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Abishai Stowell to Margaret Stowell Torrence

Abishai Stowell to Margaret Stowell Torrence
Creator: Stowell, Abishai
Date: February 1, 1862 - April 22, 1865
Eighteen letters written by Abishai Stowell to his sister Margaret Stowell Torrence, Gambles, Alleghany County, Pennsylvania. The letters were written while he served in the Civil War. Stowell was a private in the Second Kansas Infantry, Company E, he enlisted May 14, 1861 and was mustered out October 31, 1861; re-enlisted in the Second Kansas Cavalry, Company A, November 6, 1861 and was promoted to corporal April 15, 1862; re-enlisted in the Second Kansas Cavalry, Co. A, January 5, 1864 and promoted to sergeant March 25, 1864; and re-enlisted in the Second Kansas Cavalry veterans of Co. A and was assigned to Co. B, January 5, 1864 and mustered out June 22, 1865 at Ft. Gibson.


Asbury Thornhill to the editor of the National Tribune

Asbury Thornhill to the editor of the National Tribune
Creator: Thornhill, Asbury
Date: Between 1870 and 1879
A letter to the editor of the National Tribune, Washington, D.C., describing his experiences as an inmate at the Confederate prisoner-of-war Camp Ford, Texas. Asbury Thornhill was a member of Co. D, 2d Kansas Cavalry. He describes their capture near Flat Rock Creek in the Cherokee Nation north of Fort Gibson, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma); the murder of all but 8 African American Union troops; their movement to the Camp; their rations; and their bedding. He tells of their march from Camp Ford to Shreveport, Louisiana; their exchange; their transport to the distribution camp at New Orleans, La.; their condition; their trip to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; and his discharge.


Avra P. Russell

Avra P. Russell
Date: Between 1861 and 1862
A portrait of Captain Avra P. Russell who was a member of Company G, 2nd Kansas Volunteer Cavalry. He was killed at the Battle of Prairie Grove on December 7, 1862.


Descriptive roll, Second Regiment, Cavalry, Kansas Civil War Volunteers, volume 2

Descriptive roll, Second Regiment, Cavalry, Kansas Civil War Volunteers, volume 2
Creator: Kansas. Adjutant General's Office
Date: April 1862-April 1865
This is the descriptive roll for Civil War soldiers in the Second Regiment, Kansas Volunteer Cavalry. 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.


Josephine Blakely Martin material

Josephine Blakely Martin material
Date: Between 1858 and 1881
Material relating to Josephine Blakely Martin and William S. Blakely. Included in this folder are journals, letters, appointments, and a diploma. Several pages of the journal have been skipped or cut out. Some of the letters discuss the Civil War, one noting a fight between troops of the Second Kansas Calvary and William Quantrill's men at David Tate's farm on March 22, 1862.


Muster out roll, Second Regiment, Cavalry, Kansas Civil War Volunteers, volume 3

Muster out roll, Second Regiment, Cavalry, Kansas Civil War Volunteers, volume 3
Creator: Kansas. Adjutant General's Office
Date: 1865
The muster out roll for Civil War soldiers in the Kansas Second Cavalry volunteer unit. The lists may include name, rank, age, when and where they mustered in, last date of pay, 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.


Robert Byington Mitchell

Robert Byington Mitchell
Creator: Nichols, A. C.
Robert B. Mitchell settled in Paris, Linn County, Kansas Territory, in 1856. He was born in Ohio and studied law. He was active in free state territorial politics. He served in the Territorial House of Representatives in 1857 and 1858, was a member of the Leavenworth Constitutional Convention, and was appointed Territorial Treasurer on February 11, 1859. He was part of the free state supporters who followed Charles Hamilton and his band after the Marais des Cygnes massacre. After the territorial period he served as a brigadier general in the Second Kansas Volunteer Cavalry and held the appointed post of Governor of New Mexico from 1866 to 1869.


Volunteer enlistment paper of John E. Blackford

Volunteer enlistment paper of John E. Blackford
Creator: United States. Adjutant General's Office
Date: September 20, 1862
John E. Blackford enlisted in Company H of the Second Kansas Cavalry on September 20, 1862. John was the younger brother of William D. Blackford, who was part of Kansas Territory's free-state government and a member of the first Kansas State Legislature in 1861. This example of a Civil War enlistment is from the records of the Kansas Adjutant General's Office. It gives the soldier's age and place of birth, his occupation and a physical description.


William F. Cloud

William F. Cloud
Date: Between 1861 and 1865
A carte de visite showing Col. William F. Cloud. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he enlisted in the Second Kansas Infantry and participated in the battle at Wilson's Creek, Missouri. At the end of his first enlistment, he assisted in organizing the Second Kansas Cavalry and was commissioned colonel of the regiment. Later he transferred to the Fifteenth Kansas Cavalry and served in the campaigns against the Indians in western Kansas and the Indian Territory. Because of his heroism in the wars, the Kansas legislature changed the name of Shirley County to Cloud in his honor.


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