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Henry B. Carrington collection
Manuscripts & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library
Processed by: Alessandro Meregaglia, May 2013
Henry B. Carrington was born March 2, 1824 in Massachusetts. An anti-slavery Republican, he was commissioned as colonel in Union Army in May 1861. The following year, Indiana Governor Oliver P. Morton requested Carrington’s help to draft Indiana men into service. Carrington also worked to neutralize Morton’s political enemies, including Copperheads and Democrats. In November 1862, Carrington was promoted to Brigadier General of Volunteers. Carrington was also a prolific author, lawyer, and professor of military science at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana.
William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878) was a New England poet and longtime editor of the New York Evening Post. He was active in the Free Soil Party and worked to prevent the spread of slavery.
“Carrington, Henry Beebee.” Encyclopedia of Frontier Biography, Volume 1. Edited by Dan L. Thrapp. Glendale, CA: A.H. Clark Co., 1988.
The Poetry Foundation. “William Cullen Bryant.” Accessed May 29 2013. http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/william-cullen-bryant.
The collection contains one letter Carrington sent to Bryant while Carrington was stationed in Indianapolis at the General Recruiting Service during the second year of the Civil War. Colonel Carrington wrote to tell of his success in filling his regiment with enlistments. The letter also refers to their “mutual affection for one of the noblest in the land,” Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase.
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Folder and Item Listing:
11-14-1862 Henry B. Carrington (Indianapolis, IN) to William Cullen Bryant (New York City), ALS
Size of Collection: 1 folder, 1 item
Collection Dates: November 14, 1862
Access: The Collection is Open for Research Use
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscripts and Rare Books Division, Indiana State Library.
Language: Materials are entirely in: English
MA BA 7-11-2013