Hiram Matthew Letters
Manuscript & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library
Finding Aid by: Nikki Stoddard Schofield, December 2011
Hiram Matthew was born July12, 1830 in Saltillo, Brown Township, Washington County, Indiana, the son of Thomas Matthew (1801-1881) from Lynchburg, Virginia. Hiram married Elmira Collier in Washington County on April 15, 1855. Hiram and his brother Harve built a mill at Saltillo. In 1882, Hiram moved to Tunnelton, Indiana, where he lived until 1896 when he moved to Mitchell. He and his sons operated a mill in Mitchell until Elmira (1838-1898) died, after which he returned to Saltillo. Hiram died in Saltillo on September 12, 1898, shortly after his wife’s death. They are both buried at Saltillo.
Hiram enrolled at Saltillo on August 9, 1862, as a Private in Company A, 66th Indiana Regiment. He was mustered in at New Albany, Indiana, on August 19, 1862, and was discharged at Washington, D.C. on June 3, 1865.
Information found within the collection.
The collection consists of seventy-two letters written from 1862 through 1865, written by Hiram Matthew to his wife Elmira, who was living in Campellsburg, Indiana. A few of the letters have notes to his brothers, and letters from soldier friends to their wives written on the back of Hiram’s letters. This collection was located by John A. Jenkins of Anniston, Alabama in 1969 while doing his master’s thesis on the life of A. G. Freed, one of the founders of Freed-Hardeman College. The letters were in the possession of two distant relatives of the Freed and Matthew families, Mrs. A. P. Balkcom and Mrs. Hazel Bailey, both of Macon, Georgia. The two ladies donated the original letters to the Washington County (Indiana) Historical Society in 1969. The Historical Society loaned them to the Indiana State Library for copying in 1974.
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Folder 1. Correspondence 1862 – 1863
Aug. 18-Nov. 17, 1862 Camp Noble, Indiana
Nov. 20-30, 1862 Camp Sulivan, Indianapolis, Indiana
Dec. 29, 1862 Pulaski, Tennessee
Jan. 16, 1863 Fort Pickering, Memphis, Tennessee
Jan. 25-Aug. 12, 1863 Corinth, Mississippi
Sept. 10-Sept. 25, 1863 Fort Gresham, Tennessee
Oct. 6, 1863 Grissoms Bridge
Nov. 16-Dec. 21, 1863 Pulaski, Tennessee
Folder 2. Correspondence 1864 – 1865
Jan. 9-April 8, 1864 Pulaski, Tennessee
May 6, 1864 Corinth, Mississippi
May 11-July 11, 1864 Various camps in Georgia, including Big Shantee and Kennesaw Mountain
July 31-Sept. 10, 1864 Various camps near Atlanta, Georgia
Sept. 28-Nov. 5, 1864 Rome, Georgia
Dec. 17, 1864 Camp in the field
Jan. 15-22, 1865 Savannah, Georgia
March 26-April 28, 1865 Goldsboro and Raleigh, North Carolina
May 8, 1865 Petersburg, Virginia
May 28, 1865 Washington City, D.C. , where he witnessed the Grand Review of General Sherman’s Army
Size of Collection: 2 folders (72 letters)
Collection Dates: 1862-1865
Provenance: Violet Cook, Washington County (Indiana) Historical Society, February 22, 1974
Access : The collection is open for research use.
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Language: Materials are entirely in English
Alternate Formats: None
Related Holdings: None