Col. Patrick Guiney Letters

Col. Patrick Guiney Letters

 

Patrick Guiney was born in Ireland in 1835 and immigrated to the United States, settling in Maine. He attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts for one year, and later studied law and opened a practice in Boston. In 1859, Guiney married Jeannette "Jennie" Margaret Doyle, with whom he had two children. When the Civil War began he left his practice and enlisted as a private with the 9th Massachusetts Volunteers, a regiment organized from Boston. He was eventually promoted to Colonel and led his regiment in campaigns fought primarily in Virginia. At the Battle of the Wilderness, he was seriously wounded in the eye and was soon after discharged from service. After the war he unsuccessfully ran for Congress, but served as Assistant District Attorney and Registrar of the Probate Court in Suffolk County Massachusetts. He died in 1877.

During the war, Col. Guiney wrote a series of letters to his wife Jennie, dating from June 4, 1861 to April 7, 1864. As historical documents, these letters provide details of various campaigns as as well as descriptions of everyday life in the regiment. They are also a poignant testimony of the tenderness and love expressed by a man for his family during wartime.

The Guiney letters make up a significant portion of a collection donated to the College of the Holy Cross by Patrick Guiney’s daughter, the poet and scholar Louise Imogen Guiney. The original letters are currently located in the Special Collections of Dinand Library at the College of the Holy Cross and are available to researchers.

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Letters from 1877

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Letter to Louise Guiney, 1877 January 11, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Louise Guiney, 1877 January 23, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Louise Guiney, 1877 January 29, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Louise Guiney, 1877 February 24, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Louise Guiney, 1877 February 26, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Louise Guiney, 1877 March 8, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Louise Guiney, 1877 March 9, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Louise Guiney, 1877 March 17, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Louise Guiney, 1877 November 15, Uncle Bob

Letters from 1876

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Letter to Louise Guiney, 1876 February 10, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Louise Guiney, 1876 March 2, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Louise Guiney, 1876 March 9, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Louise Guiney, 1876 March 28, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Louise Guiney, 1876 September 9, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Louise Guiney, 1876 September 29, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Louise Guiney, 1876 October 25, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Louise Guiney, 1876 November 1, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Louise Guiney, 1876 November 7, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Louise Guiney, 1876 November 16, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Louise Guiney, 1876 November 23, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Louise Guiney, 1876 December 5, Patrick Guiney

Letters from 1874

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Letter to Patrick Guiney, 1874 July 6

Letters from 1873

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Letter to Patrick Guiney, 1873 July 12, Patrick Ford

Letters from 1864

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1864 January 21, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1864 March 31, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1864 April 5, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1864 April 7, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Mrs. Shaw, 1864 June 2, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to P_____, 1864 October 5, Patrick Guiney

Letters from 1863

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 February 11, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 February 16, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 February 23, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 February 26, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 February 28, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 April 1, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 April 2, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 April 4, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 April 6, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 April 9, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 April 11, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 April 12, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 April 13, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 April 14, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 April 16, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 April 18, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Col. George Greene, 1863 April 22, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 April 22, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 April 24 (1), Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 April 24 (2), Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 April 25, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 May 7, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 May 8, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 May 9, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 May 13, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 May 16, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 May 18, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 May 19, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 May 27, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 June 1, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 June 5, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 June 6, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 June 23, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 June 25, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 July 16, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 July 31, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 August 4, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 August 15 (1), Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 August 15 (2), Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 August 16, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 August 18, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 August 26 (1), Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 August 26 (2), Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 September 2, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 September 9, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 September 11, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 September 15, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 September 19, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 September 20, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 September 28, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 September 29, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 September 30, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 October 4, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Patrick Guiney, 1863 October 4, Thomas Francis Meagher

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 November 1, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 November 12, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 November 15, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1863 November 19, Patrick Guiney

Letters from 1862

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1862 January 10, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1862 January 20, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1862 January 23, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1862 January 30, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1862 February 10, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1862 February 12, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1862 February 16, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1862 February 18, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1862 February 20, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1862 March 3, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1862 March 9, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1862 March 11, Patrick Guiney

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Letter to Jennie Guiney, 1862 March 13, Patrick Guiney