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The Amos G. Mount Civil War Letters

from the Lucretia Davenport Collection

 

Lucretia Davenport donated a collection of artifacts to the Oldham County History Center that belonged to her late husband, John McRoberts Mount, Jr. Mr. Mount inherited "Grandma Railey's Box", a collection of letters and documents from his great grandparents, James and Amanda Railey Mount. James and Amanda Railey Mount were the original owners of the house were our Barnett Archives and offices are located. 

The box contained, among many items, a set of letters written by Amos G. Mount to his Aunt Amanda and Uncle James, describing events during his service as a Union soldier in Company B of the 6th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry U.S. during the Civil War. Uncle James had been appointed guardian of his nephew Amos after Amos' father died. 

These letters were written from several different camps and battlefields including Camp Andrew Jackson, Camp Wickliffe , Camp Sigel , a camp near Murfreesboro, TN., Camp Nichols' Ford, Camp Morton, a camp near Corinth, Miss., and others.

 

The 6th Kentucky saw action at Stones River, Shiloh, Woodbury, Browns Ferry, Orchard Knob, Missionary Ridge, Chickamauga and Perryville among others. Mount was seriously wounded at Woodbury, but recovered. He returned home to La Grange , Ky for a short time before moving permanently to Missouri after discharge from the army on November 2, 1864. 



 


Read Mount's descriptions of the dead and wounded at Shiloh as well as the weather and conditions endured by the army below. Click to open one of the 39 artifacts and see both a copy of the original letter and a transcription.

Any reproduction or use of the Amos Mount Letters must list the Oldham County Historical Society as credit/source. 

1. Note to Uncle, undated

2. Note addressed to Dear Uncle from Amos Mount, Eminence, KY

3. Part of a note to Aunt Manda from Camp Sigel, dated December 8, 1861

4. Receipt for James Mount Guardian of A. G. Mount, dated August 29, 1857

       These probably were enclosed in Item 13.

5. Note to Aunt, 7 July, Sligo, Ky

6. Small envelope addressed to Mrs. Amanda Mount in care of James Mount. 
       Note enclosed addressed to Aunt.

7. Small piece of paper with flag shield printed on it.

8. Letter from A. G. Mount of Shepherdsville, Ky to Aunt, dated October. 30, 1861

9. Letter from Amos G. Mount of Shepherdsville, Ky to Aunt, dated November 7, 1861

10. Letter from Amos G. Mount of Eminence, Ky to Aunt, dated November 15, 1861

11. Letter from Amos G. Mount of Eminence, Ky to Aunt, dated November 19, 1861

12. Letter from A. G. M. of Camp Sigel to Aunt, dated December 19, 1861

13. Letter to Aunt, dated December 19, 1861, Camp Sigel
       The receipts labeled Item 4 were probably enclosures to this letter.

14. Letter from Amos G. Mount to Aunt Amanda, dated January 5, 1862, Camp Morton

15. Letter to Aunt, dated January. 9, 1862, Camp Wickliffe

16. Letter from A. G. Mount to Aunt , dated January 23, 1862, Camp Wickliffe

17. Letter form Amos G. Mount, dated January 31, 1862, Camp Wickliffe

18. Letter from Amos G. Mount to his Aunt, Camp Sigel

19. Letter from Amos G. Mount to Aunt, dated January 12, 1862, Camp Wickliffe

20. Letter from Amos G. Mount to Aunt, dated March 16, 1862, Camp Andrew Jackson

21. Letter from Amos G. Mount to Aunt, dated February 27, Nashville, Tennessee

22. Letter from Amos G. Mount to Aunt, dated March 6, 1862, Nashville, Tennessee

23. Letter from Amos G. Mount to Aunt, dated March. 4, 1862, Camp Andrew Jackson

24. Letter from Amos G. Mount to Aunt, camp near Spring Hill, no date

25. Letter from A. G. Mount to Aunt, dated Nov 1, 1862, Columbia, Ky

26. Letter from Amos G. Mount, dated April 15, 1862, battle field of Shiloh near Pittsburg Landing, TN.

27. Letter from Amos G. Mount to Aunt, dated May 1, 1862, camp field Of Shiloh

28. Letter from Amos G. Mount to Aunt, dated May 5, 1962, camp near Corinth, MS

29. Letter from Amos G. Mount to Aunt, dated May 14, 1862, camp near Corinth, MS

30. Letter from Amos G. Mount to Aunt, dated May 16, 1862, Camp Nichols' Ford

31. Letter from Amos G. Mount to Aunt, dated June 6, 1862, camp near Corinth, MS

32. Letter from Amos G. Mount to Aunt, dated June 16, 1862, camp on the railroad

33. Letter from Amos G. Mount to Aunt, dated July 5, 1862, Athens, AL

34. Letter from Amos G. Mount to Aunt, camp near Danville, no date

35. Letter from Amos Mount to Aunt, dated November 25, 1862, near Nashville

36. Letter from Amos G. Mount to Aunt Manda, dated August 17, 1862, camp near Murfreesboro, TN

37. Letter from Amos G. Mount to brother, dated August 20, 1862, camp near Murfreesboro. TN

38. Letter from Amos G. Mount to Aunt, dated January 13, 1863, Readyville, TN

39. Letter from Richard Lee to Mrs. A. M. Mount, dated Dec 26, 1861, Camp Sigel