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Kittinger, Isaac. Collection
0.25 linear feet (1 box)
Special Collections Research Center
Isaac Kittinger (1818-1867) Union Army soldier during the United States Civil War. The collection contains correspondence between Kittinger and members of his family in 1863 and 1864.
The collection is open for research.
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Isaac Kittinger (April 7, 1818 – January 28, 1867) was a Union soldier during the American Civil War. He was born in Earl, Pennsylvania to Abraham Kittinger (1782-1850) and Elizabeth Hunisker (1775-1820). Kittinger had six siblings. It appears that Kittinger father remarried at some point to Barbara Summy, and Isaac gained four more siblings. Kittinger married Priscilla Burnette (April 7, 1823 – 1919) and fathered four children – Franklin, William, Loretta, and Charles. During his time as a Union soldier, Kittinger’s family lived in Murfreesboro, TN. At some point after the war, Kittinger and his family moved to Racine, WI. It was there where Kittinger died on January 28, 1867.
The Issac Kittinger Collection is comprised of seven letters between Kittinger and various members of his family. A November 30, 1863 letter from his wife Priscilla includes Kittinger’s December 4, 1863 reply on the remainder of the page, and an undated letter from Betsey Madison to Isaac Kittinger is followed on the same sheet by a note in which Kittinger forwards the letter to an unidentified recipient. Particularly notable is long letter that Kittinger wrote to Priscilla over several days (May 11-19) in 1864 recounting his experiences moving with the Union Army through northern Georgia, including the Battle of Rocky Face Ridge. Also included are letters from Kittinger’s sister Elizabeth Lutz and his cousin J.K. Miller. The letters discuss the state of the war and the personal affairs of the correspondents and acquaintances.
The collection was previously part of the Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection.
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Correspondence between Issac Kittinger and Priscilla Kittinger, November 30, 1863 and December 4, 1863
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Letter from Isaac Kittinger to Priscilla Kittinger, May 11-19, 1864