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MS98-06 Samuel P. Duncan Letter

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Samuel P. Duncan Letter

Collection Title: Samuel P. Duncan Letter

Series Number: MS98-06

Processed and Cataloged by: Processed by Dieter C. Ullrich on May 5, 2010

Date Listed: May 5, 2010

Date Span: 1847

Size of Collection: 0.10 linear feet.

Number of Boxes: 1 legal sized file folder; 1 item.

Type of Material: Correspondence.

Condition of Material: Fair with fading due to acidic paper.

Arrangement: Chronological arrangement.

Biographical / Historical Information: Samuel P. Duncan served as a 2nd Corporal with Company D, 4th Regiment of Kentucky Volunteers during the Mexican American War. He joined the Company at Bedford, Trimble County, Kentucky in September of 1847 and was mustered into service on October 2, 1847. He mustered out with his regiment at Louisville, Kentucky on July 25, 1848. He would later serve as a captain in Company E of the 4th Kentucky Cavalry (Confederate) during the Civil War.

Scope and Content: Collection consists of a Photostat copy and transcript of a letter from Samuel P. Duncan from Vera Cruz, Mexico on November 25, 1847 to his father in Trimble County, Kentucky. The letter describes an outbreak of measles and mumps while at Camp Butler, burying the dead and the destruction following the Battle of Vera Cruz.

Subject Headings / Descriptors:

Duncan, Samuel Pryor

United States. Army. Kentucky Infantry Regiment, 4th.

Mexican War, 1846-1848 – Regiments – Kentucky