A Guide to the General John C. Breckinridge Note (Distilling), 1864 Breckinridge, General John C., Note (Distilling) Ms2010-082

A Guide to the General John C. Breckinridge Note (Distilling), 1864

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Collection Number Ms2010-082


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Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2010-082
Title
General John C. Breckinridge Note (Distilling), 1864
Physical Characteristics
0.1 cu. ft. 1 folder
Creator
Pitts, W. H.
Language
English
Abstract
The collection consists of a note to General John C. Breckinridge for permission to distill rye whiskey for medicinal and pharmaceutical purposes.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from General John C. Breckinridge Note (Distilling) must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: General John C. Breckinridge Note (Distilling), Ms2010-082, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The General John C. Breckinridge Note (Distilling) was purchased by Special Collections in 2009.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the General John C. Breckinridge Note (Distilling) was completed in November 2010.

Biographical Note

Major General John C. Breckinridge (1821-1875) began his political career as US Representative from Kentucky, and eventually served as the 14th Vice President of the United States under the Presidency of James Buchanan. After his failed presidential bid in 1860, he was appointed US Senator from Kentucky. With the outbreak of the Civil War, Breckinridge was kicked out of the Senate and joined the Confederate army. He was appointed General of the 1st Kentucky Brigade. In 1864, General Breckinridge assumed command of Confederate forces in the Shenandoah Valley. He finally became the Confederate States Secretary of War in 1865. After the war, Breckinridge fled the country, fearing a trial for treason. He was granted amnesty in late 1868 and in 1869 returned to Kentucky, where he died in 1875.

No biographical information is available on W. H. Pitts.

Scope and Content Note

Collection consists of a note to General John C. Breckinridge from W.H. Pitts for permission to distill 16 gallons of rye whiskey for medicinal and pharmaceutical purposes, as it was nearly impossible to purchase it.

Arrangement

Collection is arranged in chronological order.

Related Material

Note to General John C. Breckinridge, Ms2009-062. Finding aid available online.

E. H. Murrell Note to General John C. Breckinridge, Ms2010-083. Finding aid available online.

Index Terms

    Persons:

  • Breckinridge, John C., (John Cabell), 1821-1875
  • Subjects:

  • Civil War
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Breckinridge, John C., (John Cabell), 1821-1875
  • Pitts, W. H.

Contents List

Folder 1
Note, 1864.