John Cabell Breckinridge Letters,1847-1874

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John Cabell Breckinridge Letters,1847-1874
Breckinridge, John C. (John Cabell), 1821-1875
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Chickamauga (Ga.), Battle of, 1863-- Sources.
Morgan, John Hunt, 1825-1864.
Presidents-- United States-- Election-- History-- Sources.
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State legislator, U.S. congressman, vice -president, U.S. senator, Confederate general and Confederate secretary of war. Letters discussing political matters, recommendations, speaking engagements, elections, contemporary issues, and sectional strife prior to the Civil War. His 22 September 1847 letter to General John McCalla requesting that John Hunt Morgan's company either be attached to the 3rd Kentucky Infantry or that he be commissioned a lieutenant in the army; his 8 June 1856 letter to John C. Rives discusses the 1852 and 1856 elections for vice-president; his 2 July 1860 letter to Henry Randall discusses Democratic politics; his 19 September 1863 letter written to D.H. Hill, during the battle of Chickamauga, describes his position, enemy movements, and his lack of orders; and his 9 April 1865 telegram to P.G.T. Beauregard urges special attention to transportation concerns. Card index in repository