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The John F. Kent Collection contains two manuscript diaries of his experiences during the Civil War. The first was written in 1862, the second in 1863. The entries are brief and mention battles in passing, casualties and skirmishes with the rebels. There are 16 letters, one to his parents during the war, 9 between Helen Lund and her sister Francesca, and six between John Kent and Caroline Kitchel about purchasing plots of land in a cemetery. There are assorted documents, ranging from Kent’s father’s naturalization certificate, to recipes, to pension certificates. There are nine photographs, six that are mounted, and three that are in small cases, ranging from portraits to group photos. It also contains Kent’s Grand Army of the Republic Veteran kerchief.

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Collection Size

0.7 cubic feet

Publication Date

February 2013


Frances E. Hawley, Helen Lund, Caroline Kitchel, naturalization certificate, pension certificate, diary


History | United States History

Document Type

Finding Aid

MS-133: John F. Kent Collection, Company D, New York First Cavalry Regiment