Quartermaster Sergeant Maurice
Kuykendall Civil War Ledger
Dates: January 1865-August 1865 [?]
Accession Number: 990302D
Donor: Florence Hixon Kiser
Description: One file folder in a document case
Content and Scope of Collection
This collection consists of a 5" x 7" leatherbound notebook used as an accounts ledger by Sergeant Maurice Kuykendall in the course of his duties as the quartermaster for Company L, Sixth Cavalry (71st Regiment) Indiana Volunteers. The ledger begins on January 23, 1865 in Nashville, Tennesee, and seems to conclude on August 24, . During this time period, Company L of the Sixth Cavalry was encamped in the state of Tennessee in the cities of Nashville, Pulaski, and Tullahoma.
The notebook contains information about the distribution or "draw" of supplies and loans of money from the quartermaster to the soldiers in Company L. These "draws" seemed to be recorded on a monthly basis. The supplies included articles of clothing, haversacks, canteens, and hatchets. In instances when loans have been repaid, Sergeant Kuykendall marked an "X" through the transaction.
The ledger also contains several rosters of officers and enlisted men from Company L, Sixth Cavalry. A short regimental history and the roster for Company L in the Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana are included in the inventory folder for this collection.
Maurice Kuykendall was mustered into the Union Army on July 19, 1862; he was mustered out on September 15, 1865 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, with the rank of Sergeant 1st Class. He is buried in the northwest section of New Hope Cemetery in Sugar Creek Township, Vigo County. His rank, company, and regiment are the only information that appear on his headstone. His birth and death dates are unknown.