General John C. Breckinridge Note (Distilling)
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.
- Pitts, W. H. (Person)
Language of Materials
The materials in the collection are in English.
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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.
0.1 Cubic Feet (1 folder)
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.
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/).
The processing, arrangement, and description of the General John C. Breckinridge Note (Distilling) was completed in November 2010.
- General John C. Breckinridge Note (Distilling), 1864
- Kimberly Staub, Graduate Assistant
- 2010 (CC0 1.0)
- Language of description
- Script of description
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