John T. Harrington Letters, 1863

Descriptive Summary

Title
John T. Harrington Letters, 1863
Creator
Harrington, John T.
Extent
2 items; 25 cm.
Subjects
United States--History--Civil War (1861-1865)--Personal narratives
Vicksburg (Miss.)--History--Siege (1863)
Kentucky--History--Civil War (1861-1865)
Kentucky--Militia
Finding Aid Author
Staff
Repository
Kentucky Historical Society

Collection Overview

Scope and Content
This collection consists of two letters John Harrington wrote while fighting for the Union Army. The first letter, dated January 19, 1863, was to his sister Jennie. It discusses the Battle of Vicksburg and how he survived. He mentions meeting "defeated but not conquered confederate troops" at an Arkansas post. Harrington continues on to say he "enlisted to fight for the union and the constitution but Lincoln ... has us Union men fighting for his abolition platform and thus making us a hord of sufagutes, house burners, negro theives, and devastors of private property." The second letter is to an unknown friend, dated May 9, 1863. In this letter he details his war experience since he enlisted in the army in 1862. He also says that the reason he enlisted was broken promises by a "faithless" woman. He was in the 22nd Kentucky Voluteer Regiment.
Provenance: Mrs. Francis H. Lewis; Richmond, KY; gift; 1982