1833-1866 (bulk 1863-1864)
Civil War Collection
These include letters describing the Civil War from the perspective of Sergeant-Major James W. Stoner, a Nelson County, Kentucky soldier who served with the Confederate 9th Kentucky Volunteer Cavalry. Stoner was wounded in a skirmish outside Columbia, South Carolina in 1864 and died there two days later.
Stoner's letters to his family and friends contain his impressions about Saint Mary's College (1860), his feelings concerning his education, regimental gossip, and his homesickness. Other topics include skirmishes in Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, and Georgia in which his regiment took part; the numbers of killed and wounded; hardships of the war; Kentucky's sacrifices during the war; Sherman's March; and concern for a captured friend. Other letters in the collection were written to his mother by individuals who knew Stoner, describing his wounding, death, and grave site.
Other items in this collection include a letter describing the marriage of Josephine Rowan, daughter of John Rowan, a slave bill (1833), and a pocket notebook describing army life and skirmishes during the Civil War.