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Letters written by Joseph Leighty of the 110th regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers to his family

Call Number: MS 193


Collection of 88 letters (unbound) written by a Union soldier; printed baptismal certificate; 2 photos. Also includes typed transcripts of the letters at the end of the collection, as well as copies of two obituary records for Leighty. Leighty wrote from his home and camp in Pennsylvania and from camp in Baltimore, Maryland, as well as hospitals in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Maryland. He was involved in the Battles of Fredericksburg and the Wilderness in Virginia.


  • Creation: 1862 - 1865


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 document case + 1 oversize folder) : Ornamentation: Ornamented patriotic stationery. Ornamented, colored, birth certificate. Sketch of bird at foot of letter. Some plain envelopes are tinted orange or deep purple.

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Physical Location

MS 193

Physical Location

MS Q2:15

Other Finding Aids

See the file for additional information about the collection.

Custodial History

Joseph married Mary Catherine Buck in 1871 and came to Tonganoxie, Kansas, in spring 1871. They had 6 children; the eldest [?], Lillian Winifred, married a Penfold. Lillian's eldest daughter Lois married a Ward. Lois Penfold Ward inherited the collection and gave it to Kenneth Spencer Research Library with the consent of the extended family (gained at the June 1982 family picnic). She had typed transcripts of the letters before her donation, which Aleta M. Hirschberg later donated to Spencer in 2023.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, Lois P. Ward, 1982, 1988; Aleta M. Hirschberg, 2023.


"The Leighty Civil-War letters" by Ann Hyde, KU Friends of the Library Newsletter, No. 21 (Fall 1982).
Guide to the Leighty Civil-War Letters
Letters written by Joseph Leighty of the 110th regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers to his family
Finding aid prepared by alh, 1993. Finding aid encoded by skt, 2006. Finding aid revised by cl, 2010; cmp, 2023.
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Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Joseph Leighty Civil War Letters, Department of Special Collections, MS 193, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

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Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States