Murray State University
200 Pogue Library
Murray, Kentucky 42071
Collection Title: E. A. Paine Court Martial Papers
Series Number: MS11-07
Processed and Cataloged by: Processed by Dieter C. Ullrich on May 5, 2011.
Date Listed: May 5, 2011
Date Span: 1864-1865
Size of Collection: 0.75 linear feet.
Number of Boxes: 1 legal size document case and 1 legal half size document case.
Type of Material: Legal documents.
Condition of Material: Good.
Arrangement: Organized by alphabetically by surname of witness; Chronological arrangement.
Biographical / Historical Information: General Eleazer Arthur Paine was the Union commander of the District of Western Kentucky at Paducah, Kentucky from July 19, 1864 to September 12, 1864. His brief term as district commander was recalled by some Paducah residents, and later historians, as a Paine’s “reign of terror”. In February and March of 1865, Paine appeared before a military court on 25 charges of abusing the power of his office, corruption, extortion and oppressing the citizens of his district while under military law. He was acquitted of all charges except one, that being he “denounced his superior officer” in public.
Scope and Content: Collection consists of photocopied records of the Court Martial of General Eleazer A. Paine at Paducah, Kentucky in February and March of 1865. The collection consists of military orders, witness testimonies and affidavits, evidence, charges, trial transcripts and miscellaneous legal documents related to the trail’s proceedings. Included with the records is a list of men that worked on the fortifications at Mayfield, Kentucky, a list of recruits for Company F of the 122nd Illinois Infantry and Company F of the 129th Illinois Infantry and accounting records kept by United States Army Provost Marshal stationed at Paducah.
Subject Headings / Descriptors:
Paine, E. A. (Eleazer A.), 1815-1882.
Paducah (Ky.) – History.
Mayfield (Ky.) – History.
Kentucky – History – Civil War, 1861-1865.
United States. Army. Court-martial (Paine : 1864)
Courts-martial and courts of inquiry – United States.
United States. Army. Illinois Infantry Regiment, 129th (1862-1865)
United States. Army. Illinois Infantry Regiment, 122nd (1861-1865)
Additional Sources: See Letters received by the Office of the Adjutant General (Main Series), 1861-1870. Papers relating to the investigation of alleged frauds committed in the western Kentucky district, while it was under the command of Brig. Gen. Eleazer A. Paine, 1864 (MF435).
Research Notes: Collection was purchased by Murray State University Libraries from the National Archives Records Administration on March 9, 2011. The files were part of Record Group 153: Records of the Judge Advocate General’s Office (Army), Entry 15: Court Martial Case Files, 1809-1894, File no. MM-1609, Boxes 1032-1033.
Box 1 (labelled box 1 of 2, larger document box)
Box 2 (labelled box 1 of 2, smaller document box)