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Andrew Bush Letters
1 folder

Manuscript & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

                Finding Aid by: Nikki Stoddard Schofield, October 2011           

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Biographical Note:

Andrew Bush, born in Coshocton County, Ohio, and moved with his parents and five brothers to Coal City, Indiana when a small boy, according to the “Personal Notes” on page 2, which were written by a granddaughter. Andrew was a sergeant in the 97th Indiana Infantry, Company H. He sent these letters to his wife Mary Helligas (also spelled Hilligas) Bush, whom he called Molly, and a few to his parents or mother, from 1862 through 1865. In the 1860 census, Andrew was 25 years old, living with his father David, age 61, in Jefferson, Owen County, Indiana. Andrew and Mary were married on May 19, 1861 in Owen County, Indiana. James Helligas was in Andrew’s unit, and was sick with chills in October 1862. Their company commander in 1862 was Captain Robinson. The 1890 veterans schedule lists Andrew in Otis, Hamilton County, Nebraska. In 1900, the federal census lists Andrew, age 67, and Mary, age 63, with Ira Bush, age 26, and Mary Bush, age 22, plus three small children in Otis, Nebraska. Mary died before the 1910 census, so only Andrew, age 76, is listed, living with Uriah Bush, age 42, in South Platte, Hamilton County, Nebraska. The unknown granddaughter wrote that Andrew, at age 83, was “still doing chores, milking cows and chopping wood, always busy.”

Regimental History:

97th Indiana Volunteer Infantry was organized in Terre Haute, and mustered in on September 20, 1862. It was in General Grant’s Central Mississippi Campaign. They mustered out on June 9, 1865. The regiment lost 232 men total.

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Scope and Content Note:

Collected and copied by Dr. R. C. Slater, La Salle, Illinois, in 1957. Fifty letters on pages 3 through 65 are divided by year, thus: seven in 1862; 21 in 1863; 18 in 1864; and four in 1865. Page 66 is “Accounts in Diary” listing the cost of items purchased from the commissary store. Diary entries from November 12 through December 24, 1864, are on pages 67 through71.

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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

One Folder.  Letters and diary entries typed on onionskin paper.



Seven letters from Camp Morton, Indianapolis; Louisville, Kentucky; Camp Jewett, Kentucky; Memphis, Tennessee.


21 letters from places in Tennessee: LaGrange, Fort Grison, Moscow, Memphis; places in Mississippi: Black River, Camp Sherman, Vicksburg, Iuka; and Bridgeport, Alabama.


18 letters from Scottsboro, Alabama; places in Georgia: Kenesaw” Mountain, Lost Mountain, East Point, Eastport, Maryette, Vine Station, and Anderson Station. Dec. 20 letter tells of the Battle of Griswold when CSA suffered 2,000 killed, wounded and captured.


Four letters from Goldsboro, North Carolina (South Carolina incorrectly stated in April 3 letter); Raleigh, North Carolina; and Washington, D.C.


Lists the cost of items purchased in 1864 from Commissary stores.

Diary Section

November 12 to December 24, 1864, short paragraphs giving descriptions of weather, travels, and fighting.  He was in Atlanta on November 13.  On December 21, he marched into Savannah, Georgia, after the Confederates evacuated the city.  General Sherman reviewed the 15th Corp on December 24. 

Collection Information

Size of Collection:     

1 folder. All 71 pages are typed on onion-skin paper.  The letters end on page 65. Page 66 is Accounts in Diary (financial accounting). Pages 67 to 71 are diary entries from November 12 to December 24, 1864.

Collection Dates:



Donated by R. C. Slater, on March 25, 1957.

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 Manuscript and Rare Books Division, Indiana State Library.


Materials are entirely in English.

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