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Jonathan D. Hale Collection

Identifier: MS-2233

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The Jonathan D. Hale Collection, 1863-1885, contains records of Hale's career as a Union scout during the Civil War and postmaster at Hale's Mills, Tenn. Included are notes on a legal case against Hale, copies of witness testimonies, and a publication by Hale in which he talks about the death of Charles Sumner, slavery, and the destruction of the South.


  • 1863-1885

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.


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The Jonathan D. Hale Collection, 1863-1885, contains correspondence, printed materials, and handwritten notes related to the life of Hale, a Union scout and postmaster of Hale's Mill, Tenn.

Biographical/Historical Note

Around 1850, Jonathan Hale established a grist mill, store, and post office at Hale's Mill, which was located in modern-day Pickett County on the Tennessee-Kentucky line. Hale, a native of New Hampshire, was a staunch Unionist during the Civil War. In 1861 he and his family relocated to Kentucky, and in 1862 Hale's mill was burned by Confederate guerillas. During the Civil War, Hale acted as Chief of Scouts for the Union army, maintaining that position until the spring of 1866 when he returned as postmaster of Hale's Mill.


Collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

Collection was purchased by Special Collections in July 2000.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA