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Barnabas Dorr Palmer personal papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: RH MS P111


The papers include (1) a testimony to his recent left-handness sworn before Douglas County Clerk in 1867, (2) a manuscript titled "A sketch of my military history" which he entered in a penmanship contest, sponsored by William Oland Bourne, editor of the "Soldier's Friend", (3) a letter from General U.S. Grant awarding Palmer first prize in the contest, and (4) letter awarding Palmer a $50 prize.


  • Creation: 1867 - 1868


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No access restrictions.

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Biography of Barnabas Dorr Palmer

Palmer was commissioned Captain of Co. K, U.S. Volunteer Infantry in 1865 and commanded several posts in the West. He lost his right arm at the Battle of Cabin Creek in 1863 and learned to write with his left hand. In 1866 he was elected clerk of the District Court of Douglas Co. Kansas.


1 folder (4 items)

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Physical Location

RH MS P111

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase. P. C. Richards, Brookline, Mass.

Guide to the Barnabas Dorr Palmer Collection
Barnabas Dorr Palmer personal papers
Finding aid prepared by kpz, 19 January 1973. Finding aid encoded by mg, 2004.
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Barnabas Dorr Palmer personal papers, Kansas Collection, RH MS P111, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

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