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William H. H. Whitney diary

Call Number: RH MS P780


The 1865 diary of Lawrence, Kansas resident William H. H. Whitney, a twenty-five year old Civil War veteran of Vermont's 13th Infantry Regiment, chronicles his activities as a recent emigrant to Lawrence with his wife and young son. Whitney's many entries describe the weather, his work and social activities, the birth of his second son, and local events. Entries of special note include the 1865 sighting and capture of a participant in William Quantrill's Lawrence Massacre of 1863, a Lawrence visit by General William Sherman, news of President Lincoln's assassination and its aftermath, and the capture of Jefferson Davis. Included is the Civil War pension certificate issued in 1911 to Whitney's widow.


  • Creation: diary entries: 1865; certificate: 1911


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Biography of William H. H. Whitney

William H. Harrison Whitney was born in Vermont in 1840. During the Civil War, he served as a private in Company I of Vermont's 13th Infantry Regiment, which was organized October 10, 1862 and mustered out July 21, 1863. Soon after the war, Whitney emigrated to Lawrence, Kansas with his wife Susan and their young son Henry. In their later years, the Whitneys lived in Kansas City, Missouri, where Mr. Whitney was a livestock dealer. He died at Kansas City in 1911.


1 folder ; 24 x 36 cm

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Physical Location

RH MS P780

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Herbert A. Sloan and Margaret Whitney Sloan, 1993

Guide to the William H. H. Whitney Diary
William H. H. Whitney diary
Finding aid prepared by mh, 2007; Finding aid encoded by mh, 2007
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Whitney, William H. H, 1840-1911, Diary, Kansas Collection, RH MS P780, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States