Philip Kearny diary, March 15, 1850-June 29, 1851  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Kearny, Philip, 1815-1862
Philip Kearny diary
March 15, 1850-June 29, 1851 (inclusive)
0.1 linear feet, (1 folder)
Collection Number
A 065
Philip Kearny (1815-1862) was a lifelong miltary officer who perished in the Civil War. This diary describes an 1850 trip from San Francisco to Vancouver and subsequent return to California.
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Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Collection consists of a photostat copy of Philip Kearny's 1850-1851 diary. Kearny's entries describe a trip from San Francisco to Vancouver, and return to California. Much of the diary is almost illegible, but what can be deciphered indicates that Kearny had a low opinion of Oregon and Oregonians.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Philip Kearny, Jr. was the son of Philip Kearny, Sr., a financier and founder of the New York Stock Exchange. Due to his parents' deaths, Kearny was raised by his grandfather and, following the wishes of his grandfather, graduated from Columbia College with a law degree in 1833. After his grandfather's death, Kearny joined the 1st U.S. Dragoons as a second lieutenant of cavalry. In 1839, Kearny was sent to France to study cavalry tactics and served in Algeria with the Chasseurs d'Afrique. Kearny briefly resigned his commission in 1846, but returned to the army with the outbreak of the Mexican-American War, eventually participating in the battles of Contreras and Churubusco as commander of Troop F of the 1st U.S. Dragoons. In 1851, Kearny left the army to travel and, in 1855, settled in present-day Kearny, New Jersey. In 1859, Kearny traveled to France and rejoined the Chasseurs d'Afrique to fight Austrian forces and Italy. Kearny also served with Napoleon III's Imperial Guard at the Battle of Solferino. In 1861, with the outbreak of the Civil War, Kearny returned to the United States and was appointed brigadier general in command of the 1st New Jersey Brigade. Kearny also commanded the 3rd Division of the III Corps and was promoted to major general before his death on September 1, 1862, at the Battle of Chantilly. (Source: Princeton University Library, Civil War papers of Philip Kearny).

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Philip Kearny diary, A 065, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Soldiers--United States--Diaries
  • Geographical Names :
  • Northwest, Pacific--Description and travel
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Diaries