Alfred Pirtle Papers,1847-1924

Descriptive Summary

Title
Alfred Pirtle Papers,1847-1924
Creator
Pirtle, Alfred, b. 1837
Extent
6 cubic ft.
Subjects
Anderson, Charles, 1814-1895.
Bell, Theodore S. (Theodore Stout), 1807-1884.
Brooks, Jared, d. 1816.
Chenoweth, James, b. 1777.
Chenoweth family.
Clarke, James Freeman, 1810-1888.
Farragut, David Glasgow, 1801-1870.
Grant, U. S. (Ulysses S.), 1822-1885.
Harlan, John Marshall, 1833-1911.
Jouett, James Edward, 1826-1902.
Kenton, Simon, 1755-1836.
Lytle, William Haines, 1826-1863.
Mitchel, O. M. (Ormsby MacKnight), 1809-1862.
Pirtle, Henry, 1798-1880.
Pirtle, Jane Anne, 1808-1881.
Pirtle, John Rowan, 1830-1896.
Pope, Curran, 1813-1862.
Rousseau, Lovell Harrison, 1818-1869.
Sheridan, Philip Henry, 1831-1888.
Shryock, Gideon, 1802-1880.
Speed, John, 1772-1840.
Stirewalt, John, 1811-1871.
Thomas, George Henry, 1816-1870.
Thruston, R. C. Ballard.
Whitestone, Henry, 1819-1893.
Zollicoffer, Felix Kirk, 1812-1862.
Filson Club-- History-- Sources.
Galt House (Louisville, Ky.)-- History-- Sources.
Louisville and Nashville Railroad Company-- History-- Sources.
Louisville Legion-- History-- Sources.
Transylvania University-- History-- Sources.
United States.-- Army.-- Ohio Infantry Regiment, 10th (1861-1864)-- History-- Sources.
United States.-- Navy-- History-- 19th century.
Architects-- Kentucky-- Louisville-- History-- Sources.
Railroad engineers-- Kentucky-- Louisville.
Historic buildings-- Kentucky-- Jefferson County-- History-- Sources.
Mexican War, 1846-1848-- Sources.
Railroads-- Kentucky-- History-- Sources.
Roads-- Kentucky-- History-- Sources.
Unitarians-- Kentucky-- Louisville-- History-- Sources.
Louisville (Ky.)-- History-- Sources.
Louisville (Ky.)-- Social life and customs.
Ohio River-- History-- Sources.
United States-- History-- Civil War, 1861-1865-- Campaigns-- Sources.
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Repository
The Filson Historical Society

Collection Overview

Scope and Content
Soldier, Louisville businessman, and Ky. historian. Papers consisting of correspondence, 1847 -1923, including a volume of Civil War letters; a journal, 1859-1862; and Pirtle's writings for magazines and newspapers on local and Ky. history. Correspondents include Simon Bolivar Buckner, Thomas J. Chenoweth, John M. Harlan, James E. Jouett, John Bassett Moore, Henry Pirtle, and C. P. Summerall. Pirtle's Civil War letter book contains letters Pirtle wrote to his parents, Judge and Mrs. Henry Pirtle, sisters, brothers, covering his service in the 10th Ohio Volunteer Infantry under Major General Ormsby Mitchel on the march from Bowling Green, Ky. to Huntsville, Ala.; service under Major General Lovell H. Rousseau on the return march to Bowling Green in Sept. 1862 and as ordnance officer of the 3rd Division; Battle of Murfreesboro (Stones River); encampment near Murfreesboro 3 Jan.-23 June 1863. Also covers his service as aide-de-camp to General William H. Lytle of the 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 20th Army Corps, 20 Apr.-19 Sept 1863; Battle of Chickamauga; return to the 10th Ohio, Company F; service in and near Chattanooga; and description of the storming of Missionary Ridge. Also included are letters of recommendation for Pirtle from Colonel Curran Pope, Philip H. Sheridan, A. M. Cook, Lovell H. Rousseau, and George H. Thomas; and letters to Mrs. Henry Pirtle from Colonel William H. Lytle, James Barnard, Doctor T. S. Bell, Captain James W. Abert, and others, dated 1861-1863. Pirtle's journal, relates his residence at Gallatin, Tenn., in 1859 as an employee of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad; return to Louisville where he records the impact of the Civil War on Ky. and Mo.; flag raisings; peace meetings; recruiting; drilling; blockades; his encampment with the Citizen Guards, 21-27 May, 1861; routine of camp duties; sojourn at Ohio White Sulphur Springs with mother and sister, July-Aug., 1861; volunteer service in the Crittenden Union Zouaves, Sept.-Nov. 1861; loss by his brother, Doctor John Pirtle, of his command as major in the U.S. Army, Ky. Volunteers; Ohio River flood in 1862; defeat of General Felix K. Zollicoffer at Mill Springs 19 Jan. 1862; commission, Feb. 1862, as second lieutenant, Company H, 10th Ohio. Journal also relates his service in General Ormsby Mitchel's division on the march from Fort Jefferson to Huntsville, Ala. where he was encamped during the summer; aide-de-camp to General Lytle; change in command of the 3rd Division from Mitchel to General W. S. Smith; and from Smith to Rousseau; evacuation of Huntsville, 31 Aug. 1862; the return to Bowling Green in pursuit of Braxton Bragg and his army; and the column being impeded by slaves seeking freedom. Card index in repository