James W. Ellis Civil War Diary and Papers
1863-1865, 1885, 1977, undated
3 folders

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Processed by: Pamela Wasmer, June 1991
Reprocessed by: Elizabeth M. Wilkinson, November, 2006

Biographical Note:

James William Ellis was born in Mason, Kentucky to Robert and Lucinda (Cottey) Ellis on November 5, 1840. In 1854 the Ellis family moved to a farm in Hillsboro, Fountain County, Indiana. Soon after the move, Robert Ellis died leaving James and his mother to tend the farm.

James W. Ellis enlisted as a Private in the Union Army on August 2, 1862 in Newton, Fountain County, Indiana. He served in Company H of the 72nd Indiana Volunteers. In 1863 he became a member of Wilder’s Lightning Brigade. He mustered out as a Corporal on June 26, 1865 in Nashville, Tennessee. Ellis retuned to Indiana and married Sarah Ann Moore on August 12, 1866. They had three children, Alva, Ada, and Gertie. Ellis passed away on October 10, 1917 in Hillsboro.

Materials within the collection.

Scope and Content Note:

This collection contains the Civil war diary of Ellis as well as a transcript of its contents.  Also included are photocopies of some of his Civil war letters with transcripts, as well as photocopies of documents recording his service, an image of Ellis with his immediate family, and a brief biography of Ellis.

Item Listing:

Folder 1.  Diary and transcript, April 1863-June 1865
1863 Apr.-1865 June	Ellis Civil War diary
1863 Apr.-1865 June	Ellis Civil War diary transcript
Folder 2.  Letters and transcripts, June 1863-May 1865
1863 Jun. 28	Ellis, James W. to Dear Mother [Lucinda Ellis], near Murfreesboro, TN
1863 Aug. 15	Ellis, James W. to Dear Mother and Friends, Deckerd, TN
1863 Sep. 30	Ellis, James W. to Dear Mother, Chattanooga, TN
1863 Nov. 14	Ellis, J. W. to Dear Mother, Maysville, AL
1863 Dec. 6	Ellis, J. W. to Dear Mother and to Laury, Huntsville, AL
1864 Jan. 10	Ellis, J. W. to Dear Mother, Corinth, MS
1864 Mar. 3	Ellis, J. W. to Dear Mother, Germantown, TN
1864 Jul. 1	Ellis, J. W. to Dear Mother, Camp 72nd Ind. Vol. near Big Shanty, GA
1865 May 28	Ellis, Lucinda to Dear Son

Folder 3Miscellaneous papers

1860s	Company H Muster Roll
1885	Images of James W. Ellis and his family
1977 Aug. 26	Certificate of enlistment of Service for James W. Ellis
circa 1980s	Brief biography of James W. Ellis

Collection Information:

Size of Collection:

3 folders

Collection Dates:

1863-1865, 1885, 1977, undated


Eloise Truce, 4 June 1991

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.  Possession of a reproduction from an Indiana State Library collection does not constitute permission for use.

Language Materials are entirely in English

Alternate Formats:

Transcript of diary and letters

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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.