts. He also writes that he is staying at the Union House, along with some female prisoners. On stationery printed with "Headquarters District of the Border," he writes that General Schofield "has issued an order preventing the military of either Missouri or Kansas from crossing the state line without permission." A short letter written in pencil on October 12, 1863, about a military engagement near Booneville, Missouri, presents a contrast of letters written in the field to those written at Headquarters. Another letter written October 18, 1863, from "Camp near Carthage, MO, describes the capture of thirty Confederate troops. The letter written November 14th, 1863, describes an incident at a dance near Neosho, MO, that end with shooting. Leland ejected a soldier from "Blunts scouts" that was "a little more noisy than the rest" but when the soldier returned to Fort Scott, he told people he had been bushwhacked. Leland was from Troy, Doniphan County, KS. After the war, he served several terms in the Kansas House of Representatives.


Daniel K. Harden

Daniel K. Harden
Date: 1863-1864
A photograph of Lieutenant Daniel K. Harden, a member of the 2nd Kansas Colored Infantry, Company H.


Descriptive roll, Eighth Regiment, Infantry, Kansas Civil War Volunteers, volume 7

Descriptive roll, Eighth Regiment, Infantry, Kansas Civil War Volunteers, volume 7
Creator: Kansas. Adjutant General's Office
Date: 1861-1863
This is the descriptive roll for Civil War soldiers in the Eighth Regiment, Kansas Volunteer Infantry. Information includes description, marital status, nativity, residence, muster information, and remarks. The index to the Kansas Adjutant General's Report, 1861-1865, (see link below) also gives the regiment and company the soldier served in.


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