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Henry C. Campbell Diaries and Papers
S210
1862-1864
1 folder

Manuscript & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

Finding Aid by: Nikki Stoddard Schofield, October 2011

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Biographical:

Henry C. Campbell was born in Vermillion County, Indiana, in 1845, to John Paxton and Mary Collett Campbell. John had a store in Crawfordsville. Henry attended Wabash College in Crawfordsville.  With the help of Captain Eli Lilly, Henry enlisted as a bugler in July 1862 at the age of 17. He served with Eli Lilly’s 18th Indiana Light Artillery Battery. After the war, he was active in the G.A.R. and the Military Order of the Loyal Legion. He operated the Campbell Brothers dry goods store, after his father’s death.  At the time of his death, July 22, 1915, Henry was vice president of the First National Bank, 101 South Washington, Crawfordsville. The 1912 city directory lists him with his wife Retta B., living at 201 South Grant Avenue, Crawfordsville.

Source:
Montgomery… your county magazine, I 977,201 M787 mo. V. 6 #10, p. 7.  Crawfordsville City Directory, Union Directory Co. 1912, I 910 C899Um p. 37.

Scope and Content Note:

The collection consists of four booklets, typed pages, by Henry Campbell, and one hand-drawn map of the Battle of Mossy Creek. 

Photo Copying 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

1 Folder.  Four booklets and one map.

 

1862

“A Spirited Raid” by Henry Campbell, 18th Indiana Battery. The paper was read before a meeting of the Grand Army, Post No. 7, Crawfordsville, Indiana, at one of their regular meetings. This was the 18th Indiana’s first experience south of the Ohio River. The soldiers raided a private wine cellar and carried the liquor to camp, where they gave “a mass of bottles, demijohns, jugs and even camp kettles” to their captain. The next day, a sober ambulance driver took three loads back to the cellar. The value of whiskey and wines stolen was estimated by the owner to be worth $3,000.   

1863

“Battle of Hoovers Gap, June 24, 1863.” Purple-covered booklet, 34 typed pages, about the battle between Wilders Brigade of Mounted Infantry with the 18th Indiana Battery, all of Reynolds Division,  and Thomas’s Corps, Army of the Cumberland, commanded by John T. Wilder, on the Union side, and General Wm. B. Bates and General Bushrod Johnson’s Brigades of Stewart’s Division, with the Jefferson Battery, and Eufaula Batter, on the Confederate side. One drawing opposite page 18 “Profile of Hill” shows a cannon on a hillside. Page 33 lists commanders of Northern forces, and page 34 lists commanders of Southern forces.

1864

“A Reminiscence of the War” regarding that “Cold New Year’s Day,” January 1, 1864,  Gray paper-covered booklet, 20 pages, about Mr. Dumont Kennedy, clerk of the Montgomery Circuit Court, who enjoyed listening to stories of the Civil War. One of the veterans told the story of activity in Knoxville. He told about making “iron clad flap jacks,” made with flour, water, and salt fried in sow belly grease. There were rumors of poison in the wheat. It was called “sick wheat.” A house caught fire while the men slept, and when Henry woke up Captain Eli Lilly to see it, the captain looked around, saw his guns and horses were out of danger, said “let her burn,” and went back to sleep. “It was about as sorry a New Years Day as you ever saw.”

186x

Mossy Creek battle, with 8 sections listed on front cover, and totaling 20 pages. The booklet is not bound.  On page 12, Henry states: “Gen. McCook ordered Capt. Lilly to retire the Battery to the next hill in our read, and this was being done while I had gone for water.” Total loss to the Union side was 109 men killed and wounded.  Major Gen. Martin commended the Confederates against Col. E. M. McCook, commanding Henry’s division.

 

Collection Information

Size of Collection:

“A Spirited Raid, 1862,” 10-page booklet about raid on a private wine cellar in Louisville, Kentucky.  “Battle of Hoovers Gap, June 24, 1863” is a 34-page booklet about the battle near Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  On page 3, there is a hand-drawn map of the area. “A Reminiscence of the War regarding that Cold New Year’s Day, January 1, 1864,” is a small 20-page booklet about events in the end of December 1863 and first day of January 1864.  “Mossy Creek” is a 20-page booklet about the battle of Mossy Creek in which the 18th Indiana Battery participated. There is a hand-drawn map of this battle in a white folder. 

Collection Dates:

1862-1864

Provenance:

Eli Lilly donated these four items on August 11, 1938.

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 and Rare Books Division, Indiana State Library.

Language:

Materials are entirely in English.

Alternate Formats:

None

Related Holdings:

 

Notes:

The original diaries are located at Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana.