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65. W. T. Sherman, the pre-war superintendent of a Louisiana military school, said

later that Duncan and Bushrod Johnson "had joined the popular sneer at Yankees"

when they "knew better." Letter of Sherman's, April 21, 1865, in Official Records,

Series I, Vol. XLVII, Pt. 3, p. 271.

66. Charles Dufour, The Night the War Was Lost (Garden City, N. Y., 1960), is

a graphic and detailed account of Duncan's defense and loss of the forts below New

Orleans. See also, Official Records, Series I, Vol. XX, Pt. 2, pp. 403, 411, 508.




1. Milo G. Williams (1804-1880) later was principal of a Swedenborgian school in

Cincinnati, professor at Cincinnati College, head of the Dayton Academy, and dean

of the faculty and president of the board of trustees at the Swedenborgian Urbana


2. An In Memoriam published by the Citizens Memorial Association at Cincinnati

in 1881 contains biographical sketches of the elder Gests. The information on Clarissa

has been taken from the letters.

3. See both the Cincinnati Daily Gazette and the Daily Cincinnati Republican and

Commercial Register beginning November 21, 1834.

4. Samuel W. Davies (1776-1843) was first elected mayor of Cincinnati in 1833 and

served until his death ten years later.

5. Kirkby's successful ascension of December 15, 1834, is not mentioned in the letters,

but it is reported in the Daily Cincinnati Republican and Commercial Register of

December 16. Kirkby's own account of the flight appeared in the same paper December

18 and in the Cincinnati Daily Gazette December 19.

6. Although the name is sometimes given as Richard Clayton, Shaffer's Cincinnati

directory for 1840 lists a Robert Clayton as a watchmaker and aeronaut.

7. See advertisements in the Cincinnati Daily Gazette and the Daily Cincinnati Re-

publican and Commercial Register, March 25--April 8, 1835.

8. As early as March 16 she reported that "the Legislature have dismissed all the

Trustees of the Medical board but Genl [William Henry] Harrison and appointed a

new one." Joseph Gest had once served on the board, a fact which probably accounts

for the strong loyalty of the Gest family to the Medical College of Ohio.

9. She probably is referring to John Moorhead (1784-1873), the Irish-born physician

and professor at the Medical College of Ohio who was the arch foe of Dr. Daniel Drake

for thirty years, beginning in 1819.

10. She no doubt is referring to John Eberle (1787-1838), who helped establish, and

taught in, the Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia before joining Daniel Drake

on the staff of the medical department of Miami University at Cincinnati. When this

department merged with the Medical College of Ohio in the early 1830's, Eberle went

with it. He remained there until 1837, at which time he transferred to Transylvania

University at Lexington, Kentucky.

11. Her name is also given as Amelia in other letters.

12. Israel M. Bissell was a partner in the Cincinnati mercantile firm of McCleary

and Bissell.

13. Landon Cabell Rives (1790-1870) was a practicing physician.

14. Peyton Short Symmes (1793-1861) was then serving as register of the United

States land office in Cincinnati.

15. Edward King (1795-1836), a son of Rufus King, practiced law.

16. This undoubtedly is Carey A. Trimble (1813-1887), the fourth son of Allen Trim-

ble, governor of Ohio, 1826-30. He taught in the medical department of Cincinnati Col-

lege for four years after graduation.

17. She doubtless means Horatio Gates Jamison (1778-1855), who was a professor

of surgery in the medical department of Cincinnati College.

18. Emmet Field Horine, a recent biographer of Daniel Drake, asserts that Jami-

son's resignation was prompted by his wife's illness rather than a disagreement.

19. This vessel was built at the shipyard of Griffin Yeatman. John Rowan is listed

as a steamer captain at Griffin Yeatman's in Woodruff's Cincinnati directory for 1836-37.

20. Henry Bidleman Bascom (1796-1850) was at this time professor of moral science

at Augusta College in Kentucky. From 1842 to 1849 he served as president of Transyl-

vania University at Lexington, Kentucky.

21. She probably means Joseph Ridgway, Jr. (1800-1850), a prominent Columbus

manufacturer and railroad promoter. Of a Quaker family, he had married a Cincinnati


22. James Gillespie Birney (1792-1857) had recently come to Ohio from Kentucky

to find a suitable place to publish an antislavery newspaper. The first numbers of his