Whipple, H. George S. Letters, 1859-1880

Held by The Filson Historical Society

Creator: Whipple, H. George S.

Title: Letters, 1859-1880

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

Size of Collection: 0.33 cubic feet

Locator Number: Mss./A/W574

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains 93 letters, all but one written by George Whipple, living in Louisville, KY, to his fiancée/wife while she is visiting relatives and friends living in the East and Midwest. The letters, written over a span of 22 years, deal with various topics, including local attitudes and events related to the Civil War and comments on relatives and acquaintances, many whom are involved in musical groups and events. His frequent comments on domestic issues evoke an image of a devoted husband and father.

Biographical Note

H. George Whipple was born ca. 1822 in Massachusetts. In 1859 he married Mary Joslyn, born ca. 1830 in Genesee County, N.Y. They had one daughter, Kittie, born in 1861. George was a musician who established a career in Louisville, KY. He taught private students and held teaching positions in the public schools. He was also employed as an organist/choirmaster by several Protestant churches in Louisville.

Folder List

Folder 1: Correspondence, 1859-1861

Folder 2: Correspondence, 1863-1864

Folder 3: Correspondence, 1865-1866

Folder 4: Correspondence, 1871

Folder 5: Correspondence, 1875-1880

Subject Headings

Buckner, Simon Bolivar, 1823-1914

Cary, S. F. (Samuel Fenton), 1814-1900

Cholera – Kentucky – Louisville

Education – Kentucky – Louisville

Holt, Joseph, 1807-1894

Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865

Lorimer, George C. (George Claude), 1838-1904

Louisville (Ky.) – Description and travel

Louisville (Ky.) – History – Civil War, 1861-1865

Louisville (Ky.) – History

Musicians – Kentucky – Louisville

Racism – Kentucky – Louisville

United States – History – Civil War, 1861-1865

United States. Army – Recruitment, enlistment etc. – Civil War, 1861-1865

Whipple, H. George S., b. ca. 1822

Youths’ periodicals

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