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John Dragoo
S374
1861 – 1929
3 folders

Manuscript & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

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                         Processed by: Brent Abercrombie , March 2010                          

Biographical Note:

Currently no biographical information available on John Dragoo.

Scope and Content Note:

Collection consists primarily of Civil War letters and other correspondence from John Dragoo. The last folder contains various receipts for taxes, goods, etc.

Photocopying Policy:

Manuscript materials CANNOT be photocopied or digitized in their entirety. Photocopies and/or digital images cannot exceed 25% of a collection or a folder within a collection. In some cases, photocopying may not be permitted due to the condition of the item. Check with a Manuscript Librarian for other options.

Item Listing:

Folder 1.  Civil War Letters (9-20-1861 to 7-31-1864)

1851, May 20 Certificate of a perpetual scholarship issued by the Indiana Asbury University to Daniel Dragoo
1853, Aug. 15 H. Graves to Nelson Sellers; re: authorization to open a private road
1861, Sept. 20 John N. Dragoo to Daniel Dragoo, written from Beverly in Western Virginia description of the Indiana 7th Regiment’s route from Indianapolis mentions Colonel John Smith Captain Lambertson
1862, Jan. 6 John Dragoo to Daniel and Abigail Dragoo description of march to Green Spring Station mentions Lieutenant Smith his own opinion of “soldering”
1862, May 27 B.J. Dragoo to Daniel and Abigail Dragoo written from Catlett Station (Virginia) description of march from White Plains to Fredericksburg mentions: Macdowell, Maclellan, Banks, and Shields (general of their brigade – which is made up of the 13 and 14 (or 19) and 7 Indiana, and 1 Virginia, and 110 Pennsylvania, and 8th Ohio)
1862, July 20 John Dragoo to Daniel and Abigail Dragoo written from Alexandria, Virginia; re: visit to Washington City (D.C.) 7-18-1862 mentions Sam Poe of Company “H’ (son of John Poe)
1862, Aug. 8 John Dragoo to Daniel and Abigail Dragoo written from Culpeper, Virginia, personal
1862, Sept. 25 John Dragoo to Daniel and Abigail Dragoo written from Sharpsburg, Maryland description of fighting, wounded, battleground, the dead
1862, Oct. 1 B.S. Dragoo to Daniel and Abigail Dragoo written from Sharpsburg, Maryland mentions hearing cannon from Martinsburg, his thoughts about the men “at home”
n.d. John Dragoo to Daniel and Abigail Dragoo; re: receiving no letters from home
1862, Dec. 18 John Dragoo to Daniel and Abigail Dragoo written from camp near the Rappahannock River mentions food in camp; fighting: the Rebels stripping dead soldiers; mostly personal family news
1862, Dec. 26 John Dragoo to Hety Lousea Jane Dragoo, Clary Dragoo, Sylvester C. Pewit Dragoo, Daniel and Abigail Dragoo written from camp near the Potomac River mostly brotherly advice, mentions five cents’ postage currency, high food prices
1863, Jan. 8 B.S. Dragoo to Daniel and Abigail Dragoo written from camp near the Potomac River description of their living quarters (a log cabin), mentions news of Rosecrans’ victory destroying the bridges in Tennessee, Rebels falling back to Richmond, hopes for peace, to turn attention to other things
1863, Jan. 29 B.S. Dragoo to Daniel and Abigail Dragoo, Rebecca Dragoo (grandmother); written from camp near the Potomac River, mentions being on picket, deserters, bad news from Illinois and Indiana (secession), “I am for Abraham and his proclamation”, the northwestern confederacy
1863, April 19 John Dragoo to Daniel and Abigail Dragoo; B.S. Dragoo to Daniel and Abigail Dragoo, written from camp near the Potomac landing, mostly personal, mentions “Jeff’s” order to southern farmers to plant crops
1863, April 25 John Dragoo to Daniel and Abigail Dragoo, written from camp near the Potomac landing, mentions possibility of starvation, being on picket guard
1863, May 9 John Dragoo to Daniel and Abigail Dragoo, written from camp near White Oak Church, Virginia, mentions a seven day fight (no description – he tug trenches), personal information
1863, May 12 B.S. Dragoo to little ones and big ones and all…, written from camp near the Rappahannock River, personal – words of advice to little children, especially about swearing
1863, May 13 John Dragoo to Daniel and Abigail Dragoo, written from camp near the Rappahannock River, personal – mentions Daniel Bowers
1863, June 7 John Dragoo to Daniel and Abigail Dragoo, written from camp near Falmouth, Virginia; personal
1863, Sept. 3 John Dragoo to Daniel and Abigail Dragoo, written from camp near the Rappahannock River; personal
1863, Nov. 19 (or 18) John Dragoo to all who wish to hear from him, written from camp near Bealton Station, Virginia, mentions pay of 26 dollars, being on picket for two days, that it is quiet; “begins to look something like living”, Martin Henderson
1864, Jan. 29 John Dragoo to Samuel and Margarett Dragoo, written from Culpeper, Virginia, mentions “plenty of grub and plenty to ware…plenty of reading”, sickness “in your part of the land”, Belt, Adolphus Smith, Joab Woodruff (has the “rumaticks”), the Richardson boys
1864, Feb. 9 Last page missing – not signed – to Daniel and Abigail Dragoo, written from Culpeper, Virginia, mentions visit to Culpeper for temperance lecture by the president of the Christian Commission, being on picket guard on his birthday, Feb. 2, and “plenty to eat and ware”
1864, Mar. 9 Not signed – to Daniel and Abigail Dragoo, written from Culpeper, Virginia, mentions being on picket, one death in their regiment: private of Company “D”
1864, April 3 John Dragoo to Daniel and Abigail Dragoo, written from Culpeper, Virginia, mentions letter from cousin Toby Shelton, mostly personal, untitled poem on the last page
1864, June 20 John Dragoo to Daniel and Abigail Dragoo, written from camp south of the James River near Petersburg; mentions paper shortage, mentions fighting going on, Lieutenant Holmes was killed yesterday, Sergeant List was wounded also J. Vanhise (Vannuys) Hiram Massey, description of Belt’s (Belteshazzar Dragoo) death (5-25-1864), buried on the south bank of the north Anna River
1864, July 31 John Dragoo to Daniel and Abigail Dragoo, written from camp near Petersburg, Virginia; description of battle, mentions a colored division, deaths in the regiment
n.d. John Dragoo to Daniel and Abigail Dragoo, no mention of location; personal
n.d. John Dragoo to Jane, Clarinda and Puit Dragoo, no mention of location, personal
n.d. Last page only – John Dragoo to Daniel and Abigail Dragoo, personal

