Edwin Farley diary, 1863

Abstract

This item is a diary kept by Edwin Farley during his service in the U.S. Civil War which documents his service in Tennessee and Mississippi. Farley served as a Sergeant in the 1st Mississippi Cavalry (Colored Troops) which was later organized into the U.S. Colored Troops, 3rd Regiment Cavalry. After the war, Farley served as Deputy U.S. Marshal from 1875-1878, appointed Collector of Internal Revenue Second District of Kentucky in 1883, appointed Postmaster of Paducah in 1892, elected State Treasurer of Kentucky in 1907, and was Kentucky's Department Commander for the Grand Army of the Republic in 1914.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Edwin Farley diary, 1863
Creator
Farley, Edwin, b. 1842
Extent
1 diary
Subjects
Farley, Edwin
Finding Aid Author
Processed by Lori O'Connor; machine-readable finding aid created by Margie Plarr
Repository
Kentucky Historical Society

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Edwin Farley was born August 28, 1842, in Walworth County, Wisconsin. He enlisted in the U.S. Army August 26, 1861, and served in Co. K of the 8th Wisconsin Infantry. In December, 1863, he was promoted to Sergeant in the 1st Mississippi Cavalry (Colored Troops) which was later organized into the U.S. Colored Troops, 3rd Regiment Cavalry. After the Civil War, Farley was a cotton farmer in Mississippi then in 1868 moved to Paducah, Kentucky, where he was in the mercantile and manufacturing business. He married Ella M. Nunn in 1871 and raised five children. He was Deputy U.S. Marshal from 1875-1878, appointed Collector of Internal Revenue Second District of Kentucky in 1883, appointed Postmaster of Paducah in 1892, elected State Treasurer of Kentucky in 1907, and was Kentucky's Department Commander for the Grand Army of the Republic in 1914.
Scope and Content
This collection is a diary kept by Edwin Farley during his service in the U.S. Civil War. The diary is dated Feb. 1863-Oct. 1863. It covers his service in Tennessee and Mississippi.