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.
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 1: Correspondence, 1859-1861
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1863-1864
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1865-1866
Folder 4: Correspondence, 1871
Folder 5: Correspondence, 1875-1880
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