Pirtle, William G. (1832-1911) Memoirs, 1907

Held by The Filson Historical Society

Creator:  William G. Pirtle (1832-1911)

Title:  Memoirs, 1907

Rights: For information regarding literary and copyright interest for these papers, contact the Curator of Collections.

Size of Collection:  .66 cubic feet

Location Number:  Mss. A/P672d/1-7

Scope and Content Note

Military memoirs, September, 1861 – November, 1864, written by William G. Pirtle, 2nd Lt., 7th Kentucky Infantry Regiment, C.S.A. Includes descriptions of daily military life in the Confederate army, personal reflections on the actions of Confederate generals, and observations of Battles of Brice’s Crossroads, Corinth, MS, Shiloh, Tupelo, MS and Franklin, TN. Collection includes over 400 pg. of photocopies and original handwritten manuscript.

Biographical Note

William George Pirtle was born on August 5, 1832 in St. Francois County, Missouri, the son of John A. and Mary B. Pirtle. The family later moved to Water Valley, Graves County, Kentucky. William, a farmer, married Sarah (“Sally”) Ann Webb. They had 4 children. He enlisted in the 7th Kentucky Infantry Regiment, C.S.A., on Sept. 12, 1861 and was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant on Sept. 19, 1862. He received a field promotion to captain and put in command of Company A on March 25, 1864. He was paroled on May 16, 1865 and returned to Water Valley, KY where he resumed farming. In 1907 he wrote the memoirs describing his service in the 7th KY Infantry. He died in Water Valley on Sept. 23, 1911 at the age of 77.

Folder List

Folder 1: Preface, index, appendix (original, photocopy and typewritten transcription).

Folder 2: Chapters 1-12; pp. 1-26 (photocopy of original fragments).

Folder 3: Chapters 1-12; pp. 1-26 (fragments of original); Chapters 1-17; pp 1-19 (typewritten transcription); Chapters 13-20; pp. 27-78 (original and photocopy); description of events from Nov., 1860 – July, 1862.

Folder 4: Chapters 21-32; pp. 79-132 (original and photocopy); description of events from August, 1862 – March, 1863.

Folder 5: Chapters 33-43; pp. 133-247 (original and photocopy); description of events from March, 1863 – March, 1864.

Folder 6: Chapters 44-49; pp. 247-328 (original and photocopy); description of events from March, 1864 – July, 1864.

Folder 7: Chapters 49-57; pp. 329-418 (original and photocopy); description of events from July – November, 1864.

Subject Headings

1) Alabama-History-Civil War, 1861-1865
2) Belmont (Mo.), Battle of, 1861
3) Brice’s Crossroads, Battle of, Miss., 1864
4) Buford, Abraham 1820-1884
5) Champion’s Hill, Battle of, 1863
6) Cheatham, Benjamin Franklin 1820-1886
7) Confederate States of America-History, naval
8) Confederate States of America. Army. Alabama Infantry Regiment, 35th
9) Confederate States of America. Army. Bell’s Tennessee Brigade
10) Confederate States of America. Army. Kentucky Infantry Regiment, 7th
11) Confederate States of America. Army. Kentucky Mounted Infantry Regiment, 3rd
12) Confederate States of America. Army. Kentucky Mounted Infantry Regiment, 7th
13) Confederate States of America. Army. Kentucky Mounted Infantry Regiment, 8th
14) Confederate States of America. Army. Kentucky Mounted Infantry Regiment,12th
15) Confederate States of America. Army. Louisiana Infantry Regiment, 12th
16) Confederate States of America. Army. Mississippi Infantry Regiment, 15th
17) Confederate States of America. Army-Recruiting, enlistment, etc.
18) Confederate States of America. Army-Supplies and stores
19) Confederate States of America. Army-Surgeons
20) Confederate States of America. Army-Transportation
21) Corinth (Miss.), Battle of, 1862
22) CSS Arkansas (Ironclad ram)
23) Desertion, military-Confederate States of America
24) Espionage-Mississippi
25) Forrest, Nathan Bedford 1821-1877
26) Fort Pillow (Tenn.), Battle of, 1864
27) Franklin (Tenn.), Battle of, 1864
28) Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson) 1822-1885
29) Hood, John Bell 1831-1879
30) Indians of North America-Sports
31) Jackson (Miss.)-History-Civil War, 1861-1865
32) Johnston, Joseph E. (Joseph Eggleston) 1807-1891
33) Kentucky-History-Civil War, 1861-1865
34) Lice-United States
35) Loring, William Wing 1818-1886
36) Louisiana-History-Civil War, 1861-1865
37) Lovell, Mansfield 1822-1884
38) Lyon, Hylan Benton 1836-1907
39) Military pensions-United States-Civil War, 1861-1865
40) Mississippi-History-Civil War, 1861-186
41) Paducah (Ky.)-History
42) Pemberton, John C. (John Clifford) 1814-1881
43) Pillow, Gideon Johnson 1806-1878
44) Polk, Leonidas 1806-1864
45) Price, Sterling 1809-1867
46) Roddey, Philip Dale 1826-1897
47) Shiloh, Battle of, 1862
48) Small pox- Mississippi
49) Smith, Andrew Jackson 1815-1897
50) Sturgis, Samuel Davis 1822-1889
51) Tennessee-History-Civil War, 1861-1865
52) Tupelo (Miss.), Battle of, 1864
53) Typhoid fever-Tennessee
54) United States–History-Civil War, 1861-1865
55) United States–History-Civil War, 1861-1865-African Americans
56) United States-History-Civil War, 1861-1865-Campaigns
57) United States-History-Civil War, 1861-1865-Casualties
58) United States-History-Civil War, 1861-1865-Destruction and pillage
59) United States–History-Civil War, 1861-1865-Equipment and supplies
60) United States–History-Civil War, 1861-1865-Hospitals
61) United States–History-Civil War, 1861-1865-Medical care
62) United States–History-Civil War, 1861-1865-Naval operations
63) United States–History-Civil War, 1861-1865-Prisoners and prisons
64) United States–History-Civil War, 1861-1865-Scouts and scouting
65) United States–History-Civil War, 1861-1865-Transportation
66) United States–History-Civil War, 1861-1865-Underground movements
67) United States. Army-African American troops
68) United States. Army-Barracks and quarters
69) USS Mississippi (Sidewheeler)
70) Vicksburg (Miss.)-History-Siege, 1863

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