Civil War Union Club of Indiana

Civil War – Union Club of Indiana
1 folder

Manuscripts & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

Finding Aid by: Nikki Stoddard Schofield, December 2012


Organizational History:

Two documents from the S.U.C. of Indiana are a charter and a transcript from this organization, which was intended to counteract the influence of the Knights of the Golden Circle. S.U.C. stands for Subordinate Union Club. The K.G.C. was a northern secret society in sympathy with the Confederate States of America.

There were Union Clubs in Boston and Nebraska, but no evidence links them with the S.U.C. of Indiana.   


Information Found within Collection.

Scope and Content:

In 1926, an unknown Indianapolis woman donated the 12 x 14” charter for the Subordinate U.C. No. 6, which is dated June 16, 1862. The charter was issued from the S.U.C. of Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, to Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, and authorizes the present officers and members of S.U.C. of south ½ of Catline (?), County of Vermillion, and State of Illinois, to “do and perform all and every such acts and things appertaining to the U.C. organization, as have been and ought to be done for the safety and support of the Union...” 

Across the top, written in pencil, is the annotation: “Union Club – organized to counteract the influence of the democratic Knights of the Golden Circle, an organization intended to assist the rebellion. J. H. Oakwood. May 29, 1890.” 

The second document, which is a transcript donated by Otto M. Knoblock of South Bend, is dated January 20, 1863. The single page states that the S.U.C. of Indiana North, Charter of Subordinate U.C., No. 71, in Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, authorizes the S.U.C. of Mishawaka, St. Joseph County, to remain a subordinate U.C. of the S.U.C. of Indiana North. Two names are listed at the bottom of this 8 ½ x 13” typed page. They are John L. Meredith and Isaac L. Beach, officers of Chapter 71, S.U.C. Indiana North.    

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Collection Inventory

Item Listing:

June 16, 1862 S.U.C. of Ind. Charter of Subordinate U.C. No. 6
January 20, 1863 Transcript of S.U.C. of Indiana North, Charter of Subordinate U.C. No. 71

Collection Information:

Size of Collection: 1 folder, 2 items
Collection Dates: 1862, 1863
Provenance:  Unknown woman in Indianapolis, 1926; Otto M. Knoblock, South Bend, 1931
Access: The Collection is Open for Research Use.
Restrictions:  None
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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