Reynold Marvin Kirby Papers, 1837-1838
Diary, correspondence, photograph. The collection contains a diary about 35 pages long dated August 16, 1837, to May 18, 1838, containing details from the second Seminole Indian war. The diary is the Major's view of the war and why Major Dade takes command of the company that he should be leading. His view of the orders from the general to travel to Fort King, the site of which is now part of present day Ocala, and wait for reinforcements is different from that of Major Dade. There are also three letters from the Major to his wife, Mary, asking about her health. He writes the letters almost as love letters away from home and homesick. Also contained in the collection is a pension letter for Mary in reference to the death of the Major. A photograph of ...
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