Civil War Documents, 1861-1910

Civil War Documents

Manuscripts & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

Finding Aid by: Nikki Stoddard Schofield, January 2013

Scope and Content:

The collection consists of eight certificates from the office of Oliver P. Morton, Governor and Commander in Chief of the Indiana Militia, appointing men as officers in independent companies, such as Bracken Rangers (Cavalry). The new officers were: John L. Dennis, James R. Bracken, Hugh Delzell, William H. Sherfy; John Gount, James McCurdy, and Josiah Forth. Additionally, there are ten blank copies of “Morning Report of Capt. of Indiana Volunteers.” None is filled in, and all copies are in a small envelope.

 Other papers include draft agreement, dated February 14, 1865, General Order No. 16, dated Aug. 13, 1864, Unest B. Plain’s discharge from military service is dated February 10, 1866, and telegram dated January 12, 1910 to William Hammond in Irvington, Indiana, that announces the death of Unest Plain. The telegram was sent by George W. Steele. “Soldiers Home” is written in pencil following the name of Mr. Steele. 

Photocopy Policy:

Manuscript material CANNOT be photocopied or digitized in its entirety. Photocopies and/or digital reproductions (i.e. scans, digital photographs) cannot exceed 25% of a COLLECTION or FOLDER within a collection. In some cases, photocopying may not be permitted due to the condition of the item. Please check with the Manuscript Librarian for possible alternatives.

Collection Inventory

Folder Listing:

1861 Three certificates appointing officers
1862 Five certificates appointing officers
Aug. 13, 1864 General Order No. 16 regarding guerrilla parties upon the border, signed by Brig. Gen. Carrington
Feb. 14, 1865 Draft agreement by eleven men
n.d. 10 copies of Morning Report of Capt., Indiana Volunteers
Feb. 10, 1866 Discharge certificate of Unest B. Plain
Jan. 12, 1910 Telegram to William Hammond from George W. Steele announcing death of Unest Plain, and funeral on January 14.

Collection Information:

Size of Collection: 1 folder
Collection Dates: 1861-1910
Provenance:  Charles M. Reagan, November 4, 1925
Access: The Collection is Open for Research Use
Restrictions:  Due to condition, some items may not be photocopied or scanned. Please contact the Manuscripts Librarian for questions.
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.
Language: Materials are entirely in English.
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