Folder 2.  Correspondence (7-19-1866 to 10-17-1929)

1866, July 19 Anna Jane Bryan to cousins John and Jane Dragoo, personal, description of division of duties on a farm, places visited on 4th of July, prizes given at school
1867, Oct. 1 Thomas M. Eddy, D.D., editor, Northwestern Christian Advocate to Daniel Dragoo, Chicago, Illinois, re: message for T.W. Jones
1869, April 1 Elisebeth Collier to Father and Mother, written from Normandy (Normanda), Tipton County, Indiana, mentions measles, need for advice on buying land, and becoming paymaster to John Collier
1876, Aug. 14 John Dragoo to B.F. Pritchard, written from Edinburg, Johnson County, Indiana; re: medical problems
1876, Aug. 28 B.F. Pritchard, United States Claim Attorney to John Dragoo, written from Indianapolis; re: proof of illness to qualify for pension
1877, Jan. 4 George E. Lemon, Counsellor at Law… to John Dragoo, written from Washington, D.C.; re: proof of illness to qualify for pension
1877, May 5 George E. Lemon to John Dragoo, written from Washington D.C.; re: pension claim
1877, Sept. 15 George E. Lemon to John Dragoo, written from Washington D.C.; re: affidavits of either an officer or two comrades
1878, Jan.  Form letter: Law and U.S. Claim Office of William H. Corbaley to soldiers and their heirs; re: details, qualifications, etc. for pension claims
1882, Sept. 23 Form letter: George E. Lemon to his clients; re: various pension bills: Arrears of Pension Bill, Pension Appropriation Bill, Equalization of Bounties Bill, Forty Dollar Pension Bill, Ex-Union Prisoners of War Pension Bill, and Mexican War Pension Bill
1882, Oct. 4 Soldiers’ Re-Union at Greensburg, Indiana, Oct. 4 and 5 (program)
1883, Mar. 8 Lewis J. Dragoo to Bell S____ugham (?), no location, personal
1883, April 13 W.H. Corbaley to John Dragoo, written from Indianapolis, Indiana; re: release of attorney ship from George E. Lemon
1883, April Statement: George E. Lemon releases rights as attorney for John Dragoo
1883, Sept. 23 Lewis J. Dragoo to his Grandmother, mentions Edinburg, personal
1887, April Circular distributed by Office of Knefler and Lopp, authorized by the United States Claim Attorneys, Indianapolis, Indiana
1887, Sept. 24 Form letter: Knefler and Lopp, Attorneys to soldiers; re: pension claims or increases
1915, Feb. 10 ¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬to Aunt (?), written from USS Delaware at Vera Cruz, Mexico postcard, re: trouble: the Spanish minister has been run out of Mexico
1917, Feb. 20 W.E.D. Dragoo to Cousins Mary, Will, and Olive M. Heller, written from Wanette, Oklahoma, personal
1917, Mar. 29 Laura to Sister and Brother, no mention of location, personal, mentions Laura Barnhill’s death, probability of war due to “the way the Germans have treated the Americans”
1921, June 10 D.M.D.C. to Pop and Mom, written from Indianapolis, Indiana, personal, mentions degrees in Masonry, newspaper clippings
1929, Oct. 17 Six page letter (sermon); re: coming of the Holy Ghost by Mrs. Robert Coy of Edinburg, Indiana
n.d. “The Christian Martyr” – a poem
n.d. Untitled piece of writing

Folder 3. Collection of Various Receipts (3-27-1866 to 12-29-1887)

Collection Information

Size of Collection: 3 folders
Collection Dates: 1861 – 1929
Provenance: Unknown
Access : The collection is open for research use
Restrictions: None
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript Section, Indiana State Library.
Language: Materials are entirely in English
Alternate Formats: None
Related Holdings: 
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