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 memoirs, contact the Curator of Special Collections.

Size of Collection: 0.66 cubic feet

Locator Number: Mss./A/P672d

Scope and Content Note

Military memoirs, September, 1861 – November, 1864, written by William G. Pirtle, 2 nd Lt., 7 th 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 pages 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 7 th Kentucky Infantry Regiment, C.S.A., on Sept. 12, 1861 and was promoted to 2 nd 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 7 th KY Infantry. He died in Water Valley on September 23, 1911 at the age of 77.

Folder List

Folder 1: Preface, index, appendix

Folder 2: Chapters 1-12; pp. 1-26

Folder 3: Chapters 1-12; pp. 1-26; Chapters 13-20; pp. 27-7; description of events from November 1860 – July 1862

Folder 4: Chapters 21-32; pp. 79-132; description of events from August 1862 – March 1863

Folder 5: Chapters 33-43; pp. 133-247; description of events from March 1863 – March 1864

Folder 6: Chapters 44-49; pp. 247-328; description of events from March 1864 – July 1864

Folder 7: Chapters 49-57; pp. 329-418; description of events from July – November 1864

Subject Headings

Alabama – History – Civil War, 1861-1865

Belmont (Mo.), Battle of, 1861

Brice’s Crossroads, Battle of, Miss., 1864

Buford, Abraham 1820-1884

Champion’s Hill, Battle of, 1863

Cheatham, Benjamin Franklin 1820-1886

Confederate States of America-History, naval

Confederate States of America. Army. Alabama Infantry Regiment, 35th

Confederate States of America. Army. Bell’s Tennessee Brigade

Confederate States of America. Army. Kentucky Infantry Regiment, 7th

Confederate States of America. Army. Kentucky Mounted Infantry Regiment, 3rd

Confederate States of America. Army. Kentucky Mounted Infantry Regiment, 7th

Confederate States of America. Army. Kentucky Mounted Infantry Regiment, 8th

Confederate States of America. Army. Kentucky Mounted Infantry Regiment,12th

Confederate States of America. Army. Louisiana Infantry Regiment, 12th

Confederate States of America. Army. Mississippi Infantry Regiment, 15th

Confederate States of America. Army-Recruiting, enlistment, etc.

Confederate States of America. Army-Supplies and stores

Confederate States of America. Army-Surgeons

Confederate States of America. Army-Transportation

Corinth (Miss.), Battle of, 1862

CSS Arkansas (Ironclad ram)

Desertion, military – Confederate States of America

Espionage – Mississippi

Forrest, Nathan Bedford 1821-1877

Fort Pillow (Tenn.), Battle of, 1864

Franklin (Tenn.), Battle of, 1864

Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson) 1822-1885

Hood, John Bell 1831-1879

Indians of North America – Sports

Jackson (Miss.) – History – Civil War, 1861-1865

Johnston, Joseph E. (Joseph Eggleston) 1807-1891

Kentucky – History – Civil War, 1861-1865

Lice – United States

Loring, William Wing 1818-1886

Louisiana – History – Civil War, 1861-1865

Lovell, Mansfield 1822-1884

Lyon, Hylan Benton 1836-1907

Military pensions – United States – Civil War, 1861-1865

Mississippi – History – Civil War, 1861-186

Paducah (Ky.) – History

Pemberton, John C. (John Clifford) 1814-1881

Pillow, Gideon Johnson 1806-1878

Polk, Leonidas 1806-1864

Price, Sterling 1809-1867

Roddey, Philip Dale 1826-1897

Shiloh, Battle of, 1862

Small pox – Mississippi

Smith, Andrew Jackson 1815-1897

Sturgis, Samuel Davis 1822-1889

Tennessee – History – Civil War, 1861-1865

Tupelo (Miss.), Battle of, 1864

Typhoid fever – Tennessee

United States – History – Civil War, 1861-1865

United States – History – Civil War, 1861-1865 – African Americans

United States – History – Civil War, 1861-1865 – Campaigns

United States – History – Civil War, 1861-1865 – Casualties

United States – History – Civil War, 1861-1865 – Destruction and pillage

United States – History – Civil War, 1861-1865 – Equipment and supplies

United States – History – Civil War, 1861-1865 – Hospitals

United States – History-Civil War, 1861-1865 – Medical care

United States – History – Civil War, 1861-1865 – Naval operations

United States – History – Civil War, 1861-1865 – Prisoners and prisons

United States – History – Civil War, 1861-1865 – Scouts and scouting

United States – History – Civil War, 1861-1865 – Transportation

United States – History – Civil War, 1861-1865 – Underground movements

United States. Army – African American troops

United States. Army – Barracks and quarters

USS Mississippi (Sidewheeler)

Vicksburg (Miss.) – History – Siege, 1863

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