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General John C. Breckinridge Note (Distilling)

 Collection
Identifier: Ms-2010-082

Scope and Content

The 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.

Dates

  • 1864

Creator

Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

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Biographical Note

Major General John C. Breckinridge (1821-1875) began his political career as U. S. 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.

Extent

0.1 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Abstract

The collection consists of a note to General John C. Breckinridge for permission to distill rye whiskey for medicinal and pharmaceutical purposes.

Source of Acquisition

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

Related Archival Materials

See also the Note to General John C. Breckinridge, Ms2009-062, and E. H. Murrell Note to General John C. Breckinridge, Ms2010-083, both at Virginia Tech Special Collections and University Archives.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the General John C. Breckinridge Note (Distilling) by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your- work/public-domain/cc0/).

Processing Information

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

Creator

Title
General John C. Breckinridge Note (Distilling), 1864
Status
Completed
Author
Kimberly Staub, Graduate Assistant
Date
2010 (CC0 1.0)
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Contact:
Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US
540-231-6308