COX, Leander Martin, 1812-1865


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Kentucky Historical Society Library
Frankfort, KY
Papers: 1847-1848, 1 volume.
The Leander M. Cox diary begins with an eleven page philosophic treatise concerning social stratification, political institutions, and economic opportunities found in the country and in Kentucky at that time. It is possible that this passage, which includes background information on an individual, was the beginning of an unfinished fictional work. The bulk of the volume contains journal accounts of Cox’s experiences as a captain in the 3rd Regular Kentucky Volunteers during the Mexican War. The diary portion begins in 1847 and runs through 1848 with his return to Kentucky. Throughout Cox describes travel accommodations, army life and procedures, and military events. He describes Mexico in detail, but the bulk of his writings concern the illness and disease both he and his men encounter during this campaign. A finding aid is available in the repository. The diary is also available on microfilm.