Bailiff Family Papers
S 51
1 folder

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Processed by: Carolyn Haase and Frances B. McDonald, 1969
Revised by: Benjamin J. Clark, September 2005

Biographical Note:

Daniel Bailiff was born circa 1826 in Ohio, but relocated with his family to Indiana when he was twelve. In 1850 he married Harriet Young, who was born in Indiana in 1831. Bailiff served in the 27th Indiana Regiment during the Civil War, enlisting 12 September 1861 as a private in Jennings County. Bailiff’s regiment, and presumably Bailiff himself were involved in several important battles of the Civil War including Antietam, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. Bailiff was injured during the war and spent a good deal of time in the military hospital; he was discharged as a private in September of 1864 and honored with distinguished service. He lived out the remainder of his life as a farmer in Warren and Washington Townships in Indianapolis. He died 16 January 1895 at the age of sixty-nine, and was buried at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Ancestry Library. 1880 United States Census, Indiana Marriages 1845-1920, American Civil War Soldiers. 12 Sept. 2005                  <>.

Scope and Content Note:

This collection includes a series of letters primarily between Daniel Bailiff and his wife, Harriet. The correspondence spans from 15 December 1861 to 10 August 1864. In addition, the collection has a copy of Bailiff’s discharge certificate from the Union Army, a brief history of Bailiff’s church, a money order from Bailiff to his brother, obituaries of Bailiff and his wife, and two newspaper articles about Bailiff’s son, Winthrop.

Box and Folder or Item Listing:

1. Correspondence, 1861-1864
  Family Papers and clippings, 1864-1935

Collection Information:

Size of Collection:

1 folder

Collection Dates:



Caroline McCoy and Joseph Shaw

Access: This collection is open for research.



Reproduction Rights:

Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript Section, Indiana State Library.

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Related Holdings:

S2425 Civil War-Regimental History-27th Regiment 


This collection is photocopies of the originals. Property rights to the papers are held by the Indiana State Library, but literary rights have not been dedicated to the public. 

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